Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Easygroove (2) - Quest 'Halloween Special' - 31st October 1992


Unfortunately the side 2 rip is about 90 seconds short because my tape deck chewed up the tape beyond repair. If anyone has this tape and can do another rip please get in touch.

Side 1 - Download
Side 2 - Download

Tracklisting:

http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=56622&#entry99828

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Ratty - The Edge 'Certificate 18' - December 1992

Thanks to Nebkins for the tape rip and tracklisting.

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Tracklisting:
http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=53702&#entry94648

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Ned Ryder - Back 2 Basics 'The Full Story' - Late 1993

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Tracklisting:
http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=52529&#entry99102

Brockie & DJ Ash - Kool FM - 28th January 1995



Brockie

Just Jungle - Wanna Say Yeah [Trouble On Vinyl]
Remarc - R.I.P. [Suburban Base]
Ninja Man - Jungle Move (Remarc remix) [Street Tuff]
Tom & Jerry - Maxi(mun) Style (remix) [Tom & Jerry]
Jaco - Wicked Everytime [Unity]
Bizzy B & Marly Marl - "Gangster" [Unreleased]
Undercover Agent - Oh Gosh [Juice]
Just Jungle - Very Last Drop [Trouble On Vinyl]
Danny Breaks - Step Off [Droppin' Science]
MA2 - Hearing Is Believing [Formation]
Prizna featuring Demolition Man - Fire (Smokey Joe remix) [Labello Blanco]
Smokey Joe - Shining (remix) [Labello Blanco]
Johnny Jungle - Killa Sound [Suburban Base]
Blackstar featuring Sweetie Irie - Get Wild (Knowledge & Wisdom Mix) [Congo Natty]
Just Jungle - Sky [Trouble On Vinyl]

Adverts

DJ Ash

Harmony & Xtreme - Watch This (DJ Harmony remix) [Section 5]
Redrose - Hotter Junglematical Style (Drum'n'bass) [Greensleeves]
Sedzy - Go Ina It [Flex]
Rude Bwoy Monty - Out In Da Streets [Frontline]

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Dylan & B-Key - Rude FM - April or May 1995

Around 9 minutes of Dylan & B-Key on Rude FM that was at the end of one of my tapes.

Download

Tracklisting:

Jo - Raw [Awesome]
Alex Reece - Basic Principles (Dillinja "Step 1") [Metalheadz]
Rude Bwoy Monty - Steppa's Anthem [Frontline]
Dillinja - Ja Know Ya Big [Metalheadz]

Fabio - The Edge 'A6 Series' - 2nd October 1992


Thanks once again to Nebkins for the tape rip and tracklisting.





Tracklist:
http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=53701&#entry94276

Monday, 6 December 2010

DJ Jinx - Kool FM - Autumn 1993

DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

On Remand - Controllin' [Crackhouse Productions]
M-Beat - Dark Dub [Renk]
2 Bad Mice - Tribal Revival (remix) [Moving Shadow]
Foul Play - Finest Illusion [Section 5]
Omni Trio - Mystic Stepper [Moving Shadow]
Omni Trio - Feel Better (Foul Play remix) [Moving Shadow]
Double H Productions - Ultra Jungle [Hard Disk]
Jim Polo & Neil Vass - Underground Feelin (remix PT 1) [Face]
Rufige Kru - Ghosts Of My Life [Reinforced]
Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam - Made In Two Minutes (Rave Mix) [Optimum Dance]
Metalheads - Saint Angel [Synthetic]
M-Beat - Rumble [Renk]
Jonny L - Hurt U So (Bootleg Mix) [Not On Label - KRM 001]
TMR - Pirate Toon (Moose Mix) [Pirate Club]
Metalheads - You And Me - The Beauty - The Beast [Synthetic]
Ment 4 Bass - Strings Free [Liquid Wax]
Shades Of Rhythm - Sweet Sensation (Ray Keith remix) [S.O.R.]
Satin Storm - What Do You Do? [Satin Storm]
D-Livin - Why [D-Livin]
Hopa & Bay B Kane - Pro-One EP (A1) [Pro-One]

DJ Tonic - Kool FM - 3rd April 1993



Potential Bad Boy - I Feel It [Limited E Edition]
Noise Factory - 1,2,3 O'Clock Rock [3rd Party]
Potential Bad Boy - Skip To My Loop [Limited E Edition]
Johnny Jungle - Johnny [Face]
DJ Hype - Shot In The Dark (Gunshot Mix) [Suburban Base]
Trace & Ed Rush - Don Bad Man [Lucky Spin]
Internal Affairs - Stylin' [Reinforced]
Gin & Tonic - Let It Go (Rough Guidance Mix) [Kikman]

Adverts

Johnny Jungle - I Like To Cry [Face]
Bizzy B & Peshay - Merder Style [Brain]
Kid Andy, Nickle Bee & MC Charl.e - Over The Top [Boogie Beat]
X Project - Walking In The Air (Side A1) [X Project]

Randall & Grooverider - The Edge B4 Series - 26th June 1993



Thanks to Nebkins for these tape rips.

