Monday, September 26, 2016

dissensus jungle poll - forgotten / never knew, part 4

And now for Sadmanbarty's list

Jee-ZUS, look at the length of it (this after I've removed the ones I already know!)

Kid J- Sound Boy
Dread & The Baldhead- Wicked Piece A Tune
The Junglites- Who De Bombo Clart
Aquarius- Aquatic
Higher Sense- Listen Up
Elementz of Noize- Hit The Deck
Aquarius & Tayla- Bringing Me Down
Trinity- Gangsta
The JB- Back To Life (the dedication)
T Power- Lip Sing Jam Ring
Loggi- Loggi’s Life
JMJ & Ritchie- Free La Funk (PFM Remix)
Dubtronix- Pass De Dub
Dubtronix- Dibi DJ
Chimeira- Deeper Life (Northern Connexion Remix)
John- Dreams of Heaven (Shorty’s Mix)
Anthony x Cursa- Mind Control
Psykis- Pretend
Codename John- Dreams of Heaven (Shorty’s Mix)
Remarc- Drum n Bass Wise (Remix)
Redlight- Wow Yeah
General Degree- Papa Lover
Prizna- Fire (Rogue Unit)
Dr Jay & DJ Rush Puppy- Respect
Red Light- - Wow Yeah
Red Light - Sensi
Red Light - Killer Sound Boy Nitty Gritty
DJ Trace- Final Chapta (Rollers Mix)
Splash - Babylon (DJ SS Remix)
Babylon (DJ Trace Mix pII)
Psykis- Pretend
XTC- The Way
General Degree- Papa Lover Jungle (Vocal Mix)
FOI- One More Stripe
Dr Jay & DJ Rush Puppy- [Morning Rush EP- Track 1]
General Levy- Wikkeda!!
Dubtronix featuring GE Real- Kill Some Sounds
Urban Tribe- [SAS Records Presents Urban Tribe side A]
Smokey Joe- Shaka
The New Crew featuring General Pecos- Run Come (Hardstep Mix)
D’Cruze- Big Up
Prizna featuring the Demolition Man- Fire (Original Mix)
A Zone- Safety Zone
Mark Caro- Sling Wilde
Aquarius & Tayla- Bringing Me Down
Roni Size- Phyzical (Vintage Remix)
Tek 9- Killing Time
Lemon D- Feel It
Urban Jungle- Back In The Days (Sexy Ladies Mix)
Fallen Angels- Oh Yeah
Anthony x Cursa- Mind Control

There's a few in there where I recognise the name / title but no bells do ring - or where I know the tune, but not that particular remix. But the vast bulk are just zero recognition cases.

No way I'm going to actively comment on all of these - so what I'll do is highlight a few of these unknowns that feel special to me.

This one qualifies - nice eerie glinky slow-mo hynpo sounds noises at the start - then launches into more standard full-rinse battery, in the Dread Bass mode.

Again, good eerie intro - and then into tearing criss-crossfire of breaks, with nice clanking mechanistic killing-machine sort of haywire juggernaut feel, Rather more ideas in this than the norm with dancefloor-targeted D&B by this point - perhaps too many to really succeed (which explains maybe why i never heard this on any ravefloor). But earns points for effort.

Photek, in disguise - flipside to the "Dolphin Tune" - and like that tune very much taking on the Good Looking vybe. But a bit more propulsive - and in fact, despite the title, not that aquafunk in atmosphere.  Nice, but slighty run of the mill. I've already broken my not commenting on anything but killa tunes rule. Actually when it strips down it gets quite exciting in a spring-heeled cheetah sort of way.

Good one - unusual hissy-rustly beats, with something of a drum-solo-ish feel, and nicely warped and origami-folded vox from Anonymous Diva. Yup this is bit of a minor classic.

This one struck me as faultless and ferocious - yet not especially loveable. All right moves made, though.

Mr Parkes again, in tandem with Tayla.  I have this on the Logical Progression CD, of course -  but it must have washed over me as I have no recollection of it at all. Good Looking really was a clone fest, a curious exercise in narcissism, endless aural-mirror images of Danny Boy.  As impersonation goes this is immaculately done, with similarly clicky drum textures and warm blurry bass-booms as on "Atlantis". Whale cries too.

I never rated T Power that much - "Mutant Jazz" was alright - horn lick fabulously plastic, the beats a bit thin and reedy - but it was surpassed by the famous remix by Trace. The Self-Evident Truth of An Intuitive Mind left little impression, felt part of the nauseous glut of intelligence.  Listening to this tune now, though, I must admit - it sounds really good - different. Clattery metallic textures, distraught diva effectively latticed, melodic glints and overall a nice vaguely Eastern atmosphere that carries with it a faint future-scent of sinogrime.  Yup, something for the ever-enlarging canon (but pretty low down the rankings).

I must go through the Soapbar tunes at some point.

This though has got to be one of the gross covers of an era which had more than its fair share!

This next one is someone I have never even heard of, ever. On SOUR though.

Actually really rather good - like brisk, hissing, rotator-break  - vocal a bit blah, and the keys a bit wet. Much improved when it cuts back down to drums and bass - mad scuttling skitters of percush

So far it's been high yield, there have not been many I've just passed by altogether.

