even the kids amongst you probably don’t need an introduction to jungle. emerging from the hardcore scene of the early 90s, it was a ragga driven extension of the dancehall scene until techno started to take over the drum’n’bass scene in 1996.
like uk garage, it was a predominatly london thing. it was the soundtrack of the pirates when i moved here in 1994 and to me it was new, exciting and like nothing i’d ever heard before. so some of my abiding memories of jungle are as the soundtrack to my first year living in student halls of residence. fires in the kitchen, dirty bathrooms and being too drunk to get out of bed.
in your first year, you’re lumped with a complete mishmash of personalities, with nothing in common. the one thing that can unite people is music and yet sometimes even that fails. what do you do with a couple of r&b swingers, a hip hop queen, cheesy quaver and a girl who just got back from ibiza?
in 1994, you sent them down to the a.w.o.l. night at the ministry of sound. on a thursday night, you could actually get in for less than £10 and get a drink for about £3. there was r&b in the main bar, house and garage upstairs (this was before the refurb) and jungle in the main room. the crowd were a melting pot of students, office caners, media and professional ravers.
at the time i probably didn’t think a.w.o.l was as cool as the friday night open techno fest or glitzy rulin’ saturday night at the ministry. how wrong i was. a.w.o.l is the only one i would still want to go to. i discovered new music and saw a man in a skirt years before david beckham was nagged into one.
a.w.o.l lasted about as long as the jungle scene, and no other ministry night has been as exciting since. i blame the refurb.
original junglists – download here
soundman and elisabeth troy – no greater love
firefox and 4tree – warning
da maytrix – loverman
dj taktix – the way
leviticus – the burial
omni trio – renegade snares
tom and jerry – maximum style
deep blue – helicopter tune
baby d – casanova
m-beat – style
buju banton – move ya body
bagga worries and jooxie nice – legalise
barrington levy – under mi sensi
daddy freddy – junglist sound
dms – sweet vibration
m-beat and general levy- incredible
prizna and demolition man – fire
chaka demus and pliers – gal wine
cutty ranks – original rude boy style
wayne marshall – g spot