Randall (Side A) - Download
Randall (Side B) - Download

Grooverider (Side A) - Download
Grooverider (Side B) - Download

Tracklistings:

http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=53906&#entry91591

Friday, 26 November 2010

Top Buzz & Grooverider - The Edge (B2 Series) - April & May 1993



Top Buzz and Grooverider sets from The Edge B2 Double pack series. Thanks to Nebkins for the tape rips.

Grooverider

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Top Buzz

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Tracklistings:
http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=54866&#entry94473

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Pressure X - Kool FM 94.5 - 11th December 1994

Download

Tracklist:

DJ Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith - Salute The King (Drum & Bass Mix) [King Of The Jungle]
Cool Hand Flex - Must Feel [De Underground]
Bert & Dillinja - Lion Heart [Lionheart]
Natural Instinct - One God [3rd Party]
Remarc - Drum N' Bass Wise (remix) [Whitehouse]
Blackman - Wanted [Shut Up & Dance]
DJ Dextrous & H Pee - Hot Flame [Subversive]
Top Cat - Request The Style (Project One remix) [Jungle Fashion - Rumble In The Jungle Volume 1 LP]
Louie Culture - Ganga Lee (Jungle Mix) [Stone Love]
Family Of Intelligence featuring Vernon Smith - The Seed [Kemet - Champion Jungle Sound LP]
Prisoner - Bob [London Some'ting]
Bizzy B & TDK - Wicked Man [Brain]
Marvellous Cain - Hitman (Stretch remix) [Unreleased]
DJ Dextrous - Moonlight [Unreleased]
Badman - War For '94 [IQ]
Fusion - Live Good [Kemet]
Capleton - Cold Blooded Murderer (DJ Stretch remix) [Street Tuff - Ragga In The Jungle LP]
Blackstar - Kunta Kinte [Congo Natty]
The Dream Team - Stamina [Suburban Base]
Bizzy B & TDK - Wicked Man [Brain]

Kenny Ken - Universal Grooves Volume 2 - September 1994


Thanks to Nebkins for this tape rip.

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Tracklisting:
http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=56623&#entry99830 

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Ellis Dee, Swane & Stu Allan - Club Kinetic - Late 1993



Ellis Dee & Swane

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Stu Allan

Side A - Download
Side B - Download

Tracklistings

Stu Allan Tracklist 

Ellis Dee Tracklist

Update

Back after another break from uploading with some new mixes from back in the day to enjoy. Nebkins has sent me another batch of his tape rips as well, so expect regular updates for the rest of the year.

Massive thanks to Brian @ www.demodulated.com for providing hosting for
all the mixes that will be posted on this blog from now on.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Matt, DJ Muss & Majistrate - Cyndicut 100.4 FM - 15th January 1994

DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

Matt

Peshay - Gangster [Reinforced]
Bizzy B & Equinox - 7 Minutes Of Madness [Brain]
M Beat - Dark Magnet [Renk]
Under Rhythm - Sub Circle Remix [Booby Trap]
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Roasted Rollin Mix) [Moving Shadow]
Vibes & Wishdokta - Get High (New Jack London) [Asylum]

Grooverider - Sinister (The Influence Remix) [Reinforced]

DJ Muss

Naughty Naughty - Volume 4 [Naughty Naughty]
International Rude Boyz - Paragone (remix) [Formation]
Omni Trio - Feel (Feel Good) [Candidate]

Tayla - Bang The Drums [Good Looking]
Roni Size - Fresh [V]
Boogie Times Tribe - The Dark Stranger (Q Bass remix) [Suburban Base]
Inta Warriors - Dreams of Heaven (The Chance Mix) [Dee Jay]
Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #1)  [Moving Shadow]
Fugitive - Subliminal [Underdog]
Dillinger - Wave Form EP Side B [Wave Form]
Hyper On Experience - Lords Of The Null Lines [Moving Shadow]
Intense - Paradox [Rugged Vinyl]

Majistrate

Mickey Finn - D-Pressed [Dee Jay]
DJ Fokus - Chill Out [Blueprint]
Tom & Jerry - Escape [Tom & Jerry]
Swift & Zinc - Brightness [Brain Progression]
SMF - Guillotine (Psychotic Mix) [Rugged Vinyl]
Bizzy B & Equinox - Sympathy [Brain]
Eze G - Worlds of Confusion [Unatural Light]
JMJ & Richie - Hall Of Mirrors [Moving Shadow]
DJ Swane - Collusion [De Underground]
Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #1) [Moving Shadow]
Fusion - Love For The World [Kemet]

Clarkee - Club Dreamscape - 13th November 1992


Unfortunately the sound quality of the recordings from this event are quite poor, but as I've not seen this online before I thought some of you might like it. The tape also includes the first few tunes of LTJ Bukem's set.

Side 1 - DOWNLOAD
Side 2 - DOWNLOAD

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Fabio - The Edge 'Intelligent Drum & Bass Volume 1' - Mid 1995



Another excellent rip courtesy of Nebkins.

