I’ve got a lot of time for this tune, the vocal is perfect. From Portable’s 2011 album Into Infinity.
Quite simply one of the finest drum and bass tunes of all time. Eshewing the more popular amens of the time for a programmed beat and all the better for it, the beauty is in the space and those lush pads. Tony Justice we will see you here again, of that I have no doubt.
Fantastic piece of proto jungle with some hardcore noises thrown in to boot from the bizarrely monikered Princess of the Posse (3 blokes, one of who was Bug Kann). There is something undeniably joyous about this tune, the bassline is so infectious it’s ridiculous. I wore out a Kenny Ken tape in my car I rewound this tune so much. You also don’t hear male vocals that often in this genre but the chap humming along is perfect. I’d like to know if it’s a sample or not.
I’m not sure what it was about the darkside hardcore / jungle techno that I loved so much. This tune epitomises whatever that secret sauce was.
Interesting fact – one half of the Anthill Mob was responsible for the Roobarb & Custard tune that did the rounds when rave went all daft and charty for a bit in 1991.
Released at that sweet spot where all hardcore seemed to consist of the same four noises (plus any sample with ‘feel’ or ‘rush’ somewhere in it) and all the better for it. Put out on the incredibly named Hamster Records. Nibbles!
Lots of arguments in the youtube comments about what genre this is. As long as your head is bobbing who cares? Superlative work from the Dutchman.
Pads, pads, pads. That’s all I have to say about this. A supremely uplifting track from Alex Reece and Wax Doctor on the often overlooked Basement sub label Precious Materials. The B-side ‘Back to Back’ is also worth a listen.
Photek at his finest. From the 4 track Mind Games 12″, all of which share samples and the same vibe. Hard to pick a favourite, apparently the printing was a bit messed up so there’s a lot of confusion over which track is which.
I just bought this from discogs. £9! Bargain and early Christmas present for me. Expected it to be a lot more than that.
Another darkside smasher with a surprisingly upbeat breakdown in the middle. One of my very favourites and perfect for a Friday. The Undergraduates was a plural moniker used by the singular Graham Mew, also known as the Invisible Man. He only used it for this release.
It was always bubbling along in the back rooms of clubs but Breakage did most to remind the world why the amen / choppage sound rocks so hard. This was pretty much the high water mark for me. Somehow he took every hazy jungle experience and distilled them all into this. Maybe it’s the almost air horn sounds or the slight echoing on the drums, it just sounds like it’s being played in a club at 4am.
Amen break we love you, long may you continue. If you like this check out Equinox’s Scientific Wax radio show on Jungle Train. Essential.