Release Date: 26th June 2020
The second 10” vinyl release from the label and this time Mr Time (from Krome & Time fame) hooks up with Missing to fuse together their 90’s roots into a fresh jungle soundclash. Missing was an artist that use to record on Krome’s Tearin Vinyl label back in the mid-90s and both of them hail from London’s Hackney borough, an area infamous for jungle pirate radio. These guys breathe those original vibes. After the duo signed a tune to Hospital this year, they wanted to make another jam for Sub System to reflect their youth. The flip side - ‘X Amount Of Dubs’ - Missing helps cement the Sub System Sound; Bouncy ragga riddims, sound tape MC liks and heavy, melodic bassline’s set over unmistakably jungle breakbeats. Two heavy slabs of riddim!
a1. Missing & Mr Time - Tings a Run
b1. Missing - X Amount A Dubs
Release Date: 26th June 2020
‘Dubplate Murderer’ first started circulating as a dubplate rinser, but was quickly picked up by big names in the scene including Danny Byrd, who made it his Byrd’s Banger of the Month on his BBC Radio 1 Show. This followed with support from big names including Sherelle, Sully, Fracture, Friction, My Nu Leng and Om Unit. On the flip is jungle remix man of the moment Fixate, who’s jungle refix of Double 99 ‘RIP Groove’ famously ripped up Sherelle’s Boiler Room set and was one of the biggest remixes and most watched music videos of 2019. This one has been super exclusive for the last 6 months - with only Sherelle, Om Unit and Fracture being blessed, until now… Released on 10” vinyl.
a1. Missing - Dubplate Murderer
b1. Missing - Dubplate Murderer (Fixate Remix)
Release Date: 18th December 2020
"Demagrafiks; A new name for the scene but the people behind it are far from new, they both had an important role in the foundation of the jungle sound and the 2020 lockdown finally brought them together for the first time. Up steps M-Beat alongside Missing! Sam explains how this collaboration came about.
“Although we were both producing in the 90’s I had never met M-Beat before but of course it goes without saying that he was a huge inspiration for me back in the day! I was initially introduced to him last year by a mutual acquaintance, Steve, who used to work at Renk Records in the 90s golden era. Myself and M-Beat met up for lunch and it soon became apparent that we had similar perspectives on music past and present. ‘Soundman Riddim’ is our first collaboration, a contemporary jungle flavoured dnb roller but with nods to our roots.. hooky ragga lyrics, original 90s sample disc pad samples, chopped up breaks and even a cheeky chipmunk vocal - 93 motifs inna 2020 style! It’s great to have had the opportunity to work with a true jungle legend even though lock down meant it was all over Zoom and Whatsapp! Demagrafiks is a name for this project and won’t necessarily be used again so this is a super rare and sure to be collectors item for any M-Beat fan! We have also been working on some other projects together which we will be announcing in the future. For the flipside of our collab we wanted to showcase another rising star and somebody who is strongly influenced by the 90s rave sound. Step in Yazzus on remix duties! Part of the 6 Figure Gang who have been making huge waves in the scene, this was a very exciting remix and another opportunity to represent the 160 sound championed by Sherelle, another 6 Figure Gang member and others who are mashing up various styles of rave, jungle, footwork, juke and techno. Yazzus has taken the jungle roller original and twisted it into a hardcore rave monster with deep, bouncing kicks, jungle subs, gritty breaks and killer rave stabs. This is one of the old hardcore heads and new alike whether you were raving in ‘93 or drawing inspiration from it in the 2020’s Sam concludes."
