From it's fledgling roots as an outlet for producing fresh tunes for the burgeoning rave scene back in 1991 through to it's rise to championing jungle and drum & bass up to 1997. Dan Donelly's flagship Suburban Base label has been rightly championed as being one of the founding labels of the UK rave scene. With an artist roster containing legends such as Danny Breaks, Phuture Assassins, DJ Hype, Krome & Time, Austin Reynolds, Jay D'Cruze, Swift, Remarc, Marvellous Cain, DJ Rap & Aston, Bizzy B & Pugwash, DJ Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith, Cool Hand Flex, Rachel Wallace, DJ Zinc, Johnny Jungle (aka Pascal), Asend & Ultravibe, Run Tings and many more that I've missed. Not forgetting Dan's own QBass productions.
As well as being on the forefront of releasing hardcore/jungle/drum & bass anthems on vinyl for DJ's and collectors alike, Suburban Base were also responsible for compiling some of the most upfront, underground compilations spanning from the birth of hardcore to the advent of drum & bass. The 'Base For Your Face LP', 'Drum & Bass Selection Vol's 1-5', 'Pure Rollers', 'Classic Sub Base' and two 'DJ Box' comps are all essential purchases as well as D'Cruze and Marvellous Cain's artist albums.
17 years after the closure of the Sub Base label in 1997 and venturing into other fields of music promotion and movie production over in America, Dan has decided to resurrect the brand which led him onto his pathway of success. First off is the release of "Suburban Base Records: The History Of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass: 1991-1997". A triple, mixed CD collection of Suburban Base's greatest hits and some lesser known gems to portray an excellent history of the label, from it's hardcore roots right up to it's dominance withing the jungle/drum & bass scene.
Check out the tracklisting below....
01/ Kromozone -The Rush (Sub Bass Mix).
02/ Phuture Assassins - Shot Like Dis.
03/ Austin - I Get High (Munchies Mix).
04/ M&M Feat. Rachel Wallace - I Feel This Way (The Beefed Up Mix).
05/ QBass - Hardcore Will Never Die (Telepathic Mix).
06/ Son'z of a Loop Da Loop Era - Far Out (Original Scratchadelic Mix).
07/ Run Tings - Fire's Burning.
08/ Phuture Assassins - Future Sound.
09/ Phuture Assassins - Rydim Come Forward.
10/ Phuture Assassins - Future Sound (2 Bad Mice Remix).
11/ Krome & Time - This Sound Is For The Underground.
12/ Smart E's - Sesame's Treet (Vocal Mix).
13/ Rachel Wallace - Tell Me Why (M&M Vocal Mix).
14/ Run Tings - Back Again (Austin Remix).
15/ D'Cruze - I Believe (92 Revamp).
01/ DJ Hype - Shot in the Dark (Gunshot Mix).
02/ QBass - Deepa.
03/ Phuture Assassins - Roots N Future (Make Dem Know Mix).
04/ D'Cruze - Want You Now (DJ SS & EQ Remix).
05/ DJ Krome & Mr Time - The Slammer.
06/ DJ Hype - The Chopper.
07/ Boogie Times Tribe - The Dark Stranger (Origin Unknown Mix).
08/ Johnny Jungle - Flammable.
09/ QBass Featuring Skeng Gee - Gun Connection (M-Beat Remix).
10/ DJ Rap & Aston - More Time.
11/ Son'z of a Loop Da Loop Era - What The... Session One (Riots In Rayleigh).
12/ DJ Rap & Aston - Get Rushed.
13/ DJ Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith - Wicked.
14/ DJ Hype - Dawn Of The Fever.
15/ DJ Hype - Dreams.
01/ Run Tings - Ruff Revival.
02/ D'Cruze - Lonely.
03/ Johnny Jungle - Johnny '94 (Dillinja Remix).
04/ Marvellous Cain - Dub Plate Style.
05/ The Dream Team - Stamina.
06/ Remarc - R.I.P. (DJ Hype Remix).
07/ Run Tings & Liftin' Spirits - Come Easy.
08/ Johnny Jungle - Killa Sound (Krome & Time Remix).
09/ Skeng Gee - Connections (Marvellous Cain Remix).
10/ Basic Movements - Bubble & Wine.
11/ Swift - On the Beat.
12/ Remarc - In Da Hood.
13/ Remarc - Single Finga Killa.
14/ Ill Figure - Untouchable.
15/ D'Cruze - Land Speeder.
Plenty of Dave Nodz artwork on the sleeve and discs.
The CD album is available from:
Unmixed digital album available from:
On top of the album, Dan has also authorised the remastering (by New State Music) and digitisation of the entire Suburban Base Back catalogue, taken from the original D.A.T. tapes. Digital downloads are presently only available from iTunes store exclusively.