Influences: Hip Hop

There’s no doubt that Hip Hop had a huge influence on Hardcore and Jungle music throughout the 90s. Many of the scene’s leading lights including DJ Hype, Danny Breaks and DJ Crystl all came from a Hip Hop/Electro background before upping the tempo for the ravers.

For me though, it was the other way around. I originally got hooked on Rave music before subsequently discovering a love for Hip Hop years later. Part of this was down to initially recognising certain samples, and therefore feeling an instant connection with the music. That connection sparked a curiosity that drove me to dig deeper into Hip-Hop, and the more I dug, the more I fell in love with it. I guess one of the great things about sampling is that it can breathe new life into older music and expose it to an audience that may not have otherwise shown an interest. That’s certainly been true in my case, not just for Hip Hop, but for all kinds of other music that was made before I was even born too.

For some time, I’ve wanted to put a mix together that pays homage to Hip Hop’s influence by only using tracks that contain parts that would later be sampled in some of the biggest (and some of my personal favourite) Hardcore & Jungle tunes of the 90s. The sample might be a vocal, a breakbeat, or just a simple sound effect that would be later picked up and repackaged into something new.

It took a fair bit of tinkering with the tracklisting, but I’ve finally got something together which I’m happy with and is stacked full of more sample-sources than you could shake Whodini’s magic wand at.

I’m also trying to put together a list of every 90’s Hardcore/Jungle/DnB tune that sampled one of the tracks used in this mix. So far the list only includes the knowledge of myself and the ever useful WhoSampled.com, but I know that there will be plenty more than this, so if you spot any then please leave me a comment so I can add it to the list.

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Alasdair Watson

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