a1. Demagrafiks - Soundman Riddim
b1. Demagrafiks - Soundman Riddim (Yazzus'Cute Face Remix)
Release Date: 18th December 2020
“Next we come on to Jimmy... if you go back to early 90’s there were a bunch of ‘name tracks’ in jungle; Johnny Jungle, Scottie and of course Ricky! R-I-C-K-Y!!!” Missing had been keen to bring back the names! I mean, who can forget their favourite ‘name’ track? Any time you hear that name said or shouted down the street you automatically started reciting that tune in your head. But the list of names was short, another one was needed, homage had to be paid, and a fresh name added to the exclusive collective. ‘Jimmy’ was born. Sam drops science “I often think that in the original jungle era we weren’t scared to drop in a leftfield sample, those quirky, whimsical touches often blew up and inspired others. We took from all genres of music, video games and definitely film and TV samples. Tracks had personality, even as far as having names! I wanted to bring that vibe back and also update the dark side vibe of ‘93. I had been searching for another name track inspiration but nothing had caught me. Then a few weeks into lockdown I found the perfect vocal snippet and ‘Jimmy’ was born. I gave a copy to Bailey who dropped it on his live sets including the Ram House Party and Mixcloud sets. He pulled up a rewind and gave a little reminder to the listeners about Johnny, Scottie and Ricky which was a great accolade. I was well happy. Anyway, the inspiration for the track was from the 90’s era but the track had crisp modern beats so it definitely made sense to have it reimagined into a traditional jungle style banger. Enter Lavery... Tom Lavery is too young to have experienced the darkside era first time around but he is definitely one of the top producers in the scene championing the 90’s jungle and hardcore sound. He was already on my radar for a remix on Sub System and I really wanted him to remix this tune and thankfully he agreed. I have to say he certainly came correct on this one, channelling the Soul Pride break used in Scottie adding sliced up Amen vibes into a fresh darkside smasher. Brutal and it's 1993 all over!”
a1. Missing - Jimmy (Lavery's 93 Remix)
b1. Missing - Jimmy
Release Date: 18th December 2020
“‘Jack it Operator’ comes with the incredible Fracture remix. This all came about because I went to Jungle Jam at The Cause in Tottenham just before Christmas last year. John Foul Play was spinning and dropped my recent release on Sub System; “X Amount of Dubs”. I was also lucky enough to have my old Kemet classic ‘The Box Reopens’ given a rinse by Uncle Dugs, so I was buzzing. Not only that but Kenny Ken played an amazing set with a slew of jungle rollers followed by an epic back to back between Fracture and Sherelle. I left the night inspired and over next few days quickly sketched out a track which captured the vibes of the night. The result being ‘Jack it Operator’; a stripped back steppa with a hooky reggae vocal sample and King Tubby style bouncy bassline. The track turned out to be a more modern vibe than old skool jungle. So I really felt that it needed a remix which was more on the 160 tip with nods to the foundation era, a bit like what Fixate previously did for us on Sub System. But who to ask???”
“After his awesome set at Jungle Jam, I felt that Fracture was an obvious person to approach. We had spoken previously about possible remixes but we hadn’t met in person. Coincidentally, he also lives in Hackney and we had a few mutual friends through our kids but our paths hadn’t crossed. Fate then played a big part in things as one of my kids had a birthday party to go to a few weeks after Jungle Jam and who do I bump into there but Charlie Fracture! We now have a chance to meet in person for a ‘fractured’ conversation as we deal with madness and constant interruptions that a kid’s birthday party throws at you! We never got the chance to chat properly but a few weeks later we hit lockdown and time is on both our hands, so we pick up the conversations via email and I ask him if he would be up for a remix of a new tune I had made called ‘Jack It Operator’. He jumps on it and quickly hands in a killer 160 mix which is not just an incredible remix but to me channels the vibes of 1993 and takes me back to that time of crossover between jungle and hardcore with tunes like The House Crew’s ‘Euphoria’. .the lush jungle pads, chopped up breaks and even a big piano drop and 4/4 section.. ‘93 all over. He totally smashed the remix and lit the first ’93 candle that Brent and I hadn’t yet realised was a theme! It was dropped by London Elek as a dub on the Hospital Podcast and even got a rewind, which is rare for a podcast! Things looked positive”.
a1. Missing - Jack It Operator (Fracture's 'Jacket Operator' Remix)
b1. Missing - Jack It Operator
Release Date: 29th April 2022
Missing returns on his Sub System Recordings label with some 80’s inspired vibes. Keeping the presentation on the 80’s tip we have opted to press this on a fluorescent pink 10”.
Fugitive is Dave Wallace from Aquasky, dusting off his old alias that he used to record under on Underdog Recordings back in 1994. Digging deep for some 80s licks, while rolling out the beats! Watch that drop! On the flipside M-Beat returns to the label for a proper remix on that 94 tip.
a1. Fugitive - Pressure (Original Mix)
b1. Fugitive - Pressure (M Beat Remix)
Release Date: 1st April 2022
Missing returns on his Sub System Recordings label with some 80's inspired vibes. For this outing he has teamed up with Skeleton Army (John from Foul Play) and the pair have gone in proper! To take things down the heavier jungle route, Tim Reaper was called in to strip it down and build it back up in the way only he knows how.
a1. Missing & Skeleton Army - Raised In The 80’s
b1. Missing & Skeleton Army - Raised In The 80’s (Tim Reaper Remix)