Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Romeo DONE!

J.Bo Tapes on Mixcloud.com
And so it is done...

J.Bo Tapes is pleased to report that the site is once again fully functional - all these amazing, historical tapes are now back available online with brand new download links for you to use!!!

(If you have any problems, please leave a comment on the post in question)

In addition, all the tapes are also available online on Mixcloud... time to get your stream on!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Return Of The Mack

Return of the Mack, you know that I'll be back...

It has been a whole year since J.Bo Tapes was a casualty of the high profile shut down of Megaupload! You must have all been very sad in the meantime, but never fear, here is some good news...

The process of re-uploading the entire collection to a new file host has begun and you will notice older posts being updated with new download links as they become available. It is a big job, so if you notice any problems with new these links, please leave a comment on the post in question.

Even better news - all of the J.Bo Tapes are also being uploading to MIXCLOUD for those that like to stream, whether it's at work, or on your phone, or wherever! So make sure you follow J.Bo Tapes on Mixcloud to listen to this history on there.

The process of re-upping the archive should be complete by the end of the month, and then we can start adding to it again with some new old tapes!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Disaster #2: All Mixtape Downloads Removed :-(

J.Bo Tapes is sad to report that we were struck by another disaster - this site's file-host, Megaupload, was seized and shut down by Federal Prosecutors in the United States this week. All files have been removed so none of the download links will work right now.

J.Bo Tapes will endeavour to find a new file-host and re-upload all the existing mixes. However, this may take some time as it is unclear how stable the remaining popular file-hosts will be in this climate. There are also not many that have an easy to use interface for you readers and that do not spawn a bunch of useless, maybe dangerous pop-ups. If anybody has any suggestions, please comment or email...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Disaster: Trusty Tape Player Broken!

After years of trusted service, the official J.Bo Tape Player has done the unthinkable and broken!

As you can imagine, with no tape player, it's impossible to rip new tapes and produce new mixes for the site...

While sourcing a new quality tape player, the mixtapes already up will remain available to download and be enjoyed... and we'll be back soon, better than ever.

Hold tight!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

J.Bo Tape #27: DJ SS & MC Fearless - One In The Jungle - 18Jul1997 ***EXCLUSIVE***

I know you don't smoke weed, but I'ma get you high today!

Another gap in the amazing One In The Jungle Archive's collection filled with yet another EXCLUSIVE One In The Jungle hotmix from my vaults - this time from the 1997 run with a set from DJ SS! Download previous One In The Jungle shows here...

A true jungle legend, DJ Scratchen Stein put out countless classics (about 100 - including this absolute ANTHEM) under innumerate aliases (Sound Of The Future, Hot Steppers, MA2...), mostly on his own heavyweight Formation Records label. This mix from 1997 is typical of his sound - experimental, dreamy whilst retaining the hard edge that keeps dancefloors moving... and he smashed all the biggest raves from Telepathy to Fantazia. Midlands crew - STAND UP!

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DJ SS & MC Fearless - One In The Jungle - 18Jul1997
Source: TDK FE90-Type I
Duration: 58m12s
Format: MP3-192kbps
Size: 79.9MB
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?7gkcr8pi8u183gz


This is a rare treat for you guys because, as a general rule, I only used to tape the guest DJ hotmixes and not the half an hour of new music either side (and of course the Top 10 at Ten and the National Rave Guide!) because I just listened, bought what I liked and moved on. For whatever reason, maybe cos it was a 90min cassette, I do have this week's one and it is a great listen... it takes me right back to when there was new music coming out of the scene every week that blew my mind and I always rushed right out to cop it on a Saturday morning... well, afternoon... late afternoon!

One In The Jungle - 18Jul1997
Source: TDK FE90-Type I
Duration: 36m26s
Format: MP3-192kbps
Size: 50.1MB
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?q7qltmm7g944fwk

J.Bo Tape #27B: One In The Jungle - 18Jul1997 ***EXCLUSIVE*** by J.Bo Tapes on Mixcloud

Wu-Tang sword style!

Monday, November 8, 2010

J.Bo Tape #26: Brockie & MC Dett - One In The Jungle - 23Aug1996 ***EXCLUSIVE***

X-amount of bassline rumble...

