Most fearsome of a deadly batch: "X-Plore H-Core".
Like most people I should imagine, I lost track of Nebula II after 1993's disappointingly mild "Eye Memory", which if nothing else can claim to literally be "dolphin jungle" on account of its cetacean sample and the title, based on the notion that once a dolphin looks you in the eye it'll never forget you. (I remember a DJ on a pirate actually explaining all that after playing the tune - an incongruous David Attenborough moment on Ruff FM or whatever station it was). If I ever thought of Nebula II at all, I'd most likely have assumed that they'd either name-changed and were now operating as a drum & bass unit, or they'd simply fallen by the wayside, like so many H-core warriors.
So it was a complete surprise when in 1998 I picked up a flyer for Lenny Dee's 30th Birthday Bash, featuring The Mover as a star attraction - and spied the name Nebula II on the bill. Or Nebula 2 as it was now being rendered.
Upon reflection, it made perfect sense - their classic tunes were at the techno-y end of the rave spectrum, so they must have branched off down a different fork - when things got jungalistic and ragga-tastic - and moved into the hard techno field.
I went to that party in Queens and my memory is hazy for various reasons but I am fairly certain Nebula II never got to do their live performance. The party was busted - thankfully after Mover finished deejaying; during, I believe, Lenny Dee's own set. So I never got to hear Nebula II play, or accost them and thank them for "X-Plore H-Core", "Seance, "Peacemaker," and "Atheama."
Actually now I remember it - it was being blown away by Nebula II's stuff when Grooverider and Fabio dropped it at Rage that actually led Goldie to their label of origin - Reinforced - and the start of his historic relationship with 4 Hero.
If you look closely at the Deeday flyer for Lenny's 30th, it says underneath 'Nebula 2" that they are on Industrial Strength Trance.
Post-Reinforced / breakbeat techno, they did not in fact go pure techno or gabba; they went hard trance. Which makes them pretty unusual as far as ardkore veterans who have second phases.
I am finding with a lot of these hardcore heroes that I'd taken to be shrouded-in-mystery, that there is in fact more information out and about on the web than I'd reckoned.
Here's what it says at Discogs about Nebula II, who indeed are a II-some or 2some - Joachim Shotter & Richard McCormack.
The Tube Mixes (12") on Out Of The Vault 1994
"Kundalini" on Sentinel Records (1995) produced the Youtube-collective-memory acknowledged "Subterrania" though.
Then a whole bunch of 1995-98 tracks - "Casper", "Frank", Chroma", Chase" b/w "Gods", "Bandit", seemingly lost to time.
Then in the 21st Century, a flurry of remixes of the 92-era classics
The latter is almost like time travel - a lost remix from the original back-in-the-day.
Whereas this pair of refixes are more in line with what D&B had become in the Noughties.
Here is a relatively recent interview at Kmag with Joe Nebula aka Joachim Shotter, who's now doing stuff on the liquid funk D&B tip.
On the turn away circa 94 from breakbeat:
"That was the time jungle techno had become jungle and I didn't find the right vibe in the music to make much of it. The beats I loved were there but I felt the music didn't progress fast enough and there was too much replication going on. So, Richard Nebula and I started to work with techno artists like A Guy Called Gerald and Thomas Heckman."
This is the vybe he is pursuing currently through his label Back2You and the Kemet FM station.