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As you can see, brand new look to this place. Since I've been away for so long, I figured it could do with a sprucing up. So, in the same stylee as Pearsall's Books (but with different colors), here it is.
The first item on the agenda is another tape rip, to go with yesterday's Andy C tape. This one is an absolutely awesome tape that I have absolutely no idea when I got it. As you can see from the image of the tape above, my actual physical copy is pretty badly beaten. All that I know for sure about this tape is that it was recorded sometime late in 1994 at a United Dance rave at The Rocket, which is the University of North London's student union on the Holloway Road in North London. This is probably one of my favorite tapes ever, and if you don't enjoy this, you need your head examined. It's Grooverider at the absolute height of his powers, dropping an absolute onslaught of hardstep classics, including 'Arsonist', 'The Angels Fell', 'Your Sound', 'Renegade Snares', and 'Lighter', amongst others. Awe-inspiring.
DJ SS - United (Grooverider Remix) - An absolute awesome remix by Groove of an SS tune. Rolling breaks, layers upon layers of them, undergird a solid rocking bass and spacey sounds, alternating snatches of incomprehensible female vocal interspersed with odd little sounds riding the gloriously choppy Amen breaks. Simple but superb.
Higher Sense - Cold Fresh Air (Remix) - Magical 1994 release from Moving Shadow. Sweetly sparkling melodies drop into deep sea bass pressure, the lightness giving way to an explosion of churning drum-led darkness, before switching back again (and back to the darkness again after that). One of the finest jungle records ever released. A truly inspirational record.
Dillinja - Brutal Bass - Always overshadowed by the two tunes it shared a release with, the all-time dancefloor classics 'Jah Know Ya Big' and 'The Angels Fell', this tune has held up remarkably well over the years. Far less immediate than the other two, this tune features some shuffly breaks and a few little sound effects, but nothing of the same dancefloor pummeling feel of the drums in the other two tracks featured tonight, but what it does have, in industrial quantities, is bass. This tune seems to be mostly about Dillinja testing out his ability to drop ridiculous basslines one after the other. If you have love bass (and you have understanding neighbors) you'll dig this tune.