Unmixed Jungle & Drum and Bass CDs


Do you fancy starting a digital collection of classic tracks for a fraction of the vinyl equivalent? Way back in time you could easily pick up DJ friendly compilation CDs for under £10, some of which even came with a separate DJ mix.


Most of the albums also came on vinyl and at the time, were just, if not more popular. Granted a few bogus 12" multi trackers featured far too many tunes per side resulting in awful sound quality, however, choose wisely and you were pretty much always in for a treat.


Fast forward 20 plus years and we can now enjoy unmixed CDs for a fraction of the vinyl equivalents price tag. Sure, if you're still mixing vinyl like many of us this article is somewhat redundant, however, any digital DJs can rejoice at being able to snap up a bargain.


Here's a breakdown of some of the best that you really need in your collection.


The Joint LP - Suburban Base Records (1993)

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1993 was certainly a key year for both hardcore and jungle and this excellent CD from Sub Base represents the vibe perfectly. If you're new to the genre, this is an excellent example of how early jungle music was being produced. A ton of ideas all crammed into a short space of time with little to no replication. Huge! Check 'Lords Of The Null Lines' for a real treat.

  • Foul Play - Open Your Mind

  • Boogie Times Tribe Feat. Q Bass - Real Hardcore

  • Hyper On Experience - Lords Of The Null Lines

  • DJ Hype - The Chopper (Johnny Jungle Remix)

  • 2 Bad Mice - Underworld

  • Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Breaks The Unbreakable

  • Omni Trio - Mystic Stepper (Feel Better)

  • D'Cruze - Want You Now (DJ SS & EQ Remix)

  • Mixrace - Mixrace Outta Hand

  • DJ Krome & Mr Time - The Slammer

  • Blame - A21

  • Austin - Unity In Dub

  • Rob Playford, Dan Donnelly, Sean O'Keeffe, Dave Noddings - The Joint

Hardcore Leaders 3 (III) - Kickin Records (1993)

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The diversity between the above from Suburban Base and 'Hardcore Leaders 3' is so impressive, it's almost as if the two came out in totally different time periods. A lot of early jungle beats on this one and certainly worth picking up to add some variety to your sets.

  • Tango & Ratty - Final Conflict

  • DJ Hype - Weird Energy (Hells Bells Mix)

  • Acen - Window In The Sky (Kingdom Of Light)

  • Tango - Timebomb

  • Bay-B-Kane - Hello Darkness (Remix)

  • Rhythm For Reasons - Music In Search Of Light

  • Andy C - Something New (Part 2)

  • DJ Distroi & Boykz - Darkside

  • DJ Solo - Darkage

  • Q-Bass - Funky Hardcore (DJ Hype Remix)

  • Omni Trio - Mainline (Techno Mix)

  • Bay-B-Kane - Bagpipes In Effect

  • Untouchables - Don't Be Afraid (Roachman Mix)

  • Jungle Pirate - Drug Me

  • Tango And Ratty - Tales From The Darkside

Jungle Mania 94 - Telstar (1994)

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The first in a three part trilogy and by far the best introduction to the genre at the time of release. Jam packed with wall to wall smashers including the legendary 'Scotty III' by Sub Nation and 'Gangsta II' by Shy FX & Gunsmoke. It's worth noting that these releases were fronted by the jungle events promoter under the same name. Avoid the LP though as the sound quality is awful!

  • UK Apachi & Shy FX - Original Nuttah

  • Leviticus - The Burial

  • DMS & The Boneman X - Sweet Vibrations

  • M-Beat - Style

  • Aswad - Warriors (Jungle Remix)

  • Barrington Levy & Beenie Man - Under Me Sensi -Jungle Spliff (X Project Mix)

  • Deep Blue - Helicopter

  • Subnation - Scotty III

  • DJ Taktix - The Way (Shadow VIP Mix)

  • Firefox & 4-Tree - Warning (Powder Mix)

  • Bounty Killer & Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me - No No No (Reel2Reel Junglist Mix)

  • Ratpack - Tra La La Boom (Jungle Edit)

  • Tom And Jerry - Maximum Style

  • Krome & Time - The Licence

  • Nicky Blackmarket - Geese Tune

  • Shy FX & Gunsmoke - Gangsta II

Drum & Bass Selection 4 - Breakdown Records (1995)

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Fire from all cylinders here with a track listing so hot, it will melt your CD player into the carpet. Maximum jungle, no fillers (unless you're maybe counting 'Top Gun') and a certified must have in your collection.

