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Mixed in Berlin, February 2015
(94:39, 217 MB, 320 kbps MP3)
Cover image used with the permission of Nico Hogg. See here for the original.
Style: Classic Jungle
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01. DJ Ron – Crackman (Last Chapter) (London Some’ting)
02. Top Buzz – Livin’ In A Dream (Basement)
03. Harmony & Xtreme – Boo (Section 5)
04. DJ Gunshot – Marble Mix (No U-Turn)
05. Rob Andrews – Length & Strength (Fokus Studio Productions)
06. Ellis Dee – Sound of the 90’s (White Label)
07. Eternal Bass – Deep Sensation (Volatile)
08. Intense – Para Time Continuum (VIP Dubplate Mix) (Sublogic)
09. Photek – One Nation (Photek Productions)
10. Goldie – Inner City Life (Nookie Remix) (ffRR)
11. On Remand – Controllin’ (Tango Remix) (Underworld Vinyl)
12. Desired State – Goes Around (Ram Records)
13. Harmony & Xtreme – Wicked & Bad (Deep Jungle)
14. Remarc – Ice Cream + Syrup (Hard Mix) (Suburban Base)
15. Ellis Dee – Junglist Warrior (Cat)
16. Conquering Lion – Code Red (Wild Apache Mix) (Mango)
17. Roni Size – All The Crew Big Up (’95 Lick) (V Recordings)
18. Stakka & K-Tee – Brockin’ Out (Liftin’ Spirits)
19. Urban Wax – You Take Me Up (Remix) (Liquid Wax)
20. Mr. Monik – Pressure (Hyper)
21. DJ Dub Rush – Horse Rider (Back II Back)
22. DJ Hype & Ganja Max – Rinse Out feat MC Fats & DJ Daddy (Ganja)
23. Dillinja – Ja Know Ya Big (Metalheadz)
24. Aphrodite – Bomber (Aphrodite)
25. DJ Flash – Pulp Fact (Urban Gorilla)
26. Chatta B – Dub Fe Dub (Redskin)
27. Rude & Deadly – Mash Dem Down (Unity)
28. L Double – Hail Him (Flex)
29. Solution – What Can I Do? (Suburban Base)
30. DJ SS – United (Grooverider Remix) (Formation)
31. Concept 2 – Soon Come (Liftin’ Spirit)
32. Blame – Music Takes Me (Moving Shadow)
33. Ray Keith – Sing Time (Foul Play Remix) (Dread)
34. Tango & Fallout – Revelations (DJ Nee Dubplate Remake) (Dub)
35. Simpleton – Unity (Remarc Remix) (Kemet)
For my second mix of 2015, I am once again going back to the source: jungle. Like Street Dreams, this mix collects together some of the finest jungle tunes ever made, both massive anthems as well as lesser-known monsters. I’ve been spending a lot of time recently enjoying listening to and sharing tunes on the fantastic Facebook group Long Live Beautifully Crafted Jungle, so I felt that it was only right that I give something back!
Putting this one together has been a bit of a labor of love, because to achieve this level of quick mixing (35 tracks in just 95 minutes), I needed to do a lot of planning and practicing – trying out various combinations, messing around, figuring out cue points, and sometimes just giving up and starting over. I also tried to mix things up, not just in terms of the obscurity (or not) of the tunes featured, but also in terms of the vibe, in that this mix features not just heavy-duty ragga monsters and other Amen workouts, but also more atmospheric tunes, and chunky rollers.
The final result, well, it’s something I’m very pleased with, and I hope you enjoy it too!
I don’t have much else to say, so instead here are some words from a classic Mixmag article on jungle, Is Jungle Too Ruff?:
It’s Friday midnight in Milton Keynes and the Sanctuary is teaming. There are a few hundred people gathered on the spacious main floor. The air is reefer thick.
People are jumping up and down on the spot with no discernible arm movement. Dave stops jumping to tell me that “jungle is coming back. It stopped playing in most clubs ?cos of the atmosphere. It got too tense and there were loads of scuf?es. That’s just the way the music sends you.” He resumes jumping.
Most people seem to disagree. “The music makes me feel good, makes me want to jump up,” Vicki tells me. “I don’t need drugs for this music. There’s never been trouble. People come to enjoy themselves and the music.” Her friend Emma tells me that she used to be a regular friend of E until she got into cutting her own jungle tracks under the name of Eternal Bass, and now takes it rarely.
By 1am it’s a much livlier place. The music playing is the lighter side of jungle but it’s still a moody music: fast breakbeats and heavy dubbing. Upstairs is a smaller dancefloor, decked out to give the feel of a shipwreck on a tropical island. Fishing net material hangs from the ceilings, there are wobbly fake coconut palms everywhere and the DJ’s booth is made out of bamboo canes and adorned with tribal looking masks.
The dancing is taken more sensually up here and it appears to be an individual throng. Very few people dance together. It is a posturing, a gesturing, a solitary display of yogi prowess rather than the letting go that tends to happen with house. People are dressed up. A bald black man is decked out to look like a Roman soldier. By 3am the place is packed and jumping with an older crowd.
Since this mix isn’t just tearing ragga mayhem, but also features some of the deeper, more atmospheric sounds, here are some words from the man like Simon Reynolds:
From mid-summer 93, there were the first glimpses of a new direction in Hardcore: away from the dark side, towards a new optimism, albeit fragile and bittersweet. From the influential Moving Shadow label came bliss-drenched, Ambient-tinged releases like Omni Trio’s “Mystic Stepper (Feel Better)” and “Renegade Snares”, Foul Play’s “Open Your Mind” and “Finest Illusion”. With tracks like “Music” and “Atlantis (I Need You)”, LTJ Bukem invented oceanic Hardcore. “Atlantis” was Jungle’s “1983, A Merman I Should Turn To Be”: over a whispery sea of beats float languorous quiet storm-style diva “mmmm”s and moans, rippling harps and strings, scintillating motes and spangle-trails of sound. “Atlantis” showed that speeding up the beat until it bypassed the body altogether could transform hardcore into relaxing music; rhythm itself becomes a susurrating, soothing stream of ambience, a fluid medium in which you immerse yourself, while the body responds to the half-speed, heart-murmur bassline.