Soul Trader boss Surplus lands in our guest mix hotseat with a whopping 2 and a half hours of classic jungle! Digging deep in the collection this 93-95 vinyl mix takes in legendary tracks from Foul Play, Bukem, Krust, Q Project, Danny Breaks, Roni Size and many many more…vintage breakbeat selections.
Taking influence from the early Moving Shadow, Metalheadz and Good Looking sound, Feijai’s new EP for The Dreamers took us straight back to the 90s sound when it landed in the Dojo inbox. Naturally we had to pick the man’s brains on his influences, so here are the top five classic tunes from the Midlands-based producer…
Dojo boss Hex steps up to the decks to deliver the third instalment of the Bay 6 Recordings podcast! Featuring 70 minutes of D&B rollers, the selection focuses on deeper liquid styles with some techier cuts thrown in for good measure. Spanning classics, new releases and some unreleased music as well as plenty of Hex productions, look out for some exclusives that you can’t hear anywhere else!
If you’re enjoying the mix, make sure to go and grab Hex’s latest work for Detached Audio, This Snare.
In 2015, the legendary DnB label Metalheadz embarked on a project to re-master and re-release all of its classic tunes from the 90s and beyond. This was presumably done for DJs, to give high-quality downloads of early-era songs to those who have updated their equipment but not their tastes.
What it has effectively done on top of that, however, is to expose younger generations of ravers to the wonders of the Metalheadz archives, as well as to producers and sub-genres which, if not forgotten, were buried in the record crates of first-and-second-generation junglists and D&B heads. Now even the grumpiest vinyl-loving old school heads can listen to a crisp, clean WAV of Marcus Intalex’s My Soul on their computers if they so choose.
The most recent release from the “Re-Mastered” project is of 2002’s MDZ.02. Just released on Friday, this 11-track retrospective contains classics from the likes of Klute, Teebee, Loxy & Ink and a special Usual Suspects track called Tribute, an homage to the influential D&B MC Kendo, who’d recently passed at the time the track was released.
2002 was an interesting transitional time for drum and bass. Beats became much faster, samples started to be influenced by hip hop, R&B and rave, and jungle and drum and bass structures started to merge in ways that many felt were unthinkable. Metalheadz was right on the forefront of this change and its surrounding controversy, riding the crest to emerge as the well-established and cutting-edge label it is today.
Written by Layla Marino
Vivid Sounds’ latest project sees them bringing scene legend Bailey on board for a tidy new mix entitled Resurrection. Packed full of belters from the likes of Dillinja, Ruffige Kru, Paradox and Future Prophecies, the mix feels like a love letter to the bygone era of mix CDs, and it’s well worth a listen. To find out a little more we grabbed Bailey for a quick chat…