The Cutters Room (Drum And Bass)
Double 0 aka 007
Dead Man’s Chest
SB81 AKA Nolige
DJ Mantra & Djinn
The Core (Oldskool Jungle)
£10 / £15 / £20
10th November 2017
Units 4/5 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB
Outer Heaven [UVB-76]
DB1 (Live) [Hidden Hawaii]
Forest Drive West [Rupture]
Alexander & Rob Vanden [One.Seventy]
Sunday 29th October 2017
133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Influential drum and bass label Deep Jungle has returned with promises of unreleased material from the mid-nineties. Dubplate and vinyl collector DJ Harmony has managed to source two tracks by Dillinja that were recorded in 1994-95 for it’s much-lauded reappearance. Taken from the original DAT tapes they have been restored by Simon At The Exchange whose previous work includes early releases on Lucky Spin, Moving Shadow, Rugged Vinyl, Tone Def, Face Records, Section 5 and many others.
Another Dimension sounds like classic Dillinja from the Deadly Ceremonies / Sovereign Melody era. Piercing strings, filtered apache beats, jazz samples and a drop that instantly deserves a rewind. The result is a perfect example of combining rough and smooth, light and dark in a way that many of us found so bewitching in 1994. The second drop is much more understated but nontheless still effective and helps to draw the track to a subdued conclusion.
Humanity on the flip side is reminscent of his Philly Blunt releases, stripped down beats designed to accommodate a skank out bassline littered with hip hop vocals (in this case sampled from Boogie Down Productions – Exhibit C). Two different styles of Dillinja tracks with Another Dimension being the stand out for me.
The great news is that these are available in both physical and digital forms so if you don’t fancy paying out £12 plus postage for a limited edition record you can purchase the FLAC/WAV files as a much cheaper option.
Listen / Buy: Bandcamp
Our good friend Phuture-T delivers his next instalment in extreme breakbeat destruction. Following on from sampling classics like The Drummers Flex (Funky Drummer) and Ruffneck Mule (Funky Mule) here Tom turns his attention to drums from a much more mysterious source, often attributed to We Know We Need To Live Together by Eugene Blackwell & The New Breed but more than likely taken from a bootleg cover version. Taking the approach of “you can never have too many edits” the result is an accomplished and confident display of production dexterity and scientific wizardry. Although hectic Cold Sweat never sounds messy or chaotic and manages to avoid the sound of pots and pans being thrown down the stairs. Using vocal samples from the James Brown track Cold Sweat to add an additional layer of B Boy funk and musicality this is sure to please fans of Paradox & Nucleus.
On the flip side The Fugitive Drummer turns the funkometer up a notch fusing horns, handclaps, wah-wah rhythms and a bass guitar. Peppered with vocal samples urging you to listen to the different instruments and to give the drummer some it is certainly unique in its approach. Add in an amen half way through to lift the track further and you have a very unique take on drum and bass. In fact it manages to do the opposite to most releases as it sounds like a funk record fusing drum and bass as opposed to the other way round.
Fugitive Drummer/Cold Sweat is released by Inperspective Records on both vinyl/digital on October 27th 2017. The 12 inch is supplied in a full colour gate fold sleeve featuring artwork by Angus Day.