Another one showcasing the smoother side of Moving Shadow in the 90s.
Just testament to the huge variation in the label throughout its history as while these tunes were being released, tunes like Quadrant 6 and The Shadow were also out there at the same time.
As you would expect, a lot of JMJ & Richie, E-Z Rollers, Omni Trio, Flytronix etc. I didnt realise that JMJ and Richie, Flytronix, EZ Rollers and Hyper On Experience are the same 4 or 5 people collaborating, so many amazing tunes between them lot.
1. Essence Of Aura - So This Is Love 2. Omni Trio - Trippin’ On Broken Beats VIP 3. E-Z Rollers - Believe 4. Cloud 9 - Jazzmin 5. Aquasky - Dezires 6. JMJ & Flytronix - In Too Deep 7. JMJ & Richie - Free La Funk [PFM Remix] 8. Flytronix - The Rhodes Tune 9. E-Z Rollers - Retro 10. Omni Trio - Sanctuary 11. PFM - The Eleventh Hour
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.
Mortem – The Touch (Sabre remix) Pennygiles – Attack of the Jazzy Goth Aquasion – Days of Our Lives A-Sides – Another Earth XTC – Vadar Calibre – All Day Aquasion – Off In The Cut Lenzman – Diamonds Random Movement – Risk VIP Loz Contreras – Sienta Jason Burns – Back 2 You (Sinistarr remix) Calibre – Reno Makoto – Untold feat. Deeizm (remix) Aquasion – Barsoul Sinistarr – Anything ft. Grimm Marcus Intalex – Virgo dRamatic & dbAudio – 6 Degrees Marcus Intalex – Stark Jaybee – Dry Air Makoto – Keep Me Down feat. Angela Johnson
DJ Crystl - Meditation (VIP Drumz Mix) [Unreleased] Ed Rush - Selecta [Jet Star] Q Project - Champion Sound (The Alliance remix) [Legend] Roni Size & DJ Die - Music Box [Full Cycle] Potential Bad Boy - Brown Girls [Ibiza] Rap & Aston - Get Rushed [Suburban Base] Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune [Moving Shadow] Origin Unknown - Valley Of The Shadows (Long Dark remix) [Ram] Hyper On Experience - Disturbance (Tango remix) [Moving Shadow] Engineers Without Fears - Spiritual Aura [Dee Jay] MA1 - Rufige [Formation] Skanna – Heaven EP ‘This Way’ [Skanna]
SIDE 2 TRACKLIST:
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Foul Play remix) [Moving Shadow] Apollo Two - Atlantis (I Need You) (LTJ Bukem remix) [Good Looking] Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith - Wicked [Suburban Base] DJ Sparks - Frontline [Yaw] Omni Trio - Feel Good (Original In Demand Mix) [Moving Shadow] D’Cruze - Watch Out [Suburban Base] Slipmaster J - Groundhog Day [Lucky Spin] JMJ & Richie - Hall Of Mirrors (Omni Trio Mirror Image Mix) [Moving Shadow] Swift & Zinc - Uncontrollable Desire [Unreleased] Ed Rush - Bludclot Artattack remix (Lick 2) [No U-Turn] Rufige Kru - Fury [Moving Shadow] DJ Crystl - Sweet Dreamz [Dee Jay]