Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #13): Odyssey – Expressions

Every track presented in the series has a special place in my collection and is associated with a different period of my life, hence the time leaps. Throwback to 1997 for the 13th installment of the Tracks I Wish I’d Written; a stellar classic with one of the genre’s most recognizable and revered lead synths,Continue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #13): Odyssey – Expressions”

Count To Ten: Cross-genre drum & bass remixes – part 1 (1995-96)

This is the first part of a mini-series focusing on cross-genre drum & bass remixes; from subtle re-interpretations to complete re-constructions. The burgeoning d&b popularity in the mid-90s attracted media attention and interest from independent, as well as major record labels, which commissioned d&b remixes for their artists across the music spectrum; from post-punk andContinue reading “Count To Ten: Cross-genre drum & bass remixes – part 1 (1995-96)”

Savage Times: Inside Modern Urban Jazz

“… when I refer to the music now as d&b, I never really considered it much then. I know that may sound strange, but I think we always operated as outsiders; I personally always felt on the outside looking in, which is why our Glider-State track was called so…” “… I hadn’t done anything onContinue reading “Savage Times: Inside Modern Urban Jazz”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #7): UB40 – Until My Dying Day (Icons remix)

“Until My Dying Day was a tune UB40 had written, which was touted to be the theme for the latest Bond film at the time (GoldenEye) …” By the first half of the 90s, UB40’s constant touring had taken its toll and the band was ready for a well-earned rest. During their sabbatical, several ofContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #7): UB40 – Until My Dying Day (Icons remix)”

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?”

Tune Of The Day #2 – Review for drumtrip.co.uk

UB40 – Until My Dying Day (Icons remix) – Dep International (DEPDJX4512, 1996) This is my second contribution to the oldschool specialist blog Drumtrip; a review and the background story behind the classic Icons remix of UB40‘s Until My Dying Day.  You can view the original post, as well the previous installments of the TOTDContinue reading “Tune Of The Day #2 – Review for drumtrip.co.uk”

MJAZZ presents The Modernists

The Modernists is a highly acclaimed, collectible, limited edition, compilation series project released by the forward-thinking Modern Urban Jazz (MJAZZ) label. To the time of writing The Modernists series consists of four volumes (official release date of the 4th volume is the 22nd of July, 2013), featuring mainly artists and affiliates of the MJAZZ collective.Continue reading “MJAZZ presents The Modernists”

Count To Ten: Justice (Modern Urban Jazz, Moving Shadow, Creative Wax)

With a history that goes hand in glove with that of the development of drum & bass and jungle itself, Tony Bowes, aka Justice, has consistently spearheaded new musical forms. He is very much instrumental in the birth of drum & bass and is heralded as one of the true pioneers. Raised in Luton, JusticeContinue reading “Count To Ten: Justice (Modern Urban Jazz, Moving Shadow, Creative Wax)”

Justice (Modern Urban Jazz) Jumps the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general. Today Justice (Modern Urban Jazz head honcho) Jumps the Q Let’s get started: Set 1: The man behind the mask