A few weeks ago, I came home from the grocery store and immediately noticed that the umbrella was missing from the patio table. I looked around the backyard for several minutes, but it was nowhere to be found. As I was walking back into the house, I couldn't help but to notice an orange umbrella perched upon my roof. It's kinda strange because the weather wasn't stormy or blustery that day, but somehow, the umbrella was unanchored from the base and pulled up to the roof without the slightest bit of damage to the table. I'm guessing that it was either a gust of wind or just another glitch in the matrix. Nonetheless, I wrestled the ladder from the garage, made my way up to the roof, and lowered the rogue umbrella to safety.
At the start of 1995, I was still living in Toronto, Canada and despite having a child on the way, I was still very much into the rave/party scene and would stop at nothing to hear mutilated and chopped Amen breaks over sinuous bass lines. I've said it before, but when it comes to jungle of this caliber, you either loved it or you hated; there was no in between. When I got back to South Florida several months later, finding any 12-inch singles or even mixtapes with this classic sound were pretty difficult, if not impossible, to come by. One afternoon while digging at the infamous and presently defunct DJ Store in Ft. Lauderdale, I accidentally bumped into one of the employees while he was putting away records. This employee was none other than DJ Herbie James, and after a few back and forth apologies, he asked what I was looking for. I explained the sound that I was trying to find, and after a minute or two, he handed me several of the records that he happened to be putting away and told me to check them out. They were pricey UK imports with cover art that could best be described as cheesy, so my initial reaction was less than stellar. I took my short stack of records to the listening station and curiously cued up the first track of Breakneck Beats and waited patiently for nearly two minutes as the lush pads and percussion built itself into a monster of rolling breakbeats and syncopation. Each track I sampled drew me deeper and deeper into the style and despite the exorbitant price tags, I copped each of the records he suggested, and just in case you're wondering, I picked up Hardcore Junglistic FeverVolumes 1 & 2, Jungle Soundclash Volumes 1 & 2. and Breakneck Beats One:
Personally ripped from vinyl @ 320kbps
J & J - Physix (Exclusive Remix)
The Dominion - Fusion (Dub Plate)
Universal Love - Together (Dub Plate)
DJ Scoobie - Wait For The Bass (A Sides Remix)
Soundclash - Armed And Dangerous (Exclusive Mix)
J & J - 100 Tons Of Bass (Mark Ryder Remix)
The Dominion - In The Mood (Dub Plate)
Rough Edge - The Drop (Dub Plate Exclusive)
Uncle 22 - Bass Power (Dub Plate)
Lion Heart - Lion Theme (Exclusive Mix)
A-Sides - My Mind (Mike James Remix)
Mark Ryder Project - Love Talk (Dub Plate Exclusive)
As a prosecutor, he was tenacious, cunning, methodical, and by most standards, nothing short of legendary. From another perspective, without Vince Bugliosi, there would be no Charles Manson, and Helter Skelter would be just another song in The Beatles catalog. After successfully prosecuting Manson and penning the epic Helter Skelter, "Bugs" went on to publish several other books including Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. Rest in peace.
Today, my sweet black kitty turns seven! She's the eldest of the Miscreant Cat Clowder, and also the most reclusive/anti-social. When she's not sunning herself and tracking lizards, Dahli can usually be found hanging out on or around my desk and subsequently getting her hair everywhere. As she's gracefully aged, Dahli has become curiously odd and has taken on a very neurotic role amongst the other cats; think George Costanza meets Rain Man with a little Zsa Zsa Gabor thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless, Happy Birthday Sweet Dhee! The Pounce will be a plenty!