The embodiment of the techno dubstep sweet spot. Hells yes, it’s all about those gradually falling sonar bleeps.
Incredible remix of one of the best jungle tunes of all time. You really have to listen to both to realise it’s actually a remix. People bang on all the time about how Dillinja was on point at that time but f**king hell, he really was.
The b side to this is ‘Perfect Match’, another classic. What a stonking piece of vinyl.
When I started working on a certain website that reviewed music releases as part of it’s remit this was one of the first albums we were sent. A gem amongst the formulaic chart house I stuck it up without a thought and got free tickets to some Tru Thoughts gigs as well. Result, and then some.
Anyway, definitely the best flame haired Brighton based hip hop producer at the time, Al Cowan teamed up with local legend Rup (also known as Rup the C*nt and Rup the Cnut) to produce a slice of genius. All sorts of nature based rhyme devilry and some cheeky organs to boot. Surprisingly melancholic and a personal favourite.
I’ve never been the biggest Eminem fan, while I always admired his ‘flow’ I wasn’t too sure about his music and content, always a bit angry for me. This tune is a nice contrast, a little gem from his first album and pretty much everything I like about hip hop.
Classic beats from Rob Haigh, the curiously singular Omni Trio.
A driving far too fast with one hand pumping the air instead of holding the steering wheel type tune. Builds and builds and builds some more. Really needs to be heard as part of Faki’s Berghain mix, just a touch too slow here.
I looked forward to this album as soon as I heard the promo mini-mix and was not disappointed. Just when you think dusbstep has lost the plot it comes back and hits you with some warmth. This was my favourite track, it’s the bassline. Yum.
Released on R&S this is a superb piece of drum and bass from Oliver Lomax who also plied his trade as Artemis. Uplifting, great to mix, a constant in the box for many years. The female vocal sample is just perfect and sets it up so well before the amens roll over you along with a ten out of ten bassline.
Once again, no idea what they are rapping about but I like the tune and Ghostface sounds like he is just shouting his verse which amuses me every time.
Someone gave me this one on a tape of things they were into. Great tape, it was also my first introduction to the Pharcyde.
MF Doom was called Zev Love X at the time and was in this group with his brother who sadly passed away. The albums are well worth checking out. I’m sure Doom will be gracing these pages again before long.
http://www.discogs.com/KMD-Black-Bastards/master/63252 – Discogs has this as 2000 but that tape was from 95 or something.