Side A - DOWNLOAD
Side B - DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

Side A

Randall & Andy C - Sound Control (A.W.O.L. V.I.P. Mix) [A.W.O.L. Live LP]
Studio Pressure - Relics (Natural Mystic remix) [Certificate 18]
Andy C - Roll On [Ram]
FBD Project - She's So (Revisited) [Bang-In Tunes]
P-Funk - P-Funk Era (diz1iz4yasoul) [Frontline]
Just Jungle - Sky (Just Jungle remix) [Trouble On Vinyl]

Side B

JMJ & Richie - Universal Horn [Moving Shadow]
LTJ Bukem - Horizon [Looking Good]
Nookie - A Drum, A Bass & A Piano [Reinforced]
DJ Rap - Universal Mind [Telepathy - Jungle Dons - Dub Plate Special LP]
E-Z Rollers - Rolled Into One (Photek Remix) [Moving Shadow - E-Z Rollers Dimensions Of Sound LP]
Alex Reece - Pulp Fiction [Metalheadz]

Mickey Finn & Luke Slater - Genesis & Phuture - February 1992


Thanks to Nebkins for this tape rip. Please leave a comment if you know the exact date for this event.

Side A - DOWNLOAD
Side B - DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

LTJ Bukem - Quest - 27th February 1993



LTJ Bukem

4 Hero - Angry People [Reinforced]
Nookie - Gonna Be Alright (Cloud 9 Remix) [Reinforced]
Omni Trio - Feel (Feel Good) [Candidate]
Bizzy B - Stop The Badboy [Planet Mu - Bizzy B 'Retrospective' LP]
Dr. S. Gachet - EXDK (Remix) [Labello Blanco]
DMS - Mind Wreck [Production House]
Bizzy B & Technochild - Obsessions [Brain]
Bizzy B - Rubadub Style [Planet Mu - Bizzy B 'Retrospective' LP]
Peshay - Catch It [After Dark]
Darkman - Darkman [Formation]
Johnny Jungle - Johnny [Face]
Johnny Jungle - Johnny (Dance Conspiracy remix) [Dee Jay]
On 1 Crew - Bad Dreams [Bump]
S.M.F. - Twisted Bungle [Rugged Vinyl]
Beyond The Future - Feel It [Paradise]
Bizzy B - Dark III [White House]
Dance Conspiracy - Dub War (Pascal & Sponge remix #1) [Unreleased]
Beyond The Future - Warped Science [Paradise]

Fabio 

Johnny Jungle - Johnny [Face]

Friday, 30 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

DJ Hype - Vibealite 'Christmas Party' - 27th December 1993



DJ Hype

Nookie - Give A Little Love [Reinforced - RIVET 1255]
International Rude Boyz - Drum Programme (Remix) [Formation]
Intense - Time Space Continuem [Rugged Vinyl]
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) [Moving Shadow]
Ginetix - All Torn Up [Face]
Jim Polo & Neil Vass - Rolling Energy (2 Sinister Remix) [Dark Horse]
Origin Unknown - Valley Of The Shadows [Ram]
DJ-Anthems Volume II - DJ-Anthems Volume II [Formation]
DJ Crystl - Your Destiny [Dee Jay]
Freestyle & DJR - Ten 44 [Awesome]
Hardware - Night Stalker (DJ SS Remix) [Face]
Swift & Zinc - This Side Of The Moon [Brain Progression]
DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer - In Effect [Slammin' Vinyl]
Nookie - Gonna Be Alright (Cloud 9 Remix) [Reinforced]
Liftin' Spirits - Break It Up [Liftin' Spirit]
Dance Conspiracy - Dub War (Pascal & Sponge Remix #2) [Unreleased]

Ratty

DJ Wax - Moments So Dark Remix (A) [CMC]
Hyper On Experience - Disturbance (Tango Remix) [Moving Shadow] 

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Fabio - Club Adrenalin - 25th March 1994




DJ Dance

DJ Slipmatt - Breaking Free [Awesome]
Dillinja - Sovereign Melody [Deadly Vinyl]
2 Bad Mice - Shooby Corner [Moving Shadow]
Omni Trio - Nu Grooves '94 [Moving Shadow]

Fabio

Goldie - V.I.P. Riders Ghost [Metalheadz]
Koda - Spacetek [Dee Jay]
Vorte-x - Tribal Warfare (Everybody) [Grand Larceny]
4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Drowning In Her (4 Horsemen mix) [Tone Def]
The Darkest Knight - The Journey [Hard Disk]
Flynn & Flora - String 4 String [Full Cycle]
Kakoo featuring Simon Bassline Smith - Hypnosis [Tantrum]
Foul Play - Beats Track [Moving Shadow]
Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era - Session One (Riots In Rayleigh) [Suburban Base]
The Invisible Man - The Bell Tune [Good Looking]
Suburban Knights - State of Art [Intelligent Music Company]
Subnation - Scottie (Ray Keith VIP Mix) [Future Vinyl]
Low Key Movements - Ear Drums (Good Times) [Reinforced]
Flynn & Flora - Dream Of You [Independent Dealers]
Codename John - Deep Inside Of Me [Prototype]
Doc Scott - Rage [Reinforced]
Original DJ Vibes - Let The Beat (Move Your Body) [Spinning Vynal]
Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #1) [Moving Shadow]
Back 2 Basics - Horns 4 94 [Back 2 Basics]

Top Buzz - The Edge (A8 Series) - February 1993


Thanks to Nebkins for ripping this set.

