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Bba Present Jungle Run 3 Feat Dj Randall (Uk) - 26.8.2006

Author: Phil Watkins
Thursday, August 31, 2006
DJ Randall too hot to handle at Jungle Run

When I was twelve years old in London I became immersed in a new style of music that sounded like no other and became the first style of urban music the people of London could call their own. Titled 'Jungle', it was inspired and supported by the massive reggae and dub contingent in the city at the time. With rolling bass lines and Mcs ripping rhymes live with the DJ, this genre-based culture became one of the fastest growing in London. The aim of this music was to keep things as underground as possible, and nothing more accentuated this than the pirate radio stations that popped up throughout the FM dial most weekends. I can remember finding ten different stations all playing the same music one night.

It was on these stations that I first encountered the man-like DJ Randall, headlining act at 'Jungle Run'. Now in its third successful Melbourne instalment, Jungle Run differentiates itself from other drum 'n bass nights through it's music policy.

Paying homage to the tunes of the early nineties, the ones that essentially gave birth to what we call drum and bass, Jungle is a lot slower and more reggae orientated with rolling sub bass lines, euphoric drops and synthesised melodies. This is exactly what the capacity crowd was getting at the Hi Fi bar as DJ Finna kept the crowd going with tunes mainly from the mid nineties. It was great to see the effort that the crew had gone to with their decor, the army netting on the roof helping to make the venue more intimate including the plants and cardboard animals spread throughout. The percussion really added a good live element. It wasn't until DJ Trooper, who came out of semi-retirement to play this gig, that the party really went into overdrive. Dropping tunes that were originally released in 1991 and 1992, he proved that a lot of this music is timeless.

DJ Randall was next up to plate and seeing the crowd's response to the old skool, you couldn't help but turn the clock back, aided by his dropping of tunes like the impeccable Shabow Boxer by Doc Scott and numerous others that made him one of the dons of the scene in its virgin years. With rewinds aplenty the atmosphere was wild, the people there for the right reasons and the music crisp and hard. Drum and bass is the purest dance music scene in Melbourne with people involved who love the music and a crowd who love it even more. So if you think you can handle it stay tuned for more!