There aren’t too many words that will get 40+ junglists more excited than “unreleased 90s dubplate”, other than dropping the names Photek and Digital into the same sentence.
The two artists, who worked together on Digitals debut release “Touch Me” on Timeless back in 1995, also created a special VIP version of J Majik’s “Your Sound”, destined only for the dubplate boxes of the scenes ultra-elite… until now.
Due for release on J Majik’s Infrared label as both a limited edition coloured vinyl and regular black 12″, the VIP has been respectfully mastered by Stu at Metropolis (responsible for some of the most iconic cuts in jungle). The result is a bright and clear master, highlighting the sheer power of the iconic amen edits and heavy-hitting punch of the bass, which is pretty much still unequalled in drum and bass even to this day, here given extra vitality by Rupert and Digital.
Like Internal Affairs, the pairing of 4 Hero and Goldie, the combination of J Majik, Photek and Digital resulted in one of the most quintessential examples of 90s drum and bass recorded, with the “Your Sound” VIP fusing elements of each producer’s distinctive style into one perfect alchemy. This was no doubt partly due to the fact that the artists were spending so much time together, whether in the studio, performing or out on the road with Rupert, Source Direct, Peshay and J Majik virtually always being together.
Not much is known about the origin of this mix, other than J saying he used to often swap samples with Photek and this was made one night “off the cuff” as a special that never made it past dubplate. Even Digital wasn’t 100% of the origins of the track until a DAT was discovered labelling it as the Natural Born Killaz (also used as the name of the classic Photek EP on Metalheadz) and Digital remix.
With a seemingly constant stream of unreleased music now seeing the light of day and formulaic amen cuts the norm, a release like this reminds us all of the unrivalled energy of 90s drum and bass and gives us another glimpse into what it must have been like to be one of the scenes top-flight DJ’s able to draw for an exclusive Photek dubplate.
Now finally freed from J Majik’s coveted silver briefcase of DATS and backed with a new remaster of J’s own “Your Sound” remix (previously released on Razors Edge) which adds extra bass and additional warmth to the original cut, the 12″ and digital download will be available to pre-order direct from the Infrared Bandcamp from Friday 2nd October.