Side A -
DOWNLOAD
Side B - DOWNLOAD


Tracklisting:


http://rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=53721&#entry94148

Pigbag - In-ter-dance Studio Mix - April 1992


Thanks to Nebkins for this rip.

Download links:

Side A - DOWNLOAD
Side B - DOWNLOAD

Monday, 26 April 2010

Bryan Gee - Pisces 'Memories' - 4th September 1993




Smith Inc featuring Simon Bassline Smith - Palomino (Give It To Me) [Absolute 2]
Roni Size - Fresh [V]
Smith Inc featuring Simon Bassline Smith - Sty-le [Absolute 2]
DJ Trace - Lost Entity (New York Side) [Lucky Spin]
DJ Crystl - Deep Space [Dee Jay]
Peshay - Gangster [Reinforced]
Trinity - Chapter 19 [V]
Capone - Black Wax EP (A1) [Target]
Defender - Workstation [Unreleased]
DJ Krust - Metamorphosis [Unreleased]
Roni Size & DJ Die - The Calling [V]
?? Jumping Jack Frost - The Punisher [Unreleased]
Trinity - Fall Down [Unreleased]
Doc Scott - Street Knowledge (The Lost Track) [Reinforced]
Dillinja - Digital Cloning EP (A1) [Tough Toonz]
>> Q Project - Night Moves [Legend]

Colin Dale & Carl Cox - In-ter-dance - 18th April 1992


Thanks to Nebkins for uploading this set from an In-ter-dance night at Sterns Nightclub on 18th April 1992.

Side A - DOWNLOAD
Side B - DOWNLOAD

Blaze Magazine 'The Light' - 7th August 1993


Sets from one of the double packs released from the Blaze Magazine birthday party event on 7th August 1993. It's a shame the audio quality isn't better, but unfortunately that's often the downside with some of the tapes from back then.

Mickey Finn - DOWNLOAD
Dominate - DOWNLOAD
Phantasy - DOWNLOAD
Randall - DOWNLOAD

Tracklistings:


http://www.rolldabeats.com/forum/index.php?/topic/54121-blaze-magazine-presents-the-light-07081993/

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Aubrey & Druid - Fusion - 5th February 1993


Download links:

Side 1 -
DOWNLOAD
Side 2 -
DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

Side 1

Aubrey

Bassman/De La Ray - Lecturas EspaƱolas [Abfahrt]
???
???
???
???
???

Druid

Force Mass Motion - Collision Course [Rabbit City]
Kev Bird - This Is A Trip [Basement]
Force Mass Motion - Esthisis [Rabbit City]

Side 2

Space Cube - Mental Terror [Edge]
Citadel Of Kaos - It's Not Over [Boombastic Plastic]
Orca - Alive & Kickin' [Lucky Spin]
Wax Doctor - A New Direction [Basement]
M.A.N.I.C - Feel It (Jungle Mix) [Bass Zone]
Krispy Krouton - Generation [Empire]
DJ Seduction - Is This Real [Impact]
DJ Edge - Compnded [Edge]
Dark Mark - Side A2 [F-Project]

Sy & Vibes - Fusion - 31st December 1994


DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

Side 1

DJ Sy

The DJ Sy Project - The Flight [Quosh]
Crowd Pleasers - Volume 3 (Side A) [Crowd Pleasers]
S & A - Peaked Up [4 The Floor]
Beatmen - Seventh Way [4 The Floor]
DJ Seduction - Samplemania [Impact]
Sy & Unknown - Moments In Time [Hectic]
Frantic & Impulse - Spiced Up [4 The Floor]
Sy & Unknown - D-Day [Universal]
Billy 'Daniel'Bunter & JDS - Let It Lift You [Just Another Label]
DJ Slipmatt - Breaking Free (Ramos & Sunset Regime remix) [Universal]
Cheddar - Volume 1A [Quosh]

Side 2

Cheddar - Volume 1A [Quosh]
A Sense Of Summer - On Top [Universal]

DJ Vibes

Eraserhead - Life Is A Mystery (Forze DJ Team remix) [Forze]
Brothers In Crime - Out Of Sight [Babyboom]
Question Mark #3 - Side A [Question Mark]
Crowd Pleasers - Volume 3 (Side B) [Crowd Pleasers]
Red Alert & Mike Slammer - In Effect (Sy & Unknown remix) [Slammin' Vinyl]
Happy Tunes - Volume 1A [Happy Tunes]
Euphoria - Show Me Your Love [Impact]
Vibes & Wishdokta - Obsession [Asylum]
Naughty Naughty - Volume 3 (Green Side) [Naughty Naughty]