One In The Jungle is responsible for a lot of things. It put the UK's ever mutating breakbeat scene into the public eye for the first time opening the door for the bass that followed from UKG, Grime, Dubstep... Plus the show's popularity started BBC Radio on their path to launch national 'legal pirate' - 1Xtra. Wow.

But even more, it is the reason this very blog was created. Wanting to listen to some old mixes, I came across the brilliant One In The Jungle Archive - home of a huge collection of mixes from the show's history. However, the archive was (and still is) incomplete so I dug out the legendary first three tapes (shows from Goldie, DJ Rap and Roni Size) from my attic, digitised em and upload here. The rest is history.

Now a year later, I have gone back to digging and found another stack of 1ITJ tapes with at least a few of the archive's missing shows in there...
Here is the first of these gap-fillers - a massive Brockie mix from the 1996 run of the show. A legend in the game and a long term favourite of hardsteppers everywhere, Brockie was one of the co-founders of the king of d&b radio - Kool FM - in 1991! This combined with a tireless touring schedule and numerous classic releases on his own Undiluted imprint make Brockie one of the scene's heavyweight champions. Download now.

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Brockie & MC Dett - One In The Jungle - 23Aug1996
Source: Sony FXI 60-Type I
Duration: 58m35s
Format: MP3-192kbps
Size: 80.5MB
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?da6105p8ayo5bbn


Friday, October 1, 2010

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to J.Bo Tapes!

1 year, 25 tapes, 30 mixes, 26 DJs, 12 MCs later... 29 posts and several thousand downloads in... even 3 of my own mixes (1 old and 2 new)... and we still standing.

Thanks to everybody who has read the blog, downloaded a mix, mailed a link out, posted to a forum, left a comment, facebooked, twittered @jbotapes or just generally held it down over the past 365 days. I hope you are all enjoying what is essentially a personal project to digitally preserve my own tape collection for posterity.

If anyone is thinking of buying J.Bo a birthday gift, then something like this would do... oh, and of course, a cake is essential.

Here's to many more massive mp3 mixes to come... hold tight and watch the ride.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

J.Bo Tape #25: J.Bo - SUMMER BASS II - Jun1997 ***EXCLUSIVE***

There ain't nothin' out here for you... oh yes there is - THIS!

I always said that if I made it to 25 tapes that I would release one of my own mixes from back in the day. I didn't think we'd make it but the support has been phenomenal over the past (nearly a) year with 1000s of downloads and even messages from DJs themselves happy at finding their long-thought-lost mixes here.

But we did make it, so here we are with J.Bo Tape #25... and I have selected a personal favourite from the vaults... J.Bo - SUMMER BASS II: universal music. Recorded when I was still a teenager (before I had status and before I had a pager) in the summer of 1997, this was my annual attempt at summarising the previous 12 months in drum & bass... and with Nightmare Side A focusing on the emerging techstep sound and Dream Side B on a more vocal/ambient/experimental tip, it does a pretty good job of that.

With the techstep sound coming to dominate drum & bass for many years, it is easy to forget that when it first came through, it was truly mind blowing. Every week another record would come out that sounded like nothing that had ever come before it...with the ever reliable Metalheadz and Prototype labels leading the charge. I mean, who remembers Adam F's hoover-bass on 'Metropolis'? Or the first time Dillinja's 'Threshold' made your nostrils and eyeballs vibrate at Blue Note? Or the first time you heard the break-switching produced onto the record itself (it actually upset some DJs who thought "hey, that's my job")? Or just the total insanity of Arcon 2's 'The Beckoning' (still one of my all time favourite records)? All that without even mentioning the other side of things - the abundance of high quality, warm bass and uplifting vocals coming from, amongst others, the Good Looking camp at the same time. 1996-7 was truly an amazing year in d&b history.

I think this tape had an initial distribution of only about 20 copies (haha... I wonder if anybody still has theirs?!?). So this is the first chance for a wider audience to hear the mix, my first attempt at crafting an actual Drum & Bass Mixtape, rather than just a Mix-On-A-Tape. Using the usual two turntables, mixer and tape deck, I also hooked up a sampler for this one - you can even see all the samples used in the full tracklisting! And before you ask, yes, I was spending too much time with hip-hop DJs, listening to Wu-Tang records and watching kung-fu flicks at the time.

