1/ Hold Me.
Jungle veteran DJ Monk has dug into his DAT collation once more to unearth two more unreleased and remastered KLP Records jungle gems, circa '94-'95.
The bouncy basslined 'Hold Me' kicks off the proceedings with a chunky, stepping break interspersed with rolling amen edits accompanied by a combination of rugged rap and soulful R&B samples to create a classy slab of jump-up jungle.
'Dreams' opens with languid, jazzy guitar licks and seductive female vocals on the intro before dropping a massive, hard-stepping breakbeat pattern peppered with choice Public Enemy samples and an all enveloping, booming bass-throb melody to the mix.
Despite the term 'jump-up' receiving a lot of negative commentary from some of the more chin-strokey members of the Jungle/D&B communities, DJ Monk's 'Hold Me / Dreams' shows exactly why such well-crafted jump-up was such a huge success in terms of creating dancefloor devastation back in it's 1995-1997 hey-day, and deserves the attention that other elevated forms of high BPM breakbeat based music receIve.
DJ Monk's 'Hold Me / Dreams' is available to purchase in a variety of digital formats from the KLP Records Bandcamp page and is due to receive a limited 12" vinyl release in the near future. So be sure to keep an eye out for the latest KLP Records updates by following the Facebook and Soundcloud pages.
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