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  • 1. Asher Senator – One Bible
  • 2. Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot
  • 3. M Beat With General Levy – Incredible
  • 4. Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (X Project Remix)
  • 5. Ragga Twins – Ragga Trip
  • 6. Poison Chang – Press The Trigger
  • 7. Shut Up And Dance – No Doubt
  • 8. UK Apachi & Shy FX – Original Nuttah
  • 9. Ragga Twins – Illegal Gunshot
  • 10. Ben Intellect With Ragga G – Oh Jungle
  • 11. Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb
  • 12. Ragga Twins – Tan So Back
  • 13. DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter **

In the early 1990s Jungle was on the rise in the UK. After initially emerging out of the post-rave scene, Jungle quickly evolved, and by 1993 was now drawing on the slow, heavy bass-lines and Ragga vocals of Jamaican music. Whilst many would come to see this era as a short-lived phase in the evolution of Drum and Bass history (Ragga influenced Jungle was all but over by 1995) this album counters this theory showing that the roots of Jungle started much further back - in the UK’s vibrant Dancehall scene of the 1980s. Ragga influenced Jungle always works best as a clash. The double-time drums against the slow bass-lines, the Jamaican or Jamaican-influenced vocals against the dark, contemporary rhythms of young UK producers. The three main reggae Sound-systems in London between 1985-1990 were Saxon, Unity and Sir Coxsone. Before they were re-born as The Ragga Twins, brothers Flinty Badman and Demon Rockers were the MCs for North London’s premier Unity sound-system performing over strictly Reggae music seven days a week. Similarly Asha Senator – along with his partner on the mic, Smiley Culture, rose up from their own local Brixton based sound-system, which they built from scratch, to front the mighty Saxon Sound-system. Both hugely popular sounds, The Unity sound-system had the advantage of a strong relationship with legendary Jamaican producer King Jammy, who gave them upfront exclusives on any new Jammys release months before any other sound-systems could get hold of them. As King Jammy was the prime innovator of Jamaican digital dancehall this was quite a weapon to hold. Philip ‘PJ’ Johnson and Carl ‘Smiley’ Hyman ran their own small North London Sound-system along with friend DJ Hype. Initially the music had been strictly Reggae but after Smiley had visited his mum who lived in New York in 1986, they began to drop the occasional hip-hop tune into their set. This developed further as they then started MCing in Jamaican style over the breaks. By 1988, PJ and Smiley had begun to make records as Shut Up and Dance. As avid hip-hop dancers both PJ and Smiley initially wanted to make what they called ‘fast hip-hop’, (mirroring the speed of the break in old funk tunes) so they were somewhat surprised when a friend told them that a record they had made was being played at an acid-house club. It was indeed true and soon they began to hear their music being played on all the radio pirates. Although they never really got involved in the rave scene they started to make records for it. In their own minds they made records with ‘one-side house, one-side hip-hop’. In fact they were making proto-jungle and when they joined forces with their MC heroes from their youth, The Ragga Twins, they paved the way for the union of Rave and Reggae culture. By 1994 Jungle was officially going over-ground as General Levy and M-Beat’s ‘Incredible’ hit the charts. M-Beat was a young underground jungle producer and General Levy another of the leading lights of the UK Dancehall scene: Growing up in multi-racial Harlesden, by fourteen Levy started his first sound-system with friends called Third Dimension. From here he went on to MC for a number of North London sounds such as Vigilante and Java Nuclear Power before arriving at Tipperton Sound where he built his reputation as one of the finest UK MCs. At the start of the 1990s he signed to the important London reggae label, Fashion Records, alongside fellow MCs Smiley Culture and Asha Senator. Both London’s Fashion and Greensleeves record labels had championed Jamaican and UK-based Jamaican music throughout the 1980s, so it was a logical progression for them to start making jungle records in the following decade. As numerous young UK jungle producers sampled their favourite Jamaican Ragga artist, Fashion and Greensleeves (as well as UK reggae distributor Jetstar) invited young UK-based Jungle mixers to legally work with Jamaican artists. Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Barrington Levy all got re-worked by the likes of junglists Congo Natty, DJ Monk and more. Soul Jazz Records latest journey features all-time classic jungle anthems such as General Levy’s ‘Incredible’ and UK Apachi and Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’ alongside some serious Ragga heavyweight tunes like Cutty Ranks ‘Limb By Limb’ and Congo Natty’s classic re-make of Barrington Levy’s Under Me Sensi’. The album tells the story of how Jungle developed out of acid house but with its roots in the UK Dancehall scene of the 1980s and comes with extensive sleevenotes, exclusive interviews and photography. ** Bonus CD track only not on vinyl. --------------------------------------------------- "Blimey, this had us wiping the mists of time from our rheumy eyes, soul jazz cross swords with the phenomenon of original ragga jungle. With a few honourable exceptions, they're all here - yes, Cutty Ranks 'Limb by limb', M Beat and General Levy "Incredible", Ragga Twins, SUAD, Shy FX, DJ Zinc in a previous lifetime - since remembering and finding original copies of these records in random second hand shops, albeit tanned but still even playable, let alone hearing them inna dance at the right moment is akin to a religious experience. Run these to an up for it mixed crowd and watch things really go off big style! Zinc's "Super sharp shooter" is nearly the latest joint here, a record so hype it disappeared immediately back in the day, all the hip hop headz were buying two copies for the cut up opportunities. When it all fell to pieces, manchester club ceilings were riddled with holes as locals attempted to duplicate the vibe of outdoors yard parties - but the audio damage was done, an unrepeatable period, reflecting the adrenaline of rave, the suss of breaks kids and the sheer joy of orginal ja and uk dancehall vocalists pon microphone. Lick a shot - Walther ppk saturday night special y'hear. Awesome." BOOMKAT

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