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helicopter tune is a...tune

post, Thursday, 27 October 2011 04:30 (five years ago) Permalink

People can talk about what they like in this thread of course, but I started it to talk about tunes with drums that really sing. Like this amazing early Source Direct tune "Fabric of Space", which really captures that moment in the trajectory from atmospheric jungle into, I dunno, post-techstep I guess, the same trajectory all the best and hardest Goldie tunes ever were on. The snares on this are so tactile and impacting!


Tim F, Thursday, 27 October 2011 12:28 (five years ago) Permalink

ay ay ay


jed_, Thursday, 27 October 2011 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

since i've been "rinsing" it lately, chaps. cheerio.

jed_, Thursday, 27 October 2011 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

great thread, tim.

early source direct is great. 'snake style', 'bliss' and 'secret liasons' (not so early but still one of my top 5 jungle tunes). but i'm more of a mood nerd (if such thing exists) when it comes to jungle.

beat wise, always loved this dj crystl tune :

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rusty_allen, Thursday, 27 October 2011 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

haha tim i was basically trying to coax lex into paying more attention to jungle by spoonful-of-sugar'ing it via tunes with elements i know he loves already.

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Thursday, 27 October 2011 22:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm not doing very well with these selections i'm afraid (three in) (didn't get to the end of any of them), i'd previously thought i just didn't know enough about d&b but i think i just don't like it :/

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:00 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't like the way the beats...sound? i'm not putting it very well but they don't have any OOMPH to them

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:01 (five years ago) Permalink

that "wishing on a star" track is pretty good though!

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:17 (five years ago) Permalink

So being a 'sonix nerd' means rating Nightslugs, but disliking the entire genre of d&b and jungle (bar 'Wishing on a Star)? Seems weird. I feel bad for you :(

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:21 (five years ago) Permalink

how on earth are you meant to dance to jungle? it's like idm to me tbh

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:27 (five years ago) Permalink

You either follow the snares high-road martial arts-style or go for skanking to the slow-down dubby basslines. Usually, a bit of both. Also, drugs.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 October 2011 09:35 (five years ago) Permalink

This would be my contribution, not sure if it sings enough for Tim though:


MikoMcha, Friday, 28 October 2011 10:06 (five years ago) Permalink

With jungle you dance half-speed to the bass (the opposite of how I dance to dubstep, which is double-speed to the bass).

Are you more of a vocals rather than beats man Lex?

How about this:


Chewshabadoo, Friday, 28 October 2011 10:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Guys I think you're on a hiding to nothing here (although it does genuinely surprise me that Lex isn't that interested in rhythm as a focal point of music in its own right).

Matt DC, Friday, 28 October 2011 10:55 (five years ago) Permalink

the dillinja tune was okay, i like the moodiness of it

i like beats, i just need...steady beats when it comes to dance music

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:01 (five years ago) Permalink

That's fair enough I suppose.

Matt DC, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:04 (five years ago) Permalink

this is the only d&b tune i've genuinely loved


no lay's voice isn't just decoration, and the beats work so well with it

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:25 (five years ago) Permalink

and there are so many awesome contrasting synth elements

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Haha that's total "empire state of mind" logic right there.

Tim F, Friday, 28 October 2011 11:58 (five years ago) Permalink

in what way? no one's ever said "empire state of mind" is a good version of any genre (except maybe pop)

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Lots of people think "empire state of mind" is a good rap tune because of Alicia Keys.

Tim F, Friday, 28 October 2011 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

well that's understandable? she is the only thing about it that miiiight push it into worthwhile territory

lex pretend, Friday, 28 October 2011 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

I've always thought I could get into jungle, but the more I listen to it, the less convinced I am of that. I still suspect that if I had given it more of a chance back in the 90s, before I started digging into Arabic and Latin music, it might have clicked for me. Kind of weird how it's like a dance music genre made out of jazzy drum solos. I like rhythmic complexity, but not into it.

On the Heat Release of Burning Karaoke Music Compartments (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 28 October 2011 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

It's not that I hate it either. I don't mind leaving it on, but it's as if it adds nothing by being on.

On the Heat Release of Burning Karaoke Music Compartments (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 28 October 2011 16:13 (five years ago) Permalink

So glad that this thread exists. Tim have you heard/do you have the following tape? DJ Rap with Remadee and Det on Kool FM, December 93: http://www.sendspace.com/file/luj4gk
One of my all-time favourite pirate tapes, in any genre. This prob sound weird by whenever I listen to it I always think 'Hey I bet Tim & the ILX Funky dudes would love this sort of thing'.

Mr Andy M, Friday, 28 October 2011 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

kinda sad this thread ceased to exist. been working on a jungle article for a local website lately, and your insights (tim) are A+. not to say the other blurbs weren't worth it, obv (it would be great to see this grow) but...he started it.

rusty_allen, Friday, 6 April 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks rusty.

I think if I ever were to write a book it would be some big unified theory thing about rhythm (qua rhythm) in dance music.

With a readership of about 5.

Tim F, Saturday, 7 April 2012 01:13 (five years ago) Permalink

BTW I hadn't noticed that THE FINEST JUNGLE TUNE EVER* is now on youtube:


* or top 5 at any rate.

I was going to say "it saddens me that someone like lex couldn't get with this", but that's not quite it... More like: when I think of how much joy the drums on this give me, it makes me think that not being into jungle rhythms in and of themselves would be like not having one of the five senses, the whole world would seem a bit of a lesser experience.

