Dread & The Bald Head - Twenty Four Seven (Slam! Records, 1995)
The price of second hand vinyl for collectors of 90s DnB and Jungle has rapidly escalated over the last few years with sellers sometimes demanding amounts several times the original value. The original of this 12", with 'Wicked Piece A Tune' on the A-Side, is one example of this trend with prices reaching over £150. In fact back in 2015 it was included in a list of the ten most expensive Jungle records on the planet by Drum&BassArena.
Fortunately earlier this year Bizzy B AKA one half of Dread & The Bald Head launched a Kickstarter campaign to repress these two much sought after Jungle classics and received enough backers to go ahead with the project. The other half of the duo is TDK AKA The Urban Dread, who has frequently collaborated with Bizzy B while also acting as his MC. 'Twenty Four Seven' prominently features the smooth grooves and vocals of 'You Can't Turn Me Away' by Sylvia Striplin, a much sampled track in Hip-Hop/RnB with examples including 'Get Money' by Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. and a cover entitled 'Turn Me Away (Get Munny)' by Erykah Badu. Here it appears with slowed down drums in the intro along with the Think break before the drop brings in crashing Amen and a muscular bassline. Various soundclash style vocals adorn the tune including the title giving "Twenty four seven...". A proper slice of rudeboy Jungle that is a must have for the collection.
At the time of writing you can still purchase the vinyl over at Bizzy B's Bandcamp, as well as the digital, while a VIP is available over at his Junglist Download site. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a little Christmas present. I hope you've enjoyed checking the DnB Advent Calendar, we will be taking a well earned break and will hopefully be back in 2019. DnB three sixty five, twenty four seven! Merry Christmas!