Help the Philippines, Party, and Win Awesome Vinyl Goodies … at the Same Time!

Philippines Relief Fundraiser with Tim Exile (Live), Ital Tek, Giles Smith at Crate Brewery

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you will know that a few weeks ago the Philippines was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which caused massive destruction across the archipelago nation as well as thousands upon thousands of deaths.

You don’t need to come to Sonicrampage to know what a terrible tragedy this is, and how important it is to help, even if all you can do from thousands of miles of away is make a donation to one of the organizations that is on the ground assisting the Filipino people.

Which is why I would like to alert you to a fundraising party/raffle that my good friend Man Hon Luk (a.k.a. The Vinyl Pimp) is organizing. All ticket holders to the party are automatically entered into the raffle, and even if you aren’t attending the party, you can still buy raffle tickets. I’ve made a donation via buying a bunch of tickets, and I hope you will too!

The party is at the Crate Brewery in Hackney next Saturday, the 7th of December, and all raffle ticket holders will have the chance to win prizes donated by a variety of local businesses and record labels.

To buy tickets, click here to visit Resident Advisor.

What you really want is to know what tunes are up for grabs, right? So here’s a little rundown on some of the goodies that record labels like Deep Medi Musik, Hemlock Recordings, Swamp 81, Ninja Tune/Big Dada, Civil Music and Planet Mu are giving away (I will update this list as more stuff is added):

Warp Records
Ninja Tune/Big Dada
Civil Music
Deep Medi Musik
Swamp 81
Planet Mu
Hemlock Recordings

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Tonight on – the premiere of Rampage Turbo 20!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight at 7pm CET at my Rampage Turbo 20 mix will receive its official premiere on the Freeformaniacs show. 35 tracks and two hours of awesome freeform from 2013 … make sure you tune in!

More details here.

Here’s Rampage Turbo 19, my mix from the last round, if you missed it:

This will appear on Sonicrampage in the next few weeks – it’s going to be my last freeform mix for a few months – I want to work on some new projects now.

Tuesday Time Machine

Tuesday Time Machine: Jungle Fever Edition

Hohenzollerndamm, Berlin
Dusk at Hohenzollerndamm, Berlin

I’m sick. Which blows. So I can’t work for a week. Which also blows.

But at least I have my tunes, so that’s some compensation!

One bonus of living in Germany is super cheap domestic postage for packages (DHL, after all, is part of the state-run Deutsche Post). So, last week, I gorged myself on vintage jungle from the Discogs seller simplyfreshtunes, and I would like to share with you five of these tunes to brighten up your Tuesday.

Few things on this earth are as awesome as classic jungle!

Mensa – White Rock (Tearin Vinyl)

First up is one of the lesser known tunes from Krome & Time’s Tearin Vinyl label. Mostly this label is remembered for their own massive anthems ‘The License’ and ‘Ganja Man’, but they also released a bunch of other quality jungle tunes from some smaller names, like Mensa, a.k.a. Arif Salif, Matt Taylor & Steve Caddell – who? The only single they ever released, ‘White Rock’ is an absolutely blazing Amen tearout tune that sounds, frankly, quite like a lot of other blazing Amen tearout tunes from 1994/1995. And that’s no bad thing! ‘White Rock’ is also, of course, a reference to the infamous crack cocaine – weirdly enough, that was a bit of a theme on Tearin Vinyl, as they also had released a tune called ‘Glass Pipe Fury’ by DJ Exodus & Head Pressure.

Of course, at one point there were rumors that jungle music itself was linked to crack (which was bullshit, of course):

While Quest is pretty much trouble free, there are reports of jungle clubs that are much rougher. Where people get attacked and where crack is openly used. This happened to me at a jungle night: Two 15 year olds spotted my friend’s little hash pipe and asked it they could use it. A moment later there was an unpleasant sweetish smell. “What are you smoking?” he asked. “Snood,” they replied, giggling inanely. “Snood?” “Yeah, snood, you know, snood, crack. You want some?”

Anyways, I hope the crack reference is just because they wanted to be ‘dark’, not because they were actually crack addicts, since crack is, you know, whack. Right, Whitney?

Dillinja – Sovereign Melody (Deadly Vinyl)

Second up is the most expensive tune I’ve bought in a while (jungle prices have really gone through the roof over the last few years!) – this is Dillinja in an unusually mellow and restrained mood. No cascades of tearing Amens, just solid rolling beats and summery chords, with a firm bassline undergirding the whole thing. This is an extremely versatile tune, one that could work as well in an LTJ Bukem-style set of dreamy and deep drum n’ bass, or as a nice palate-cleanser in the midst of a much harder set. Dillinja really set the standards in the mid-90’s, and this, in my opinion, is one of his finest tunes.

