Thursday, 19 December 2013

DJ Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith - Dance Hall Style

DJ Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith - Dance Hall Style (King Of The Jungle, 1993)

King Of The Jungle was the label set up by Errol Francis AKA DJ Dextrous and Keith Lawrence AKA MC Rude Boy Keith in 1993. They also used the title The Kings Of The Jungle for a series of 12"s on Suburban Base and it's an apt name as they were originators of jungle with a sound that embodies the style: rough breaks, reggae basslines and an anything goes approach to sampling. 'Dance Hall Style' appeared on the label's first release in late '93 as a B Side to 'Lovable', one of the duo's best known tracks.

The track opens with ravey synth pads and a lively dub bassline along with the "Something unreal" vocal from Cuba Gooding Sr.'s 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend' that gets alternately slowed down and sped up. These are joined by the Hot Pants break which gets augmented by a bit of Apache. Although jungle and hardcore were splitting the lingering influence of hardcore is evident in the chipmunked vocal from Tongue 'n' Cheek's 'Tomorrow', a 1990 house tune, that gets introduced later: "Is this a dream or reality, that's really happening to me". The tune finishes far too soon with a fade out before the four minute mark but is a nice example of early jungle.

Check out this set by DJ Dextrous on Kool FM from 17th July 1994:

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