September 8, 2016
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UK Garage, especially the 2-Step variety is once again gaining momentum in the UK with both veteran artists and a new generation alike contributing to it’s mostly still underground but (re)emerging presence. To compare and contrast with the classic UKG videos we posted a while back, and because I am being asked more and more often about new artists and “choons,” here is a selection of brand new and recent UKG tunes in video form across the spectrum of sounds…
The underground rave scene in Boston was going strong in mid 90s with parties like the Primary series and Plur, Plural, and Pluralism. The Mission Control hotline, Boston Raves and NE Raves listserves, and VRAVE connected the scene. On the club front, The Loft, a private after hours, was pretty much where it was at for underground dance music. Their usual focus was House with Boston House legend DJ Bruno as the downstairs resident but upstairs, DJ Overload and Jason Mouse started to mix it up with early Hardcore and Jungle.
Around the same time, original Boston Jungle promoter Al Fougy returned to Boston from London. He had attended some of the seminal Jungle nights and came back determined to bring the sound to Boston. Word spread, in the fall of 1995, that a night dedicated to Jungle was starting and flyers started showing up everywhere…
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…