Ray Keith

Real Name:
Ahmud Farhad Dookhith
Profile:
DJ/ producer from Colchester, UK. From rare-groove to acid-house to hardcore to jungle, Ray Keith remained one of the most steady DJs on England's breakbeat scene during the 1980s and '90s. After a remix of Orbital's "Chime," he moved into production with apparent ease and became a respected drum'n'bass label-head as well. Keith began DJing soul, hip-hop and rare-groove around Essex and Suffolk in the mid 1980s until the acid house and hardcore explosion of the late '80s and early '90s. His first break playing house was at Oscars in Clacton-On-Sea. He then became a resident at The Crazy Club at the Astoria and latterly Innersense & Movement, as well as now owning the Best Of British organisation. He has had his own radio show on Vibe FM, alongside occasional shows on Kiss FM. By the middle of the '90s, he had become one of the most inspired drum'n'bass DJs and remixers. His own productions, including the jump-up anthem "Terrorist" began taking center stage by the mid-'90s and Keith formed three separate labels -- Penny Black, Dread and UFO -- in 1996. He has worked in close association with Gavin Cheung (aka Nookie) and also works at one of the premiere dance shops in Britain, Black Market Records (after leaving City Sounds). In 1997 he set up a new label -- Dub Dread --, and by 2003 had co-founded a DJ agency, Dread Entertainment Agency alongside his partner, Lena. Keith released the Penny Black collection Breakage, Vol. 1 in 1997, followed by a solo debut of sorts, 1999's UFO Presents Contact.

His nephew is Joy Orbison.
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DREAD 002CD Classified — Ray Keith Ray Keith Classified (Album) Dread Recordings DREAD 002CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
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UFO LP 001 Contact — Ray Keith Ray Keith Contact (Album) UFO UFO LP 001 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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DREADLP-004 Sinister — Ray Keith Ray Keith Presents The Dark Soldier* Ray Keith Presents The Dark Soldier* - Sinister (Album) Dread Recordings DREADLP-004 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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DREAD CD005 Mothership — Ray Keith Ray Keith Presents Twisted Anger Ray Keith Presents Twisted Anger - Mothership (Comp) Dread Recordings DREAD CD005 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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DREAD LP006 Vintage Dread II — Ray Keith Ray Keith Vintage Dread II (Comp) Dread Recordings DREAD LP006 UK 2003 Sell This Version
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DREADUK005CD Analog Bass — Ray Keith Ray Keith Presents Bladerunner Ray Keith Presents Bladerunner - Analog Bass(CD, Mixed) Dread Recordings DREADUK005CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
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DREADUK008CD I Am Renegade — Ray Keith Ray Keith I Am Renegade (Album) Dread Recordings DREADUK008CD UK 2012 Sell This Version
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DREADUK007CD Dubplate Clash Dub Dread 4 — Ray Keith Ray Keith Vs Bladerunner Ray Keith Vs Bladerunner - Dubplate Clash Dub Dread 4(CD, Mixed) Dread Recordings DREADUK007CD UK 2012 Sell This Version
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DREADUK42CD The Prophecy — Ray Keith Ray Keith The Prophecy (Album) Dread Recordings DREADUK42CD UK & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RKO 001 Ray Keith Just Passing Thru — Ray Keith Ray Keith Ray Keith Just Passing Thru Advance Records (2) RKO 001 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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ADV 003 Tapes — Ray Keith Ray Keith Tapes (Single) Advance Records (2) ADV 003 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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ADV 005 Regrets — Ray Keith Ray Keith Regrets Advance Records (2) ADV 005 1992 Sell This Version
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ABS008DJ News At Ten — Ray Keith Armagedon* Featuring Ray Keith Armagedon* Featuring Ray Keith - News At Ten (Maxi) Absolute 2 Records ABS008DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
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ADV 004 Destroy — Ray Keith Ray Keith Destroy(12", TP) Advance Records (2) ADV 004 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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none Direct To Metal / The Renegade* Feat Ray Keith Direct To Metal / The Renegade* Feat Ray Keith - Ragga Funk / Something I Feel(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1993 Sell This Version
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12094 Arron /  Nu Toys!!!! — Ray Keith Destroy / Ray "K"* Destroy / Ray "K"* - Arron / Nu Toys!!!!(Acetate, 10") Not On Label 12094 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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PT 4 Vol 4 — Ray Keith DJ Rap & R. Keith* DJ Rap & R. Keith* - Vol 4(12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sta) Proper Talent PT 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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SHADOW 45R Terrorist / Something I Feel (Remixes) — Ray Keith The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith - Terrorist / Something I Feel (Remixes) Moving Shadow SHADOW 45R UK 1994 Sell This Version
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SHADOW 45, UK SHADOW 45 Terrorist / Something I Feel — Ray Keith The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith - Terrorist / Something I Feel(12") Moving Shadow, Moving Shadow SHADOW 45, UK SHADOW 45 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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RK 01 Dubplate (The Terrorist Mixes - The Final Licks) — Ray Keith Ray Kieth* Dubplate (The Terrorist Mixes - The Final Licks)(12") Not On Label (Ray Keith Self-released) RK 01 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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QUAY*11 Daybreak / Religion (Ray Keith Remix) — Ray Keith Formula 7 & Ray Keith Formula 7 & Ray Keith - Daybreak / Religion (Ray Keith Remix)(12") Quayside Records QUAY*11 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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PT 3 Vol.3  (DJ Rap & Ray Keith Remixes) — Ray Keith DJ Rap & R. Keith* DJ Rap & R. Keith* - Vol.3 (DJ Rap & Ray Keith Remixes)(12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sta) Proper Talent PT 3 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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none Ray Keith / Subnation Ray Keith / Subnation - Yeah Yeah / Scottie (Remix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
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none Terrorist / Beats Track — Ray Keith The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith / Foul Play The Renegade* Featuring Ray Keith / Foul Play - Terrorist / Beats Track(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
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none Inesse (Ray Keith Remix) / Dubplate (Remix) — Ray Keith DJ Mayhem / Ray Kieth* DJ Mayhem / Ray Kieth* - Inesse (Ray Keith Remix) / Dubplate (Remix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version

