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- Diversions 1994-1996 by Lee Gamble
8/10 Ant Staff review, 09 November 2012
The first time I heard Lee Gamble twisting old Jungle sounds into new and unexpected shapes was when I tuned into Resonance FM to listen to a Dalglish mix and someone had cocked up and played the wrong file. It was a happy accident I guess as I really enjoyed what I'd heard and so when I found out that a vinyl record was due on Pan I was pretty excited. People have been going nuts over this release on Twitter, it seems the man is like The Caretaker of Jungle now!
What's interesting is that this aint just some jungle mega mix all mashed up with software, rather Gamble distils the ghosts of Jungle, the shivery breakdowns, the melancholic moments as opposed to the amen / beat euphoria. I can't imagine he'll have any copyright infringement cases pending as things are processed mostly beyond recognition. Moments such as 'Helicopter' are like weird distorted flashbacks to a time when the music felt exciting, and fresh. One of the most exciting musical movements ever in my opinion. We only get a glimpse of a baseline looped on DTI and right towards the end of a record we get some lo-fi beats, obviously the fidelity reflecting the cassette source material.
The set ends with Rufige which loops an MC phrase over filtered mentasm / hoovers and is an endearing wink to the oldskool, the title referencing Goldie and the Metalheadz crew's classic 'Terminator'. I guess the record does sort of work as a document / memory of the sound in a way but for me it doesn't evoke what was so amazing about jungle but then it's not my memory, I didn't make the record. Gamble has managed to rinse and filter out the elements of jungle that made it so revolutionary, into a blurred haze of MDMA damaged braincells - Whether that's the intention or not who knows?
Comes on white vinyl in PVC screen printed sleeve.
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