The Red Bulletin September 2019 (UK)

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Welcome

to the

Jungle

Drum-and-bass titans Chase

& Status revisit four tracks

that helped shape their career

When jungle hit the UK rave

scene in the early ’90s, it was

the deep, dub-like basslines

and echoes of Jamaican reggae

culture that set the genre apart

from other breakbeat-driven

derivatives. This was also one

of the reasons why Londoners

Saul Milton and Will Kennard

fell in love with the music as

teenagers. Today they’re

better known as Chase & Status

– arguably the world’s most

successful drum-and-bass act

– and on their latest album,

RTRN II JUNGLE, the duo

(pictured with ‘third member’

MC Rage, left) pay homage to

the genre. Here, they list four

jungle/drum-and-bass tunes

that sparked their passion…

Listen to Chase & Status’

Fireside Chat on Red Bull Radio

on Mixcloud; mixcloud.com

DAN WILTON FLORIAN OBKIRCHER

DMS & The Boneman X

Sweet Vibrations (1994)

Milton: “One of the earliest [jungle]

tunes that caught my attention.

Everything about it – the drums,

the percussion, the dancehall

vocals they sampled – sounded

so different to anything I’d heard

before. This is what jungle did so

well back then: you’d just have loads

of different vibes on one track,

which either didn’t make any sense

or made perfect sense, like in the

case of this tune.”

PFM

One & Only (1995)

Kennard: “In the mid ’90s, Good

Looking Records dominated the

jungle scene, particularly the more

atmospheric style that people at the

time called ‘liquid’. PFM were a group

on that label and had a string of

groundbreaking releases. On this

track they’re using pads, samples

and strings, which was really

cutting-edge and sort of led into

what Goldie was doing with [his

drum-and-bass label] Metalheadz.”

Adam F

Circles (1995)

Milton: “It was around 1996 when

I heard this tune for the first time.

It would have been on a pirate radio

station, and the track shaped my

youth. Whereas other jungle tunes

use reggae or dancehall elements

to go deep, Adam F maintained this

vibe with lavish pads and playful

percussion. Consequently, it

became a timeless classic that

works on the radio as well as at

a rave at three in the morning.”

Leviticus

Burial (1994)

Kennard: “This tune has become

synonymous with jungle and has

one of the genre’s most recognised

hooks. What makes it so legendary

is the use of lots of different samples

to create something new and unique.

The producer behind it, Jumping

Jack Frost, is an absolute legend

and a pioneer of the genre. I just

finished reading his book, in which

he talks about his musical journey.

Highly recommended.”

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