Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fugees - Rumble In The Jungle (Special K Remix)

Fugees - Rumble In The Jungle (Special K Remix) (White, 1997)

After DJ Zinc's massive 'Ready Or Not' remix there was a flood of unofficial drum and bass versions of Fugees tracks. While it was generally known that the 'Ready Or Not' remix had come from the True Playaz camp, the producers of these white label bootlegs mostly remained anonymous to avoid any legal issues. I've seen this 'Rumble In The Jungle' remix credited to Mickey Finn & Hype but it doesn't resemble either of their styles and it was only recently I discovered it was actually done by Special K - with hindsight it certainly sounds like his brand of jump-up drum and bass.

The original of 'Rumble In The Jungle' appeared on the soundtrack to When We Were Kings, a documentary about Muhammad Ali's legendary 1974 fight with George Foreman in Zaire, and features A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes. This is the first and hopefully only time I'm going to mention Swedish pop group ABBA on this blog, but a sample from the beginning of their 'The Name Of The Game' featured prominently on the original version and also opens Special K's remix over a hip-hop beat, although I have to admit it is a catchy loop. During an extended intro with vocals from Wyclef, Lauryn Hill, Forte and Busta Rhymes the remix also uses some piano from the original while adding g-funk style synth. Wyclef's "Root to the fruit, More bass (than Bootsy Collins)" line brings in the bassline which alternates between a sub troubling wobble and a squelchier sound over snare heavy drums that later add some filtered Hot Pants. These bootleg remixes were of variable quality but this is a decent effort from Special K and as an added bonus there was an instrumental version on the flip.

You can hear the track open Eazyflow's 1997 Jump-Up mix below. Head over to DnB Blog to read his DnB History Sessions piece on 96/97 jump-up where you can also download this mix as well as one that focuses on 1996 and includes 'Ready Or Not'.

Eazyflow - 1997 Jump Up Mix by Dnb Blog on Mixcloud

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  1. yeah, one of my favourite jump up tunes of all times. Managed to get it on the vinyl a couple of years ago. It's just tearing, can listen to it over and over again!