Ask most old skool Jungle/D&B enthusiasts to list their top 90s labels, and you can almost guarantee that Moving Shadow will be amongst the top 3. The Stevenage based label has earned its status as an bona fide cornerstone of the scene, and with good reason.
From radio-friendly rapper to staunch junglist soldier, Rebel MC’s musical journey has been a transitional one.
It must be frustrating for UK Hip-Hop. Every time it’s about to break through, it gets eclipsed by another scene that comes along to steal the moment. In the early noughties it was dubstep and grime. Back in the late 80’s to early 90’s it was the rave scene.
When I was young and before I’d discovered DJs or independent record shops, my only experience of Rave music came through compilations with titles like “Raving Mad” or “Kaos Theory”. At times these compilations could be a mixed bag, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous one track to the next, but amongst the dross were some gems – one of the first artists who regularly appeared on these compilations to really capture my attention was someone by the name of Acen.
As I was putting this piece together news reached me that Ram had done a deal with the music industry giant BMG. This was no real surprise since Ram is a label that has never been content to sit still – It’s a label that is constantly moving forwards, seeking to reach new audiences and adapt as clubber’s tastes change.
I’m not sure what was in the water supply around the Romford area during the early 90’s, but this North East London town was a hive of creativity and vision during the golden years of rave.