This week we welcome Jarque....
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As always, thanks to Dusk Dubs crew for letting me put together another dig in the crates. Also a huge shout to Si Rage who gave me my break on his radio station and inspired this selection.
Last time I put something together for Dusk Dubs I was working under my production name of Niccolo Machiavelli. I put together a collection of tracks around the theme of atmosphere, lots of beatless stuff. This time I’m going in under my new production moniker of Jarque, and have stepped things up a bit.
Many years ago I used to DJ under the name of Submerge, I played out a fair bit in Oxford, Milton Keynes and London and ended up playing on one of the finest London pirates, Keen FM. The music policy was Hardcore and D+B, and I crafted myself a niche playing the more “Intelligent” side of things. Shows would always go off piste though and take in Choppage, Drumfunk and Techmospherics (how’s that for genre bashing?!). So when I was asked to put together a second selection for him I instantly thought about drawing for some old music that used to set my show alight every Thursday.
Some of these producers were one hit wonders; some were firmly established in the scene and continue to do what they do. Most of the music comes from the late 90’s to around 2004-2005 and if you can find it these days you will be lucky.
So here’s why I’ve stuck in what I have:
1.Skeema – Shoot my Life – Proper intelligent D+B to kick off, a really nice pad and that haunting vocal always used to get me. This track sounded so good on a club system.
2.Nemos – Kuues Meel (Aural Imbalance Remix) – I remember first hearing this and just feeling blown away. The breakdown that kicks in around 4 minutes makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
3.Lee and Gwange – Too Deep – I first heard this when it was sampled on an old Dope Dragon track, so it was a pleasure to hear it in its full glory.
4.Orange & Blue – Tranquillity Drift – I used to listen to this every morning without fail taking the Central Line to work at 6am.
5.Seba + Paradox – Move on – I remember around 2005 or so the hordes at Drum and Bass Arena forum going mad for this track, on first listen I was floored! The processing on the vocal kills me.
6.Funky Technicians – Airtight – First piece of D+B vinyl I ever picked up. Possibly my favourite D+B track of all time.
7.Omni Trio – Beyond the Fundamental – The pad and drum programming are perfection.
8.Aural Imbalance – Secret Motion – How the hell he programmed the bell sound that comes in at 3:10 or so I’ll never know.
9.Break and Hydro – Immaculate – I remember hearing this out, the bass rattled my chest like few other tracks ever did.
10.Funky Technicians – Sound Trak – If one track sums up the whole “Intelligent” scene, it’s this one.
11.Matizz – Grace – This track didn’t leave my (virtual) record box for years.
12.Nu Tone – Heaven Sent – The most commercial track on here, probably a bit Liquid, but again the vocal processing just gets me.
13.Dragonsword – Time to Realise – I remember discovering Blame’s 720 Degrees label and it just ended up as buy on sight. This one was a free digital give away and was such a low press, but with a bit of EQ it sounded mental.
14.Cable – Ice Mines – Slowing it down a bit before taking it up, this is a really good melodic track.
15.Electro Soul System – Dreams – Andrey’s first ever track I do believe? The man who blew up and released on Hospital and all over can do no wrong. From a production point of view the sound he gets at 0.23 always got me.
16.Alpha Omega – Chasing Dragons – One of the Reinforced don’s finest. The drum programming is on top!
17.Usual Suspects – Killa Bees – I remember finally buying this, the massive H from Renegade Hardware on the sleeve. Remember proper record sleeve design? The money they must have spent on design and print alone! If you ever heard this on a system, you just know. I remember hearing Trace play it at the End and the place went absolutely mental, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.
18.0=0 – Running – Just listen to it and try and work out how he programmed all of that.
19.0=0 – Awake – Same as above really, the production values are just on another level.
20.Steve C and Monita – The Razors Edge – It feels strange to be “friends” with Monita on Facebook, yet in the early 90’s when I first heard this on Unity FM (88.4, 88.44444 Unittyyyyyyyyy) it sounded so alien I used to image who would have made something like that, and how? Was it a Bond villain or some alien warlord on another planet? Well turns out he’s a sound bloke, and he made some of my favourite tracks from the early to mid 90’s. THIS IS JUNGLE!