A-Sides – Murder (Time To Get Busy Mix) (Strictly Underground 1994)

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Let’s Roll-esque drums and a distinctive bassline lead into a breakdown that sounds to me like a sunrise. This turns a little darker then back to the filth. They don’t make ’em like this any more. I think I remember a Randall mix where he goes into Dead Dred after this, it’s burnt deep into my cerebellum. Probably an AWOL one.

http://www.discogs.com/A-Sides-Murder/release/349301

 

Lemon D – Break It Up (1996)

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If you listened to this and didn’t know who it was Lemon D might not spring straight to mind but Kevin King it was. Annoyingly printed on a picture disc (I like to see when the darker quiet areas are going to hit) it is nevertheless a stonking piece of techstep, there’s not much that sounds quite like it. Squelchy, lovely and dark.

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Enforcers-Vol-9-10/release/19399

Nookie – Give A Little Love (1992)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u42kX0jnWfs

Not sure why why Discogs has this down as 94. Maybe a re-release. Anyway you tread a fine line with the old hardcore pianos, they can with ease be cheese. No fear of that with Nookie at the controls, this has to be in the top 5 hardcore tunes ever and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

http://www.discogs.com/Nookie-Give-A-Little-Love/release/93733

King Geedorah – Next Levels (2003)

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MF Doom recording as King Geedorah but not actually rapping on this track as far as I can tell. He said ‘This whole album is Geedorah’s alien perspective on humans. This is done intentionally to show the listener a mirror image of his/herself and the way we see each other’. Another one where the words and concept goes over my head but the music is sublime.

http://www.discogs.com/King-Geedorah-Take-Me-To-Your-Leader/release/153789

Ed Rush & Nico – Technology (1997)

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I’m fairly sure I could write a blog with daily posts for about a decade that solely dealt with drum and bass tunes that sample Blade Runner. It would be a good read though and quite Dillinja heavy. Here’s a doozy from Ed Rush & Nico, this would be on repeat if I was thinking about writing sci-fi based in some dystopian future. Oh, a bit like Blade Runner then.

http://www.discogs.com/Ed-Rush-Nico-Technology/release/30251

Ed Rush & Nico ‎- Technology (No U-Turn 1997)

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Blade Runner samplin’ hardcore stabbin’ tech steppin’ brilliance from Ed Rush and No U-Turn head honcho Nico. Make sure you wait ‘til 3:25 for the nastiness. Strangely enough has a occasional noise in the background that sounds a bit like the Outlook email noise. Caught me out a few times.

http://www.discogs.com/Ed-Rush-Nico-Technology/release/30251