Chronicles In Dub - 2 Dreads In A Dub (2 Dreads Mix)
The second last release on the great Tone Def label and one of the last jungle tunes produced by Steve Gurley - this is a peculiar beast. Rolls in with some twilight zone mystery vibes alongside rolling shards of apache before bouncing into a locked down intricate groove that segues into some ambiguously feel good 4 hero style strings and piano before finally wigging out with the time stretched 'dread commandments of jah' vocal section. There's a surfeit of ideas going on here, as if Gurley was trying to squeeze as much in as he could before moving on and the remarkable level of cohesion is testament to his consistently superb production abilities. The other dread was DJ Yomi, co-owner of Tone Def and collaborator on a surprising number of big releases on the label.
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.
It's a betrayal of the legacy of hardcore. It's life-denying. All the joy squeezed out of it. In the way dubstep started off as garage with the joy squeezed out of it. There's something quite alarming about that, in as much as it demonstrates the existence of an entire tribe of people dedicated to the dessicated and the po-faced. The enemies of joy.
discogs says 94 but i remember this is as a 1995 tune in terms of endlessly being played
beginnings of linearity but at that time refreshing in its tunnel-vision focus
and you gotta love the "oh yus" chap who pipes up every so often