Deep BlueThe Helicopter Tune

Label:Moving Shadow – SHADOW 41, Moving Shadow – UK SHADOW 41
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Drum n Bass, Jungle


Other Side
XThe Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #1)5:24
This Side
Y1The Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #2)6:08
Y2The Helicopter Tune (Fantasy #3)5:54

Companies, etc.


  • Lacquer Cut BySimon*
  • Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Arranged ByS. O'Keeffe*


Comes in a plain grey sleeve that has a long, blue sticker (stating the release information) starting on one side and going on to the other, this sticker must be cut to get the record out.

The catalogue number on the sticker says UK SHADOW 41, whereas the record label and etchings say SHADOW 41.

Made in England.

Track X samples:
808 bass sound from Hyper On Experience - Lords Of The Null Lines

Track Y2 samples:
Melody from Sueño Latino ‎– Luxuria (Cutmaster G. Techno Age Mix)
Synths from 808 State - Pacific State

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 022208 000410 >
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side X, etched): SHADOW 41 - X₁ SIMON THE EXCHANGE.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side Y, etched): SHADOW 41 - Y₁ SIMON THE EXCHANGE.
  • Label Code: LC 5681

Other Versions (5 of 22)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
The Helicopter Tune (12", Test Pressing, 33 ⅓ RPM)Moving ShadowSHADOW 41UK1993
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The Helicopter Tune (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Die-cut Sleeve)Moving Shadow, Moving ShadowSHADOW 41, UK SHADOW 41UK1993
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Helicopter (Remix 1) (10", 33 ⅓ RPM)Moving Shadow, Moving ShadowSHADOW 41R1, SHADOW 41RUK1994
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Helicopter (Remix 2) (10", 33 ⅓ RPM)Moving ShadowSHADOW 41R2UK1994
The Helicopter Tune (CD, Single)Moving ShadowSHADOW 41 CDUK1994



  • dinnum's avatar
    Here we are 30 years after its release, and it still sounds like future music. Has to be one of the greatest ever releases in the hardcore / jungle / dnb scene.
    • eleeut's avatar
      It's taken me bloody years to realize this, but Fantasy #3 seems like a tribute to 808 State - Pacific State... i got this when it came out and sold it in the mid 90s, but that little synth line has stayed with me since then.. back on the wantlist..
      • rage's avatar
        Edited 2 years ago
        A note for collectors, to be sure it’s a 1993 original it needs to come with the stickered sleeve.

        Most original copies look like the picture above, with the off white sleeve and the sticker in the centre of the opening. All of the copies I saw at the time of its release looked like this.

        There is also a version with a die cut sleeve that has the sticker to one side. I’m not sure if these are part of the original run or if they came a little later but they are from around the same time, a few months later at most.

        The record was then reissued in a brown generic Moving Shadow sleeve in 1997. The record itself looks and sounds identical to the original so without the sleeve there is no way of telling the two versions apart. This version wasn’t in the database so I have added it, it probably accounts for a lot of the copies out there.
        • Steveo33837's avatar
          I don't think kids know how people bumped to this back in '94. Yes, overplayed... Yes, some DJ' s preferred the flip (Fantasy 2 & 3) or the Rufige Kru remix - the original Helicopter tune is instantly recognised & a key release.

          Big fat heavy beats, subtle strings and a head nodding tempo. Also works well with scratching over the top.

          To keep things current. A DJ @ Love & Liquor in Kilburn, London played this on a club night. Got the biggest reaction of the evening.
          • burnsie1969's avatar
            100% this was Deep Blues best release. DB just about released one track a year. The rest of his time i'm sure was taken up with Moving shadow duties and 2 Bad Mice. Still out and about DJ'n as 2 Bad Mice.
            • danj's avatar
              Up there as one of the best. 1993 and still sounds fresh. BBC 6 music drum and bass day recently and it wasn't even mentioned - just the usual (brown paper bag, inner city life, blah blah) and all the usual on 'best of' compilations... The original helicopter was never improved, although the 97 remix stands out. Shame Deep Blue never made anything of this quality although a hard act to follow.
              • Wickedmarkonwax's avatar
                Cracking track bit overplayed at raves though a bit like nookie sounds of nookie got ya nerves after 1000th time :-/
                • dj_sinister's avatar
                  Grooverider says this is his ultimate track alongside LTJ Music and DJ SS Lighter. High praise indeed. It's a banger!
                  • numnuts001's avatar
                    Edited 6 years ago
                    The helicopter tune is one of the most influential records to come out of the drum and bass, jungle scene of 93-94.. It's pure class ! Unfortunately deep blue never managed to repeat or follow it up with anything of a similar standard. Firmly in my top 10 all time greats
                    • rizllla's avatar
                      Edited 8 years ago
                      This is what dance music should be. Less is more. This is a tune designed solely for rocking your body and nothing else! It is the perfect example of what a pure and intuitive response to the dancefloor is. The pretentious, competitive and cerebral Drum & Bass producers of today need to take a hard look at what they are doing and get back to basics. And this track is the perfect place to start. Why do you think it's still so popular today 22 years after it first hit the street?



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