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Bigchamp69

Bigchamp69

April 4, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
I am surprised there is not much written up on Ray? Everyone who knows or has met Ray knows he is a true gent and junglist master. For me he is the talented producer of that sound. I call it "that big sound" It's like a heavy, deep, pounding, big rolling sound that only Ray can do. Like a listening to a reggae or dub sound system from the 60's, 70's and 80's.

It rolls through you and then wallops you. Have a listen to his tracks and ones he has influenced, Renegade, Chopper and its remixes, Dark Solider, Sing Time, Yes Yes, and The Terrorist, Chronic 8. These tracks sum Mr Keith and his influence perfectly. He loves experimenting with sounds big time too!

His latest Jungle fi Dread on 31 records is just killer IMHO. If you have ever been to a gig and heard one of Ray's tracks come on, you know what its like. You have to hold on because it will pick you up throw you all over the room. The bass just walks all over you and through you. I am surprised Ray never built his own sound system like Dillinja and Lemon D, imagine that!! Ray is a legend pure and simple, his sound is distinctive. Dread records never gets enough credit, his latest album Prophecy has some real nice tracks on it, some quite experimental. So have a listen and thanks Ray for being such an influence in our scene and dropping that big sound, definitely one of the few kings of the rollers. Dread forever!!
Rukawat

Rukawat

August 15, 2019
Super wicked producer and the fact he still does radio shows online on a weekly basis, dropping classics and new tunes.
DJ_Naz

DJ_Naz

March 25, 2002
This guy's tracks can get a party hype like no other.
His Amen Smasher and Amen Rinseout sound is now the classic and one
of the defining characteristics of the Jungle genre. As
Keith has been in the biz for a while, he still hasn't lost
his touch, as his remix of Digital's "Waterhouse Dub" is
nearly as impressive and ear-pleasing as the original!
Anything and everything Ray Keith has done is good. He's
one of the few artists I can't find a track by that I don't
like. I'm really going to have to get his address soon.

Suggested Tracks: Alien Encounter, Now Is The Time, The Power, Chopper (feat. Shy FX),
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