You may not know J.Bo as a d&b DJ, but regular readers/listeners of this site will know my taste by now so give it a listen - it features a heavyweight selection of all time classic tracks from the likes of Ed Rush, Dillinja, Boymerang, Doc Scott, Blame, Jonny L, DJ Krust, Roni Size, Photek, Bukem... and it is free! Then let me know what you think in the comments...

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J.Bo - SUMMER BASS II: universal music - Jun1997
Source: TDK SA90-Type II
Duration: 1h30m47s (45m18s + 45m29s)
Format: MP3-192kbps
Size: 124.1MB (62.2MB + 62.5MB)
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?lo5k5cr2tv2oon4

And like that... he's gone!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

J.Bo Tape #24: Roni Size & Krust - Full Cycle Show - Galaxy 101FM - 25May1995 ***EXCLUSIVE***

What goes around, comes around...

As you can see from the Top 5 J.Bo Tapes on the left, the first of these legendary Thursday night Full Cycle radio shows has quickly become by far our biggest download to date. To reward the continuing support from the Bristol crews, here is another tape recorded from the never-forgotten Galaxy Radio six months later, in the classic jungle year, 1995.

Roni Size and Krust's supergroup Reprazent went on to became the most successful live act in the history of drum'n'bass. These radio shows pre-date that era when they were breaking the music locally whilst making names for themselves on the London underground. And don't worry - three more of these shows have been spotted in the J.Bo Tape archive and will be digitised, remastered and uploaded here in due course -
follow J.Bo Tapes on Facebook, Twitter or RSS Feed to make sure you don't miss future releases...

You don't need to be sold on this one so just go ahead and download in your droves... if you need more, hit up the great Bristol Pirate Radio Recordings site now.

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Roni Size & Krust - Full Cycle Show - Galaxy 101FM - 25May1994
Source: Samsung XM-1 C90-Type I
Duration: 56m52s
Format: MP3-192kbps
Size: 78.1MB
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?l4o33zbau7z4maw

The hotter mix.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

J.Bo & Southern Hospitality Present: We Miss The ROC - 2010 *BRAND NEW*

The Takeover... R.O.C. too strong for y'all!

After the huge response to last month's
Rap & Bullsh*t 101 mix and the spectacular success of the launch party, J.Bo and Southern Hospitality had to collaborate again...

If the last mix 'moved and soothed romance' then this one is gonna move you to RIOT! At the dawn of the new millenium, Roc-A-Fella Records had the entire
rap scene on lock taking over the clubs, the charts, the streets and our hearts. This success came through releasing a constant string of CLUB BANGERS from their marquee artists - think Jay-Z, Kanye West, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Cam'ron, Amil driving clubs all around the world crazy with smash hits like "Flipside", "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop", "Do My...", "Jigga What, Jigga Who", "What We Do", "Oh Boy" and "Is That Your Chick?" and so on. Who doesn't remember wiling out to at least one of these jams?

We have collected together as many classics as we could fit onto one CD (30 tracks as it turns out - see comments) so everybody can relive those glory days once again...

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J.Bo & Southern Hospitality Present: We Miss The ROC - 2010
Source: Serato Scratch Live
Duration: 1h12m10s
Format: MP3-VBR

Size: 137.6MB
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?f6f5fzwvf4f9pf3

Maximum respect to Upper Echelon for the glorious nostalgia inducing cover artwork. Go check the simultaneous release and keep up with all that is new and good in urban music over at the Southern Hospitality site.

People who attended our last party are already lining up to experience the good time vibes and unmatched music again... the rest of you should join us for a Carnival Weekend warm-up and to grab a free copy of this CD at t
he official launch party - we will be at The Social on Little Portland Street W1 for "Southern Hospitality - We Miss The ROC Special" on Friday 27th August, free entry all night, details here and here.

UPDATE: With the surprising popularity of the last one, here's a
YouTube video playlist.

UPDATE UPDATE: Photo gallery from another HUGE CD Release Party here. Thanks again to everybody there for making the party atmosphere what it was... treasure the hard copy of the mix if you were one of the lucky ones!

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