Bargain Jungle: The Good Fellas – Impact

The Good Fellas - ImpactPhat Trax was a subdivision of the Trouble on Vinyl label that lasted from 1995 to 2001 featuring a whole host of undercover tunes that never received the attention they deserved. Although some of the producers were previously unheard of, the label did feature tunes from the likes of 175 Crew and Notorious J. As Trouble on Vinyl moved to a more technical stance, Phat Trax continued in a similar style to the likes of Urban Takeover, Dope Dragon and Philly Blunt.

Let’s look at a tune called ‘Impact’ produced by The Good Fellas (AKA DJ Red). A 1996 gem that’s often overlooked.

Sampling Busta Rhymes lyrics from ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest and mimicking the simple bass patterns of most Dope Dragon releases at the time, ‘Impact’ is a Reebok Classic shuffling stepper. It’s certainly another fine example of the minimalist approach in terms of production and certainly wasn’t out of place in any DJ’s set at the time of release although I can really only remember DJ Hype supporting it.

This was around the time when wherever you would see DJ Hype you would also see MC MC, it was like the modern day Andy C and GQ to a certain extent and I would even go as far to say that this would be my prefered combination even to this day if MC MC was still living in the UK.

“Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind, powerful impact boom from the cannon”

If you’re not nodding your head after the drop you are officially dead or just into Dubstep.

The same lyrics by Busta Rhymes were recycled and can also be found on the remix of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Roman’s Revenge


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Jungle/Drum&Bass Veteran. Section 23 since 1993, part of the editorial team for Drum & Bass Arena, writer for UK Bass Music, Everyday Junglist and Drumtrip