What initially started as a series of Sunday morning after-parties at various venues including The Gass Club, Elephant & Castle, and The Arches, the ‘Sunday Scene’ kickstarted and pioneered one of London’s most culturally important music scenes. Although to begin with the DJ’s were spinning (almost exclusively) US house tracks and dubs by the likes of Masters at Work & MK, they played these records at a much faster tempo, creating the essential energy and flow needed to re-invigorate ravers who’d (mostly) been across the road at the Ministry of Sound all night. In total, there are over 250 sounds comprising vibe-heavy organs, resampled rompler keys, weighty sub-basses, crunchy analogue kicks, and busy hi-hat grooves, all with just the right amount of 12-bit dirt. Don’t expect clean and pristine audio – grit, hiss, and noise is the order of the day when recreating the analogue workflows of the mid-90s, and comes courtesy of various in-house hardware which includes an Akai S3000, Roland SP-404A and our trusty MPC.
In future collections to complement this one, we’ll be exploring the more musical, gospel-influenced US house and Jersey sounds as well as the seminal sounds of prominent labels like Nice N Ripe, but this edition focuses on the ruffer cut-up riddims and bumpy basslines that gave this era it’s distinct ‘London attitude’ and unmistakable UK vibe.