Source Direct

Source Direct

Jim Baker & Phil Aslett also have their own label, Source Direct Recordings. They were from St. Albans and met at school when they were 14. A year later, after a meeting with Georgina (Photek's sister), they got signed to Ipswich-based label Certificate 18 on the strength of a demo tape engineered by Photek. Aslett had left Source Direct by the end of 1999.

Source Direct Discography


CDQED3, 7243 8 46756 2 2 Source Direct Exorcise The Demons (Album) Science, Virgin CDQED3, 7243 8 46756 2 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ODY01 Source Direct Future London / Shimmer(12") Odysee Records ODY01 UK 1994 Sell This Version
SD001 Source Direct Fabric Of Space / Bliss Source Direct Recordings SD001 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SD 002 Source Direct Approach & Identify / Modem Source Direct Recordings SD 002 UK 1995 Sell This Version
METH 016 Source Direct A Made Up Sound / The Cult Metalheadz METH 016 UK 1995 Sell This Version
SD003 Source Direct Snake Style / Exit- 9 Source Direct Recordings SD003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ODY03 Source Direct Different Groove / Stars Odysee Records ODY03 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAZORS 003 Goldie / Source Direct Goldie / Source Direct - This Is A Baad / The Cult (Remixes) Razors Edge RAZORS 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
SDR 04 Source Direct The Crane / Artificial Barriers Source Direct Recordings SDR 04 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GLR 15 Source Direct Secret Liaison / Complexities Good Looking Records GLR 15 UK 1996 Sell This Version
METH 022 Source Direct Stonekiller / Web Of Sin Metalheadz METH 022 UK 1996 Sell This Version
QEDTDJ3 Source Direct Two Masks / Black Domina (Maxi) Science, Virgin Records Ltd. QEDTDJ3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
QEDT4 Source Direct Call & Response / Computer State (Single) Science QEDT4 UK 1997 Sell This Version
QEDCDJ5 Source Direct Capital D. / Enemy Lines (Single, Maxi) Science QEDCDJ5 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RAZORS 005 Rufige Kru / Source Direct Rufige Kru / Source Direct - Dark Metal / Stonekiller (Remixes) Razors Edge RAZORS 005 UK 1997 Sell This Version
QEDDJ3 Source Direct Black Domina(CD, Single, Promo) Science QEDDJ3 UK 1997 Sell This Version
QEDLPDX 3 Source Direct Mind Weaver(12", S/Sided, Promo) Science QEDLPDX 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
QEDLPDZ 3 Source Direct Concealed Identity(12", S/Sided, Promo) Science QEDLPDZ 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
QEDLPDY 3 Source Direct Technical Warfare(12", S/Sided, Promo) Science QEDLPDY 3 UK 1999 Sell This Version
DEMON 12001 Source Direct And Instra Mental* Source Direct And Instra Mental* - Yo Bitch / Pimp Star Demonic DEMON 12001 UK 2000 Sell This Version
demon12002 Source Direct Sub One / Escape From Cairo Demonic demon12002 UK 2001 Sell This Version
demon12005 Source Direct and Instra Mental* Source Direct and Instra Mental* - Snowblind / The Place(12") Demonic demon12005 UK 2001 Sell This Version
#028 Source Direct Black Rose / Black Rose (Blawan Remix) Nonplus Records #028 UK 2015 Sell This Version
NONPLUS 030 Source Direct Approach & Identify Nonplus Records NONPLUS 030 UK 2015 Sell This Version
NONPLUS034 Source Direct The Crane Nonplus Records NONPLUS034 UK 2016 Sell This Version

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March 15, 2016
Absolutely ravenous human beings these fellows! The 90s would've been absolutely DULL without 'em, let me tell you.


June 22, 2015
I'm sure Goldie referred to them as some sort of Cell that mutated from Photek, anyway their releases got cained by anyone and everyone back in the day and I still enjoy playing them.
The thing about SD was the breadth of styles they produced with in D&B, whatever sound they took on they made it their own and surpassed their peers in quality of execution, from dark amen heavy tunes to melodic pad laden chill they nailed it.


July 12, 2013
Under Rupert Parkes expert tutelage, these gents took jungle to a whole new place. Prior to the Source Direct/Photek (and a little bit Doc Scott as well, though not as much), there was a strict dance-ethic. I feel that many of the Source Direct tunes are not (and really never were) dance floor friendly. But that's ok. They are true works of art. They took programming, editing and sequencing to new heights. And when you compare production in any EDM style circa 1995, there was no one creating sequences as complex and precise as Source Direct (and Photek). It really boggles my mind to imagine these complex patterns being made on hardware samplers! Hours and hours and hours of pushing little buttons. Respect.


October 2, 2006
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The kings of editing an "Amen Break" Had a totaly unique sound meaning there tunes were both hard but had depth and musical input. Had releases on all the big labels at the time aswell as there own labels. Would recomend everything they did between 94-96 however be ready to pay as there stuff can be pretty expensive to pick up.


May 28, 2004
The sleeve notes to Platinum Breakz III as well as the artist profile on indicate that Phil Aslett left Source Direct towards the end of 1999, leaving Jim Baker to run proceedings alone. Evolving from Photek's shadow both musically and geographically, Source Direct took drum & bass somewhere dark (darker than No U-Turn's take on the world) with almost disturbing productions combining ill-boding atmospherics with non-standard time beats, breaks, and bass. One of a small number of drum & bass artists to record a full-length album (1999's 'Exorcise The Demons') their standout tracks include 'Capital D' and 'Stonekiller' - the latter comparable to a musical journey though Dante's Inferno.

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