Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bay B Kane On CD

I fell madly in love with Bay B Kane about five minutes after jungle hit the U.S.  In 1993 I memorized every second of his Forwards In Reverse EP, and I slammed down $40 for Guardians Of Ruff in 1994, sound unheard.

Shortly thereafter I picked up two CD box sets, helpfully titled Best Of Jungle and Best Of Jungle '95.  I saw Bay B Kane's name here and there on the enclosed CDs, and was grateful to have a few digital copies of drum & bass history.

Little did I know. is a dangerous place.  You know all those bands you loved as a teenager and into your early 20s?  Now you can look up everything about them.  Who was in them, where they recorded, offshoots you've never heard of, and bonus tracks hidden away on obscure compilation CDs that you now must have.  I made the mistake of looking up Bay B Kane's name there last week, and I'm only just emerging now.

Most of his early work was vinyl-only.  I was able to rip a few gems loose from YouTube, but the audio is pretty awful.  What really got my attention was his list of pseudonyms.  Bay B Kane (Mel Jalal Tanur) is known as Code K, Double T, Icon, Intelligent Jungalist, Kid Thunder, Parallel, Rinca, as well as a few group efforts.  Imagine my surprise when I learned that I've had some of his early work on CD this whole time.

Bay B Kane On

Folder includes

* Bay B Kane - Jungle Warriors '95
* Code K - Barehedd One
* Darkenator - The Warning
* Intelligent Jungalist - Double Barrel
* Kane & The Paraquat - Addikshun
* Kid Thunder - Scorpions Theme
* Nu-Matic - Hard Times

[Edit: Found another one: In Perfection - Expression (Bay B Kane Remix).mp3]

That last one by Nu-Matic really got me, not because it was released in 1992, but because I've had it since 1992 and I never knew it was him.  No, it's not nearly as good as his peak years, but it's Bay B Kane in 1992.  Excuse me while I switch pants.

Anyway, it's a real treat to re-experience one of the most brilliant minds of the early drum & bass movement in crystal-clear CD audio.  Hope you find this collection as tasty as I do.

1 comment:

BAY B KANE said...

Hey bro!I am both amazed & humbled by what you wrote about my music...
Tho ive seen similar writings and am no stranger to the fact that there are literally thousands of fans of my music & indeed fans of jungle around the globe but it still amazes me when i read a piece which shows your passion for the music & just wanted to say thank you bruddah!
PS:ive a new LP released 25th April called "Brick Jungle" on Armageddon Beats label in case you werent aware...Blessings :))