Inclined to like a tune that's on EP called Murder Dem EP, and that's on a label called Sub Assertive Sounds or S.A.S. for short. And with "Who Dares Wins" on the label too!

And this one is an unusual beat-structure -  different enough to include here but i don't if I'd add it to the ever-enlargening Canon, if honest.

Now we had Chimeira "Deeper Life" before, but not this remix I don't think

Great intro with the wavery spasms of vocal...  And then absolute bedlam with the falling down the stairs breaks that flip to feel like falling up the stairs breaks

Yes this is something to add to the Great Ones List

Gonna take a pause for the cause here  as I'm less than half way through the Sadmanbarty list - have to resume at at a later date when things aren't quite so Shock and Awe-fully hectic

but as provisional closure, a few thoughts on what makes a track Essential and Canon Worthy

one of the things with a music like jungle is that as a cultural formation it was so new, different, bracing that on a certain level ALL of it sounded amazing - because the fundamental proposition of the music is challenging, head-disrupting, life-rearranging. Such that virtually any instantiation of those generic properties done reasonably well is exciting to a fan.   In such circumstances the difference between a Classic and a solidly executed tune is less clear; only the truly sub-par, not-up-to-snuff, verging on defective tune rules itself out of consideration and contention.

When time elapses, though, the newness factor fades, and the canon starts to settle into shape

Seems like there's two bases on which a candidacy of canon-worthiness can be mounted

absolute conformity to what the genre is about - not just essential but essentialist. Consummate genre-icity that approaches the definitive, in the sense of defining what this music and how it works. Example - "Terrorist" by Renegade.

the tracks that stretch the format, bend the form, renew the music, strange-ify it, push it forward into new spaces, open up unexpected possibilities - or become odd one-offs, that are never followed by anyone else. The quirky, the bent, the unusual groove, the uncommonly atmospheric or abstract-leaning. Example - "Drowning In Her" by Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aka Foul Play - a track for which there is no like in all of jungle.

Okay, back in a bit... ciao for now.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

électronique féminine

(via Hum Blog)


1. Glynis Jones : Magic Bird Song (1976)
2. Doris Norton : Norton Rythm Soft (1986)
3. Colette Magny : « Avec » Poème (1966)
4. Daphne Oram : Just For You (Excerpt 1)
5. Laurie Spiegel : Clockworks (1974)
6. Pauline Oliveiros : Bog Bog (1966)
7. Megan Roberts – I Could Sit Here All Day (1977)
8. Suzanne Ciani : Paris 1971
9. Laurie Anderson : Tape Bow Trio (Say Yes) (1981)
10. Glynis Jones : Schlum Rooli (1975)
11. Ruth White : Mists And Rains (1969)
12. Wendy Carlos : Spring (1972)
13. Ann McMillan : Syrinx (1978)
14. Delia Derbyshire : Restless Relays (1969)
15. Maggi Payne : Flights Of Fancy (1986)
16. Else Marie Pade : Syv Cirkler (1958)
17. Daniela Casa : Ricerca Della Materia (1975)
18. The Space Lady : Domine, Libra Nos (1990)
19. Johanna Beyer : Music Of The Spheres [1938]
20. Maddalena Fagandini : Interval Signal (1960)
21. Eliane Radigue : Chryptus I (1970)
22. Ruth White : Owls (1969)
23. Ursula Bogner : Speichen
24. Beatriz Ferreyra – Demeures Aquatiques (1967)
25. Doris Norton : War Mania Analysis (1983)
26. Tera De Marez Oyens : Safed
27. Daphne Oram : Rhythmic Variation II (1962)
28. Mireille Chamass-Kyrou : Etude 1 (1960)
29. Laurie Spiegel : Drums (1983)
30. Teresa Rampazzi : Stomaco 2
31. Teresa Rampazzi : Esofago 1
32. Suzanne Ciani : Fourth Voice: Sound Of Wetness (1970)
33. Ursula Bogner : Expansion (1979)
34. Alice Shields : Sacrifice (1993)
35. Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo : ATVO II (1987)
36. Laurie Anderson : Drums (1981)
37. Doris Hays : Somersault Beat (1971)
38. Lily Greenham : Tillid (1973)
39. Ruth Anderson : Points (1973-74)
40. Pril Smiley : Kolyosa (1970)
41. Catherine Christer Hennix : The Electric Harpsichord (1976)
42. Joan La Barbara : Solo for Voice 45 (from Songbooks) (1977)
43. Slava Tsukerman, Brenda Hutchinson & Clive Smith : Night Club 1 (1983)
44. Monique Rollin : Motet (Etude Vocale)
45. Sofia Gubaidulina : Vivente – Non Vivente (1970)
46. Ruth White : Spleen (1967)
47. Doris Hays : Scared Trip (1971)
48. Daphne Oram : Pulse Persephone (Alternate Parts For Mixing)
49. Maggi Payne : Gamelan (1984)
50. Laurie Spiegel : The Unquestioned Answer (1980)
51. Ursula Bogner : Homöostat (1985)
52. Wendy Carlos : Summer (1972)
53. Suzanne Ciani : Princess With Orange Feet
54. Pauline Oliveiros : Poem Of Change (1993)
55. Suzanne Ciani : Thirteenth Voice: And All Dreams Are Not For Sale (1970)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

