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16 Oct 2017 19:17 - 17 Oct 2017 10:32 #1 by rob s.
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One of the builders putting in our kitchen extension heard me listening to an old Ratty set and said "Oh, I used to be in a drum and bass group in the 90s". Turns out he was in Essence of Aura ... think they are probably best known for their drum and bass releases (they were one of the first groups to push the ambient / progressive d&b sound in the early days of jungle) but they had some fairly big tunes out during 1992/93 (Destiny EP, Can I Dream). Carl Cox played Destiny at Dreamscape 6 I think?

They only recorded for a few years - chatting to him today it sounds like they had a fairly acrimonious breakup in 1996 - but they were pretty big around Coventry and the Midlands when jungle was starting to take off in 1994.

One of the others lads in the group went on to record as Carlito (with DJ Addiction) and released some decent liquid / jump up tunes around 2000.
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17 Oct 2017 08:55 #2 by DJ Chance
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Of course we remember :) We are trainspotters here!!

Destiny EP would probably be in my Top 10 EP's. Quality piece of wax :)

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17 Oct 2017 17:27 #3 by Ian Saunders
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Friends with Tim on Facebook, great guy. Shame EoA seemed to end with some acrimony.

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17 Oct 2017 21:34 #4 by si 2 bad mice
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I need contact details for them if possible.....It was me who signed em to Moving Shadow....

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18 Oct 2017 08:35 #5 by rob s.
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Si - I'll PM you some contact info.

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18 Oct 2017 17:17 #6 by Ian Saunders
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I've PMed Tim from EoA on Facebook. He's still in contact with James and Ian, though still a bit frosty from what I can gather.

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18 Oct 2017 19:36 #7 by Ian Saunders
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PM Si

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19 Oct 2017 13:54 #8 by Heikki Harmaa
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One of the originators to me personally. Many of their tunes stood out from the sets of Tango, Ratty, Fallout and the likes. A reunion would be nice. \:D/

This one's an all-time favourite of mine:

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30 Oct 2017 09:37 #9 by davejunglist
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Yeh, made some awesome tunes 92-94! Tim Grantham is a top fella, even gave me one of their EP's after I lost my copy. Delivered the 12", personally, too.

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04 Nov 2017 14:33 #10 by Heikki Harmaa
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Near perfection rhythms and atmosphere here, EOA really knew their business... Wonder if anyone of them is still active.

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