"Oxford Ardkore" almost seems like a concept someone came up with to take the piss out of me, what with being a product of the university.
But it's for real and it's the work of a character who recorded as Doctor G (which again makes you imagine a professor who caught the raving bug and operates a pirate station from the eyrie of his chambers in Balliol or Magdalen)
Of course, Oxford is not only the university - it's a large town with an industrial element (Cowley) and a lot of regular people leading lives unconnected to academia or the ancillary employment that the colleges support.
Still, it's not inconceivable that some students were sufficiently clued in - and drugged up - to be actually into rave and the first stirrings of jungle.
Now I think of it, there was a post a few years back about ardkore junglizm emanating from the Oxford area -Wots My Code, Invisible Man, Spinback, Q Project, Gwange, Total Science etc .
Specifically the Blackbird Leys Estate (a place rife with joyriding in '91, incidentally).
Good building to set up a transmitter from the top of...
Wots My Code namechecking their hometown.
Back to Doctor G, who ran a label called, haha, G-Spot Records. (Love the little joke of "Est 92")
Now I wonder what the 'Scratchapella' sounded like...
Most of this stuff is not really first-rank work of the era, let's be honest
YT in comments points out that Doctor G = Graham Mew = The Invisible Man, a better known name in ardkore 'scenti circles. He notes the similarity with the hand-drawn labels. Another giveaway is the reference to Bangin B-Line as the production entity. And indeed it says "all tracks written, produced, engineered, mixed and sorted by Doctor 'G'". Sorted!
Ah, look he had a lot of aliases in those day
An entire mix of Invisible Man tuneage courtesy of Law
Eventually he graduated to Good Looking
Now what's this then - a completely different, much later, Oxford 'Ardkore - some kind of hardcore punk thrash band!
I guess you know this, but Doctor G is of course The Invisible Man / Graham Mew.
The hand crafted labels are also very similar to his early jungle releases. :)
I did not know that! There's a bit of a jump in quality from Doctor G to Invisible Man's stuff
But yeah now you mention it, the labels are similar aren't they...
It's crazy how fast these producers progressed technically at the time.
Some of them almost sounded like different artists to me in the space of a year or two and not just because the scene progressed. Maybe Nookie is a good example going from super rough Daddy Armshouse style hardcore to silky smooth drum and bass within 2/3 years.
Not related to this stuff, but thought you might like this a lot if you’ve never heard it. I certainly hadn’t (though I have heard all the legends of his Limelight residency). Jeff Mills... hardcore DJ. Live at the Limelight July 1992
Imagining the dystopian atmosphere in that place at the time… makes me wanna pogo!
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