So just a few days ago Fabio and Grooverider played their last ever set on their institution of a show on Radio One after 14 years.
An end of an era really but even in those 14 years Drum & Bass has changed drastically, and as its Radio One it comes as no surprise there is no longer space for them on the airwaves but at least D&B will still be represented by DJ Friction.
Grooverider over the years has had his critics and seems none too fussed by it either, championing his own brand of toytown D&B for the youth who are probably more interested by Dubstep’s explosion in recent times.
But it is impossible to overlook the impact the Rider has had on Jungle and D&B having pioneered the genre since its inception.
Mixing acid, house, funk and soul in the 80’s with Fabio, he went on to launch the hugely successful and somewhat jungle-incubating club night Rage before becoming king of the hardsteppers in the mid 90’s.
His label Prototype was regarded as one of drum and bass’ more future thinking and prestigious imprints as well as being infamous for the incredible amount of time it took to get a Prototype track from dubplate to general release.
Things haven’t quite been the same since the turn of the millennium but I wanted to post up a set to show what Grooverider used to be all about, pure hardstepping jungle.
So download and enjoy Rider at his peak alongside MC’s GQ and Bassman recorded live at Amnesia House 29th May 1994.
00:00 M Beat – Incredible [Renk]
00:40 Q Project – Champion Sound (Doc Scott remix) [Legend]
04:18 Omni Trio – Soul Promenade [Moving Shadow]
06:40 System Ex – Version [Entity]
09:11 Brainkillers – Screwface [3rd Party & Kemet]
13:38 Atlas – Drifting Thru The Galaxy [Dee Jay]
15:57 Swift & Zinc featuring Steve B – Dezire (Z Mix) [2000 AD]
18:10 The JB – Stand Easy [Back 2 Basics]
20:56 Dubtronix – New Age EP [B9]
24:08 A-Zone – Calling All The People [Whitehouse]
26:43 Alex Reece – Basic Principles [Metalheadz]
30:00 Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune [Moving Shadow]
34:38 A. Rayner & E. Rayner – Pronounced Percussion [Clockwork]
36:50 Asend & Ultravibe – What Kind Of World [Back 2 Basics]
40:16 Hardware – Nightstalker (VIP Mix) [Face Of The Future LP]
42:52 Darkus & GE Real – Fantasy Mixed [Q Dance]
45:58 Engineers Without Fears – Spiritual Aura [Dee Jay]
50:44 Renegade – Terrorist (Grooverider remix) [Moving Shadow]
55:28 System Ex – Feel It [3rd Eye]