All Crew Must Big Up - Countless 90's Jungle Mixtapes
I figure I was born about 5 years too late, and in the wrong country. I didn't go to my first rave until 1999 at the ripe old age of 17 in Halifax, Nova Scotia - just missing the true golden era of Jungle Music which was primarily in London England between 1991 to 1998. Luckily for me at the time Halifax was, and in a lot of ways still is, about 10 years behind the rest of the world. So I did manage to go to some amazing underground parties and ride the wave of early 2000's Drum'n'Bass that gained in popularity at the time, although most of the heat was coming out of Toronto.
Now, you might ask yourself "Isn't Jungle and Drum'n'Bass the same thing?!" and a rational person would say "Yes!" or "Shut up, who cares?" but I'm not that person. The best way I can describe the difference is to use a more contemporary yet equally trivial comparison: Dubstep vs Brostep. The early days of Jungle, much like Dubstep, stems from UK lower class urban youth culture. By that I do mean urban as in metropolitan, not some bullshit euphemism for black culture, though I would be remiss here if I didn't clearly state that all the best music in the past hundred plus years is or was influenced by black culture. In both Jungle and Dubstep there is a melting pot of cultures and races who pioneered the genres. In the early days both the genres were characterized by deep heavy bass lines and simple almost under produced sounds, whether it be the lack of modern production equipment in Jungle's case, or just the over all aesthetic in regards to Dubstep. This is contrasted by the sounds of Drum'n'Bass and Brostep where the sounds are VERY over produced and take on a far more aggressive sound bordering on an electronic version of death metal. Some call this the "Americanization" of the sound due to the huge popularity of American acts like Dieselboy and Skrillex , however that aggressive sound was still born out of the UK from acts such as 16 Bit and Andy C respectively.
These differences in genre have been the cause of many heated debates over the years, people love to pick teams and adopt an Us vs Them mentality and I'd be lying if said I didn't get involved myself on occasion. Here and now, at the over-ripe age of 34 I say Like What You Like. There are good songs and bad songs in every genre...even country music!
This long diatribe was simply to introduce an index of classic 90's Jungle Mixtapes I found about a year ago. It's worth checking out no matter if you love the genre or you just want to know what the hell I've been rambling on about this whole time!