September 12, 2016
It was written eight years before ‘Pulse X’.
If you thought Youngstar’s ‘Pulse X’ was the first grime beat, think again: SBTV has uncovered the story behind an accidental ‘grime’ instrumental created for a Wolverine video game back in 1994.
Brought to wider attention by Brixton producer Sir Pixalot last week, the track in question is an end of level boss theme from Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis platformer Wolverine: Adamantium Rage. Written by a producer called Dylan Beale, the track features all the hallmarks of early grime instrumentals: staccato strings, eski bleeps and square wave bass, recorded eight years before the first grime instrumentals.
SBTV’s Paul Gibbins managed to track down Beale, discovering that he was part of a ‘90s jungle duo called Rude & Deadly and worked in a Wood Green record shop that sold mainly techno and ragga…