Explore the movement that redefined British urban music: jungle
The final episode of our Channel 4-commissioned documentary series Music Nation is now online to watch in full! Jungle Fever, directed by Ollie Evans and produced by Friend London, charts the rise and fall of one of Britain’s most vibrant, unforgettable scenes, featuring jungle veterans Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Hype, Kenny Ken, Brockie and more. Catch up on last week’s Dazed Digital jungle day – when we explored everything about it from the style to the sound”
This is all over YouTube already but as it was such an excellent installation I had to add it to my portfolio of awesome vids here on YouTube. A big thank you and shout to Nate Harrison who has no problem with the reproduction and sharing of this video. The installation started life on a dub plate to be played on a single SL1200 in museums and art galleries during 2004, describing the amazing revolution of the 6 second drum loop. The installation gave the listener a real feel of the vinyl medium as well as being an original way for listeners to hear the audio. Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60's soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a 'B' side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that 'information wants to be free'- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.
Danny Byrd is back and ready to blow 2013 away with this rambunctious double A-side sampler, as we approach the release of his third studio album later this year.
First he teams up with Bristol based Full Cycle legend and Mercury Music Prize winner Roni Size for the explosive, dancefloor-driven "Grit". Bringing together two legends of the D&B scene for the first time "Grit" has an exuberant, larger than life appeal that will surely make it a favourite amongst DJs and punters alike. Dropping like a car alarm going off in the dance and answered by a juddering sub of gargantuan proportions, the track rolls out with a robotic gospel choir adding intrigue and melodic soul.
The double A is Danny Byrd's "Love You Like This". Guaranteed to charm and impress, this is an uplifting, vocal-driven slice of D&B, accessible and engaging and will set the dancefloors on fire with its hands-in-the-air panache. Classic "Stardust" era French House recalled thanks to a tasty Alan Braxe sample, giving this record cross genre appeal. Recalling the halcyon days of disco drum+bass at its funky finest, this record has become an instant classic at Hospitality with the likes of Netsky, High Contrast and Danny Byrd himself pulling it back for the rewind.