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.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
001DJ Thank God  album cover 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 Inspiré E.P.  album cover French Underground Inspiré E.P. (EP) 002DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
003DJ Close Control / Dream Finder  album cover Sound Corp.* Close Control / Dream Finder 003DJ UK 1991 Sell This Version
004DJ Hear No Evil  album cover Pain Of Dance Hear No Evil(12") Tone Def Records (2) 004DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
005DJ Security Overload / Regen-Time  album cover Sound Corp Security Overload / Regen-Time 005DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
006DJ Freedom  album cover Xcite Freedom 006DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
007DJ Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow  album cover S.L.M. Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow(12") Tone Def Records (2) 007DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
007DJXR Nice & Slow (Remix) / Equinox  album cover S.L.M. Nice & Slow (Remix) / Equinox 007DJXR UK 1992 Sell This Version
008DJ Regentime Part II  album cover Sound Corp.* Regentime Part II(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo) Tone Def Records (2) 008DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
009E.P. Hand-Some Technique E.P.  album cover S.L.M. Hand-Some Technique E.P.(12", EP) Tone Def Records (2) 009E.P. UK 1992 Sell This Version
010EP Spirit E.P.  album cover Sound Corp Spirit E.P.(12", EP) Tone Def Records (2) 010EP UK 1993 Sell This Version
011 She Can't Help It / Hypocrite  album cover F.X. She Can't Help It / Hypocrite(12", TP, W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) 011 UK 1993 Sell This Version
011 DJ She Can't Help It / Hypocrite  album cover F.X. She Can't Help It / Hypocrite 011 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 Sel 10 Jungle Vibes 2  album cover Various Jungle Vibes 2(12") Selector 12 Sel 10 France 1995 Sell This Version
013DJ Drowning In Her / We Are The Future  album cover 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future 013DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
014DJ Cape Fear  album cover DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) DJ Harry (2) & Point Blank (3) - Cape Fear 014DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
015DJ Chicken Killer  album cover Sound Corp Chicken Killer(12", MP) Tone Def Records (2) 015DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
015 DJ Chicken Killer  album cover Sound Corp Chicken Killer(12") Tone Def Records (2) 015 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
016 Die Hard   album cover SLM* Die Hard (12", S/Sided, EP) Tone Def Records (2) 016 UK 1994 Sell This Version
016 DJ Die Hard EP  album cover SLM* Die Hard EP (EP) 016 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
017DJ Carrie  album cover Inna Rhythm Carrie(12") Tone Def Records (2) 017DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
018DJ Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 1)  album cover 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 Drowning In Her / We Are The Future (Remixes Pt. 2)  album cover 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 Chronicles In Dub  album cover 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 Bass-ic Elements (12 Drum 'n' Bass Soundscapes Deep From The Jungle)  album cover 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 Thank God  album cover Morsecode Thank God(12", W/Lbl) Tone Def Records (2) DJ 001 UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Drowning In Her / Every Single Wish   album cover 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse / Bay B Kane 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse / Bay B Kane - Drowning In Her / Every Single Wish (Acetate, 10") Tone Def Records (2) none UK 1993 Sell This Version
SEL9 Jungle Vibes 2  album cover Various Jungle Vibes 2(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Selector, Selector SEL9 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
TD 020 DJ The Sound Of FX  album cover FX* The Sound Of FX(12", Ltd, Cle) Tone Def Records (2) TD 020 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 021 DJ The Sound Of F.X. (Remixes)  album cover F.X. The Sound Of F.X. (Remixes)(10") Tone Def Records (2) TD 021 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 022 DJ Chronicles In Dub  album cover 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 Chronicles In Dub (Remixes)  album cover 2 Dreads In A Dub Chronicles In Dub (Remixes) TD 023 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TD 024 DJ Hypocrite (Remix)  album cover FX* Hypocrite (Remix)(10") Tone Def Records (2) TD 024 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 007 Don't Knock It / Now I'm Finished  album cover 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 Now I'm Finished (The Bells) / Nice 'n' Slow  album cover 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 Regentime Part II  album cover 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 Spirit E.P.  album cover Sound Corp Spirit E.P. (EP) TONE DEF 010EP UK 1993 Sell This Version
TONE DEF 012 Do That Dance  album cover 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 Drowning In Her / We Are The Future  album cover 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Drowning In Her / We Are The Future TONE DEF 013 DJR UK 1993 Sell This Version
Tone Def 014AA Cape Fear  album cover 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 Cape Fear  album cover 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 The Sound Of F.X.  album cover 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 Hypocrite (Remix)  album cover FX* Hypocrite (Remix)(10", Promo) Tone Def Records (2) TONEDEF 024 UK 1995 Sell This Version