For the first time since it began in 1991, the pioneering rave, drum & bass & jungle label, started by Danny Donnelly, Suburban Base has digitally re-mastered its entire back catalog and is making them available to download via iTunes.
Up until now, releases from the label, which shut its doors in 1997, only existed in vinyl format, but from February 23rd its back catalog has been re-mastered & can be bought from iTunes and extended to other digital music stores from March. This includes sought after releases from artist such as Son'z Of A Loop Da Loop Era, M&M, Rachel Wallace, Krome & Time, QBass, Jonny Jungle, DJ Hype, Cutty Ranks, Marvellous Cain, Remarc, Boogie Times Tribe & Mampi Swift.
Here is a brief video teaser clip for the release:
In addition to the back catalog an album called Suburban Base Records - The History Of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass: 1991-1997 is released on March 03rd. The compilation presents a snapshot of the original underground rave scene that ultimately crossed over into the charts and is ready to be rediscovered by the original ravers and uncovered by a new generation of fans.
Over three mixes it will take you on a chronological journey starting with Hardcore presenting rave classics Rachel Wallace - Tell Me Why (M&M Full Vocal), Krome & Time - This Sound Is For The Underground and cheeky Smart E's - Sesame's Treat (Vocal Mix). Mix two then moves on to the Jungle era with gems from Phuture Assassins - Roots N Future (Make Dem Know Mix); QBass – Deepa and Hype tracks Dawn of the Fever, The Chopper and Dream.
The final mix treats us to some legendary Drum and Bass tracks including Run Tings - Ruff Revival, Marvellous Cain - Dub Plate Style, Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (DJ SS Remix), D'Cruze – Lonely and Mampi Swift - On The Beat.
The album is available as both as a DJ mixed CD release and also digitally. It will use the original graffiti artwork from Suburban Base’s in-house designer Dave Nodz.
I've got some of the classic songs from the label available to preview below.
Phuture Assasins - Future Sound (Sound Business Original mix):
D'Cruze - Want You Now:
Krome & Time - The Slammer:
Here is the pack shot of what the 3xCD release will look like: