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DJ CrystlMeditation / Warp Drive

Label:Dee Jay Recordings (2) – DJVX002, Dee Jay Recordings (2) – DJXV 002
Series:The Classic Series (6) – DJXV 002
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Reissue
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore, Drum n Bass, Jungle

Tracklist

AMeditation
AAWarp Drive (Dubplate Mix)
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Notes

Track AA:
Warp Drive is not the same version that was released on DJ Crystl - Meditation / Warp Drive it is infact the first mix that was produced (Dubplate Mix).
The snare edits are completely different in this version sped up and frantic sounding.
The main breakdown is also very different, more raw and sparse sounding as it’s missing the long reverbed snares and the chime synth sound that comes in over the pads.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (This Side): DJXV 002 A¹ MPO EURODISC Stu.
  • Matrix / Runout (That Side): DJXV 002 AA¹ MPO

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Meditation / Warp Drive (12", 45 RPM)Dee Jay RecordingsDJX0010UK1993
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Meditation / Warp Drive (12", 45 RPM, Promo, Purple label)Dee Jay RecordingsDJX0010UK1993
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Meditation / Warp Drive (12", 45 RPM, Promo, Blue label)Dee Jay RecordingsDJX0010UK1993
Meditation / Warp Drive (12", Reissue, Test Pressing, Unofficial Release, White Label)Dee Jay Recordings (2)DJVX 002UK2007

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Reviews

  • Coldsnap's avatar
    Coldsnap
    This version of Warp Drive is the original dubplate version of the track, later repressed on the Hardcore Junglism label in 2022. On that release DJ Crystl commented on the differences which I'm pasting here for posterity. He prefers this version with the following reasoning:

    Warpdrive Dubplate Mix – differences compared to the final Warp Drive / Meditation 12” release.

    For starters, the mixdown is slightly more raw on the original dubplate first version – for me, the texture is harder over the entire track and is harder on the compression, also you’ll find that certain faze effects on the amen are more cutting through than the released version.

    The one thing most noticeable in the original dubplate on one of the earlier drops at 2:28, is the snare edits are completely different from the released Deejay Warp Drive / Meditation 12” version. On the dubplate version, they are more sped up and crazy snare edits which continue throughout the track.

    The main breakdown on the dubplate version is also a little more raw and sparse compared to the released Deejay version, where I added a chime kind of sound on top of the main pad. Again, the snare edit rolls in the dub are sped up throughout, which again are different in the released Deejay version with longer reverbs and less crazy edits.

    At 5:14 on the roll out the reverse reverb noise is harder than the released Deejay version and again cuts through harder and louder. I remember being in the studio varying my original version (dubplate) for the main release as the label requested slight changes to the main release. Because of these slight but prominent changes for me, my original production of the first mix is the real Warp Drive and that’s the version that came straight from the heart. Even though they would both distinctively be Warp Drive when being played, for me, I slightly disliked the main release version and edits as it took away some of the essence that I put into the original first Warp Drive production.

    For some reason, over the years there has been much talk and speculation of other versions and what-not but I can assure you all that there has only ever been are the main release and the original dubplate and my obvious remixes that were released. That’s it unless there was some bootleg shit going on but as far as Warp Drive goes, this is it.

    The dubplate original production is also the one that I personally let DJ Peshay have exclusively before any other DJ and it totally tore up the dance floor every set. He had to keep cutting it as the acetate become pure hiss and crackles.

    Big ups to all the DJ’s that rinsed this out!

    Crystl
    • Karl-Haze's avatar
      Karl-Haze
      I actually prefer the version of Warpdrive on this release over the original version. Both are obviously massive tracks, and if you can grab copies of both editions then you're laughing.
      • Mr_Geese's avatar
        Mr_Geese
        This version was played by gachet in 93, it sounds like it could be an earlier version, kinda makes the tune sound unfinished, i'd stick with the original
        • wotsawonder's avatar
          wotsawonder
          On The notes it say's
          Warp drive is a different version to the original pressing.

          This is only a very limited difference but not even that noticeable to be honest,

          These tunes are epic both original and the repress. :)

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