Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Joe's Essential Guide To 90s Dance, Part 5: Drum & Bass Edition

We don't have enough Drum & Bass on this blog really, do we? I guess not many of us are particularly fond of it. It's not my favorite style of dance music, but I still quite like it, and seeing High Contrast DJ last week has convinced me to listen to it a bit more, so I've decided to dedicate this month's 90s Dance Guide to it.

First up, my late nineties track is from UK hardcore ravers 2 Bad Mice. Back in the time when the stuff was actually good (unlike the over-9000 BPM shit you hear nowadays blaring out of chavs' camera-phones while they happy-slap children), 2 Bad Mice were one of the first acts to incorporate breakbeats into hardcore rave, which was a vital ingredient in the style's eventual mutation into drum & bass. I picked 2 Bad Mice's remix of their own "Tribal Revival" from their back catalogue because it showcases a more drum & bass sound than their other stuff. This was released in 1993 on square vinyl (yes, SQUARE VINYL) on the flip side to the DJ Hype remix of "Underworld". It's not very danceable, but it's repetitive as hell and pretty good to chill out to.

2 Bad Mice - Tribal Revival (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Right Click To Download]

And for the late 90s, we have a track from Grooverider's 1998 album "Mysteries Of Funk". The track "Imagination" is an 8-minute lump of groovy jazzstep. There are 3 parts to the track, the first two of which can be heard here. The third part is a separate track on the album. Grooverider is considered a pioneer of the drum & bass genre, but apparently that counts for nothing in Dubai, where, in November 2007, he was arrested for possession of 2.16 grams of weed (which he claimed he forgot was in his pocket) just hours before he was due to play a sold-out show. However he was later pardoned after serving 10 months of his 4 year prison sentence (Dubai has some pretty strict drug laws by the looks of it), and is now continuing to present his Radio 1 show with Fabio.

Grooverider - Imagination (Parts 1 & 2) [Right Click To Download]

Keep it funky,