The history of Source Direct mixes, mixed by Law

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A trio of mixes here that will give you the full spectrum of maybe the greatest production duo drum and bass has ever seen.

St Alban’s based Source Direct made their debut under the moniker ‘Sounds Of Life’ with their excellent ‘Trust Me EP’ in 1994 on what was already a major jungle label; Certificate 18. The beats were typically 8bit and grainy but the skills where there.

From then on they went on to create some of the finest beats imaginable.
With a little tutoring from the legandary Photek, they composed tunes for all kinds as labels such as Good Looking, Metalheadz, Mo Wax and Basement under a slew of different aliases.

They later became one of few D&B acts to sign to a major label, in 1998 their deal with Virgin and its offshoot ‘Science’ saw the release of their album debut ‘Exorcise The Demons’ and have the classic ‘Call & Response’ feature in the cult vampire flick; Blade.

At the turn of the millenium Jim Baker and Phil Aslett disbanded leaving the Source Direct legacy behind; Phil has had somewhat of a revival in the D&B scene as of late recording as Phil Source and running his own  label appropriately called ‘Vampire’.  Jim is also on the comeback trail under the original ‘Source Direct’ name and is currently taking DJ bookings, with new productions in the works for 2014.

10 years after the split, these mixes can take you back, through the deep rainforest sounds of Complexities, spaced out vibes of Intallect and the militant drones of the Dark Metal remix.

Tracklistings;

Part One;
01.. Intensity – Intensity – Basement [1995]
02.. Sounds Of Life – Intallect – Certificate 18 [1995]
03.. Source Direct – Shimmer – Odessy [1994]
04.. Source Direct – Bliss – Source Direct [1995]
05.. Sounds Of Life – A Spice Of Jazz – Certificate 18 [1995]
06.. Source Direct – Different Groove – Odessy [1995]
07.. Source Direct – A Made Up Sound – Metalheadz [1995]
08.. Source Direct – Artificial Barriers – Source Direct [1996]
09.. Sounds Of Life – Currents (Remix) – Certificte 18 [1995]
10.. Source Direct – Secret Liason – Good Looking [1996]
11.. Source Direct – Future London – Odessy [1994]
12.. Hokusai – Divine – Source Direct [1997]
13.. Source Direct – Stonekiller – Metalheadz [1996]
14.. Source Direct – The Cult (Remix) – Razor’s Edge [1996]
15.. Source Direct – The Crane – Source Direct [1996]
16.. Source Direct – Concealed Identity – Science [1998]
17.. Hokusai – Black Rose – Source Direct [1996]
18.. Source Direct – Exit 9 – Source Direct [1995]

Part 2;
01.. Mirage – Deep Rage – Odysee Records
02.. Oblivion – Last Dance – Street Beats
03.. Intensity – Shadows – Basement Records
04.. Source Direct – Modem – Source Direct
05.. Intensity – Forbidden Medicine – Basement Records
06.. Oblivion – Lush – Street Beats
07.. Source Direct – Complexities – Good Looking Records
08.. Mirage – Personal – Odysee Records
09.. Nemeton – D.E. (Sounds Of Life Dub Mix) – One Little Indian
10.. Source Direct – Approach & Identify – Source Direct
11.. Code Of Practice – Can We Change The Future? (Sounds Of Life Remix) – Certificate 18
12.. Sounds Of Life – Trust Me – Certificate 18
13.. Sounds Of Life – Hidden Rooms – Certificate 18
14.. Source Direct – Snake Style – Source Direct
15.. Hokusai – Red Lights – Source Direct Recordings
16.. Source Direct – The Cult – Metalheadz
17.. Rufige Kru – Dark Metal (Source Direct Remix) – Razors Edge

Part 3;
01. Sounds Of Life – Release The Bells – Certificate 18
02. Sounds Of Life – Currents – Certificate 18
03. Intensity – Generations – Basement
04. Source Direct – Fabric Of Space – Source Direct Recordings
05. The Medicine Men – Scream In The Jungle (Source Direct Mix) – Headroom
06. Oblivion – Sands Of Time – Street Beats
07. Mirage ‎– Just For You – Odysee
08. Sounds Of Life – Don’t Resist The Beat – Certificate 18
09. Mirage – Feel My Dreams – Odysee
10. Hokusai – 12 Till 4 – Source Direct Recordings
11. Hokusai – Jade – Source Direct Recordings
12. Source Direct – Web Of Sin – Metalheadz
13. Hokusai – Sculptures Hide – Odysee
14. Source Direct – Call & Response – Science
15. Source Direct ‎– Capital D. – Science
16. Source Direct – Mind Weaver – Science
17. Source Direct – Technical Warfare – Science

About Law

Main author and creator of Drumtrip. I have been listening to and mixing drum and bass in its various forms since 1998. Drumtrip was designed to celebrate the glory years between 1991 and 1997.

  • Traffic

    I’ve listened to these possibly 500 times each. My favorite mixes ever.

  • Source Direct deserve mixes at at least 192 kbps if not more. 🙁

  • I wish I still had the original wav files but they are long gone I’m afraid mate, its a bit of a bummer the first mix is only 128kbps. Thanks for the comment

  • george

    No problem, these mixes are solid bits of business all the same… plus, my crummy headphones help balance out the sound 😀

    Rude of me to not thank you for the sounds in my previous comment, thanks! Great to hear all this stuff again without dusting off old crates. Such a period in time, this was. Won’t ever be the same!

  • Scott Cooke

    Yeah Dope!!! Mystic Moods mix next yo……

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  • Mark R

    Jim from Source Direct doing a DJ set in London this month!

    http://www.corsicastudios.com/whats-on/october-2012/blackest-ever-black/

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  • Albert

    A few years ago, Jim stole a prescription pad from my parents Doctor surgery! He was caught on camera, but must have a relationship with the police, as he only received a caution.

  • WaxerUK

    Are these still available? I can see them on youtube but would love the original mixes if possible cheers!

  • Yes they are available on this very page!

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