From his early productions you could always say that Bukem brought a touch of class to jungle with some of the earliest forms of drum and bass. Although I wasn’t aware until doing some reading about him, it was no surprise to find out that he was trained as a classical pianist and discovered ‘Jazz fusion’ in his teenage years. He has that sort of ear that has given him the ability to lift you up and take you on a journey through music, and this is something few people in drum and bass have been able to do.
From early releases such as ‘Logical progression’ and ‘Demons Theme’ you could tell this wasn’t like the other hardcore that was being made in 91/92 with the latter being a 9 minute journey through strings, beats and bass that blew my mind at the time. Little did we know what was to come over the next few years.. ‘Music’, Horizons’, ‘19.5 HZT’ alongside ‘Peshay’ to name a few but for me and many others it was and still is the sounds of ‘Atlantis’ that showed that he was years ahead of the game and produced many a tune that still sounds like it was made yesterday.
This week’s set takes us to ‘Quest’ in Wolverhampton back in 1994. Joined by MC’s Conrad and Bassman, this is typical of the flavours Bukem was dropping back then which was not the normal jungle being played by many other DJ’s. This was drum and bass before it was even drum and bass yet!
Plus there are 2 other uploads I shared recently, one being the Rebirth mix from 1996 and the other being a show LTJ Bukem presented on Kiss 100FM in 1999… Enjoy!