Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Helter Skelter / Radio Babylon

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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"

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Helter Skelter 6:08
Radio Babylon 6:21

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Quiller1

Quiller1

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.
TEKNONUTTER

TEKNONUTTER

December 15, 2004
edited over 11 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.