But srsly what this tune does with snares is like one "holy fuck" after another, a ridiculous thunderstorm of beats.

It's actually what I imagined what Black Secret Technology would sound like based on the descriptions before I heard it.

Tim F, Saturday, 7 April 2012 01:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Another totally amazing, rhythmically lifechanging tune from the same comp, rendering drill & bass redundant well before the fact:


Tim F, Saturday, 7 April 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Yay it's back.
Whenever I get comments from people IRL along the lines of 'quite like jungle but I just don't find it very danceable' (which is an understandable attitude to it in some ways, I'm not slagging lex or anyone else for holding it) this is always one of the tunes I start them off with:

Mr Andy M, Saturday, 7 April 2012 12:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Also bit WOW @ the Radical Sound and Dub Technicians tunes. Any time I think I've heard it all with jungle things like these come along and I realize I've still got so far to go (which is a good thing obv).

Mr Andy M, Saturday, 7 April 2012 12:35 (five years ago) Permalink

*big WOW

Mr Andy M, Saturday, 7 April 2012 12:36 (five years ago) Permalink

that "what is love" mix's directly from Jungle Soundclash Volume 1

Strictly hardcore!

moullet, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink


this is one of my favorites, i don't think it sounded quite as generic as it sounds now in 1994 BUT what happens at about 3:15 is still amazing to me (and even though the first part is kinda undistinguished i like the hook enough)

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

if you compare it though to something like remarc though bizzy b's drum edits are way more brutal and they snarl like detuned synth almost, in remarc there's quite a lot of slightly dated isolated percussion hits (sorry metalheadz)

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink


the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

at the beginning its like the speakers are firing missiles at you

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

does what it says on the tin, but ...

(the melody slips out and back) "under from a bass drum"? "thunder from a bass drum"? "wonder from a bass drum"?

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink


^^ kinda like autechre until the diva shows up ... and then its like autechre again for a split second and then it just turns into seasick drum rolls

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

fukin tune! wikid upload --


the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

for a second you think the diva's coming back in but then its just the sound of brain cells dying

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:47 (five years ago) Permalink

actually maybe that's why some people hate jungle, it's too much like IDM

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

on one hand i had to log in to flag the most-liked comment on youtube ("dj rape lol")


on the other hand


The fanboys getting very hot under the collar

― mmmm

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:00 (five years ago) Permalink

while we're getting anachronistic, i believe i detect some early todd terry infuence sneak in around 2:22, gets especially pronounced about 20 seconds later

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink


i love how the toms and stuff are folded into the break, otherwise its not that special except it has the sexiest breakdown ever, somehow turns amens into trance snare rolls and it doesn't suck

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:32 (five years ago) Permalink

and here's the "dj rap get raw remix"


early techstep w/o the dred bass

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:38 (five years ago) Permalink

euphoria + techstep = cyberdelic?

unfortunately she kind of only had a talent for the breakdowns

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

she does do a good trick at the end of some bars though where the drums mimic little tiny scratches and rewinds

the late great, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Belated uuuuhhhh at What is Love. Restraint, nonrestraint.

Jedmond, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink


Tim F, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:27 (two years ago) Permalink


deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:00 (two years ago) Permalink

this was a good thread

the late great, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Vaguely related to peak-era Reprazent, I'm interested in that half-missed opportunity circa 1995-1997 for grooves that were on a Davis/Hancock meets Jon Hassell fourth world tip. Hidden Agenda are the obvious example here but I think they actually verge on being too fiddly when in this mode (my favourite HA track remains "Dispatch #2", which is more of a neurofunk affair).

This was inspired by listening to Form & Function again and rediscovering Peshay's remix of "Rings Around Saturn", the way he redeploys those razor-sharp isolated snares within that constantly pirouetting jazz-funk groove. "On The Nile" probably is a good example of this as well though I'd have to listen again to say just how good.

Funny how drum & bass passed by so many interesting potential avenues of exploration so quickly in its accelerating plunge towards rhythmic conformity. I've really only heard the singles from Miles From Home but they suggested that by 1999 Peshay had totally smoothed out his beats. Even "P vs P"!

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Don't know if this can exactly be called jungle, but what it can be exactly called is incredible.


the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 8 November 2014 07:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Well duh

Tim F, Saturday, 8 November 2014 08:00 (two years ago) Permalink

In retrospect Trace and Nico's "Damn Son" sounds rather like a hot uk funky rhythm played too fast:


Tim F, Saturday, 8 November 2014 08:01 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Remarc - RIP, DJ Hype Remix. Completely mental.


Keith Moom (Neil S), Friday, 6 March 2015 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Therapy? - Loose (Photek remix)


Keith Moom (Neil S), Friday, 6 March 2015 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^ more d 'n b I suppose, but still great

Keith Moom (Neil S), Friday, 6 March 2015 15:46 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This Klute remix of Lamb's "Little Things" - so awesomely on that Arcon 2 tip of destroying you with science:


Tim F, Tuesday, 2 August 2016 13:48 (one year ago) Permalink

that was good - enjoyed that. i don't know why i find so much of jungle/d'n'b boring though. where i live it's almost the law that you have to like jungle but unless it's something outstanding, i tend to find it inert or just a bit uninteresting after a couple of tracks.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 15:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i definitely prefer the furious ragga-based stuff from the early nineties to the more jazzy, stop-start stuff from the mid-decade onwards. I find that stuff frustrating.

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

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