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Atmosphere Magazine - Issue 9 - November 1993




DOWNLOAD

Pressure X - Kool FM - 3rd April 1994



DJ Crystl - Untitled [Deep Jungle - DJV-001]
DJ Rap & Aston - Get Rushed [Suburban Base]
Lemon D - Deep Space Remix PT 2 [Planet Earth]

Dextrous - The Victory (Pay Back Mix) [Riddim Track]
Roni Size & DJ Die - Music Box [Full Cycle]
DJ Ron - Mo Musik (African Chant Mix) [Rough Tone]
Point Blank & DJ Sweetness - Soft & Mellow [Scientific Wax]
Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune (Rufige Kru remix) [Moving Shadow]
Jumping Jack Frost - Say [Formation]
DJ Mayhem - Inesse (Ray Keith remix) [Face]
E.KUD.C.M - Just Sekkle [Hard Disk]
DJ Dextrous & DJ Ren - Rapid [Suburban Base]

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Unsung Heroes Of Breakbeat - an interview with Zak of Minds At Large

Although magazines such as Eternity, Blaze, and Atmosphere featured plenty of interviews, there were still many producers that received little or no media coverage back in the day. This was the case with Minds At Large, who were responsible for classic hardcore tunes such as Rough Justice and Spinechiller back in 1992/93 and continued in later years to release some quality drum & bass tunes. Nebkins/Nebbers has tracked down Zak of Minds At Large for this in-depth interview that sheds some light on their releases and musical background. Thanks to Zak and Nebkins for taking the time to do this interview.


Unsung Heroes Of Breakbeat - an interview with Zak of Minds At Large

A few months ago I spotted a record http://www.discogs.com/Minds-At-Large-Shit-Happens-Whats-It-All-About/release/1160826 on Discogs that looked interesting. It had a sound clip and upon listening my ears were filled with the sounds of African drums, lush atmospherics and upon the drop some absolutely tearing amens. The tune would not have sounded out of place on a vintage Bukem set from the mid 90’s.

The label was Choicest Music and the artist name was Minds At Large. This didn’t ring a bell with me but the tune was wicked and amongst the copies listed for sale was one from a seller called Zak111. A quick scan through the sellers other records for sale (a small list) alerted me to the fact that he had multiple copies of a couple of other rare and classic tunes I loved for sale; the Rough Justice / No Justice white label ZAK001, the then accredited Warrior Bass – Future World / Spinechiller release on Future Vinyl and the rare Feel The Vibe 12” on Deadly Disks.

All three were in my collection and firm favourites that I’d heard on mix tapes from Randall and Bukem to name a few. Alarm bells rang in my head. If a seller has multiple copies of records then they are either the artist, record label owner or a lucky person who has stumbled on old distributor stock (Great Asset etc etc). This together with the fact that the sellers name matched the catalogue number on the Rough Justice 12” got me thinking. Then came the updates on Discogs. In one fell swoop Unknown Artist on the ZAK001 and Deadly Disks and the Warrior Bass on the Future Vinyl 12” metamorphosized into Minds At Large. The updater? Zak111


I fired away an offer on the Choicest Music – MAL006 and sent my respect to Zak111 for being the producer of some classic hardcore tracks. I also looked at the catalogue numbers for Choicest Music. If there was a 006 where were 001-005 hiding? I found MAL001
http://www.discogs.com/Minds-At-Large-Untitled/release/522077 hiding on Discogs already accredited to Not On Label and MAL004 http://www.discogs.com/Minds-At-Large-Set-Me-Free/release/2034324 on Rolldabeats which I quickly copied across. So where were MAL002, MAL003 and MAL005?

Several emails went back and forth between me and Zak111 on Discogs and he managed to locate copies of MAL002
http://www.discogs.com/Minds-At-Large-Euphoria/release/2061519 and MAL005 http://www.discogs.com/Minds-At-Large-Elevate-Your-Mind-Abstractions/release/2057108 and I was fortunate to purchase these along with MAL001 and MAL004. Unfortunately only one copy of MAL003 (Eastern Elements EP) surfaced in Zak111’s digging but he also dug up some copies of another track he made with the cat number BEL001.

With this back catalogue of classic tracks I asked Zak111 if he was happy to answer some questions about his involvement in the scene and here are the fruits of that labour:


Nebbers: Please introduce yourself to everyone.
Zak:
I’m known as Zak. Age 38. I grew up in Watford and now live in close by Bushey.

1980’s

Nebbers:
Can you tell us about your musical experience in the 1980’s. Were you a hip hop, soul or house man?
Zak:
All 3. I started with electro/hip hop/funk breaks from about 82. I was bboying (break dancing) from 83-86. I then also got into soul/jazz funk and rare groove and then house/hip-house etc.

Nebbers: Were you a raver and if so what raves did you go to?
Zak: My first big rave was in 89, Biology in Elstree, just up the road from me. I think it was one of the first on a truly grand scale and for me one of the best.

