if you visit my blog you know i sometimes post something called 12" Throwback where i upload various VLS from my collection that meant alot to me in one way or another. now the time has come to "DIGITAL", or UK drum n bass all up in your face - the Goldie produced KRS-One joint from '97.
what's so special about this is that it features the extremely rare DJ MUGGS remix that was only released on an italian promo 12". enjoy my friends. the original is a classic too and further proof of why KRS is the greatest of all time:
visit The Lost Tapes to download:A few days ago, I finally got a good amplifier and some speakers for my Stanton Tables which means I'm finally able to play all my old vinyl albums and 12" singles again. Digging through my crates, I came across several amazing 12" releases that I had totally forgot about. This means that the section of "12'' Throwback" will appear alot more often, Moving on, my choice for today is....
Back in the mid '90s, I was a pretty big fun of drum'n'bass/jungle music and one of my favorite producers was Goldie, based on his classic "Timeless" LP that was a commercial success but also pushed the boundaries of what D&B could be without selling out. It's an amazing album that you should check out some time. In 1997 it was time for his sophomore release, titled "Saturn'z Returnz", another (double-) album that wasn't afraid of pushing the bounaries; disc 1 features only one song, a 60 minutes long dedication to his deceased mother incorporating elements of jungle, long passage of classical music and whatnot. The second disc featured collaborations with Liam Gallagher of Oasis and more importantly Boogie Down Production's KRS-One.
I used to be a big fan of drum n bass back in the days which doesn't suprise me the least since it's basically hip-hop beats played at a breaknecking speed over basslines that could blow out windows. On top of that, the first single from "Saturnz Return" featured none other than KRS-One riding the autobahn speed of the beat like he never done anything else in his life. Another proof that Knowledge Reigns Supreme could kill any, and I mean ANY, beat he jumps on. Especially back in 1997. The 6 minute epos is filled with quotables and although it might be too outdated for the dancefloors toay I woud imagine "Digital" would get the crowd in a frenzy back in '97. Goldie and Robert Playford's production is classic neckbreaking drum-n-bass and KRS-One does an impeccable job with the MCing. Proving that he can kill absolutely any beat given to him.
There's been plenty of different versions of this 12" released, as is often the case with jungle music, featuring instrumentals, radio edits, full-length versions and more importantly remixes by Armand Van Helden, DJ Boymerang and even Soul Assassins' DJ Muggs. Out of all the different releases of this particular, 12", The Muggs remix only appeared on an italian promo; a rare record if I ever knew one. Luckily for me, and all The Lost Tapes readers, I came across a rip of that version on the T.R.O.Y. Forum (by Mista' Mo - muchos gracias) . It's funny because I actually bought the "Digital" VLS while on a trip to Italy but it did not feature the Soul Assassins remix. Since it's such a rare track that I know alot of hip-hop heads has been dying to hear, I'm adding it to the tracklist anyways. Enjoy!
01. "Digital" [Original Mix]
02. "Digital" [V.I.P. Mix]
03. "Digital" [Boymerang Mix]
04. "Digital" [Armand Van Helden Speed Garage Mix]
05. "Digital" [Armand Van Helden Dub]
06. "Digital" [Radio Edit]
07. "Digital" [DJ MUGGS Remix]