Tone Def Records (2)

Tone Def Records (2)

Profile:
Tone Def Records were one of the first players in the drum and bass movement.

Yomi Ayeni AKA Yomster had been a DJ for several years, mainly playing on London Weekend Radio and a residency in several clubs in London.

Tone Def Records was launched in 1989 with Alex Gold (Extravaganza), an initial outing was Morsecode's seminal house track "Thank God" an anthem in Ibiza, and the "Second Summer of Love".

The track was well received, but he felt the energy and direction was a bit off-cue and repositioned the label's style with the second release - "Inspiree" by the French Underground.

"Inspiree" was a 4 track ep, a diverse mixture of sample-led, breakbeat dance music. All the tracks were produced in a bedroom studio, which comprised of analogue synths, drum machines and an Atari computer and a crusty mixing desk. The sound was raw, yet appealing and very sympathetic to the hybrid amalgam that was very street, at the time. Yomi Ayeni AKA Yomster was surprised to receive a call from BBC Radio to find out whether the group was actually French and if a spokesperson for the band would like to take part in a radio show.

It was great fun, but he felt there was more to do. He was still searching.... and still needed to create a sound or something he was comfortable with. It was good, but not quite there...

In 1992, the release of Dreamfinder by Sound Corp with its drums, heavy bassline and staccato synth stabs, heralded the beginning of a new genre. Sound Corp were Sean and Kevin from Slough in the UK. They were looking for a label to release some music and were introduced to him by a friend, while he was DJ'ing at a club in Windsor.

Dreamfinder was initially pegged as the b-side to "Close Control", but it soon became the dominant track and was hugely successful. There were several permutations and remixes of Dreamfinder, some limited to 500 copies.

The success of Sound Corp, the sound, label and production style led to a series of dancefloor fillers. Over the years and through Tone Def, Yomi Ayeni AKA Yomster worked with Darren Jay as SLM, with Foul Play as "4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and on his own as "2 Dreads in a Dub".

As a label, Tone Def was the stable of many diverse acts, such as DJ Harry - "Cape Fear", FX - "The Sound of FX", Inna Rhythm "Carrie" French Underground "Type 2" and collaborations with Nookie, Aphrodite, Phantasy and Mikey Finn.

Tone Def's last release was a hybrid of funk, strings, vocals and futuristic drum and bass. "Chronicles in Dub" was the soundtrack to a film that never went into production. The script was based on Yomi Ayeni AKA Yomster's experience as a London DJ, the pirate radio scene and my love for music.

