Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon

Samples for Radio Babylon:

"Woo, Alright" is from Encore (Dance Version) by Cheryl Lynn
"Babylon" is from Rivers Of Babylon by Boney M.
"Oh No!" is from I Can't Control Myself by The Troggs
"Riddim full of culture y'all" is from Operator's Choice Dub by Mikey Dread
"Burning with ecstasy" is from the U.S. TV series Johnny Staccato (1959), Season 1, Episode 11, "The Poet’s Touch"


Helter Skelter 6:08
Radio Babylon 6:21


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April 21, 2017
referencing Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon, CD, Maxi, BIUSCD 3050
Was riding in an Uber and the dude was pumping tunes, heard "OOH ALRIGHT!!" instantly thought of Radio Babylon, He said it was Cheryl Lynn Encore live version and I guess it is also on the 12" dance version. Heard another Meat Beat sample recently but can't remember. Jack Dangers is the sample master. If you never checked out this website it is awesome:


October 26, 2016
edited 7 months ago
referencing Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon, 12", BIAS 172
One of the few tracks from this era that I could drop in my (non breakbeat) sets now. I go apeshit on the dance floor to this track.
If you haven't heard them the remixes of "Radio Babylon" in the B side, released as "Version Galore" together with Psyche-Out remixes is some of the best records released during the nighties IMHO.


October 19, 2011
referencing Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon, CD, Maxi, BIUSCD 3050
Definitely an important record in the development of electronic music. At the time of its release this had no genre attached to it, but later became one of the touchstones for hardcore, jungle, and drum and bass. "Radio Babylon" was written by Jack Dangers to one up Depth Charge's (aka J. Saul Kane's) "Depth Charge (Drum Death Version)" which was a dubby early trip-hop number that was being played fast at 45rpm on pirate radio in 1989 (note the referential sub pings!). The bassline is played by Dangers himself, but is often misidentified as being a sample from 23 Skidoo's "Fire". The breakbeat was taken from Big Daddy Kane's "Raw" which itself samples Bobby Byrd's "Hot Pants (Bonus Beats)", a beat that became a staple in hip hop and clubland in the early 90's. Jack's insight was to speed up and put some echo and reverb on the breakbeat in the tradition of dub reggae. It's interesting to note that Danger's considered Cabaret Voltaire's "Sluggin' fer Jesus (part one)" as being the first drum and bass tune and adds that sensibility to the proceedings. So what you got is some hip hop inflected with dub and industrial and the propulsiveness of techno, voila!, Jungle. Personally, I'm a bigger fan of "Helter Skelter" here, that has a wicked psyche electro line, chugging funk dub punk bassline, slamming percussion ala Test Dept. meets Kraftwerk's "Metal on Metal", and Revco and Clockwork Orange samples to boot. "Radio Babylon's" bassline was subsequently sampled by The Future Sound of London for "Papua New Guinea" and The Prodigy for "Charly", both which propelled the bands to popular recognition.


December 15, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon, 12", BIAS 172

Arguably one of the first breakbeat/techno releases that was responsible for kick-starting the Uk Hardcore, & Jungle scenes here in the UK. Alongside Lenny D Ice..'We Are I.E.', Success N Effect-Roll It Up(Let The Bass Kick), and many Shut Up And Dance releases. Using heavy dub atmospherics, 808/909 break beat textures, and a large dose of industrial/technology/futurism which attracted both the hip hop b-boy crowd, the dub/reggae followers, the 'traditional' acid house raving crew, and the techno heads. This release has it all...I'm an old school techno head first and foremost, but a great track should not be forgotten whatever genre it fits in.