Nebbers:
When did you start DJ’ing and did you play out anywhere?
Zak:
I had DJ friends in the mid 80’s when I was into hip hop and used to buy records from Groove records in Soho. Got my decks in 1987. Played at local jams and house parties mostly, a couple of jams in Old Street and I had a one off spot at Bagleys around 1993/4, with Hoj who was part of MAL.

Nebbers: What artists / tracks influenced you in the 80’s?
Zak:
Too many to mention from that era. For house it was probably Fingers Inc – Can You Feel It. Hip hop artists like Demon Boyz, Ultra Magnetic MC’s. Jazz Funk - Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions etc, Roy Ayers, Loose Ends and many many more.

Nebbers:
What DJ’s influenced you in the early years?
Zak:
When I was about 10/11 I was fed up with all the pop music etc and then thank god electro & hip-hop came along. I used to tune into Dave Allen on Radio1 and also Tim Westwood on LWR, I was hooked. A few other DJ’s on LWR used to mix hip-hop with soul. Other DJ’s were DJ Pogo, DJ Supreme from Hijack, DJ Fingers and many others.

1990’s


Nebbers: Were you an initial fan of the emerging breakbeat scene or did it take time to adjust to this radical new music?
Zak: For me it was a natural progression, I was always into beats and breaks and around the underground music scene. I kinda grew with it.

Nebbers:
When did you get into music production? Was it a home set up or more professional studio? Zak: It was around 1991 and I was itching to make tracks. I did have a couple of drum machines but no decent equipment like a sampler and couldn’t afford it so I just phoned around for weeks to find a studio cheap enough. Eventually I found Jumbo Studios in Dollis Hill where a guy called Hamish had one of the studios, he was also the engineer. That was when I made my first proper track Rough Justice / No Justice. We had Reinforced records upstairs, Goldie used pop in now & then and often bigged up our tracks.

Nebbers:
What scene people / DJ's did you know personally?
Zak:
LTJ Bukem. I knew him quite well since years before he established himself he lived a stones throw away from me. Also knew Tayla and Conrad and a few other local heads. I eventually met people like Peshay, Randall, Nicky Blackmarket, Dr S Gachet, DJ Trace, Swan E etc.

Nebbers: Were there any tracks made before ZAK001 (Rough Justice/No Justice)?
Zak: None that were released. There were mess about tracks on my drum machine and Amiga and the feedback I had was good so I continued to try and make better music. Actually there was one track that me and my drummer mate Danny and a soul singer called Joe. It was probably around 1988. Joe was much older than us, he made his own tracks in studios and was a backing vocalist. I used to hassle him to get us in a studio and one day he did. We were in studio on a ship on the river Thames. In one day we came out with soul funk track without any sequencing. We just laid the tracks down one by one onto tape and mixed down. Wasn’t that bad a result either.

Nebbers:
What tracks / labels / raves / DJ’s influenced you for the first record you released ZAK001 (Rough Justice/No Justice)?
Zak:
Now you’re asking.... I was close to what Bukem was doing as I knew him, his first track, and his mixes were definitely an influence. Also other artists early on like Foul Play and Omni Trio. Security by the Beat Club was a dark but fat tune and gave me lots of ideas. I also had been listening to other genres of music, some Santana, Ozric Tentacles, and Ravi Shankar. I guess I drew influence from these, hip hop and all the house & jungle that was around.

ROUGH JUSTICE / NO JUSTICE – ZAK001





Nebbers: From Discogs I see that this record is attributed to Minds At Large but this was only to group together your releases as Minds At Large came later in 1993. Who were the producers of the record?
Zak:
Me and a mate called Ejaz. No Justice was just me.

Nebbers:
What equipment did you use to make the record? Where did you get the samples from (breakbeats and other sounds)?
Zak:
In Jumbo Studios with Hamish with an Akai S1000 and a synth that I can’t remember. I’d collected tons of breaks. The main break we used in Rough Justice was eventually used by Prodigy in Firestarter. We also used a snippet from Hard Times by Pablo Gad and even some tabla drums that I used in No Justice. We used drum machine patterns from an RX7.

Nebbers:
When was your ZAK released and how many copies did you press up?
Zak: It was around 1991/2 I think (Editor: Mid 1992 fits in with when it first started appearing on mixtapes). 1000 copies.

Nebbers:
Did you use a distributor or sell yourself? Who stuck on the stickers haha!?
Zak:
Distributed & did the stickers myself. I soon bumped into a distributor, a guy called Paul of Symphony Sound from Norbury South London.

Nebbers: Did any DJ’s get a Dubplate?
Zak:
Only Bukem had this one on dub.

Nebbers: What was your recollection of the reaction of the record – from a DJ or clubbers?
Zak:
It did really well, the shops sold out. We went out to AWOL and Mickey Finn dropped it. People were loving it. Also heard it on pirate radio and a few other raves we went to.

Nebbers:
Why such a high BPM?
Zak:
It sounded good at the time lol.

