Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #20): Intense – Only You

“If you want an example of mid-90s liquid this is it; lush, warm and beautiful. Not claustrophobic like today’s 4-minute ‘slam bam’ drum & bass tracks. It has a nice sense of pace. Nothing sounds rushed, which is a homage to late 70s jazz funk. To me this is their finest moment. The thing hereContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #20): Intense – Only You”

A Mermaid’s Dream: Inside J Majik’s Slow Motion LP

“The Luke Skywalker of Breakbeat. He is unbelievable, he is so talented. I’ve been watching him grow up in the last two years. I’ve seen him grow from this inquisitive street kid to that age where he’s humorous and simply enjoying life. I do feel like a big brother to him.” – Goldie on JContinue reading “A Mermaid’s Dream: Inside J Majik’s Slow Motion LP”

On The Outside, Looking In Vol. 1: Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner

Most of the blog’s features are thematically based on informal conversations with my guests. Although I often include verbatim excerpts, it’s been a long time since I posted an actual interview. This is the first installment of a new category introduced to replace one of the blog’s oldest series “Jump The Q”, which has unceremoniouslyContinue reading “On The Outside, Looking In Vol. 1: Sicknote x Soul Beat Runner”

Count To Ten: Drum & Bass Illustrations and Record Sleeves

“… drawing a fine line between the sublime and the ordinary, the initial presentation criteria have been the aesthetic quality of the imagery, the nature of its production, the relationship to the music on the record and obviously my personal attachment …” Something completely different for the last post of 2016; instead of the musicContinue reading “Count To Ten: Drum & Bass Illustrations and Record Sleeves”

All Hidden Agenda mix by Law

My friend Ricky Law @ Drumtrip UK, recorded a fine mix paying tribute to one of my all-time favourite artists Hidden Agenda, featuring a plethora of classics, as well as underrated gems like “Get Carter”, “Sirens” and “The Wall With Paintings” remixes. Biography, discography highlights, reviews and all things Hidden Agenda are available in theContinue reading “All Hidden Agenda mix by Law”

Whatever happened to … Precious Material?

“… At Basement Records we also wanted the artists to sample as little as possible, to create pioneering and original material, hence the label title ‘Precious Material’. Some of the releases are produced in the studio and some are recorded live performances…”- Phil Wells reflects on the label’s ethos and purpose After a long hiatus,Continue reading “Whatever happened to … Precious Material?”

On Reflection: Three Years Of Blogging

“A passion for music that gradually escalated over time into a controlled obsession” It has been three years since this blog went online, although its conception goes further back, so I eventually decided it’s about time I shared some thoughts about how it all started, as well as provide a retrospective account of the eventsContinue reading “On Reflection: Three Years Of Blogging”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #2): Commix – Be True

“We’re trying to push the sounds that were around in the mid-1990s, but update them … We’re keen to bring back experimentation. I think it’s something that has been lost over the past ten years. You’ve got more and more dance-floor fodder coming out. Drum and bass became about the same people for too long.Continue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #2): Commix – Be True”

Whatever happened to … Hidden Agenda?

This is the first installment (an updated version in terms of content and structure) of the blog’s “Whatever happened to …?” article series, inspired by the eponymous Hidden Agenda album, released on the Swiss label Straight Ahead in 2000. “They’re talented boys! Fusing old-skool jazz, with a touch of the Miles stylez. They deal withContinue reading “Whatever happened to … Hidden Agenda?”

Whatever happened to … Essence Of Aura?

The sixth installment of the “Whatever happened to…?” series is dedicated to a highly influential music trio; one of the pioneering electronic music bands that came from hardcore beginnings,  progressed through jungle techno to drum and bass and has been active throughout the first half of the 90s. Despite their short-lived career, the trio releasedContinue reading “Whatever happened to … Essence Of Aura?”