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Kartoons Volume 01 Mixed by DJ Jaimie 
Kartoons, owned by the world renowned Nicky Blackmarket was a direct  offshoot from the home of Blackmarket Records. Founded in 1997 with a  total of 34 releases, the label featured the likes of Ray Keith, TNT  (Target & Trend) alongside some lesser known artists such as Jonnie  Braze, Live Crew and Fade. 
2 Degrees was, without a doubt, the biggest selling release on  Kartoons which must have featured in every Drum & Bass DJ’s set  during 1997. Love it or hate it, this record paved the way for Jump Up  in the late 90’s. The sample “better get the old man down here”, taken  from the 1983 film Wargames played a memorable part in the track, as  does the string intro and what I assume was some kind of elephant  sample.
The main drawback of the label, and possibly why it wasn’t recognised  by some as credible is probably because it was trying to be a bit of  everything. Hopefully the mix will prove this, its a mixture of Jungle,  bordering early Liquid, some Tech Step, Jump Up and a bit of Hard Step -  so many sub genres I could probably write a book just on that.
In my opinion Blackmarket should have stuck to what he did best, he  obviously had the contacts and in terms of knowing his selection, he was  then, a good Jump Up DJ. Looking back now at Kartoons its a real  surprise to find maybe 4 or 5 well known Jump Up tunes on this label - I  only featured 2 in this mix, the rest will be on the next instalment.  Would this label have worked as perhaps a alternative to Urban Takeover  or Proper Talent? In my opinion, yes it would have - a bit more input  from the likes of Trend and less from Ray Keith and this would have  probably made Nicky Blackmarket a bit more spare change to buy pocket  torches with. 
Hey, at least he’s still smiling so he’s doing something right.
Final word in this write up must be to pay respect to Trend - RIP.
TRACKLIST:
1) Fade - TDK - Kartoons Volume 15 - 1998 2) Unknown Artist - Side A - Kartoons Volume 01 - 1997 3) Dragon Fist (Ray Keith) - Double Bass Funk - Kartoons Volume 08 - 1998 4) Jonnie Blaze - 1-2 - Kartoons Volume 14 - 1998 5) The Outlaw - VR-6 - Kartoons Volume - 1998 6) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Assault - Kartoons Volume - 1998 7) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Follow The Leader - Kartoons Volume 10 - 1998 8) Live Crew - Told - Kartoons Volume 03 - 1997 9) TNT - 2 Degrees - Kartoons Volume 02 - 1997 10) Trigger Happy - What Goes Around - Kartoons Volume 21 - 1998 11) Trend (RIP) - ! - Kartoons Volume 02 - 1997 12) Jonnie Blaze - How U Want It - Kartoons Volume 14 - 1998 13) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Filter - Kartoons Volume 20 - 1998
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Kartoons Volume 01 Mixed by DJ Jaimie

Kartoons, owned by the world renowned Nicky Blackmarket was a direct offshoot from the home of Blackmarket Records. Founded in 1997 with a total of 34 releases, the label featured the likes of Ray Keith, TNT (Target & Trend) alongside some lesser known artists such as Jonnie Braze, Live Crew and Fade.

2 Degrees was, without a doubt, the biggest selling release on Kartoons which must have featured in every Drum & Bass DJ’s set during 1997. Love it or hate it, this record paved the way for Jump Up in the late 90’s. The sample “better get the old man down here”, taken from the 1983 film Wargames played a memorable part in the track, as does the string intro and what I assume was some kind of elephant sample.

The main drawback of the label, and possibly why it wasn’t recognised by some as credible is probably because it was trying to be a bit of everything. Hopefully the mix will prove this, its a mixture of Jungle, bordering early Liquid, some Tech Step, Jump Up and a bit of Hard Step - so many sub genres I could probably write a book just on that.

In my opinion Blackmarket should have stuck to what he did best, he obviously had the contacts and in terms of knowing his selection, he was then, a good Jump Up DJ. Looking back now at Kartoons its a real surprise to find maybe 4 or 5 well known Jump Up tunes on this label - I only featured 2 in this mix, the rest will be on the next instalment. Would this label have worked as perhaps a alternative to Urban Takeover or Proper Talent? In my opinion, yes it would have - a bit more input from the likes of Trend and less from Ray Keith and this would have probably made Nicky Blackmarket a bit more spare change to buy pocket torches with.

Hey, at least he’s still smiling so he’s doing something right.

Final word in this write up must be to pay respect to Trend - RIP.

TRACKLIST:

1) Fade - TDK - Kartoons Volume 15 - 1998 
2) Unknown Artist - Side A - Kartoons Volume 01 - 1997 
3) Dragon Fist (Ray Keith) - Double Bass Funk - Kartoons Volume 08 - 1998 
4) Jonnie Blaze - 1-2 - Kartoons Volume 14 - 1998 
5) The Outlaw - VR-6 - Kartoons Volume - 1998 
6) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Assault - Kartoons Volume - 1998 
7) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Follow The Leader - Kartoons Volume 10 - 1998 
8) Live Crew - Told - Kartoons Volume 03 - 1997 
9) TNT - 2 Degrees - Kartoons Volume 02 - 1997 
10) Trigger Happy - What Goes Around - Kartoons Volume 21 - 1998 
11) Trend (RIP) - ! - Kartoons Volume 02 - 1997 
12) Jonnie Blaze - How U Want It - Kartoons Volume 14 - 1998 
13) Dragon First (Ray Keith) - Filter - Kartoons Volume 20 - 1998

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