The second part of the Drum & Bass Arena Essential Jungle mix picks up where 1994 left and dons a pair of Moschino trousers, Reebok Classics and whatever polo shirt it could find before letting off rapid fire into 1995 and 1996.
Jungle in 1995 was a complex beast, it demanded you to stick your head down, soak up the bassline and occasionally flick your lighter. This certainly wasn’t the era of smiley faces and putting your hands in the air, although strangely enough, it was one of the most united and atmospheric.
Before anyone could demand a third or fourth reload on Leviticus’ ‘Burial’ a flood of hard stepping rough came flooding in from the likes of DJ Rap, Dillinja and Krome & Time.
By 1996 producers creativity was at an all time high and the sound as we knew it was due for a massive upheaval, mainly driven by the likes of Shy FX, Congo Natty, Aphrodite and DJ Red.
This was the unmistaken sound of jump up drum & bass, a sound that took elements from the past, combined with a slightly increased bmp, rubberised basslines and hip hop samples. It was also the rebirth of the ‘feel good factor’ and although many junglists took an instant dislike to certain producers efforts it really did take over the scene for sometime.
Rather than opting for the obvious classics of the era, the Drum & Bass Arena forum have delved deep into their record collection and pulled out a collection of diverse tracks that portray the time period in a totally different light altogether.
Come with it
London’s Most Wanted – Bear Witness (Mix 2) [Chronic]
Tonic – Hip To The Hoppa [Dee Jay]
Special K & Ruff Cut – Kill Or Be Killed [Lowkey]
Maldini – Kosmo [Phat Trax]
Tekniq – Hold it Now (Tekniq Remix) [Formation]
Roni Size – Fashion [V]
Alex Reece – Basic Principles [Metalheadz]
Current Affairs – Turbulence (Just Jungle Remix) [Moving Shadow]
Northern Connexion – Re-Think [Back 2 Basics]
DJ Trace & Ed Rush – Untitled [Dub]
Concept 2 – Soon Come [Liftin’ Spirit]
Ed Rush – What’s Up [No U-Turn]
Joint Venture – Don’t Ever Stop [Liftin’ Spirit]
DJ Die – Play It For Me [V]
The X – New Dawn (ST Files Remix) [Jump Up]
Swabe – Uno Dos Tres [Dope Dragon]
Jeru vs Dillinja – Me Or The Papes [White]
Lemon D – This Is L.A. [Metalheadz]
Mask – One People [Dope Dragon]
Bill Riley – In At The Deep End [Protocol]
Nemeton – Transamazonia (LTJ Bukem Remix) [One Little Indian]
Earl Grey – The Lick [Rugged Vinyl]
Dead Calm – Urban Style [Moving Shadow]
PFM – Wash Over Me [Good Looking]
Cloud 9 – Snow [Moving Shadow]