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 -
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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.