The History of Drum and Bass Series – Part 1: 1992-1995

I decided to create some mixes that, to me, embody the history and amazing sounds that have shaped, for better or worse, what Drum and Bass is today. All of these tracks are old records, promos, dubplates sand acetates I’ve acquired throughout the years and played at parties/clubs. In the case of dubs/acetates, I tried to remember the artist/track title/year as best I could. I’m certainly not DJ Hype or Dara and I’m in no way the lead authority on this sound, but I hope you enjoy these mixes as much as I do.
All the mixes are available in 192kbps and FLAC.

1992 to 1995 were the formative years for this sound and rightly so, we start in the beginning with the more ‘aardcore sound that hadn’t evolved into jungle quite yet. As the mix progresses, we get fully into the jungle sound and even into the futuristic drum and bass that wasn’t quite popular yet. The mix concludes with the infamous 88.3 track which sounds end up, to me, to be one of the defining drum/build styles that would take over the jump-up scene and be Aphrodite’s signature sound in the following years.

Click to download “1992-1995” in 192kbps (88mb file)
Click to download “1992-1995” in FLAC (486mb file)

01. Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows – [RAM Records] 1993
02. Liquid Crystal – To The Top – [Ruff on Wax] 1993
03. M-Beat – Surrender – [Renk Records PROMO] 1993
04. Orca – 4AM (Remix 2) – [Pure White] 1993
05. Liquid Crystal – Radiate – [Bizarre 3R WHITE LABEL] 1992
06. DJ Crystl – Suicidal – [Lucky Spin 001] 1992
07. Stakka & K.Tee – Hear Say – [RAM Records 15] 1995
08. Special Red – Come Bad Boy – [Underdog 006] 1994
09. DJ Trace & Ed Rush – Don Bad Man – [Lucky Spin] 1993
10. Bassline Generation – Dark Man – [Mask Records] 1995
11. Urban Shakedown – Some Justice ’95 (Arsonist Dub Mix) – [Urban Shakedown] 1995
12. Leviticus – The Burial – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1995
13. Splash – Babylon – [Dee Jay Recordings] 1995
14. Mr E, Dillinja & Clarky – Steelers Anthem – [IQ Records] 1994
15. Ray Keith – Keep On (Vocal Mix) – [Urban Gorilla] 1995
16. Sound Of The Future – Lighter (DJ Friendly Mix) – [Formation Records] 1995
17. Elementz Of Noize – Other Side Of Town – [SOUR] 1995
18. Dub Technicians – Mindscape (VIP) – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1994
19. Shabba Ranks – Let’s Get It On (Goldie Mix) – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1995
20. MA2 – Hearing Is Believing (Remix) – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1995
21. Unknown Artist – Buddy Buddy (Cocksman Mix) – [SBP Records] 1995
22. Underworld – Murder Dem – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1995
23. UK Apachi Shy FX – Original Nuttah – [Moonshine PROMO] 1995
24. Full Dread – Living Life – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1994
25. Concept 3 – Rush (Remix) – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1994
26. DJ Scoobie – Don’t Know – [ACETATE/DUBPLATE] 1994
27. DJ Crystl – Meditation – [Dee Jay Recordings] 1993
28. Jonny L – Sam – [XL Recordings 56] 1995
29. 88.3 – Wishing On A Star (Urban Shakedown Full Vocal Mix) – [Urban Gorilla] 1995

time: 64:33
bpm: ~165
file: mp3/192kbps/44.1kHz/stereo
master: -1.5/+1.9db

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