Ear & Drum: Session 224 – Ruff with the Smooth

To many the Amen break is the defining beat of D&B and Jungle. And even though it is one of the original breaks to define the genre, it still persists today as a whole new generation bring Jungle back from it’s 90s slumber.

Those old enough to remember will recall the days when D&B sped up from 160bpm to its 172-76bpm limit it has today. One thing that got lost in this translation was the ability to let the Amen flex and breath, as those all important spaces between the breaks almost disappeared in the race to faster paced music.

For me, one of the best thing about the recent Jungle revival, has been the return of the 160bpm tunes that don’t rely on pace, but rather feel to provide the energy in the music. This is a collection of some the best new (and some old classic) 160bpm tunes that are driving a return of the Amen with serious flex and feel to to beat.

Ruff with the Smooth – 1hr+ of 160bpm Jungle and Atmospheric D&B

J Majik – Red Moon
Acid_Lab – Combination Dub (Tommy Badman Mix)
Dead Man’s Chest – Open Your Eyes
Digital – Down Under
Acid_Lab – Trip 2 Mars
Acid_Lab – Interstellar (Kodama Remix)
MJT – Panacea
Stunna – Last September
Carter – Twenty One Thoughts
Rainforest – Villalongin
Dilinja – The Angels Fell
Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam – Made in 2 Minutes (Origin Unknown Remix)
DJ Swift & DJ Zinc feat Steve B – It’s Time
Fracture – Chessington
David Holmes – Gone (PFM Remix)
Future Bound – Sorrow
Bjorn – Inside My Soul
Dust-e-1 – One on One
Source Direct – Black Rose

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