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 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.
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.
Deep dark stepper from Leeds based Jack Sparrow’s album Circadian. Assisted on the bells and whistles here by Ruckspin. Circadian rhythms are those that occur once every 24 hours apparently. You learn something new every day.
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.
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.