Nebbers:
What DJ’s did you get to know on the scene and what input did they give to you?
Zak:
I remember I was in a record shop in Forest Gate (Editor: Most likely De Underground Records) to give them another box of records. Randall was next to me and I didn’t know. When he realised it was my track he bigged me up and took my number for future dubplates.

Nebbers: Where were you clubbing during the 1992 period?
Zak:
AWOL in Angel was a regular haunt; the Ministry AWOL sessions were heavy. Big raves like Sunrise, Energy and Universe. Not sure which year to be honest. I also went along with Bukem when he used to play out, and drop my dubplates.

Nebbers:
Where were you buying records during the 1992 period?
Zak: From Black Market, hip-hop & other stuff from Vinyl Solution in Portebello Road.


FUTURE WORLD / SPINECHILLER – FUTURE01




Nebbers: How did you hook up and have the debut release on the Future Vinyl label? Was it your label?
Zak:
I was unaware of the well known label Future Vinyl and had no affiliation with it, not sure if they came along after me. FUTURE 01 was based on the track name Future World. I didn’t see it as starting a label at the time. When I was mastering and the engineer would ask for a cat # so I just made it up from the track name. (Editor: From this information it is pretty obvious that FUTURE 01 was not the first release on Future Vinyl but instead just a one off release).

Nebbers:
I first heard Bukem playing this on his Yaman 9 studio tape and it stood out on the tape as being way ahead of its time. What influenced you to make what is basically a piece of proto drum and bass?
Zak:
I did this 12” on my own. I think it was Security by the Beat Club that influenced the dark eerie feel of the track. I had drum patterns on my drum machine and some other samples that I was keen to use. I wanted the deepest bass line and experimented a lot to make it sound different.

Nebbers: What equipment did you use to make the record? Where did you get the samples from (breakbeats and other sounds)?
Zak:
At Jumbo studios again with the Akai S1000, my SR16 drum machine and the unknown synth. Hamish had got used to working with me so we got shit down quicker and the production got cleaner. We argued when I went against the “this is how it’s meant to be done” rules lol.

Nebbers: When was this made / released? And how many copies were pressed up?
Zak: I can’t remember for sure, 1992 maybe. 1000 copies

Nebbers: What was your recollection of the reaction of the record – from a DJ or clubbers?
Zak:
The best response I had for this one was by a guy behind the counter at Black Market, not Nicky or Ray Keith but he was another DJ. When I told him “I made that track” he just beat the left side of his chest and shook my hand and told me he how deep & heavy it was lol. Had a good response from Bukem and other DJ’s too.

Nebbers:
Where were you clubbing during the early 1993 period?
Zak:
As above, and Astoria, Heaven, Milky Bar, the one at Vauxhall Arches too, various other raves. The Warehouse one in Luton/Dunstable, phone up job. Can’t remember what it was called, urrgh!

Nebbers:
What was your next release? MAL001 or the Deadly Disks 12”?
Zak:
Deadly Disks.

Nebbers:
How did you come up with Minds At Large name?
Zak:
Where I worked around 1993 there was this guy, he used to read books a lot and told me about Aldous Huxley’s books. He lent me Brave New World which I read. He told me about Doors of Perception and the mind at large. Never read the book but I liked it and used it.

FEEL THE VIBE – DEADLY DISKS – DEADLY01

DEADLY01 -A - Feel The Vibe (Deadly Drum Mix) by ethereal94

DEADLY01 -B1 - Feel The Vibe (Rude Mix) by ethereal94

DEADLY01 -B2 - Feel The Vibe (Excursion) by ethereal94


Nebbers: Again I heard this on a Bukem Yaman tape and it had a sound of its own. Who were the producers on this record?
Zak:
I did the 45rpm side with a mate called Clarky. I had gathered all the samples and had rough outline for the track. I did the other 2 mixes on my own.

Nebbers: This was the only record of yours I have that had a full picture label? Was there any reason for this? Who designed it?
Zak:
Not great I know but I setup a PC and a crap printer and used a program called Pageplus to come up with it.

Nebbers:
What equipment did you use to make the record? Where did you get the samples from (breakbeats and other sounds)?
Zak: Jumbo again. The big synth sound I sampled from another tune and layered it over itself. The stab riff over the slower beats was played in on the keyboard.

Nebbers:
When was this made / released?
Zak:
Approx 1992/1993.

Nebbers: How many copies were pressed up? How was it distributed?
Zak:
1000. Self distribution on this one as Paul had gone missing.

Nebbers:
What was your recollection of the reaction of the record – from a DJ or clubbers?
Zak:
DJ Trace really bigged me up for this track when I was at Lucky Spin. He told me how well it went down in the US and he was smashing everywhere. He went down on my dubplate list. He always hooked me up with free vinyl after that, under the counter stuff. He became an influence, his tracks Babylon remixes/Coffee etc are killer tracks.


ALLSORTS EP – MAL001










Nebbers: You’ve mentioned to me before that DJ Trace played this on a dubplate. Who else was playing this as it seems hard to get hold of?
Zak:
Bukem got the DAT to cut a dub but I’m not sure if he did and was hard to get hold of. Bumped into DJ Trace at the mastering place in Holloway Road, he cut his dubs and cut one of mine too.