taking (re) issue

Blog to the Old Skool with a follow-up / riposte to that "renaissance of hardcore"  piece, filling in the gaps  in Ian McQuaid's history of ardkore and junglizm reissue labels, and giving special love to . the Formation box set, the  reissue of Potential Bad Boy's "Everyday Child" out of which spawned two labels, Sublogic and 92 Retro (never heard of the latter!) along with more recent imprints like Seventh Storey Projects and Scientific Wax.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

when i was a yout i use to bun collie weed in a rizla

and a mad remix

off this odd (and oddly spelled)  multi-artist EP on Boogie Beat - Techicians Flingdown Pt 1

scanning the Boogie Beat discography I realise that I have not sufficiently got to grips with their copious outflow

pirate radio sesh from the Boogie Beat cru

tribute mix

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

dissensus jungle poll - forgot / never knew, part 3

Continuing my comb-through for junglistic jems I never heard or didn't recognise on sight....  now it's the turn of Woebot's Top 40 picks

Well, I know nearly all of these 

In fact I think there are just five that didn't immediately ring a bell

Dillinja - "Untitled" from the Tough Toonz EP

Or is Tough Toonz actually the label? The mighty D's debut at any rate. 

I am going to assume Matt means the A1 tune

Never heard that. Rough, murky... good stuff. 

Tantalised though by the possibility he meant one of the other Untitleds on this EP, Like this - 

 - which is actually even more jungalistic, a skittering roil laced with droney smears of degraded sample-texture, then punctured by a stammering vocal riff like a Rasta spectre with a speech impediment  

Dillinja's formative years are dense

Postscript #1: Matt says the D'ja trak he has in mind is at 2:37:51 in this mix he did a while back

Yes that's good innit - has the edge on the previous tune - the way the breaks seem to whiplash out of dense whirl of murk - ditto those sharp stings of mentasmoid sound

Baby D, "Daydreaming"

This 1990 track is great - more bleep than jungle, though surely? Or did Matt mean a later rmx?

I guess there is something tribally coming through in this sound, a premonition of tangled rhythmic undergrowth

I recognise the vocal melody / performance but don't know either of the versions here

Now does Acen with his Acenhallucination rmx of '91 push it further toward junglizm?

It's getting there! Big and bashy. I would still file this under 'hardcore' though

DJ Hype, "Come Again"

Ah, never heard that, It's ace. Better than "The Trooper", its A-side - a somewhat underpar effort from Hype.  "Come Again" has great little dubwize bleeps and an unusual groove with a military-drill feel, impossibly crisp and precise.

This is the first so far I would add to my own 200 (although I think I've actually spilled well over that number at this point)

Actually, listening to "The Trooper" again, it's really pretty exciting. 

I think at the time for me it didn't match "A Shot In the Dark", "Weird Energy (Hells Bells Mix)", "I Can't Understand It (Scratch the Fuck Out of the Beginning Mix)" "The Chopper"... 

The Johnny Jungle rmx on The Joint is even better

Back to Matt's

DJ Solo and DJ Rossie - "Sure Shot"

Well they don't have that one on YouTube as far as I can tell - the title definitely rings a loud clangy bell but nothing in the way of sound-pictures fill the mindscreen

They got the flipside though, "Inna Strength" - which is really good. Classic bit of rusty bedsprings a-clanking 'n' a-creakin' away with those sproinnnngy processed breaks and a bassline that is fast but reggae-feel, pummelling away below like a fist swinging up beneath your ribcage.

Postscript #2: Matt says that "Sure Shot" is at 41:02 in this other mix of his

Ah, yes, that is really good -  Think + thunderbass choppage that gets all clattery and pots-and-pans-y

Adding to this one to the ever-growing canon!

Despite worshipping "Darkage" I have never really got a fix on Solo's other work

This one is good and definitely sets a few memory-tingles going

This is a minor classic 

And the last one from Matt's list I didn't recognise

Trinity, "Chapter 19"

Another good one - not as atmospheric OR as deadly honed in its beats 'n bass as Mighty D would get in a year's time (this tune apparently circulating from late '93 on dubplate) but nice churning pummel with some slashing smears of tekno-blare still hanging in there, a linger from hardcore days. Then it goes into terrific middle bit with a sort of I-lost-my-mind broken-doll-person feel about it. Yup a gem - and something I never heard before.    

I tend to think of D's aliases like Trinity as being equivalent to Tom & Jerry vis-a-vis 4 Hero - i.e the main name is the auteur name, the artcore name, while the alias(es) are the cater-to-the-massive, bread 'n' butter brand.  But "Chapter 19" makes me think I should check through the Trinity trackage thoroughly.


I was thinking I would do Sadmanbarty's lot right away but I glanced at them and "lot" is the right word - list is ENORMOUS, and full of things I don't recognise. I'll have to gird my loins for that sort-through session.