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Johnny B Back in the Daze Vol. 05 - June 2021 - 1992/93 Oldskool Hardcore & Early Jungle

Johnny B Back in the Daze Vol. 05 - June 2021 - 1992/93 Oldskool Hardcore & Early Jungle

Chart positions

This show was 3rd in the global hardcore chart, 3rd in the global drum n bass chart, 5th in the global rave chart, 9th in the global jungle chart and 19th in the global drum & bass chart.

Here's something a little bit different to my usual dnb sessions - a heritage mix of some quality old breakbeat hardcore & jungle from 1992 & 1993 - the music that developed into the dnb we all know and love today! I can't believe it's been a year and a half since my last oldskool set!!

As before, this has been mixed on my Pioneer XDJ-RX using mp3 rips from my old vinyl collection. All these tunes were collected by myself from between 2000-2009 - I caught the collecting bug after starting with the quality Slamming Vinyl and Dreamscape compilation LPs and before long I amassed tons of early 90's records from both Discogs and ebay. Unfortunately, along with all my dnb vinyls, I eventually had to sell up in order to help fund a house purchase, but I'm still glad I've got all these recordings to mix with!

Ever the perfectionist, I really struggled to get this one to sound tight at first, so after a few attempts I managed to create something I was finally happy with! Hope you enjoy :)

Comments

Anothersync

How is this taking anyone back to the early days of rave? Every mix has been beat grid and synced. BORING... Mix early rave as it should be, please. Most of you are only here to lick backside and hopefully get more plays on your own mixes.

Gruffstuff/DjGruff.

Mate, fucking please, sorry Johnny, i can't help myself......I'm showing my age now(55), but this mix is a perfect audio snapshot of how it was, i don't care how it was mixed....It's put me back there perfectly, believe me.....You think you can do better Anothersync?.....Please, please,please have at it........

Johnny B
Johnny B

Big ups Gruff for defending the most important aspect of mixing - it's not important how it's made - at the end of the day it's about people enjoying the tunes. What's left to enjoy, if you can only worry about how the dj pressed some buttons - surely that's not what listening to music is about!

Anothersync - to me you sound like a very troubled individual who only gets kicks out of purposely trolling those who love and share music! What's with the hate - I'm a self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to mixing and I only create what is pleasing to my own ears, as I do like to listen to these sets myself whilst working, running, etc. They're not made for 'licking backside', etc, and especially not for trolls with worrying attitudes like yourself! I actually used to mix these on vinyl back in the day, obviously without sync, grids etc, but I do like the fact that beatgrids & cues provide that extra level of creativity and a tidier-sounding mix overall. If you think otherwise, please post a mix of your own demonstrating why syncing shouldn't be used. Maybe record it onto a tape - you shouldn't record digitally or put it on Mixcloud, as surely that's not how early rave is supposed to be heard, haha ;)

Gruffstuff/DjGruff.

Mate, def feeling this.....Just like walking through the tent flaps at an early Raindance again. Big Up mate, this one, yes, yes!!!!-Thank you so, so much.

Johnny B
Johnny B

Cheers for the kind words mate - really great to hear another being transported back to the good old days! Really pleased you enjoyed this one - big ups!! :)

Jimmy Ralph

Forgot to say sorry I'm a bit late to this one too, it was hidden from my view until a few days ago and only just got round to listening to it!

Johnny B
Johnny B

Absolutely no worries mate - never too late, plus there’s so much to listen to on MC, you can’t catch ‘em all (didn’t mean to sound like Pokemon there, lol)

Jimmy Ralph

An absolute masterpiece Johnny! Not sure how you made this session flow so smoothly with so much going on :) A bit before my time this stuff, I think I started listening to hardcore/dnb around 97/98ish mostly through tapepacks of Fusion/Hysteria/One Nation events borrowed from older brothers of some of my friends! So good to hear the original vibes and influences on what the genre evolved into! Brilliant idea for a series and just shows the depth of your knowledge, thanks for sharing mate, amazing :)

Johnny B
Johnny B

Cheers as always for the continued support and amazing feedback mate - always very much appreciated!! To get this session flowing smoothly was a bit of a mission at first, but finally got there with a bit of tweaking with cue points, etc - like you say, there is a lot going on, such as multiple breakdowns, changes of melody, etc :) The only music in this style I had access to as a 12/13 year old when these tracks were released, was the Experience LP by The Prodigy and stuff on commercial compilations (smart’es, Trip to Trumpton, etc). I missed most of the original stuff and got into happy hardcore and jungle a couple of years later, through Dreamscape, Fusion and Helterskelter tape packs brought with my paper round money, haha :)

Djfuryuk
Djfuryuk

Heavy set Johnny B!! Took me back to my teenage years👌👊 unfortunately our not so good friends DTI (Ofcom) had three large double crates of my oldskool tunes 92-96 😞😞 I’ve managed to got vinyl Rip’s of some over the years.. wicked selection 👊🔥