Many of the Tone Def releases are now classics, some call the sound 'hardcore', others see it as the moment that drum and bass moved from the street into the sphere of composition.
Contact Info:
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
001DJ Morsecode - Thank God Morsecode Thank God(12", W/Lbl, Sti) Tone Def Records (2), Tone Def Records (2), Tone Def Records (2) 001DJ UK 1990 Sell This Version
002DJ French Underground - Inspiré E.P. French Underground Inspiré E.P. (EP) 002DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
003DJ Sound Corp.* - Close Control / Dream Finder Sound Corp.* Close Control / Dream Finder 003DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
004DJ Pain Of Dance - Hear No Evil Pain Of Dance Hear No Evil(12") Tone Def Records (2) 004DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
005DJ Sound Corp - Security Overload / Regen-Time Sound Corp Security Overload / Regen-Time 005DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
006DJ Xcite - Freedom Xcite Freedom 006DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
007DJ S.L.M. - Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow S.L.M. Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow(12") Tone Def Records (2) 007DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
007DJXR S.L.M. - Nice & Slow (Remix) / Equinox S.L.M. Nice & Slow (Remix) / Equinox 007DJXR UK 1992 Sell This Version
008DJ Sound Corp.* - Regentime Part II Sound Corp.* Regentime Part II(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo) Tone Def Records (2) 008DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
009E.P. S.L.M. - Hand-Some Technique E.P. S.L.M. Hand-Some Technique E.P.(12", EP) Tone Def Records (2) 009E.P. UK 1992 Sell This Version
010EP Sound Corp - Spirit E.P. Sound Corp Spirit E.P.(12", EP) Tone Def Records (2) 010EP UK 1993 Sell This Version
011 F.X. - She Can't Help It / Hypocrite F.X. She Can't Help It / Hypocrite(12", TP, W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) 011 UK 1993 Sell This Version
011 DJ F.X. - She Can't Help It / Hypocrite F.X. She Can't Help It / Hypocrite 011 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 Sel 10 Various - Jungle Vibes 2 Various Jungle Vibes 2(12") Selector 12 Sel 10 France 1995 Sell This Version
013DJ 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - Drowning In Her / We Are The Future 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future 013DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
014DJ DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear 014DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
015DJ Sound Corp - Chicken Killer Sound Corp Chicken Killer(12", MP) Tone Def Records (2) 015DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
015 DJ Sound Corp - Chicken Killer Sound Corp Chicken Killer(12") Tone Def Records (2) 015 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
016 SLM* - Die Hard SLM* Die Hard (12", S/Sided, EP) Tone Def Records (2) 016 UK 1994 Sell This Version
016 DJ SLM* - Die Hard EP SLM* Die Hard EP (EP) 016 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
017DJ Inna Rhythm - Carrie Inna Rhythm Carrie(12") Tone Def Records (2) 017DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
018DJ 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 1) 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 1)(10") Tone Def Records (2) 018DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
019DJ 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 2) 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 2)(10") Tone Def Records (2) 019DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
022DJ 2 Dreads In A Dub - Chronicles In Dub 2 Dreads In A Dub Chronicles In Dub(12", S/Sided, Etch, Promo) Tone Def Records (2) 022DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
CD TOT 33 Various - Bass-ic Elements (12 Drum 'n' Bass Soundscapes Deep From The Jungle) Various Bass-ic Elements (12 Drum 'n' Bass Soundscapes Deep From The Jungle)(CD, Comp) Jumpin' & Pumpin' CD TOT 33 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DJ 001 Morsecode - Thank God Morsecode Thank God(12", W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) DJ 001 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SEL9 Various - Jungle Vibes 2 Various Jungle Vibes 2(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Selector, Selector SEL9 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
TD 020 DJ FX* - The Sound Of FX FX* The Sound Of FX(12", Ltd, Cle) Tone Def Records (2) TD 020 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 021 DJ F.X. - The Sound Of F.X. (Remixes) F.X. The Sound Of F.X. (Remixes)(10") Tone Def Records (2) TD 021 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 022 DJ 2 Dreads In A Dub - Chronicles In Dub 2 Dreads In A Dub Chronicles In Dub(12", S/Sided, Etch, Ltd) Tone Def Records (2) TD 022 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 023 DJ 2 Dreads In A Dub - Chronicles In Dub (Remixes) 2 Dreads In A Dub Chronicles In Dub (Remixes) TD 023 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 024 DJ FX* - Hypocrite (Remix) FX* Hypocrite (Remix)(10") Tone Def Records (2) TD 024 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 007 S.L.M. - Don't Knock It / Now I'm Finished S.L.M. Don't Knock It / Now I'm Finished(12") Tone Def Records (2) TONE DEF 007 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 007 DJR S.L.M. - Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow S.L.M. Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow(12", TP, W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) TONE DEF 007 DJR UK 1992 Sell This Version
TONEDEF 008DJ Sound Corp.* - Regentime Part II Sound Corp.* Regentime Part II(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) TONEDEF 008DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 010EP Sound Corp - Spirit E.P. Sound Corp Spirit E.P. (EP) TONE DEF 010EP UK 1993 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 012 Dance Intelligence - Do That Dance Dance Intelligence Do That Dance(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) TONE DEF 012 UK 1993 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 013 DJR 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - Drowning In Her / We Are The Future 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future TONE DEF 013 DJR UK 1993 Sell This Version
Tone Def 014AA DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear Tone Def 014AA UK 1993 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 014 DJ DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear(12") Tone Def Records (2) TONE DEF 014 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
TONEDEF 020 F.X. - The Sound Of F.X. F.X. The Sound Of F.X.(12", Promo, W/Lbl, Sta) Tone Def Records (2) TONEDEF 020 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TONEDEF 024 FX* - Hypocrite (Remix) FX* Hypocrite (Remix)(10", Promo) Tone Def Records (2) TONEDEF 024 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TRUCD6 Various - Counterforce - A Collection Of Deep Beats Various Counterforce - A Collection Of Deep Beats(CD, Comp) Internal, Internal TRUCD6 Europe 1994 Sell This Version