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DJ Hype

Although his Ganja Records label and tracks released under his own name and with the Ganja Kru have helped, it is the “DJ” at the front end of Hype’s name which has proved most significant in raising his profile to the amount of the Grooverider’s, Goldie’s, and LTJ Bukem’s of drum’n’bass. A fight DJ of renown (he symbolized Britain in the 1989 DMCs), Buzz had a brief history of electrifying deckwork before shifting from his reggae and hip-hop root base in the later ’80s and latching onto home and hardcore. He was an early on force using one of London’s most important pirate stations, Illusion FM, and since that time he’s regularly topped bills in the worldwide DJ circuit, getting awards for Greatest Male DJ and Greatest Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995, respectively) on the U.K.’s prestigious Hardcore Honours. He’s also among London’s well-known Kiss FM’s biggest destinations and was the power behind Suburban Base’s well-known multi-volumed blended compilation series, Drum and Bass Selection. A champ of jungle’s dancefloor purity, Buzz in addition has rallied regularly against jungle’s compartmentalization into artificial “moments” such as for example ambient/smart and hip-hop/ragga. (Obviously, his sets have a tendency to are made up nearly exclusively from the last mentioned, which relatively undermines his debate.) Hype started generating in 1990, executive and co-producing monitors (including chart-toppers such as for example “Exorcist” and “The Bee”) for hardcore staples Kickin’, Totally Underground, and Sub Bottom. Although he hardly ever lost touch along with his breakbeat root base (even going as far as to spin hip-hop instrumentals over home tracks to include a little bit of rhythmic flare), it wasn’t until he released his very own Ganja label in 1994 (with “Cops”) that he started seriously concentrating on the post-rave likelihood of sampled breaks. The Ganja label’s nearly immediate reputation — mainly through floor-fillers such as for example DJ Krome & Time’s “Ganja Man” and DJ Zinc’s penultimate 1995 anthem “Super Clear Shooter” — peaked in past due 1995 with Still Smokin’, a combined-release label compilation between Ganja and cohort Pascal’s Frontline imprint, which became among the highest-selling indie jungle compilations. Re-pressed in 1997, that achievement also resulted in a significant label cope with MCA’s Parousia sublabel as well as the establishment of Accurate Playaz Music, a Hype-led DJ and creation device also including Zinc, Pascal, and Rude Bwoy Monty. Accurate Playaz the label in addition has come towards the fore among the even more consistent stores for innovative hardstep, a method that but disappeared through the jump-up- and techstep-dominated middle-’90s.

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