Trax 00:00 Depth Charge - Depth Charge 04:12 Metronome - Voyage To The Botom Of The Bass 09:24 Krome + Time - Unity Nucleus 12:40 Bitin Back - Boom Box 16:54 Clarkee + Phantasy - Near Miss Trax 20:36 Sacred - Do It Together 24:27 Dub Conspiracy - Dub War chapter 2 Nucleus 29:45 Metalheadz - Kemistry 34:46 Rogue Unit - Rogue Unit Jam Trax 38:59 FBD - Blasted (Remix) 41:16 Pascal + Sponge - Raw Basics Nucleus 46:11 Waterproof - Aint No Way 49:40 Tek 9 - You Got Slow Down Trax 54:42 Potential Bad Boy - Capsules 55:55 Potential Bad Boy - Skip To My Loop Nucleus 59:33 Waterproof - Ruff Stuff 64:04 Ruff Necks - Run Tings Trax 68:17 Ruffneck Buisness White label 70:21 Straight From The Bedroom - The Box Opened Nucleus 74:31 Goldie - A SenseOf Rage 81:30 Breakage - Forgot the Name Trax 86:20 KJell - Rythmic Nature 90:40 Naibu - There - Horizons Dub Nucleus 95:04 Digital - Rockers 97:44 Seba + Krazy - High Priestness Trax 103:17 Bass Flo - Poseidon (Double O Rmx) Soul Red Dub 108:24 Ricky Force + Mecca - You`ll Never Know - Dub Nucleus 113:57 J-Majik - Repertoire
Leftfield - Phat planet Surgeon - Sleep ultra Surgeon - Waiting for me part 2 Joey Beltram - Fuzz Andy Page - Mr Rush Jeff Mills - Gamma player Surgeon - Exhibit Dave Clarke - Thunder Envoy - Dark Manoeuvres Joey Beltram - Instant Damon Wild - Avion (88uw Remix) The Pump Panel - Ego Acid Bam Bam - Where’s Your Child Tobias Von Hofsten – Swinger Red Snapper - Digging Doctor What what Hardfloor - So What Sterac - Liteon The Chemical Brothers - Elektrobank
Autechre - Gelk (Kyle Geiger Edit) Amon Tobin - Sordid RJD2 - Ring Finger Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force - Looking for the Perfect Beat Autechre - Squeller Pretty Tony - Jam the Box Laidback Luke - En Route Prince - When Doves Cry Steve Stoll - Photosynthesis Collabs feat. George Issakidis & Speedy J - Sculpture Håkan Lidbo - Mass Reduced Adam X - I am a Machine Dezz - Boom Boom Muse - Sunburn Laidback Luke - Out Of the Dub (Kyle Geiger Edit) Atmosphere - Trying to Finda a Balance Nine Inch Nails - Vessel (Bill Laswell Remix) Underworld - Bruce Lee (Micronauts Remix) Autechre - Clipper Boards of Canada - Telephasic Workshop
My personal history into electronic music from the casual to the more serious (some might say obsessive) starts with breakbeats; from drum ‘n’ bass and jungle to 135/140 bpm breaks and breakstep.
Baobinga(himself a member of the breaks/breakstep scene from its early manifestations) put together this 34 minute fast cut and somewhat essential sound lineup covering some of the core tracks of ‘breakstep’ spilling over into some dark garage and grime inspired plates.
Some have debated (internet and back room chin stroking mostly) and discussed the sonic makeup of the genre, where it started and so on. Some believe it to be a recent thing that followed the rise of dubstep, others know it existed before and was if you excuse the pun, instrumental in the early dubstep dubs.
To be honest it doesn’t really matter as much as some balding 30 something blokes might have you believe. What does matter, in the context of me writing this piece, is Baobinga, Sam Simpson to his mum, knows how to pick a deep dark rolling selection laying down many classics of the genre. From Mark One, Darqwan’s huge Said The Spider, Plastician when he was still Plasticman (which confused me as the first 12″ of his I bought I bought blind thinking it was the work of Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman). To Zinc’s alias Jammin’, Search and Destroy, the mighty Vex’d, the much applauded and still sought after Freeze instrumental from Grime kingpin Wiley; Geeneus, early Skream and finally ending up Loefah’s Twisup VIP with a remix lick from Youngsta and Task.
So there we go. Put together for the good folk over at Crazylegs.
“Although it never really got the props it deserved, the music loosely known as breakstep is one of the defining influences on what I do. Chopped up drums with a slight jungle / dnb edge (without being referential to the point of parody), plenty of bass, but with the mid-range held back enough to imply darkness rather than pile the rage on with a spade, and a bit of swing and bounce to the beats to link it with the emerging dark garage and dubstep scenes. J Da Flex’s much-missed show on 1Xtra was the place for the weekly update on these bits, and one of my career highlights is the fact that J played one of my bits on his mix for John Peel’s show way back when.
Anyway, all these tunes kind of came out as garage was dying, grime was starting to move away from hype instrumentals into more MC-dominated territory, and as dubstep was still figuring out what it was supposed to sound like – ie. a time of massive musical flux. Which is sort of where we’re at right now – in a bit of a state of flux, not entirely sure where things are going to go next… So this mix is a bit of tribute to the last time things felt like this. All done on vinyl, and for some random reason on a rotary mixer, which is categorically NOT the right kind of mixer for this kind of stuff!”
Mos Def, Nate Dogg, Pharoah Monche – Oh No (Dj Hype RMX) Darqwan – Cold Symptoms SLT Mob – Stopper Chase & Status – Wise Up Mark One – Rain Dance Shimano – Blues Darqwan – Said The Spider Bogeyman vs DJ Lombardo – Through The Keyhole Wiley – Flat Derik Plasticman – Anger Darqwan – Taiwan Ink Shimano – Roll The Drums Jammin – Hold On Search & Destroy – Mark Of The Beast Wiley – Freez Instrumental Vex’d – Lion Geeneus – The Journey (Shimano RMX) Fyrus – Jaws Daluq – Supafine Skream – Who R Those Guys Loefah – Twisup VIP (Youngsta & Task RMX)