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07 Jul 2011 15:51 #76 by Traffic Cone
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07 Jul 2011 16:41 #77 by Beatgraphter_v_1.0
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Did you have the pg 800 controller for the jx8p Ron ? I am eyeing up some software clone or I'm gonna try and map it to my remote sl somehow <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

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07 Jul 2011 20:32 #78 by dj ml
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Some of my favourite Jack Smooth/Ron Wells tunes would have to be the mellower jazz influenced early dnb tunes, such as the following,
http://www.discogs.com/Mystic-Moods-A-E ... ster/30639
http://www.discogs.com/Mystic-Moods-Sha ... ter/252212
http://www.discogs.com/A-Touch-Of-Jazz- ... ter/245678 - serious edits on the drums
http://www.discogs.com/Mutants-Power-To ... ase/138862
http://www.discogs.com/Earl-Grey-Earls- ... ster/60775

http://www.discogs.com/Earl-Grey-Purvey ... ter/131348 -
My souls on ice - OMG Classic!

(I must have been influenced by the eternity cd!)


At the time when they were originally released I was totally unaware of theses tunes but bought them all probably 5-6 years ago, when I discovered them and my tastes had matured a bit, I have to say these are some of the most underrated and underplayed dnb tunes you will hear.
I love the old jazz influenced dnb which sadly no one really makes anymore and I think that JS was in middle of it all, along with Icons, Alex Reece
These tunes are for me some of the very best jazz influenced dnb tunes that were made, these tunes were deep tunes maybe were a bit ahead of their time.

Would be interesting to know a bit more about mystic moods label and precious materials label, how did these come about, these are seriously underrated labels.
how did you go from the basement sound to the jazzy/mellow mystic moods sound?
Was it the influence of your co-producers or was this your evolved sound?

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07 Jul 2011 20:40 #79 by dj ml
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RonWellsJS wrote:

pineappletribe wrote: Ron - are u anything to do with (production-wise) the Malice/Enzyme stuff on Nu Basement?

Did you do any work with DJ Mayhem -> love his early releases on Basement.


I don't remember either Malice or Enzyme so probably not (worked with too many people, I forget)

Now, in terms of Mayhem, he was one of the cleverer artists on Basement. I worked extensivley on those classic early releases with him (once again Roland JX8-P played a big part) - good tunes and he's a great guy.


Mayhem is also known as Soul Purpose in the house world...
http://www.soulpurposerecords.com/#/BIOGRAPHY

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07 Jul 2011 22:41 #80 by STG
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dj ml wrote: Some of my favourite Jack Smooth/Ron Wells tunes would have to be the mellower jazz influenced early dnb tunes, such as the following


Agreed! Great selection there, those Mystic Moods/Earl Grey tunes are great! Another one I absolutely love:

http://www.discogs.com/Brothers-With-So ... ase/655772

Always wondered why this never went past test press on Precious Materials...

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08 Jul 2011 06:25 #81 by Vinyl Conflict
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Love that [i:1k8tjebh]Brothers with Soul [/i:1k8tjebh]tune !

Would love to know what working with Bukem was like in the studio?

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08 Jul 2011 12:00 #82 by warpedcore
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phil wrote: so the big question is.............

What do you have on your dats from 1991-1993 that was never released?

(hope you dont mind me asking)


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09 Jul 2011 21:56 #83 by alphawave ep AKA DJ Mark C
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Vinyl Conflict wrote:

pineappletribe wrote: What is the 'eternity mix' u are referring to?


There's one for sale on Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Jack-Smooth-Life ... ase/407987

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heres a picture..as i remember it had quotes from djs at the time on dreamscape in the magazine,dj dougal etc&lt;!-- ia0 --&gt;$(KGrHqR,!l4E3HBVS809BOEI0M245!~~0_12.jpg&lt;!-- ia0 --&gt;

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12 Jul 2011 14:51 #84 by RonWellsJS
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Beatgraphter_v_1.0 wrote: Did you have the pg 800 controller for the jx8p Ron ? I am eyeing up some software clone or I'm gonna try and map it to my remote sl somehow <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->



Yeh, had the PG800 and was a help, but the JX is still pretty easy to edit from the panel though.

