Count To Ten: Drum & Bass Illustrations and Record Artwork (part 2)

What the sleeve notes never tell you

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It’s been 16 months since the original post , which was meant to be a one-off feature; however I always felt that it’s been somehow incomplete. The constructive feedback I received, occasionally bordering on debate over a matter de facto subjective, convinced me to revisit the topic; paraphrasing Nick Hornby “a sneer at the bad choices, an understated but supportive raise of the eyebrow for the good ones”. So, instead of updating the list, I decided to compile a new one containing record artwork I had intentionally omitted for a variety of reasons, as well as couple of recent entries.

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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 and progressive rock, to indie-pop and acid jazz. The syncopated, sample-based drum & bass template accommodated for experimentation and fostered an adventurous environment to introduce innovative production techniques and sonic landscapes.

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In hindsight, efficient promotional, publishing, licensing and distribution models exposed UK drum & bass to the large emerging markets of Japan and USA and the genre has been effectively embraced by a wider audience. Many artists seized the opportunity to explore new musical paths. However, what started with bona fide artistic and creative intentions came with a price. In certain cases, it was no more than a sly scheme to cash in on the niche genre emerging from the underground. As a counter-measure, a few years later, the d&b scene retreated back to introversion, inaccessibility and darkness with many struggling to find their place in the new bleak reality (more on part 2).

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Logical Progression Global Access @ Melkweg, Amsterdam, 18 May, 2012

Good Looking records celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Logical Progression initiative on May 18, 2012 in Amsterdam. It was an impeccable production with special guests for the night the mighty Fabio, EZ Rollers and DJ Marky alongside the one and only LTJ Bukem, hosted by MCs Conrad, Stamina and Moose. It has been a long trip down memory lane; a parade of countless classics from the back catalogues of all the labels that were prominent in the game throughout the second half of the 90’s (Good Looking, Metalheadz, Moving Shadow, Timeless, Skanna, Dee Jay Recordings, Creative Source, Creative Wax just to name a few…)

It is very hard to describe the feelings and the memories unleashed during that night making it almost a religious experience for the lucky attendants. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of my videos attached, but let them give a brief, but in no way conclusive, review of what happened that night.

Logical Progression 17th anniversary poster

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