“People tend to pick the same tracks when thinking of key influences, so instead of the obvious, I’ve picked out a few dubs that never came out.”
Dillinja – Together
Kicking off with the first one, Dillinja's Together. It originally appeared on his album Cybotron, although there was an unreleased version I heard a few people play – one person in particular was Jumpin' Jack Frost. It kicks ass. It's so much angrier than the version that came out, although I can see why he changed it as there were loads of slammers on the album already, and it had a good vocal on it. It's available to find online, although the above is the version which was released.
Ed Rush & Optical – Bleep Bleep
Two good friends of mine – Ed Rush and Optical. They've been on fire since day dot, and they had a tune years ago called Bleep Bleep (or that's what I had it down as). I heard someone drop it at The End, and the place erupted. It's a wicked record, a proper old school roller. I messaged both Ed Rush and Optical to see if they still had this, and neither of them do.
Bad Company UK & Fierce – Brok
Keeping it dark – a tune from Bad Company UK and Fierce called Brok. I think I heard this at SE1 when I was younger; this tune was around in the days when The Nine was played constantly (it had been about for a couple of years when I first heard this) and I think Bad Company’s Inside The Machine LP had just come out. Brok had a few sounds from a bunch of different tracks. It had the energetic drums of Fierce's music – it was really intense. I love this tune. I messaged Vegas trying to get hold of another copy of it, he said he was going to have a look but the chances of it were slim as it's quite ancient now.
Dillinja – Watching You
Switching it up to a more dancefloor vibe, maybe jump-up too, there was a tune called Watching You by Dillinja. I don't know why it didn't come out. It was sent to me years ago – so long ago that I had it cut into a dubplate. I heard it played at Renegade Hardware, Breakin' Science and Accelerated Culture; this tune just went across the board.
Undercover Agent – Dub Plate Circles [Juice]
And finally, going really old – years ago there was a label called Juice Records, and Dub Plate Circles was a huge one that was due to be released. It was a big test press, and is now very difficult to get hold of. When the main drop kicks in, with old school breaks, it’s just pure bass. I love this tune. I’ve recorded this plus a load of other dub plates for Energy at FABRICLIVE – the only place you’re going to hear them all together!