This week we we invite producer Missing to the Dusk Dubs family.
"Choosing from my record collection and all the different styles of music I love was not easy. Truth is I could have filled it all with just jazz funk or old hip hop or classic house or, of course, jungle/dnb.
I have decided though to focus mainly on the various flavours of U.K. bass music that have had the biggest impact on my life. When I stood back it was clear that this is what has shaped me the most- as an artist and as an individual. Maybe it’s my formative years growing up in the melting pot of inner city London and the sounds I was exposed to.
Music wasn’t just an escape from a sometimes bleak assessment of our future but it was an amazing form of self-expression. The magpie culture of taking stuff and making it our own. Jungle was perhaps the ultimate example but there were many routes to and from it. This one of any number of infinite paths I could have chosen; I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you to the Dusk Dubs crew for the opportunity to share this selection".
[[ MISSING ]]
You can find Missing HERE:
1) Photek - Modus Operandi
Always said this would be on my desert island selection. Rupert Parkes at his best and a example of how great musicians can create beautiful music in many genres. It was amazing to see him play the full album end to end live a few years ago; a rare pleasure. He opened with this track.
2) Fallout - The Morning After
I heard this on Sunrise and Centreforce in 1987/88, two pirate stations that I used to listen to in early days of secondary school. That bassline just stood out and sucked me into underground music. Timeless.
3) Language - Renegade
Early UK breakbeat and one of first tracks I heard to include ragga samples and a dub influenced bass line. So much space in the groove. Don’t know if Language made any other tracks or who they were. Still play this regularly.
4) Depth Charge - Han Do Jin
Saul Kane (Depth Charge) is an often overlooked visionary in the UK bass scene. Consider this was made in 1989 and how tight the production is. Almost like early dubstep. With kung fu samples from a time when we watched those on pirate copies on Betamax tapes.
5) The Ragga Twins - Hooligan 69
There are some tracks you remember hearing for the first time. My mate brought this round to a teenage party, we must have played it 20 times. The idea of ragga and breakbeat hardcore being in one track but with UK MCs not samples felt revolutionary. Still legends in the game.
6) Simpleton - Coco Cola Shape
Many friends growing up had Jamaican parents who had amazing reggae collections but their kids listened to ragga - it was as much a soundtrack to my youth as house and hip-hop. It’s why jungle made so much sense to be as ragga tracks we listened to became inspirations for productions and part of the melting pot of sounds. Here is one of two tracks from that era in my selection.
7) Tenor Fly - Town a Run Hot
Rebel MC on the buttons for this production and the mighty Tenor Fly. UK twist on ragga of the time and in an era when you could still hear this played alongside hardcore, house or rap records in the same party in my ends.
8) Foul Play - Ragatere
Foul Play made many great tracks but this is a persy for me. I remember vividly Remarc scracth mixing the accapella of “Mi Love Me Sense” over this on his midweek Rush FM show on Thursday nights. Proper early jungle.
9) Missing featuring State Logik - The Day After Tomorrow
Early 94 I made this track, shortly before I signed my first tracks to 3rd Party/Kemet. State Logik (Phaze III and Klass A from Kool FM) who became really Liquid Funk pioneers were local mates of mine and while we all loved the jungle sound we were as likely to listen to the deeper sounds of the era and we collaborated on this track.
10) DJ Dub - Losing Track of Time (LTJ Bukem Remix)
My crew knew this track as "Bukem No Limits" as the white label it came out on had a red triangle with No Limits written next to it. The track was semi mythical as nobody I knew could get it on vinyl and it existed on shared C90 tapes and snatches of pirate radio. Bukem rolling simplicity and the epic spine tingling samples. I found on vinyl a few years ago.
11) DJ Trace - Teach Me to Fly
Trace to me is an unsung hero of the scene. His influence is huge and tracks cast a long shadow. I believe he made this when he was only 16. A serous track and the piano break (played by LTJ Bukem) is a thing of beauty.
12) T.Power & MK Ultra - Mutant Jazz
A link to Trace here as his remix of this was a seminal track but it’s the original on my list. How often these days do tracks develop over 6 minutes? An amazing trumpet hook, pads that make the hairs on your neck stand up and dirty jungle breaks. A work of art.
13) Internal Affairs - Hands to Heaven
Reinforced Records doing what they do best, creative freedom for innovators and what a result. Goldie, 4 Hero and Manix collaborating on an insanely good EP. Any of the 4 could have made the cut but Hands to Heaven it is. I posted the sleeve notes for this on my instagram recently; wise words to read and music to cherish.
14) Aquarius - Drift to the Centre
One of three Photek tracks in my selection and one of three of his many aliases. I remember hearing this for the first time on the Fabio DnB show on Kiss FM, early 94. From the crackling rhodes to the haunting vocal and that breakdown of mad sounds that could come from a Kung Fu movie interlude.. an absolute work of art. I heard this at Bukem and Fabio in Kentish Town last year. Still sounds as fresh today as that first play.
15) Elisabeth Troy – 4 Vini (Forever Young) (MJ Cole Remix)
A heartfelt song from a tribute album to Vini from pioneering jungle label SOUR who tragically died far too young. MJ Cole does what he does best on the remix and creates an absolute classic.
16) C83 featuring Tamra - Twisted Logic
I stopped making Jungle/Dnb from around 2000 to 2016. For some of 2000s I was making Breaks. It was an amazing scene for a relatively short lived period and reminded me of the early days of jungle in many ways. It was also an opportunity to work at a different tempo (130-140) and different grooves. C83 was me and my cousin Jon Guntrip. This is a track we both feel really proud of.
17) Rufige Cru - Beachdrifta
While I stopped making DnB for many years I never stopped listening to it and still went out raving regularly. Fond memories of hearing this out. This track from the godfather Goldie is, to me, one of his finest works. The piano, the strings and the collision of darkness and light in perfect symphony.
18) Inta Warriors - Inta (Special Forces Remix)
The third Photek track on this selection on the mighty Prototype records. MC Flux on the lyrics and a stripped back junglistic steppa that still sounds so fresh today. I heard it for the first time at Sunday Sessions of the new venue of The Blue Note when it moved to Islington. I thought it wasn't possible to capture the spirit of the original Blue Note in the new venue but that night I heard music that made me realise that it didn't matter - dnb would keep progressing.
19) Marcus Intalex & ST Files - How you Make me Feel
Some artists just make simple, timeless music and just own their sound. Marcus Intalex was one of these people and this track one of many of his I frequently go back to. Squarely for the dancefloor and the soul.
20) Nas, Kanye West & The Dream - Everything (Missing & Axiomatic Remx)
I have been making jungle/dnb again since 2016 and am humbled by support I have had for my new productions so many years absent. This track of mine and collaborator Axiomatic we made this summer - a cheeky bootleg that has had a great reception with Radio 1 play by including Friction's Essential Mix. It will probably never come out but will hopefully stay as a happy memory for many ravers.