Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An album a day, #12: "Sound of the Underground vol. 1", S.O.U.R. Records label compilation, 1994

An online listing for this exact release has proven, to my great surprise, extremely hard to locate--I can't even seem to find it on AllMusic. The discographic situation of early Drum and Bass is certainly vexed, with countless shoddy compilations appearing on countless fly-by-night, here-today-gone-tomorrow labels. However, as far as I can tell (and as any listen will tell you), this is (or at least chronicles) ground zero for demented early jungle, just after its emergence from hardcore rave. (Its catalog no. is SOUR UKCDLP 001). SOUR records put out a few more eminently worthy compilations in the mid-90s before sinking back into obscurity, but this is the one you need. Just listen:

Two more good ones with "embedding disabled":

MC Olive & Slam Collective - Heaven 'n Hell

Demolition Man, Frisky Dan and Terry T - Latest Craze

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