Deep Blue ‎– The Helicopter Tune

Moving Shadow ‎– SHADOW 41, Moving Shadow ‎– UK SHADOW 41
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

Companies, etc.


  • Lacquer Cut BySimon*
  • Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Arranged ByS. O'Keeffe*


Comes in a plain grey sleeve that has a long, blue sticker (stating the release information) starting on one side and going on to the other, this sticker must be cut to get the record out.

The catalogue number on the sticker says UK SHADOW 41, whereas the record label and etchings say SHADOW 41.

Made in England.

Track X samples:
808 bass sound from Hyper On Experience - Lords Of The Null Lines

Track Y2 samples:
Melody from Sueño Latino ‎– Luxuria (Cutmaster G. Techno Age Mix)
Synths from 808 State - Pacific State

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 022208 000410 >
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side X, etched): SHADOW 41 - X₁ SIMON THE EXCHANGE.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side Y, etched): SHADOW 41 - Y₁ SIMON THE EXCHANGE.
  • Label Code: LC 5681

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SHADOW 158 Deep Blue The Helicopter Tune (Cause 4 Concern Remix) / Helicopter '97(12", Promo) Moving Shadow SHADOW 158 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SHADOW 41R2 Deep Blue The Helicopter Tune (Remix 2)(10", TP, W/Lbl, Cle) Moving Shadow SHADOW 41R2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
SHADOW 158 Deep Blue The Helicopter Tune(12") Moving Shadow SHADOW 158 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SHADOW 82 Deep Blue Helicopter '96 / Thursday(12", Promo) Moving Shadow SHADOW 82 UK 1996 Sell This Version
SHADOW 41R1, SHADOW 41R Deep Blue Helicopter (Remix 1)(10") Moving Shadow, Moving Shadow SHADOW 41R1, SHADOW 41R UK 1994 Sell This Version


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October 21, 2018

Cracking track bit overplayed at raves though a bit like nookie sounds of nookie got ya nerves after 1000th time :-/


May 11, 2017
Grooverider says this is his ultimate track alongside LTJ Music and DJ SS Lighter. High praise indeed. It's a banger!


April 3, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
The helicopter tune is one of the most influential records to come out of the drum and bass, jungle scene of 93-94.. It's pure class ! Unfortunately deep blue never managed to repeat or follow it up with anything of a similar standard. Firmly in my top 10 all time greats


February 16, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

This is what dance music should be. Less is more. This is a tune designed solely for rocking your body and nothing else! It is the perfect example of what a pure and intuitive response to the dancefloor is. The pretentious, competitive and cerebral Drum & Bass producers of today need to take a hard look at what they are doing and get back to basics. And this track is the perfect place to start. Why do you think it's still so popular today 22 years after it first hit the street?


August 6, 2014
breakbeat hardcore / jungle at its very finest without a doubt


August 31, 2013

Seminal, everybody bubble to this!


June 9, 2013
From an interview with DJ Teebone where he states that this is his favourite tune of all time.
"It has to be Deep Blue’s The Helicopter Tune, I still don’t think a tune has been released to this day that caused as much impact on the dancefloor as it did way back in the early 90s. I remember going to Telepathy at the Rex – the one with the old corrugated roof which shook when the bassline hit, hearing this tune for the first time and everybody in the rave going mad. It’s just a track that has so much emotion yet is so simple, I don’t really think Deep Blue had really anticipated what a groundbreaking tune he had made at the time."


March 23, 2010
This uses the Sesame Street break, among others. It is a nice, calm song with sounds of forest birds in it, and a kinda brush sound at the breakdown. his is a tune to relax to, basically!
You can get a cheaper copy on 'Moving Shadow 10.04', which also included Foul Play - Finest Illusion (Legal Mix) and Omni Trio - Thru The Vibe (2 On 1 Mix), it is a must-get if you're into breakbeat hardcore :)


May 1, 2009

When this record first came out it sounded like nothing else that had come before it. Quite simply, it was ground breaking. It became and instant classic on the scene. It got rinsed on the pirate stations and in the clubs, and has since gone on to even greater notoriety. It's hard to describe the drum sounds in this track, but they're unlike any other Drum & Bass tune I've heard. And any producer of any style of music should pick up a copy just to have a listen out of sheer production and studio geekery, if not musical appreciation.
I still remember how places used to erupt as soon as everyone heard the trade mark helicopter intro coming in. This is probably the sort of thing that might get featured on future TV programmes in 30 or 40 years time - tunes that changed the world or something like that. Absolute classic. A revolutionary piece of music.


May 23, 2003

If you went out this weekend, and somebody dropped this tune, even today, the place would go mad. And that isn't just nostalgia... This tune still sounds totally fresh.

A breathtaking production.