Previously unheard online this live audio of SB81 was recorded on 11th March 2017 at Vinyl Fantasy held at the Cellar Bar, Blackburn. The Metalheadz recording artist performed a storming set of progressive 90’s jungle classics including groundbreaking tracks by Dillinja, Digital, Photek and Goldie.
The club night has featured a wide range of influential DJ’s since its creation including Storm, Crystl, Champa B, FFF, Tim Reaper and Dwarde. The early sessions (including this SB81 set) were strictly vinyl only affairs.
Selected recordings will soon be made public on Mixcloud.
This week has also seen the release of the “Future Point EP” by SB81 on Metalheadz featuring three tracks on vinyl and a bonus cut called “Tribes” on the digital edition. This EP bolsters his reputation for crafting bold ominous soundscapes and adds to the growing furore surrounding the Metalheadz resurgence of breaks.
SB81 – Live At Vinyl Fantasy (Vinyl Only Jungle Set)
Links: Vinyl Fantasy Events / Metalheadz Bandcamp
The second instalment of live mixes recorded at Vinyl Fantasy sees Champa B deliver a riotous sixty minutes of vinyl only tech step, dismantled amens and hefty reese basslines. If ever a set personified the darkness of mid-nineties jungle or Metalheadz at the Blue Note then this is it.
Wild, fast paced and tightly blended this is more than just a run through of classics this is a DJ in his element constructing a live tribute to the pioneers of jungle demonstrating that more than twenty years later its raw energy is still alive and well. Highlights include the introduction of Dillinja’s “Deadly Deep Subs (Remix)” over Adam F’s “Metropolis” and the frenetic onslaught of amens in the second half of the mix. Relentless and energetic this set captures the spirit and vibrancy of a Vinyl Fantasy event and the creativity of modern jungle producers and DJ’s.
Champa B has released his own style of amen fueled jungle on Scientific Wax, Hypercharger, Green Bay Wax, Ruff Cutz, Phat Bubba, Lickshot, Modified Magic and co-runs the Holotype Audio label.
Champa B – Live At Vinyl Fantasy (Vinyl Only Set)
Links: Vinyl Fantasy / Champa B
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Lewis James – Praying Out Loud (Laundry Zero)
Lewis James follows up his recent releases on None60 and Rua Sound with this sublime take on modern electronic soul. The first release on his new vocal label Laundry Zero “Praying Out Loud” also features an Om Unit remix which plunges the track further into a bittersweet cinematic territory. Lewis once again takes inspiration from all forms of electronic music to create a sound that is both heartfelt and personal. Telling the tale of how it’s a fool’s errand to try and change someone vocalist Dan Dans K delivers the message of the song with emotion and intent. A collaboration between friends the first release on Laundry Zero demonstrates a real desire to create meaningful songs that leave the listener with hope and a sense of community where feelings and emotions are shared. Gospel music for the electronic generation. Continue reading “Under The Counter (Volume Two)”