Sunday, January 22, 2017

Vocal Tune / the Top 7 jungle-D+B albums of all time

Did Peshay ever get to do an album?*

Cos twelve variations on this would give The Deepest Cut a run for its money as best jungle album ever....**

Love the can't-be-arsed / all-that-needs-to-be-said quality of the title "Vocal Tune"

Could just as easily - as deservedly - be titled "Drum Tune". Beats so criss.

The vocal in question is, of course, from this - diva-only breakdown starts at about 5.56

* He did.

** What's the competition? Meaning single-artist non-best-of, so that takes compilations out of the running

I'd say it goes:

The Deepest Cut aka Music for the Next Millennium

then Black Secret Technology

then Parallel Universe

then a tie between New Forms and Timeless (programmed on your player to skip the wank bits)

then a tie between Haunted Science and Jacob's Optical Stairway



That's it, isn't it?

I mean, what else is there?

The rest seem either a clear case of couple-of-good-tracks + unnecessary remixes of the classic tunes you loved as singles but have been now rendered not-nearly-as-good. Or really washed out, watery, misguided attempts at quasi-organic musicality / home-listening. (Path that P-man seems to have gone down, judging...)

Foul Play, E-Z Rollers, Adam F, Alex Reece (not that I had much in the way of expectations there!), Grooverider...  all disappointing...

I guess some would rate Photek's long-form efforts...

Two Pages seemed really good - both the "musical" disc and the harsh disc -  at the time, but I can't remember a thing about it.

Source Direct's album similarly impressed then but leaves barely a memory trace.

28 Gun Bad Boy is a bit early to count as jungle / D&B and anyway isn't a real album, what with that megamix taking up such a huge swathe of it...

It is a track-oriented genre, jungle / D&B, and it's on that basis that it stakes a mighty claim to be the greatest dance genre ever - and also a generator of great compilations galore.

But albums - that was never really going to be its forte

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

(c)old rush 94, or, Ajax for the Ears!

Toby Reynolds (no relation) aka DJ Scud with a 94-circa hardtekno ravekore mix


Some of my favourite tunes from the zenith of the creative (c)old rush of the '90s. It was all going down in '94! Jungle was on the rise; the CJB was looming; The Spirals had just emigrated to France; but the bunkers and warehouses were still dripping with sweat, blistering hard analogue mayhem and pounding kick drums. Neck that wrap of speed, put on your urban camo and dance into the strobes!
01. Difficult Child: Big Bang (Magnetic North 06)
02. VCF: Start of the Art (Magnetic North 08)
03. No Face: Love or Kill (Praxis 06)
04. Fly by Wire: Last Voyage (Magnetic North 09)
05. Centuria City: The Dungeon (Hot Trax 2931)
06. Program 1: MF SKulls (PCP)
07. Death: Electronic Realisations Chapter 1 (Trope 10)
08. Cyberchrist: Salvation (DJ.ungle Fever 10)
09. No Face: Master of the Lost Souls (Praxis 6)
10. Woody McBride: Talking to the Sun (Magnetic North 11)
11. Koenig Cylinders: Liberation (IST 06)
12. Nick East: Increased Outline (Drop Bass Network 11)
13. The Crusher: Red Lights (Kickin 50)
14. Sulfurex: Point Break (Extortion 01)
15. Disasta Blasta: 2 Hard (SS 15)
16. Distortion Bastardz: A2 (SS 06)
17. Liquid Bump: Flood (Hot Trax 2924)
18. Nick East: Access (Drop Bass Network 11)
19. Diesel M: M-Ziq Mix (Choci's Chewns Blue 01)
20. DJ Jackal: Drumtrax Pt.1 (Praxis 9)
21. Biochip C: Untitled (DJ.ungle Fever 05)
22. Ilsa Gold: Elizabeth Short's 78 Hours Rave (Main Frame 11)
23. Zekt: Dreamstate (Drop Bass Network 20)
24. Liquid Bump: Kickquake (Hot Trax 2924)
25. Zekt: External (Adam & Eve 14)
26. Gringo: Slayer (Mono Tone 24)
27. M.C.P: Untitled (Fischkopf 4)
28. DJ Bleed: Sexy Intelligence Council (DHR 02)
29. Mescalinum United: Symphonies of Steel Part 1 (PCP)
30. Woody McBride: Hellion (Drop Bass Network 02)
31. Mooses on Acid: MC 202 BPM (Drop Bass Network 15)