Johnny B
Johnny B

Cheers for the kind words mate - very much appreciated and great to hear this took you back to the good old days! Sorry to hear you had your old tunes confiscated - what a nightmare!!! Always made me wonder what they did with all the stuff they took from the busted pirate stations. Glad you’ve still got some vinyl rips still though. Luckily these days there’s loads of stuff getting remastered & released digitally :)

Djfuryuk
Djfuryuk

Yes yes Johnny B I’ve been wanting to do an oldskool set for a while now.. time to sit back n reminisce!!! Intro 🔥🔥🔥 sorry I’m late to the party on this one 👊👊

Johnny B
Johnny B

Never too late mate - so much quality stuff on MC, you can’t catch everything at once - I’m always falling behind, haha :) Would absolutely love to hear you do an oldskool set one day mate!! Yep, Blow Out is timeless and works so well as a set starter with that famous piano opening!!

ProCeed
ProCeed

I have nothing but respectz for this upload JB! I thought I was listening to an old Ratty or Easygroove mixtape on my way home this evening... It's that GOOD!! :)) 🙏🏻🔊🔊🔊 Smiles all the way bruva, I always feel so comforted remembering all the memories of raving in the early 90's. Emotional too!! 😭😁 I don't think it's right to fav any tunes here, they were all sooooo special in their own right. They all had a place in the progression to the dnb we listen to now :)) It must have been such a pleasure mixin' them up on digital, I was always struggling with the vinyls lol. Although to be fair the ruff production of the tracks always helped cover up mistakes lol. Amazing work and a very special listen ;) Much thx !!

Johnny B
Johnny B

Wow, ProCeed - that’s such a kind complement, bro!!! To be compared to a Ratty or Easygroove set is amazing, so cheers for the kind words - that put a huge smile on my face!!! Even though I wasn’t old enough to be a raver at the time these tracks were released, I’ve listened to plenty of rave tapes over the years and got to know the tunes very well - all helped with building of my collection. Really nice to hear this mix brought back some happy memories for you - I can only imagine how amazing it was raving to these first time round - 6 years later was first time I got experience Slipmatt play this stuff at a local venue, which was banging!! And yes, it was defo a lot easier mixing these tracks digitally, although was still challenging with some tracks, with lots of jogwheel handling going on - was almost like spinning vinyl at some points, haha!!

C D B
C D B

Bigups JB you started this off with one of my all time faves and just took me on a journey back to the best days of my life its also great to see the track names at last on some of these instead of shouting melodys at djs av u got this one m8 haha goes like dis :D \O/

Johnny B
Johnny B

Big up C D B!! I just had to kick things off with Blow Out - such a classic tune and made for a perfect intro!!! Haha, yeah, I can imagine it was so much harder to find out tunes back in the day, before internet, etc!!! "What's that track with the piano that goes dink dink dinky dink dink dink..." lol! Cheers for dropping by for a listen and leaving a quality comment mate! :)

Cameron
Cameron

Yes JB this is sick! I'm 14 years old again, sat in my rave flyer covered bedroom jumping around to the tinny sounds coming out of my ghetto blaster!! Such a nostalgic session this mate, these are the tracks that got me hooked on the hardcore scene back in the day. This set me on a mad few years up to about 98 when it all got a bit cheesy and the DnB took over. I notice this is no 5 in the series so i will def be heading back to check out numbers 1 - 4! As others have mentioned the mixing is so good. When i got my first set of decks at 16 my mate lent me a load of early - mid 90s vinyl to spin so i know how difficult it is but you absolutely smashed it bro! Massive respect for this one Mr B, a proper education all round 🔥👊👏

Johnny B
Johnny B

NIce one Cam and sorry for the late reply - I'm getting way behind :) Great to hear this mix took you back to your teenage days, surrounded by those rave flyers! Haha, I too had a Ghettoblaster back then - it was a JVC with mega-bass or something like that - I always remember my 12 year old self blasting 'Out of Space' by the Prodigy on it - still probably one of my most fave tracks of all time! As already commented below, I was only about 12/13 when these tracks came out and only really discovered them a lot later in life. Not really knowing much of the original rave stuff at the time, apart from all the chart stuff by The Prodigy, Altern8, SL2, etc, I first got into happy hardcore around '94, but ended up sticking with the jungle once the breakbeats & basslines were dropped in favour of that more bouncy dutch techno/gabba style stuff. Once I discovered the older 91-93 stuff when I was a bit older, I realised the happy hardcore I enjoyed basically just remixed a lot of those tunes, plus I prefered the slightly slower tempo and heavier focus on the breakbeats! Then a started collecting and realised how much of a bugger some of it is to mix, lol!! Cheers for the great feedback mate! :)

Phil fortunecookie20

Skanna! Orca! Bass Selective! Yes!

Johnny B
Johnny B

Yep - absolutely classic producers and tunes!!! :)