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    Default Thrive in '95 - Jungle's zenith

    Herein we make the case for the enduring beauty of 95 jungle, the year that the genre was shorn of overt external influences and grew into an utterly unique multi faceted musical artifact.

    We begin with some slightly obscure ethereal soulfulness from Override/AKA Klute:



    Feel free to chime in or heckle.

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    I'm going to enjoy this cos Luka will disagree vehemently.

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    Not a fan of that klute choon though, I must say

    Bit tepid

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    Source Direct - A Made up Sound

    This tune always reminds me of summer. Scattered fragments of 2nd gen apache rolling over and coalescing into new shapes, time itself hesitating then tripping over itself... precise deployment of abstract minimal melody.

    A made up sound indeed.


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    Babylon - Trace remix

    Probably the best tune of '95, perhaps the greatest tune in all of jungle. A synthesis of all that came before. Ecstatic artcore pad intro with just a hint of unease, and then the drop! Dogs, sirens - a dense twilight dialogue of disorientation leading to that moment at 4 minutes when it effortlessly ramps into a higher dimension of brutality. A masterpiece.



    Honorable mention must go to the original version. Sagas could be written about the moment at 1 minute when the entire tune drops out for that split second chime. An instant of whimsical genius. And then 2:49 when the bouncing bass comes in alongside Splash's trademark call and response snares... it could roll on forever as far as I'm concerned.

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    I like that Trace remix, esp the 4 minute mark escalation, but I have to say I prefer the original. Not one but two nevertobeforgotten basslines. Stripped down, punk and elegant in one C4 brick.

    Surprised you think it's a candidate for greatest jungle tune ever!

    This will be a highly controversial thread, let's hope.
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    Gang Related + Mask + Mc Dynamite - Oh My Gosh! (The SS Remix)

    Bristol and Leicester collide in a ruffneck frenzy to produce a ragga tinged jump up bass led tune. Tempered by brilliant interlocking break sequencing featuring intricate deployment of a crusty think break and judicious exploitation of the amen.

    Maybe my favourite tune on Dope Dragon.


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    I still recall Droid's outrage and disbelief when Luke refused to admit having ever heard Babylon. It was a very funny episode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    I like that Trace remix, esp the 4 minute mark escalation, but I have to say I prefer the original. Not one but two nevertobeforgotten basslines. Stripped down, punk and elegant in one package.

    Surprised you think it's a candidate for greatest jungle tune ever!

    This will be a highly controversial thread, let's hope.
    Ive seen its aftermath too many times. Utterly devastating on a dancefloor. Too much almost. Scorched earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    I still recall Droid's outrage and disbelief when Luke refused to admit having ever heard Babylon. It was a very funny episode.
    I still don't believe it.

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    I don't want to muscle in on your thread here but this one



    I accidentally heard this on John Peel's radio 1 show when I was 10 years old. I had it in my head for years and years and didn't find out what it was until the advent of the internet, and of my infatuation with drum n bass - so I must have been at least 22. It became instantly less special when I found out what it was. Nah mean?

    For a time there I was convinced that



    the Origin Unknown RMX of Dead Dred was the greatest jungle choon ever. Probably cos I found it for cheap in a record shop in Nottingham and couldn't believe how banging it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    Herein we make the case for the enduring beauty of 95 jungle, the year that the genre was shorn of overt external influences and grew into an utterly unique multi faceted musical artifact.

    We begin with some slightly obscure ethereal soulfulness from Override/AKA Klute:



    Feel free to chime in or heckle.
    I've never heard this before. It's fussy, but quite gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    I still don't believe it.
    He's definitely trolling you.

    Not only has he heard it but his first poem was called 'Babylon', incorporating Joycean renditions of dog barks.

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    It's part of Dissensus folk memory.

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