ABC History Sessions: Suburban Base The Complete Story

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.

With a heritage of labels including the likes of Strictly Undergound, Out of Romford, and Ram Records, this small area would be responsible for unleashing some of the scene’s post pivotal and influential releases over the course of the decade. Arguably the most recognisable and biggest player at the centre of all this activity was the mighty Suburban Base.

Run from the back of the Boogie Times record shop, Suburban Base boasted a powerhouse of producers who would use the label as a springboard to go on and launch very successful labels and projects of their own. Dj Hype (True Playaz/Ganja), Dj Rap (Proper Talent), Danny Breaks (Droppin’ science/Alphabet Zoo), Krome & time (Tearin’ Vinyl) and Luna C (Kniteforce) are just a selection of artists who had their early works featured on Suburban Base before moving on to make a big impact in various scenes.

In Hull where I lived there was never much of a Jungle scene, and before the internet made the accessibility of music simple the only way for me to get hold of some of the records that I wanted was to call labels up directly and ask them for a discography so I could order records directly through the post. Suburban Base was one of the labels to do this for me and sent me a paper discography including all releases up to the date of printing (which at the time was SUBBASE 068).

As a kid I used to read the list and wonder what each release might sound like. Each time I ordered some records from the list I would tick them off as I got them. I used to imagine how amazing it would be to one day own every release on that list…

Well it took me nearly 20 years to do it, but earlier this year I finally picked up a copy of The Cutty Ranks Remixes (SUBBASE 059R) which was the last missing piece of the collection.

Now that I had all the releases from the list, I thought it would be a fun challenge to see if I could put together a mix that would include every release chronologically from SUBBASE 001 through to SUBBASE 068. The rules I set myself were that I could only pick one tune from each release (Remixes counted as part of the same release), and all releases had to be included, no exceptions.

Some of the mixes don’t sit as neatly as I would normally like, but then that was only to be expected when options are limited in such a way, and it was kind of fun trying to make it work in the best way that I could. I enjoyed putting this project together and it’s my little tribute to one of the finest labels there has ever been. So without further ado, starting with SUBBASE 001, here is over three hours worth of Sub Base for your face…

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Download “Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 1” Eazyflow - Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 1.mp3 – Downloaded 351 times – 159 MB

Kromozone – The Rush (SUBBASE 001)
M&M – Don’t Stand In My Way (SUBBASE 002)
Phuture Assassins – Shot Like Dis (SUBBASE 003)
Austin – I Get High (SUBBASE 004)
Q Bass – Dancin People (SUBBASE 005)
M&M – I Feel This Way (Beefed Up Mix) (SUBBASE006R)
Q Bass – Hardcore Will Never Die (E Type Mix) (SUBBASE 007)
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era – Far Out (SUBBASE 008)
Run Tings – Fires Burning (Finn In Your Face Mix) (SUBBASE 009R)
Phuture Assassins – Future Sound (SUBBASE 010)
Krome & Time – This Sound Is For The Underground (SUBBASE 011)
Smart E’s – Sesame’s Treet (Krome & Time Remix) (SUBBASE 012R)
Rachel Wallace – Tell Me Why (SUBBASE 013)
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era – Freedomism (SUBBASE 014)
Smart E’s – Loo’s Control (SUBBASE 015)
Run Tings – Back Again (Kaotic Chemistry Remix) (SUBBASE 016R)
D Cruze – World Within A World (The Criminal Minds Remix) (SUBBASE 017R)
Austin – Unity In Dub (Stop-Go Mix) (SUBBASE 018)
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era – Calm Downizm (SUBBASE 019)
Dj Hype – Weird Energy (SUBBASE 020R)
Q Bass – Funky Hardcore (Dj Hype Remix) (SUBBASE 021R)
Phuture Assassins – Roots N Phuture (Reflections In Dub) (SUBBASE 022R)
Dj Rap & Aston – Vertigo (SUBBASE 023)

Download “Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 2” Eazyflow - Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 2.mp3 – Downloaded 256 times – 162 MB

Dj Hype – The Chopper (SUBBASE 024)
D Cruze – Want You Now (Dj SS & EQ Remix) (SUBBASE 025R)
Dj Krome & Mr Time – Final Destination (SUBBASE 026R)
Boogie Times Tribe – The Dark Stranger (Origin Unknown Mix) (SUBBASE 027R)
Dj Hype – Hardswing (SUBBASE 028)
Dj Krome & Mr Time – Virtual Reality (SUBBASE 029)
Johnny Jungle – Flammable (Tango Remix) (SUBBASE 030R)
Q Bass – Gun Connection (SUBBASE 031)
Dj Rap & Aston – Jeopardy (Desired State Remix) (SUBBASE 032R)
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era – Session Two (SUBBASE 033R)
D Cruze – Watch Out (SUBBASE 034)
The Noise Of Art – The Legacy (SUBBASE 035R)
Dj Dextrous & Rude Boy Keith – Bad Boy Tune (SUBBASE 036R)
Dj Rap & Aston – Get Rushed (SUBBASE 037)
Dj Hype – Dub Plate Fever (SUBBASE 038)
Boogie Times Tribe – My Soul (SUBBASE 039)
Flex & Fats – Somebody (SUBBASE 040)
Lick Back Organisation – Ruff N Rugged (Kenny Ken Remix) (SUBBASE 041R)
Run Tings – Ruff Revival (SUBBASE 042)
D Cruze – Chronic Breaks (SUBBASE 043)
Johnny Jungle – Johnny (Origin Unknown Remix) (SUBBASE 044R)
Mikey James – Nice N Deep (SUBBASE 045)

Download “Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 3” Eazyflow - Suburban Base The Complete Story Part 3.mp3 – Downloaded 250 times – 175 MB

Sophisticated Bad Boys – Feel The Magic (SUBBASE 046)
Marvellous Cain – Dub Plate Style (SUBBASE 047)
Sponge – The Crash (SUBBASE 048)
The Dream Team – Stamina (SUBBASE 049)
Remarc – RIP (SUBBASE 050)
Run Tings & Liftin Spirits – Come Easy (SUBBASE 051)
Johnny Jungle – Killa Sound (SUBBASE 052)
D Cruze – Are We In (SUBBASE 053)
Sound Station – Sound Station (SUBBASE 054)
Skeng Gee – Connections (Marvellous Cain Mix) (SUBBASE 055)
Solution – What Can I Do (SUBBASE 056)
Pure – Anything Test (SUBBASE 057)
Mikey James – Do You Dream (SUBBASE 058)
Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (The Hitman Original) (SUBBASE 059)
Basic Movements – Jelly (SUBBASE 060)
Undercover Agent & The Kriminal – World Mash Up (SUBBASE 061)
The Dream Team – Just A Little Hip Hop (SUBBASE 062)
Marvellous Cain – Creep (SUBBASE 063)
Joker – Tonic’s Jazz Lick (SUBBASE 064)
Charmaine – I Get What I Want (SUBBASE 065)
Swift – On The Beat (SUBBASE 066)
Pascal – Movin’ On (SUBBASE 67)
The Dream Team – Raw Dogs Relik (SUBBASE 068)
About the Author

Alasdair Watson


Obsessive record collector and old skool enthusiast who still spends most of his time living in the 80's and 90's.