  • Remarc - R.I.P.

  • Droppin Science - Step Off

  • Undercover Agent - Oh Gosh

  • Rude Bwoy Monty - Out In The Streets

  • Northern Connexion - The Bounce

  • Roni Size - All Crew Just Big Up (VIP Remix)

  • Dream Team - Stamina

  • Dillinja - Baby Your

  • Asend & Ultravibe - Real Love

  • Ganja Kru - Going Out For The Loot

  • Babylon 5 - Set It Up DJ (VIP Remix)

  • Shy FX - Simple Tings

  • The Original Vibes & Hellrazor - Future Beats II (Grill Up)

  • Marvellous Cain - Dub Plate Style

  • Hardware - Yout Man

  • T-Bone & Dextrous - Top Gun

  • Hopa & Bones Feat. Fats - Tings Could Be Better

  • Sponge - The Crash

  • Tom & Jerry - Maxi(mun) Style (Nasty Jungle Remix)

  • Bizzy B & TDK - Wicked Man

Highly Recommended L.P - Formation Records (1995)

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Previously covered on Dubplate Created in 2019 here, this brilliant double CD contains every Formation Records hit you could possibly want in 1995. Featuring the excellent 'Lighter' remix (yes, another one!) and Tekniq's underrated 'The Bass', it sold incredibly well for SS and was a true representation of the labels golden era.

  • The High Intro

  • DJ SS - Highly Recommended

  • International Rude Boyz - Paragone (Tango VIP Mix)

  • Sound Of The Future - The Lighter (Mental Power & DJ SS VIP Mix)

  • Mental Power - Deep Soul

  • MA2 - Hearing Is Believing (LP Mix)

  • Drum + Bass - Low Down & Funky (ST Files Remix)

  • Grooverider - Jon Two

  • Tekniq - The Bass

  • Black - Black (VIP Mix)

  • Jumping Jack Frost - Pornography (DJ Krust Remix)

  • DJ SS - Rollidge (LP Mix)

  • In Between The Lines - 95 Rampage (Roni Size VIP Mix)

  • Matrix - The Message

  • Rhythm For Reasons - The New Style

  • MC Power - I Want You

CD 2 features some great DJ mixes which are below.


DJ SS

DJ Ratty

Best of Jungle Volume Two (1994)

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One of 4 from the budget 'Best of Jungle' series by Low Price Music. If you can, pick them all up as every one of these compilations has multiple smashers. The 'Best of Jungle 95' series is also work checking out.

  • The House Crew - Super Hero (My Knight)

  • DJ Gunshot - Wheel Up

  • DJ Rap - Tibetan Jungle

  • The Rood Project - Thunder

  • Area 39 - Flute FX

  • Flytronix - Shadowlandz

  • The House Crew - Untitled

  • DJ Kane - Lost

  • Bay B Kane - Good Good Sensi

  • Money & Dubtronics - Jungle Jazz

Swoosh - Believe The Hype - Back 2 Basics (1997)

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The Back to Basics collaboration was in full force way back in 1997 and this 10 tracker provides a ton of evidence as to why Swoosh were both criminally overlooked.

  1. Swoosh - Kick It To 'Em

  2. Swoosh - Bounce It Like This

  3. Swoosh feat. DJ Ascend - The Wrath

  4. Swoosh - Sunshine

  5. Swoosh - I Think It's Time

  6. Swoosh - Make 'Em Clap To This

  7. Swoosh - Ya Rockin' (VIP Mix)

  8. Swoosh - It's On

  9. Swoosh - My Definition

  10. Swoosh - Disaster

The CD also came with a wicked mix, well worth a listen.

