DrumnBass

The Return Of Kemal

Kemal

Few artists leave at the very top of their game.

No chance to get stuck in a creative rut and stagnate. No chance to compromise that original fierce vision they had when they began and start to sell out. No chance to fizzle out and just fade away.

Kemal Okan is one of those rare artists.

From 1999 to 2004, he was one of the most prominent and pioneering forces to stir neurofunk’s primordial soup, hurling in his own ingredients procured from a 90s youth growing up in the Glasgow techno scene. Be it solo, collaboratively or as one half of Konflict (with fellow Glaswegian Rob Data), his consistent subversion of dynamics, arrangement, texture and drum programming led to a whole legacy of cuts on labels such as Moving Shadow, Renegade Hardware, Timeless, DCi4 as well as Konflict’s own label Negative Recordings and Cryptic Audio.

Regarded as one of the most experimental and innovative artists who pushed drum & bass’s darkest and most uncompromising designs during the turn of the century, Kemal’s output had a huge influence on the direction of heavier, tech-based drum & bass… To the point his productions are still lauded 20 years later and tracks such as Star Trails, Gene Sequence and of course Messiah are seen as categoric anthems and still have massive dancefloor impact to this day.

But in 2004, he left. No explanation or warning; he disappeared. No more productions. No more gigs. There were rumours he felt the genre itself had got stuck in a creative rut. There were other rumours he’d become jaded with the business side of the genre. There were also rumours that the hedonistic side of club culture was challenging his own beliefs and approach to life. Either way, there was no official announcement and a near-mythical level of appreciation has developed around him ever since.

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Back in the Daze – Part 3: Sessionz

Eventually, Fougy re-established a weekly presence back at The Spot called Sessionz. Over the course of the next 2 years from 1996-1998 Sessionz was Boston’s premiere Jungle/DrumnBass night with residents at different times including Timestretch, Casper, G White (myself, now G Notorious), Static, Stareyes, Mike Spears, and Al Fougy himself.  The night brought in some of the biggest names in Jungle and DrumnBass (as it was rapidly becoming called); Ed Rush and Optical, DJ SS, LTJ Bukem, Kemistry & Storm, and Grooverider among many, many others.  By this time, particularly the night when Lady Miss Kier of Deelite came to town to play a Jungle set, the night was massively outgrowing The Spot and started venue hopping.

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Back in the Daze – Part 2: Lesson One

MC GQ @ Lesson One

When Jungle Roots ended in 1996, the ever determined Al Fougy continued pushing with one offs like Purple Skies, Blue Metal, and the legendary Lesson One. Lesson One was at The Paradise and was the first time some of the biggest UK names came and played on a stage in Boston, and possibly the only time some of them have. Andy C, Randall, and Darren Jay blew the crowd away on the decks with MC GQ in full command of the mic to a completely packed house… Click through to read more and see all of the photos.

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