Lynch Kingsley’s Top Five Jungle Influences
Words by Matthew Scott
One of the reasons that all of us here at OHOD love drum and bass is that despite years of listening to it, collecting it, mixing it, dancing to it: it still has the ability to throw new producers at you once in a while who completely knock you sideways. Producers who, despite your hours of scouring Soundcloud and Discogs and YouTube and (on increasingly rare occasions) record shops for new music, you’ve completely and totally slept on in the same way my dog does my legs when she’s been for a run on the beach earlier in the day. Admittedly, it happens less often now because of the ease with which we can access music in the 21st century, but that only makes it more exciting when it does. Sitting there as an incredible new tune from a previously unknown producer sears your ears and reduces your face to something resembling a jacket potato that’s been left in the microwave too long: these are the moments that keep us endlessly searching for new DnB, whether in the digital world or the analogue one.
All of this is relevant, because a couple of weeks ago an EP popped into our inbox from a producer we hadn’t stumbled across before: Lynch Kingsley. Entitled the ‘Eden’ EP and released on the 4th of March on Inperspective Records, it required a good few listens before we digested it properly and started to appreciate just how good it is. Sounding a little bit like Digital and Skitty, a little bit like Om Unit, a little bit like early Dillinja – yet simultaneously completely independent of them, it’s a three track EP which combines all the best elements of the early jungle and techstep sound with the newer influences of footwork that are beginning to seep into our genre. There aren’t many who have been doing this successfully in recent years: Om Unit of course, as well as the likes of Fracture and more recently Sully, but Lynch Kingsley makes it look breathtakingly easy.
With this in mind, we asked Lynch if he could come up with five slices of early jungle that have inspired him in some way. We’ve always been fascinated at how producers can reel off lists of seemingly random hardcore and jungle tunes that set them on their own journeys to production, and considering the dexterity of the breaks across the ‘Eden’ EP it seemed like a good question to ask. So, after what we understand was a decent amount of angst in compressing a potentially endless list down to five, here’s what he came back to us with…
Lemon D – Manhattan Melody
What. A. Tune. I think this is one of the jungle tracks that still impresses me the most. The structure and the selection of the samples are very eclectic, but still perfectly effective on the dancefloor. Even the rowdiest sounds (like the reese on the second drop) are top notch class that only a master craftsman like Lemon D could provide.
Photek – The Rain
If someone would tell me that high tempo music is just rough and heavy stuff I’d reply with this one. Photek was one of the most experimental and forward thinking producers of his era, and this track shows perfectly the way he twisted those old school samples with his futuristic vision of drum and bass. One of the most beautiful drum and bass tracks.
Ed Rush and Nico – Guncheck
Love the unusual samples of this track (for that era) and the unusual way they’re used. Very close to 90s hip-hop, and still sounding fresh and original to this day. An essential UK take on US hip-hop, fusing the two genres to make something that is quite unique. Fracture just did something similar with his ‘Makin’ Hype Tracks’, bringing the hip-hop vibe to the steppy junglist breaks.
Harmony and Xtreme – Wicked and Bad
Some quality straightforward ragga jungle. Love how the vocals introduce such a rowdy amen choppage. The energy is so high you could make people scream their lungs out with it, total smashing craziness. It’s the energy that only jungle can provide, nothing else can.
Dillinja – Silver Blade
Nobody does bass better than Dillinja. However, his old school tracks are also impressive because of the drum breaks and his characteristic atmospheres. This one is no exception. The boymerang break is one of my favourite drum breaks ever, it sounds so nasty and weird and the intro is so epic and jaw-dropping. Wish he was still making music like this.
And there you have it. Five classics that if you haven’t heard before, you really need to. When you’re done that, check out Lynch Kingley’s ‘Eden’ EP below. It’s out now, and you can grab it by heading to the Inperspective Bandcamp here. Finally, don’t forget to give Lynch some adoration on Facebook and Soundcloud as well.