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BC*The Pulse / China Cup

Label:Prototype Recordings – PRO 001 UK
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass


AThe Pulse7:50
AAChina Cup6:25

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[P] Prototype Recordings (UK) Ltd 1999.
[C] Prototype Recordings (UK) Ltd 1999.

Made in England.

Issued in a die cut sleeve.
No track timings printed on release.

Some copies came with a promo postcard for a Prototype Recordings event at The End.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5035628000168
  • Barcode (Text): 5 035628 000168 >
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): PRO UK-001-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA runout, variant 1): N PRO UK-001-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, variant 2): PRO UK-001-A1 F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA runout, etched, variant 2): N PRO UK-001-B1 C

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Pulse / China Cup (12", 45 RPM, White Label)Prototype RecordingsPRO UK 001UK1999
p.tee's profile picture
True to form for the comments section for every D&B classic on here, there's a bunch of people claiming it's not that good or the b side/previous less acclaimed track is better

Convinced none of these people were actually in the clubs and raves at the time.
spookybizzle's profile picture
i like The Pulse. but China Cup does it for me. at 45 or 33.
andartem's profile picture
Happy birthday! One of the favourite track in my dnb life!
Stuck_In_1992's profile picture
It's not that great but I wouldn't mind finding this record at an antique shop for 2 bucks. I was really into this neurofunk style techstep at the time this came out so I'm not at all sure why I didn't buy this when it came out. I remember seeing it at breakbeat science in NYC too. The Pulse sounds like every other bad company drum and bass track I've ever heard and so does China Cup so maybe that's why. If I had this record for 2 bucks at an antique shop, I would use China Cup as its not a bad tune, I can't complain about it.
zenithdnb's profile picture
One of the best DNB releases of all time, and also one best Bad Company tunes of all time, The Pulse really is something. It begins with an ambient intro with nice 80's style pad sounds and then comes the killer synth lead which builds up before the bass drops and sends you nuts. One of those really awesome tunes that will just get stuck in your head over and over again.

The flipside is also one of Bad Company's best work. Loud distorted bass riffs with "The Nine" style drums. I feel like this and The Code's basslines are quite similar, as Bad Company likes to rework tracks. Seizure is similar to The Nine, Planet Dust is similar to The Pulse and China Cup is similar to The Code.

Overall fantastic release from the drum and bass masters.
China Cup FTW on this imho, but respect the flip that's become a staple classic for nigh' on 2 decades..... 4/5 and you really are getting your money's worth considering my copy back then was over a £5er & worth every penny.
rwlocky's profile picture
Totally deadly. Possibly my favourite era of DnB mainly because of this kind of sound. Still makes me pull faces when i hear it. Both sides deserve to be A side.
recordmania4's profile picture
Great vinyl- both sides killer tunes
JacobReeseMoog's profile picture
lol @ 'not that great'
morphis9's profile picture
Not that great. Drums are too much like every other track of the time, "The Nine", in particular. Future Forces was waaaaaaaaaay better, as were Fresh n Vegas.