The First Wave of Drum & Bass in Finland


Record label
Straight Up Breakbeat
Catalog Number
Release Date
October 2nd 2020


A1Northside (1997)Samuel & Nasley
A2Cyclone (1998)Champagne
A3Stars Up Above (2002)Dharma
B1Memories (rework, 2004 original)Dice
B2Drum No Die (2003)Bluez & Bronco
C1It's The Way (2001)Muffler
C2Kongo Tune (2003)Esc & Mineral
D1Kongo Tune (2003)Resound
D2Two Drummers (2003)Fanu

NORTHSIDE documents the formative years of jungle / drum & bass scene in Finland. Complemented by extensive sleeve notes exploring the country's earliest DJs, producers and clubs, NORTHSIDE is an intriguing look into how far the music has travelled from the UK and at the same time represents Finland's own sound, energy and character that remains distinctive to this day. The double vinyl features sought after classics by Fanu ("Two Drummers"), Resound ("Ghetto Funk") and Muffler ("It's The Way", originally scheduled as SUBB 003). The spotlight is also on unsung pioneers like Samuel & Nasley, Breakwater Crew and Champagne while dubstep don Tes La Rok dusts off his d&b moniker Dice for a fresh rework of his early '00s favourite.