Check the Top 5 Swoosh article out if you liked this mix.

Pure Rollers - Breakdown Records (1996)

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One of the only places you are going to be able to pick up Paul's Z's 'Yeah' digitally plus a ton of hard step that was popular at the time. Quite a mixed bag this one so if you're after packing out your collection with some undercover hits, this is the one to go for. Top tip - check the '16 Track Ting' remix..

  1. The X - New Dawn (ST Files Remix)

  2. The Dream Team - Raw Dogs

  3. Benny Blanco - Remember Me? (From The Bronx)

  4. De Elite - Check Dis

  5. Serious Intent - Easy Dread

  6. L Double & Shy FX - The Shit

  7. Dynamic Duo - Rolling Number (VIP Mix)

  8. Bonafide - Super Bad

  9. Dred Bass - World Of Music (Apollo 13 Remix)

  10. Bizzy B - 16 Track Ting (Remix)

  11. Swift - On The Beat

  12. The Darkman - Let's Roll

  13. Joker - Tonics Jazz Lick

  14. P-Funk - P-Funk Era

  15. Paul Z - Yea

  16. Dynamic Duo - The Ride (Rollers Mix)

  17. Andy C - Roll On

  18. Joint Venture - Take Away

  19. Marvellous Cain - Roll That Shit

  20. Swift - Just Roll (VIP Mix)

An added bonus this Andy C mix is perfect for reminiscing about the good old times, murky basements and the smell of burning crack in the air.

Fancy something a little further back in time? Check the Desert Storm article.

Explicit Bass - Back 2 Basics (1996)

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Another release from the Back 2 Basics hit machine including a great DJ mix by the legendary Micky Finn. Check out 'Real Love' by Asend & Ultravibe and Chimeira's 'Deeper Life'. Big shout to Tobie Scopes!


The Micky Finn DJ mix features the following tracks:

  1. DJ Taktix - The Way (Exclusive Mix)

  2. DJ Spice - Beats Back

  3. Dred Bass - World Of Music (Exclusive Mix)

  4. The JB - Go Back, Way Back

  5. Asend & Ultravibe - Real Love (V.I.P. Mix)

  6. Back 2 Basics - Horns 4 94

  7. Decoder - Power Steppers

  8. The JB - Back 2 Life (Exclusive Mix)

  9. Asend & Ultravibe - What Kind Of World (Dream Team Remix)

  10. Benny Blanco - Remember Me

  11. Chimeira - Deeper Life

  12. Dred Bass - Smokin Cans

  13. Apollo 13 - Space Dust

VIP Volume 1 - VIP Champagne Bash (1995)

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Covered back in 2019 here, this double CD features 14 jungle slammers and an epic DJ mix by Ron alongside MCs Moose, 5ive O, Navigator, Det and The Ragga Twins. A superb snapshot of underground jungle at the time with plenty of exclusive tracks including a great VIP of 'Crackman'. An essential purchase.

  1. DJ Ron - African Chant (VIP Remix)

  2. Marvellous Cain - Hit Man (DJ Hype Remix)

  3. London's Most Wanted - Girls Dem Want It (VIP Mix)

  4. The Man With No Name - VIP

  5. Roni Size - All The Crew

  6. Kenny Ken - Every Man (VIP Mix)

  7. DJ Ron - New School Beats

  8. Bizzy B - 16 Track Ting

  9. Roni Size - Phizical

  10. Randall - Melody Madness (VIP Mix)

  11. DJ Ron - Crackman (VIP Remix)

  12. Trinity - Gangsta

  13. Rock & Original Vibes - Butter Pan Sound

  14. DJ Nut Nut - Special Dedication

Part 2 of this article coming soon..

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