John B

John B

Real Name:
John B. Williams
Profile:
Drum & Bass DJ & producer, based in the UK.
Owns & runs the Beta Recordings label, along with its sublabels: Chihuahua Recordings, Nu Electro Recordings, Tangent Recordings.
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John B Discography

Albums

John B Visions (Album) New Identity Recordings UK 1998 Sell This Version
John B Catalyst (Drum & Bass) (Album) Beta Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
John B Future Reference (Album) Beta Recordings UK 2001 Sell This Version
John B In:Transit (Album) Beta Recordings UK 2004 Sell This Version
John B Light Speed (Album) Beta Recordings UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

John B, Mental Power John B, Mental Power - Green Formation Colours Series UK 1996 Sell This Version
NIR 003 John B Fermats Theorem / Sight Beyond(12") New Identity Recordings NIR 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none John B / Future Forces Inc John B / Future Forces Inc - Untitled / Cold Fusion(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none John B / Mental Power John B / Mental Power - E.C.G. (Electrocardiogram) / Twister (Unreleased Mix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
John B Sight Beyond (Remix) / Jazz Sessions (Remix) New Identity Recordings UK 1997 Sell This Version
John B Visions (Album Sampler 1) New Identity Recordings UK 1997 Sell This Version
John B / SDR & Subsonic John B / SDR & Subsonic - The Busker / Chariots Of Fire Shoebox UK 1997 Sell This Version
COU 003 John B U.S.A.(12") Formation Countries Series COU 003 UK 1997 Sell This Version
FORM 12072 John B Slamfunk / Undertow(12") Formation Records FORM 12072 UK 1997 Sell This Version
John B Mexico Formation Countries Series UK 1998 Sell This Version
John B Pressure / Travelogue (Remix) Formation Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
John B Brazil Formation Countries Series UK 1998 Sell This Version
SM-9075-0 John B (UK)* Visions EP(12", EP, Whi) Sm:)e Communications SM-9075-0 US 1998 Sell This Version
John B Pressure (Remix) / Sheep Dip Formation Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
John B Catalyst (Album Sampler #1) Beta Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
John B We Like The Music / Heat Seeker Beta Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
SB013 John B Krisptron / Pathfinder(12", Smplr) Shoebox SB013 UK 1999 Sell This Version
John B Hold It Down / The Way I Feel Creative Source UK 2000 Sell This Version
John B Make The Moment / War Cry (Remix) Beta Recordings UK 2000 Sell This Version
John B vs MC Justiyc John B vs MC Justiyc - Double - J (Club Mix) Beta Recordings UK 2000 Sell This Version

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DynV

DynV

November 21, 2014
On forums in the mid 2000s, I was asked from time to time the best current D&B DJ/artist/producer and, although back then I listened to a lot of D&B and had many artists that I kept an eye on, or in this case an ear on, John B was my top D&B artist. His varied styles and just how--hard--his tracks could be just won me over.

It can be bewildering to some listeners of John B in his opposites of the wide range of styles he produces in ; if you'd asked one that only listened to his liquid funk tracks that he makes dark & hard music, they simply wouldn't believe it, and the other way around, if you'd tell a hard-stepper that he makes tracks that evokes Disco music, they'd thought you were making a joke.

But above all, at the time he released tracks, he set himself apart from many current producers. One can deduce that John B has a vast EDM knowledge, has great research skills, or has a talent for innovation.
robyyk1

robyyk1

January 24, 2014
future music from back in the day!
threedeepson

threedeepson

January 2, 2009
John B. My thoughts: he's a musical genius. In my un-biased opinion, one of the truly underrated artists of the genre, if you can even pigeonhole him into drum and bass anymore. He has contributed so much to the scene as a whole (the Visions and Catalyst albums come to mind) as well as produced some of the most memorable pieces of music in the genre ("Up All Night" anyone?).

I get it. I get why some people feel that John B has "lost it" in terms of his musical creativity. He doesn't produce every track with the hardcore genre-snob drum and bass head in mind. I used to think that was a problem. Not so much anymore. Maybe that is maturity, maybe that is a change in taste, not sure. However, I can definitely sit here and say that John B is FAR from uncreative. Maybe you're not into this "electrostep" sound that he pretty much materialized on his own, or maybe you don't fancy his vocal work (I don't really either), but one thing you cannot call this guy is uncreative. And he's a pretty damn good DJ too. Varied sets, plays more than just run-of-the-mill drum and bass the entire time. I don't really care how much hate I catch for saying it, John B is an awesome producer and if more people would break away from the formula, I think that could be a very healthy occurrence for the scene.
en8cjk

en8cjk

August 30, 2006
edited over 6 years ago
No doubt he is one of the most accomplished producers in the scene, however he appears to have lost his soul. Somewhere around 5 years ago he started actually believing people when they said how talented he was and stopped searching beyond himself for track inspiration. His work pinnacled in my opinion with his remix of 'thru the vibe' but its just been downhill from there.
Open your eyes John. Regain my respect and do what you are capable of.
DarkSouljah

DarkSouljah

November 29, 2002
one of the most varying producers, but also one of the best. John B's sound can range from hard, dark jungle to jungle-remixed salsa music, to chilling atmospheric drum and bass. all-round great stuff.

April 15, 2002
fantastic producer, amazing sounding records that swing from mellow to the hasrhest tech step
notable tracks are jazz session, sights beyond and fermats theorem though all the tracks that I have heard are brilliant (including those of the dissapointing colours 5x12" box).
old skool heads NEED to check out music takes you remix as it is how jungle should be

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