Saturday, 16 November 2013

Jumping Jack Frost - Pornography '94 (Drum & Bass Remix)

Jumping Jack Frost - Pornography '94 (Drum & Bass Remix) (Formation Records, 1994)

Jumping Jack Frost is best known as a DJ and as the co-founder of V Recordings but back in 1993-94 he also produced a few drum and bass classics. There was of course 'Burial' under the Leviticus name but first came 'Pornography' on F Project, a sub label of Formation run by Marc Yorath who was the label's engineer at the time. The original is an excellent dark edged hardcore tune but it was given a drum and bass makeover in 1994 for the Underworld EP on Formation. However I favour the version that appeared on the subsequent Underworld Remixes 12".

The Drum & Bass in the title isn't a description but the imaginative name used by the duo of Lee Johnson AKA L Double and Lee Davenport AKA Mo2vation AKA ST Files. Their remix keeps the two vocal samples from the original, opening with the "Come on and get ya some more" line from First Choice's 'Let No Man Put Asunder' (along with a "Wooh Baby" vocal from the same tune). The vocals are joined by haunting synths before a pounding bassline comes in accompanied by a "Feel me" vocal from Loleatta Holloway's 'Love Sensation' that gets pitchshifted all over the place. Some subtle mentasm stabs occasionally appear while the drums retain the 94 Remix's Soul Pride and add the Cold Sweat break for a remix that doesn't stray too far but is a bit more refined.

The track was also remixed by DJ Krust for the Highly Recommended LP. You can hear the Drum & Bass Remix in Kenny Ken's set at Dance Paradise from 12th November 1994:

Kenny Ken Dance Paradise 'The Ultimate Dance Experience' 12th November 1994 by Old Skool Rave Tape Archive on Mixcloud

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