For some reason he’s listed as Bab.B.Kane for this release and has about 10 different variations on discogs but I’m sticking with Bay B Kane. This guy was seriously prolific and responsible for so many smashers.
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.
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.
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 overly fond of the beats on this track but I always loved the breakdown. It’s the last track on this video, 11:50 onwards.
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.
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.
Bay B Kane in fine form here, this tune from the same EP as ‘Hello Darkness’, another well known track on a lovely dark tip.
‘Under the dark skies, on the dark side’ indeed.
A jungle classic from the man now known as Genotype. The production on this one always seemed a cut above the rest at the time. So crisp.