This - 'Consciousness' - was a number I remember hearing down at "SPEED" i.e. Fabio and Bukem's night that used to be held down at the Mars Bar on Sutton Row just off Soho Square in London, countless times back in 1995/6...
Always mixed beautifully by Fabio into fresh cut dub-plates from the likes of the then hot producers - such as Danny C and Mike Pears a.k.a. Primary Motive, Wax Doctor, Alex Reece, Peshay, Justice, Subject 13, Big Bud, Carlito, Funky Technicians, Hidden Agenda, etc... - all these tracks were tending towards a more experimental drum & bass edge... But it was the beats from this track that, for the first time I can remember down at SPEED (as I was down there nearly every Thursday night, even if I had an exam the following day), totally hypnotised the whole venue into a frenetic movement of broken down, glitched out dancing. In fact, I remember Fabio doing a rewind on this track twice the first night I heard it down there... Not to mention I remember seeing Rupert Parks - a.k.a. Photek/Aquarius/Special Forces/Code Of Practice - standing there at the back of the club listening and watching the crowd's response. Obviously at the time, I had no idea it was his track that was being played... Otherwise I would have bought him a drink.
On the flip... We have another killer track, called 'The Rain.' This was another cut that was dropped countless times down at SPEED too... Again pushing those boundaries of beat manipulation into some fresh, well produced ruffage... You just gotta listen to these beats now and you can still hear that the way in which they're layered is something that many producers today have forgotten how to do. Seems people are more interested in imitating rather than originating.
Still... It was E.P.s like this that began to change and revolutionise the way in which drum & bass was being produced... These were fearless deviations from the mainstream amen break creations that were just being copied and copied by anyone wanting to give it a go... There, at SPEED, the funk was not forgotten... And it was there that we all had a chance to see the new horizons of limitless possibilities and endless arrays of novel breakbeat magic arise... Bits of magic that could be forged from scratch, if only one cared to diligently experiment and persevere beyond the call of duty. Yes, it was unique... And sure it was hard to break away from the mainstream back then... But then that's why you had to have a head of metal to succeed!