Cutty Ranks – Dark Justice (Half Breed Remix) (24 Karat)

Here’s a confession: I wasn’t even aware of this tune until last week!

I only found out about it because I was looking through simplyfreshtunes’ sale catalogue and I found this, was curious, had a listen on YouTube, and, bang, added it to my cart. Sold!

Cutty Ranks, for those who are unaware, was one of the great Jamaican dancehall mc’s of the early 90’s, and the DJ SS remix of his ‘Limb By Limb’ (which also appeared on my Street Dreams mix) is perhaps the ragga jungle anthem.

Obviously, this is a much much much less well-known tune, but it is still a fine combination of ragga vocals, choppy drums, and rib-shaking bass. A keeper.

Dr S. Gachet – The Dreamer (Aphrodite Remix) (Labello Blanco)

Using the classic “behold, here cometh the dreamer” sample, this Aphrodite is just a perfect distillation of his sound circa ’95 – massive euphoric melodies leading to an incredible explosion of energy as the bassline drops. Simple but oh so effective!

This appeared on Labello Blanco’s The Babyface Ragga Tribute Vol 1 EP, which was a tribute they did to a friend of theirs who sadly passed away. Other tracks featured come from Bizzy B and D’Cruze – all in all an extremely solid purchase.

Simpleton – Unity (Remarc Remix) (Kemet)

Last but not least, here’s another vintage ragga jungle workout, as the lord of choppage himself, Remarc, gets to grips with Simpleton’s ‘Unity’, from Kemet’s Repatriation EP, which also featured tracks from the likes of Family of Intelligence, Dan Man, and Fusion. Remarc was the absolute master of drum edits, as you can hear from this tune, where the drums are constantly twisting and shifting in between the dubwise bassline and Simpleton’s vocals. A glorious tune on an amazing EP.

Hard to argue with this review from Discogs:

If you do not already own this I suggest that you buy it pronto.

Has to be the one of if not the best jungle EP out there.

Guest Mixes

Guest Mix: JD Pleks presents Umekanozal

JD Pleks - Umekanozal

JD Pleks presents Umekanozal

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Mixed in Glasgow, July 2013
(70:25, 165 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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Style: Explosive techno from Slovenian techno hero Umek!

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Download Pearsall ‘Dreaming of Berlin’ and the rest of Freeformatted Vol. 2 for FREE!

Freeformatted Vol. 2

Very chuffed with this bit of news:

A massive massive thanks to everyone who has downloaded and enjoyed the tune so far!

As you might remember, a few months back I made a freeform tune called ‘Dreaming of Berlin’ at A.B.’s studio; now you can download it totally for FREE, right here:

Here’s what I said about the tune at the time:

It was quite an interesting day out for me. I had sent a lot of different influences through to Alex in advance (from hard trance to jungle), so when I got there he was able to quickly translate my somewhat hazy ideas into a real actual track in just one day. As is the usual case when a dj works with an engineer, what I did was basically arrangements (“no hi-hats there”, “let’s make the acid stab sharper”, “put the Amen snatch right on the bass note in the break”, “how about we take the bubble off the bass and stick to a straight off-beat?”), with him doing all of the actual manipulations for the sake of speed and clarity. Overall, it was a lot of fun being in the studio, and I am personally very pleased with the results.

With this tune I wanted to capture some of the magic of the mid-90?s M-Zone and Mark EG hard trance sound and cross it with contemporary freeform … judge for yourself how well we did it!

Make sure to go to Soundcloud to get the rest of the tunes!

Full tracklisting:

1) Qygen – Supersonic Speed 2013
2) SamHard & Meke – Heaven and Hell
3) Pearsall – Dreaming of Berlin
4) Flammable DJs – Unity (H-Blast remix DUB)
5) Sebucan – Unleash the Power Within Your Soul
6) pHate – The Last Question
7) MHX – Gray Death
8) Le Dos-On – Sanctuary
9) Custom Built DJs – Myriad
10) Ikaruga_Nex – Dilapidated 2013
11) Evolutionize – Pain
12) Vyral XIII – Scathe

All in all, it’s a brilliant compilation, with a very very level of quality throughout the album. Enjoy!