I think I associate that 'look' in jungle art with 96 onwards with reinforced leading the charge, certainly a big deal going into the techstep era.
Those two source direct tunes are incredible. The b side to Snake Style is a good amen tear out that was on Bukem?s 95 essential mix. The second hour of that mix is as good as Bukem gets imo. Just before he went mega boring and only played stuff off his label. Still had a bit of variation to it. His mix in 96 was already pretty dull.
Also it?s got Conrad on it with as studio mic and a lil bit of echo and he sounds good!
Jacob's Optical Stairway - Solar Feeling
You could call it yacht jungle, but thats not quite right, this dives into the depths rather than gliding above them. [/url]
A drowsy, dislocated bass pulses under twining drums, synthed pizzicatos flit by like strange fauna, and everything's permeated by a humid gauze of brushes. The drums rattle like bones, and the mood might be arid if it wasn't for Quaye's vocals coming down on the song and quenching it like a shower. I didn't know who Quaye was, didn't know that 'Sun Is Shining' was a lilting reggae standard, but what I did know was that this was at once among the freshest things I'd ever heard and the most timeless. There's a hint of the jazz singer in Quaye's voice here, a brassiness, and there's something like jazz in the music too, something unpredictable, tense and thick. But while his contemporaries took hold of the politest bits of fusion, Gerald - by all accounts a difficult and shabbily treated musician - latched onto a more turbulent tradition, the jazz-funk-electronica of Pangaea-era Miles Davis or Sextant-era Herbie Hancock, and the music he made boiled like theirs had. Combine that with Quaye's love-drunk lullaby and you have a certain blueprint for wonder.