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JoR Type / Imagine The Future

Jo - R Type / Imagine The Future album cover
Label:Awesome Records – SL 017
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore, Jungle

Tracklist

That Side
AR Type
This Side
AAImagine The Future
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Notes

Made in England

Track A samples music from the computer game 'R-Type' and dialogue from the film 'Darkman'.

Track B samples Black Dog, The – Virtual on Black Dog Productions.

There is a repressed version of this with a white label and black writing.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (That Side): SL 017 A ∗ ‒ J.T.S. ‒ ∗
  • Matrix / Runout (This Side): SL 017 AA SHOUT TO IPSWICH MASSIVE ∗ ‒ J.T.S. ‒ ∗ RESPEC - SLIPMATT + LIME - FREESTYLE + R - JJ + DEVIOUS - ALL AWESOME CREW

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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R Type / Imagine The Future (12", Test Pressing, White Label, 33 ⅓ RPM)Awesome RecordsSL 017UK1993
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R-Type / Imagine The Future (12", Repress, 33 ⅓ RPM)Awesome RecordsSL 017UKUnknown

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Reviews

  • JohnnyMassacre's avatar
    Edited 10 months ago
    'R-Type' is literally one of the strongest jungle tracks ever. Andy C would tease this up to four times in one set without actually dropping it [see his Innovation set in 1999]. The greatest drum & bass DJ of all time used to start sets with this even two years after its release in 1995, and still mixes it today 30 years later.

    This warped heavyweight anthem has no key. It's actually in the distinct "key" of "drum & bass" – an opaque, subjective tonal centre that helped define the genre in the '90s where producers who likely had no music-theory knowledge blagged it. In this case, by pairing random video-game samples with 808 melodies that probably just "sounded right". It shouldn't have worked … but its unorthodox execution sounded brilliant. The sole melodies in this song are sampled from OG video-game hardware – bleak and dreary – they conjure images of escaping the mundanity of British society through the LCD-mucus of a Gameboy screen. The locus of the drums of 'R-Type' are a constellation of stabbing snares, carving out that syncopated groove. The bassline is bang on. This is how you want your 808s delivered: fat and relentless, pounding home the dark vibes. The arrangement is a strong point, with shuffling drum patterns building in then disassembling, like a dystopian Lego city captured with time-lapse photography.

    Considering this was Jo's first ever release, there's a touch of beginner's luck about it. The stars aligned fatefully for every creative decision: samples, mix and arrangement. Perhaps a more seasoned producer weighed down by expectation could never have bottled lightning like this.
    • glimmaman's avatar
      glimmaman
      I just bought my copy for a tenner sweeeeet lol wicked tune !!!
      • Hatterman's avatar
        Hatterman
        Great release. What's made this so expensive though? Just curious.
        • dhf76's avatar
          dhf76
          I have a copy of this but imagine the future has not been centred on the wax, creating a strange sounding recording. Has anybody else got this press?
          • aidiothir's avatar
            aidiothir
            Edited 6 years ago
            While ''R Type'' is a typical later Jungle 1994 style track rather than it's released date, it is very boring for my taste and very simple. For me is all about the totally different b-side ''imagine the future'' with it's previous darkside breakbeat/hardcore 1993 vibe, a track that sounds like something from RAM records of that era. Am i the only one who prefers the b-side of this release?
            • DiversePressure's avatar
              Buy the friction remix for a fiver , the original is on the b side. Easy
              • j_ellemore's avatar
                j_ellemore
                Seminal. Perfect Jungle / DnB track. Hard, Minimal, Dark, Deep, Rolling with a wicked bassline. I remember first hearing this at Lazerdrome in 93, and going back every week to hear it again. A classic of the era.
                • TRAINSPOTTER47's avatar
                  Yeah more piss-taking sellers doin wot they do best, i wont pay more than a score for one o these jeee
                  • merrimaker9's avatar
                    merrimaker9
                    Came out at the end of 93 but was droped right through the 90s. in 95 every one was playing in there sets I thought there was a 95 remix but it was the original still sounding fresh
                    • JohnnyMassacre's avatar
                      Edited 11 years ago
                      Why is this so good? You can't really describe it; but every part of this track is so right in a way that pretenders could never identify. The vibe is just straight up proper jungle; and it's no fucking joke. Serious shit.

                      This is one of the rare tracks that always and I mean ALWAYS gets a reaction and garners respect for the DJ. Just drop it.

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