Nebbers: When was this made / released?
Zak:
Must have been 1993/4.

Nebbers:
What equipment did you use to make the record? Where did you get the samples from (breakbeats and other sounds)?
Zak:
These were the first tracks made with my own setup; I had Cubase on PC, an Akai S950 and a Korg Wavestation SR module. I made 2 of the tracks and had hooked up with Hoj who made the other 2. He had Atari Creator, Akai S2000 and Korg M1. We did a side each and became MAL.

Nebbers: How many copies were pressed up? How was it distributed?
Zak: I think we only did 500 of this and we had a mate do the distribution. I don’t think he did it well so we didn’t press any more.

Nebbers: What was your recollection of the rapidly evolving evolution of hardcore to darkcore to drum and bass/jungle from 1992 to late 1993?
Zak:
Hardcore was noisy and had the white glove crowd image, the majority never appealed to me. For me it was the tracks with fat or complicated breaks and heavy basses forming that raw sound; and the more musical tracks (intelligent D&B?) that you could listen to without being on an E. Tracks like Demons Theme - dark tune. Source Direct came through with that crisp clean sound. Photek too. When Bukem put out Earth Volume 1 I think it opened minds for this style of music.


MAL002-006 and BEL001


MAL002A - Minds At Large - Euphoria by ethereal94

MAL002AA1 - Minds At Large - Kali Weed by ethereal94

MAL002AA2 - Minds At Large - Step To Dis by ethereal94

MAL004A - Minds At Large - Set Me Free by ethereal94

MAL004A2 - Minds At Large - Spinechiller (Part II) by ethereal94

MAL004AA - Minds At Large - Wild & Free by ethereal94

MAL005A - Minds At Large - Elevate Your Mind by ethereal94

MAL005AA - Minds At Large - Abstractions by ethereal94

MAL006A - Minds At Large - What's It All About by ethereal94




Nebbers: These records are all white labels as far as I know stretching from 1993 to 1997. Any reason for this?
Zak:
Yeah we never hit it off with labels or major distributors so just continued to knock up test presses.

Nebbers:
Can you fill in the details on what you were doing between 1993-1997?
Zak: MAL continued making tracks, we bought better equipment and put out MAL002-MAL006. BEL001 was a couple of tracks I had made and wanted to get the test presses. Hoj didn’t have his tracks ready so I went ahead. I now had an Akai S3000 and a Roland JV2080. I had less time to distribute and concentrated on making the tracks. We did hook up with a distributor/media company, Vikas and Rachel got our stuff out to some shops and DJ’s. I think it lacked the personal touch of doing it yourself.

Nebbers:
Were you raving 1994 onwards?
Zak:
Yeah, maybe not quite as much.


OTHER QUESTIONS



Nebbers:
When did you stop making / releasing music? And why?
Zak:
By 1997 I got married. Hoj got married just before me. We kind of cut down on music and when my twins came along it was game over lol.

Nebbers:
What are you doing now?
Zak:
The family thang, working and bringing up kids. Got back into break dancing 6 years ago and run a training session & we compete and do shows. This has taken me back to my love of hip hop and funk breaks. Except this time round we have diggers, break DJ’s digging out some of illest breaks I ever heard. DJ Leacy (RIP) was a legendary breaks DJ and there are others that put out sick mixtapes. Recently I played out at a mates birthday jam after donkey’s years.

Nebbers: What are you opinions of the current music scene (Drum and Bass / Other styles)?
Zak:
I still love the tunes from back in the day and have all my records. The stuff these days doesn’t turn me on. I do tune into some of the pirate stations and the best bits are the old school ones. It’s possible that I just haven’t heard the right stuff, willing to check it out though.

Nebbers:
What record of yours do you rate the most? And why?
Zak:
There’s a couple that I haven’t released but to me are killer tracks. I’ve got quite few really good unreleased tracks and want to release them. Of the pressed up ones my personal faves are MAL006 - both tracks, Elevate Your Mind on MAL005, Spinechiller 1 & 2, Feel the Vibe, Future World, MAL001 both on my side (Track 1 - amen track with the vocal “I’ll be around”), Feel So High on MAL003? - This was used on a movie called Respect. MAL004 - love all 3.

Nebbers:
What record did you wished you had made?
Zak:
Rings Around Saturn - Photek or Horizons – LTJ Bukem or So Long – Seba & Lotek, there’s many others.

Nebbers:
Did you have any pseudonyms / make any other tracks that we might know off? Where there any tracks you made that might have only made it onto dubplate?
Zak:
Not really, I do have at least 5 tracks that were not released that I think are dope. I want to release them and re-release all the previous ones after remixing, boosting the levels and EQ’ing them.

Nebbers: Top 5 hardcore/drum and bass tunes?
Zak:
Seba Lotek – So Long. Bukem – Horizons / Demons Theme. CIA - Unknown. DJ Trace – Babylon Remixes (Both Sides) / Coffee. Chameleon – Close Your Eyes And Listen.