Posts Tagged ‘Aphrodite’

Locked in the Dock: History Lessons

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Since the dawn of rave, it’s safe to say that there has been one genre that has always been the undisputed champion. We’re talking, of course, about Jungle. In the early 90s, we were blessed with a sound like no other. Punchy Amen breaks, weighty basslines and mad samples graced our warehouses and sound systems. With the likes of Kenny Ken, Randall, Fabio & Grooverider, Aphrodite and Micky Finn all championing this new sound.

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Here at Hospital, we are linking up with the mighty Jungle Jam for the next Hospitality in the Dock event on the 30th of March 2018. Jungle Jam has been jamming jungle out to the masses since 2005. Starting out in Leeds to then putting on events that span up and down the U.K. and even with events covering across parts of Europe, these guys really know how to rinse it out proper!

 

DJ Randall : History Lesson

First up, we are delighted to have the DJ that we all know and love, DJ Randall, Mr Too-hot-too-handleRandall will be teaching us all a lesson or two in the long history of Drum and Bass at the dock this year. Having been around since the birth of Jungle, Randall‘s no stranger when it comes to spinning out an old-skool set. His mixing skill and tune selection are second to none which makes him the perfect DJ to guide us through the many years of Drum & Bass music. 

 

30 years of: Micky Finn & Aphrodite

Next, we have the mighty Micky Finn going B2B with Aphrodite. Its safe to say that these two are bonafide jungle legends and will be guiding us through the 30 years of their iconic Urban Takeover label and beyond. Having both been in the game for a very long time and pretty much pioneering the genre, there couldn’t be Jungle without the Finn and Aphrodite. Most notably In 1996, they teamed together in production and released their iconic DnB anthem, Badass. A track that continues to destroy dance floors whenever it gets played to this day. This set is definitely one not to be missed!

 

Krust: Warhead era classics set

Finally touching down to grace the Jungle Jam stage we have the Bristol don that is none other than DJ Krust. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Krust was bombarding the scene with his heavy style of Drum & Bass that was never heard before on his and Roni Sizes’ label Full Cycle Records. Tunes like ‘Don’t Front’ and ‘Break ya Neck’ to name a few. But ultimately everybody who knows their D&B will think of one tune and one tune only when they hear Krusts name. That tune is Warhead. Released back in 1997 on V Recordings. The tune was an instant classic and was getting dropped by every DJ at every rave across the U.K., putting Krusts name firmly on the Drum & Bass map for good!

Catch the man himself doing a ‘Warhead Era’ classics set alongside so many other original junglist dons. Less than a month to go now, calling all junglists, your time is now!

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Words by James Hillyard

Posted 12th March 2018 in Blog, Features

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Bristol BBQ XL: Badass Selections from Micky Finn & Aphrodite

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Jungle and drum & bass are littered with iconic duos: Fabio & Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Subzero & Original Sin, Calyx & Teebee, DJ Die & Krust… the list goes on.

There are few, however, that can rival both the production and DJ’ing powerhouses that are Micky Finn and Aphrodite, and these brothers in arms will be one of many leading the junglist charge at our XL Bristol BBQ at Motion come June.

Often producing collaborations between their individual aliases and running the label ‘Urban Takeover’ together, Aphrodite and Micky Finn; alongside friend Claudio Giussani, were also known as ‘Urban Shakedown’. A name which will be all too familiar with the drum & bass veterans among us.

To celebrate the sheer quality these respective artists maintain both individually and collectively, we thought it only right to dish out our personal top 5 dancefloor fillers from the monolithic men themselves to hype you up for their keenly anticipated B2B.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn Ft. MC GQ – Dark Selector

A seminal track that ignites raves in a way that few other tracks do. Deliciously groovy and seriously funky, this roller is a timeless drum & bass anthem. The bad-boy vocals from the legendary MC GQ give it an extra potent edge and the arrangement throughout is spot on. Massive track.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Drop Top Caddy

Vintage Aphrodite & Micky Finn. Rugged and funky rap samples, sublime arrangement and a crisp bassline that leads the way in forging the tracks sonic atmosphere. Working in harmony with the raw hip-hop elements, this gruff stepper sounds as funky fresh today as it did 20 years ago.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bass of The Tramp

More certified dopeness from these drum & bass dons. A beautifully wobbly bassline combined with excellent sample chopping renders this as one of the most iconic precursors to modern jump up drum & bass. Simple elements, but complex composition and arrangement see a fairly minimal set of ingredients mixed up to cook a serious tune, one of my personal favourites.

Urban Shakedown – Some Justice ’95 (Arsonist Dub Beats)

One of the most famous tracks on this list. A true jungle classic. Originally a dubplate re-work of their 91/92 big hitter, this track saw release in the shape of Some Justice ’95. A militant bassline and ragga vocals combined with beautiful drum rolls and breaks throughout. This is jungle music at it’s finest.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass

Probably Micky Finn & Aphrodite’s most famous collaboration. You’ll struggle to find any drum & bass enthusiast worth their salt who doesn’t know this seminal anthem, as common in the dance today as it was two decades ago! A roller simply oozing with vibes, the cheekiness of the bassline juxtaposed with the vocals amount to a genuine drum & bass tour de force.

There you have it. Five tracks guaranteed to get any party started. These guys made gazillion more amazing tracks so we encourage you to find your favourite and comment your all time number ones. But if you want a real taste of what these guys do, then you’ll have to come down to the Bristol BBQ on the 10th of June to see these musical magicians in action.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 8th May 2017 in Features