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stringz replied to the topic 'Great tunes that weren't on any tapes' in the forum. 4 hours 11 minutes ago

Very true about Acen. Especially so with Windows in the Sky. Probably because it just didn't fit anywhere when it came out in 93. I love that tune though, i think it's genius

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DJ Chance replied to the topic '2017 comp' in the forum. 6 hours 47 minutes ago

May have a bash, not made anything for ages!

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Ian Saunders replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. 7 hours 44 minutes ago

Do you think the DTI was as harsh on stations in places like Hitchin as they were with the ones in London?

On one level, it's got to be easier to find and to identify the DJs etc, but on the other hand it might not be such a priority and they might not have the resources.

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renegadegenius replied to the topic '2017 comp' in the forum. 8 hours 37 minutes ago

I need to get a nice batch of samples together - just been busy with other stuff so not really done any "tune" side of things for ages.

When I get a chance, I'll get some samples together :)

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Restless1 replied to the topic 'How immersed in the scene was your city/county?' in the forum. 10 hours 32 minutes ago

It's crazy how many legit world class/very very talented DJ's are from Southampton.

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stringz replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. 12 hours 9 minutes ago

oh yes can't forget Pulse, this was one of the most consistent in terms of signal and it was just a really great station, and sounded much more professional not having MCs and it may just have been this but the music on there seemed more grown up.

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nekro replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. 16 hours 30 minutes ago

In SW London we were spoilt for choice, my preferred stations were Don, Dream and Energy FM (in the early days Pulse).

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dj jedi replied to the topic 'How immersed in the scene was your city/county?' in the forum. 17 hours 5 minutes ago

Good question! I was quite lucky being down South. In my hometown of Bournemouth there was a very healthy scene. Obviously there was Fantazia Summertime in 1992, but it had a wealth of small local brands and clubs including Madisons, Remix, Wild Turkey, Interdance. and also Dreamscape had their head office in Bournemouth town centre til about 1999. There weren't any A-list local DJs, producers or MCs, but lots of well known local ones like Aquasky, Dream, Dance, MC Shadow, Martyn The Hat, X-cess. The main local record labels were Stormtrooper, Burning Bush and Underdog which were all run by the same guy.

Then just down the road was Southampton which was like my second home as I had lots of mates there. Pretty much all the big happy hardcore DJs were from the area - Hixxy, Ramos & Supreme, Sunset Regime, UFO, Stu J, Brisk, MC Marley etc.

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Ric replied to the topic 'Great tunes that weren't on any tapes' in the forum. 20 hours 6 minutes ago

Never really heard Acen tracks played much. Heard Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion) once at Raindance...that was the lot.
The long beat-less intros perhaps deterring DJs from mixing them.

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Hughesee replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. yesterday

I grew up round Watford/Hertfordshire ways. Green Apple was the very 1st one I picked up also Pulse FM, Energy FM, I could pick up Rush, Flex FM, Zone FM, Kool FM... later years Dream FM ... there was loads of ones popping up randomly .. Pirate Radio was amazing as I was listening before actually going to raves and the buzz of just hearing the tunes was amazing !

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GL0WKiD replied to the topic 'The Wrong Side - 2 Bad Mice Remix' in the forum. yesterday

Pretty good work again followed fair enough "Gone Too Soon EP"!!
Love these Nuskool Jungle breaks, warehouse influencial tone :)

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DJ Chance replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. yesterday

Living around 30 miles from London I used to be able to pick up lots of the London pirates (not always crystal clear but you soon got used to the crackles!) Pulse was always fairly decent to pick up (they were North London based as far as I remember which helped)

Locally in Stevenage we had Impact FM and also Perception FM in Hitchin.

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Restless1 replied to the topic 'How immersed in the scene was your city/county?' in the forum. yesterday

Oh, and the ones still going strong are...

All of the MC's
SS & Formation are still around
Pandemonium do the odd reunion here and there (same for Flashback)
Glenn Aston is still around
The Institute is now the HMV Forum
Jim Ryan is still around
Depot is shut down

There isn't much of a "Rave scene" (I'm talking oldskool, d&b, hardcore etc) around here nowadays. Shame...

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Restless1 created a new topic ' How immersed in the scene was your city/county?' in the forum. yesterday

Did you have any legendary/nationally recognised brands/nights in your city/county?

How about DJ's & MC's? Any big named DJ's & MC's from your way who were big on the scene? Again, who were they?

What about record shops & ticket outlets? Venues?

And are any of these people and places still going strong?

Birmingham was a mecca, and IMHO, the midlands was so overlooked when it came to longevity. I mean, the sheer volume of big brands we had over our way was flat-out ridiculous! Not to mention everything else.

Birmingham...

We never had much in the way of DJ's, but the midlands had tons of talent.

Ratty
GE Real
SS
Jim"Shaft" Ryan (although he played literally EVERY chill-out/room 2 at every rave going, he was still very instrumental in the scene)
Fallout
Pilgrim
Daz Willott
Nebula 2
Donovan "Bad Boy" Smith
Mongoose
Luke/Neil Trix
Ned Ryder
Mistress Mo
Glenn Aston

Mc's: Lenni, Bassman, Magika

Venues (this is where the midlands really excelled, imho):

The Eclipse/The Edge (voted the best venue in the country)
The Hummingbird (absolutely legendary)
The Q Club (say no more!)
The Institute (see above)
The Aston Villa Leisure Centre (such an underused place!)
Shelley's

Brands (again, a silly list):

Quest
Starlight
Pandemonium
Amnesia House
Fibre Optic
Club Kinetic
Flashback
Bang-In-Tunes

Formation Records was a Midlands-based label. SS, out of Leicester, ran it.

The Depot was THE best ticket outlet in the UK. An untouchable shop for tape-packs and flyers as well.

We're still not on London's level (if you go from '87-'00, possibly '03, that city was untouchable for that whole timeline, although the Midlands, I have on VERY good authority, was still fucking AWESOME).

So there you have it, the Midlands, a place that was VERY immersed in the scene.

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Richruffcut replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. 2 days ago

None we did not have pirate radio out in the sticks. I had to learn it all from Tapes, Magazines, Freinds and record shopping.

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oldskoolforever created a new topic ' Great tunes that weren't on any tapes' in the forum. 2 days ago

There are some great tunes from BITD that i never heard on any tapes, here's a couple i thought of :

Jack Smooth & Spencer T - Tell me something / Happy nonsense (Sound Entity)
Criminal Set - Dreamscape EP (One Nation)


Obviously, i haven't listened to every tape ever released so they might have cropped up somewhere, but not at the big parties like Fantazia, Dreamscape, Universe AFAIK.

What other ones can you think of ?

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Ric replied to the topic 'The Wrong Side - 2 Bad Mice Remix' in the forum. 2 days ago

Like it mate. 135 BPM is where I prefer tracks, too.
Look forward to hearing what Kaotic Chemistry have coming.

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lemsip replied to the topic 'DJ Coolbreeze' in the forum. 2 days ago

Didn't he get John Peel to mention U.K. Shed on the radio?

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lemsip replied to the topic 'Your local Pirate bitd' in the forum. 2 days ago

Fantasy FM in Sheffield. Hardcore FM also, but less reliable.

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