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12 Jul 2011 15:01 #85 by RonWellsJS
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dj ml wrote: Would be interesting to know a bit more about mystic moods label and precious materials label, how did these come about, these are seriously underrated labels.
how did you go from the basement sound to the jazzy/mellow mystic moods sound?
Was it the influence of your co-producers or was this your evolved sound?


This sound was a result of the Jazz fusion collection I was building at the time, it made so much sense for me to go in this direction. This was my favorite and best sound. I'm often credited as the 'father of Jungle Techno', but I beleive I played a even bigger part in driving the sadly short-lived, genuine jazz drum & bass scene (by this I mean playing original compositions with instruments over breaks - not knitting together samples from a few classics). It was short-lived becuase those who couldn't play or create their own music quickly saw thay would be out of a job if this scene took over, hence they went into Amen Bother at 165 BPM and a few 'noises' - about 1000 pecies of shit like this were coming out every month - that's when I got out.

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13 Jul 2011 04:26 #86 by Ornette
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Wow. This thread delivers

RonWellsJS wrote:

phil wrote: Good question - also do you still have the dats


Yes, I've got the DATs for a whole heap of tunes.


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13 Jul 2011 21:39 #87 by dj ml
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RonWellsJS wrote:
This sound was a result of the Jazz fusion collection I was building at the time, it made so much sense for me to go in this direction. This was my favorite and best sound. I'm often credited as the 'father of Jungle Techno', but I beleive I played a even bigger part in driving the sadly short-lived, genuine jazz drum & bass scene (by this I mean playing original compositions with instruments over breaks - not knitting together samples from a few classics). It was short-lived becuase those who couldn't play or create their own music quickly saw thay would be out of a job if this scene took over, hence they went into Amen Bother at 165 BPM and a few 'noises' - about 1000 pecies of shit like this were coming out every month - that's when I got out.


Thanks for the reply, that is a great insight into it.
The jazz drum n bass seen was relatively short lived, most producers sampled old jazz records, I dont remember too many producers who played their own instruments, except maybe 4 hero.
Did you use live instruments on the purveyors of the new groove album?

What did you make of 4 hero's two pages album on talkin loud, for me that is stone wall classic album, combining the best of live instrumentation and drum & bass beats, with great vocals too, almost the perfect album and they played at the montreaux jazz festival too!!
It would have been fantastic to have had a Ron Wells similar type project to that???


re the amen break, yes that was very dominant back in the mid 90's and the majority of the tracks used it, I love the amen break, but some producers must have felt that they had to use the break if everyone else was.

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15 Jul 2011 16:00 #88 by dj_yt
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Any chance of getting the DATs digitized and up for sale? Would happily purchase as much as possible and I'm sure a lot of others here feel the same way.

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16 Jul 2011 17:18 #89 by jamie
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What a great thread! My favourite producer of all time.

Nice to see you on here Ron. Safe to say, if I saw Jack Smooth or the R. Wells name on a track, you just new it was going to be a belter. I've been collecting Jack Smooth stuff for years - I've been looking for the &quot;On a Quest for Intelligence&quot; LP for years but just have never found a copy. Anyone who has got one, would never sell it as it's a musical masterpiece. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

I believe the Jack Smooth sound still stands the test of time today - the synths, pads, breakbeats - it all just worked. I have recently been collecting any Earl Grey, Mystic Moods and Precious Materials stuff. Fast Floor and Basement bits were just epic. I've actually just bought the Earl Grey &quot;Purveyors of the new groove&quot; albumn - Please let us know if you have any DATS of stuff, I'm sure others would be interested, no matter what the price!

But...there is one Jack Smooth-style track that I heard Ratty play a few times that I'm sure was never released. I'm just intrigued to know who created it as the stabs and strings are just epic. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it's one of the best old skool hardcore / jungle techno tracks I've ever heard. It sounds like you engineered it or at was at least a Sound Entity production . If anyone can tell me who has a DAT (maybe wishful thinking), I'd be interested to purchase a copy!

Here is a clip...

http://soundcloud.com/randomprocess/tun ... gle-techno

Looking forward to hearing the new stuff. But keep the jungle techno and jazzy drum n bass influences please. ;)

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17 Jul 2011 10:10 #90 by oldskoolforever
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Elusive9T2 wrote: My personal favourite is Don't Beg 4 Love, it still sounds bloody amazing today


Agree with this, incredible tune!

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