One day in in 1992 I was handed a C90 cassette tape by one of my workmates. Written on it was "AWOL - Paradise Club SW1".
The alien music coming from that tape was Jungle, still a small scene in London, MC GQ's lines became our mantra, I had to hear more of this.
We were already listening to breakbeat, Suburban Base, Production House and Moving Shadow records etc, however up in Scotland breakbeat was ruled by Happy Hardcore which was really bad.
I played it to my mates and MC GQ's lines became like a Mantra to us. Me and my mate Neil spent the next few years buying and sourcing as much breakbeat and jungle music we could find, it wasn't big in Scotland at all. We put nights on, often sparsely populated, it would take Scotland a few years to get into it (Carl Cox came to one night however, good lad).
About 2 years after hearing the tape I was going backpacking to Europe and while in London I made it to AWOL at the Paradise Club. Wow. Hundreds of punters just lovin jungle music, something I had never experienced, it was huge. It's a classic example of how scenes were more colloquial back then, it took a wee bit longer for influences to spread.
25 years later, I'm working part time as a photographer in Melbourne, and I got to meet and photography Kenny Ken. It’s amazing to have witnessed the evolution of jungle music from that small scene in London into what it has become today. Massive. Respect to Kenny Ken, Rob Playford, Rupert Parkes, Marcus Intalex and all those others who gave us these times.
"Come with the Music" - MC GQ
Rubix Warehouse, Melbourne 2017
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