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


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.



Lemon D – Break It Up (1996)


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.


Princess Of The Posse – Armed & Dangerous (1993)


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.


The Anthill Mob – Black Rushin’ (1993)


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.


Nookie – Give A Little Love (1992)



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.


King Geedorah – Next Levels (2003)


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.