Beat Assassins are back after having a 4 year break. Jimmy Mofo aka Beat Assassins has decided to re launch the project on a mission to create cheeky, quirky, yet powerful, bouncy drum n bass tracks for the clubs and ipods.
The first Beat Assassins release of the year is The Raid, a 2-step roller that blurs the lines between jungle and drum n bass. The Raid is a nod to the hedonistic days of the early 90’s rave scene. The track features a real live recordings of the police busting an illegal party alongside jungle basslines and old skool leads packaged in a modern production. And the best part about it…? Its a FREE DOWNLOAD.
To celebrate Jimmy’s return to the game, we decided to catch up with him to find out what his top 5 Drum & Bass tunes of all time are.
Chase n Status – Pieces ft Plan B (Ram Records)
When I first heard this track I really didn’t like it. I thought, “why do they have this whiny guy at the start moaning about his X girlfriend?” But then of course the penny dropped. It’s genius! Emo & dnb fused together in a glorious teenage angst. Plan B at his finest and angriest. I remember being at Matter (near the 02 Arena London) taking a piss when The Scratch Perverts dropped this tune. The whole of the cubical toilet I was in began to shake violently from the amount of bass coming through the floor. A remarkable piece of music.
Bad Company / The Nine / Bad Company Recordings
I first heard The Nine in a record shop in Battersea and my jaw hit the floor. I was even questioning whether it was dnb? I hadn’t heard anything like it!
It’s dark, it’s menacing, it growls but yet it chugs and thumps and in my opinion, it changed the way a lot of producers made dnb! It launched a whole new age in tech-step production. A defining moment in dnb for sure.
Adam F / Brand New Funk / V Recordings
I guess this might sound a little dated now but this track holds a place in my heart. I used to promote a night at the Borderline (London) called Mofo. We mashed together drum & bass, hip-hop & breaks. This track became that end of the night classic that everyone lost it to. At the time Brand New Funk was an anthem because of that long tension build at the start.
Aphrodite / Listen To The Rhythm / Aphrodite Recordings
I’ve always felt that Aphrodite gets a bad rap on the dnb scene. Yes his music is on the cheesy side. It’s cheeky and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Put his productions up against Bad Company and dnb headz will probably dismiss him. But I’ve had so much fun in the past dropping Aphrodite tunes. I’ve dropped Listen To The Rhythm in many clubs and watched the floor ignite. How can you deny that rolling jungle bassline? This track is perfect in bars, small clubs or mixed dance floors where the crowd is looking for a fun party away from heavy dnb. A great track to drop around carnival time.
Sigma / El Presidente VIP / Life Recordings
Of course a Beat Assassins top 5 dnb tunes wouldn’t be complete without a nod to my old partner in crime Joe Lenzie from Sigma. I still drop this tune today and I think it’s one of Sigma’s finest moments. Off course they have now gone on to be a massive pop sensation but I do miss the old Sigma productions. El Presidente is that cheeky roller that drives the floor between the big hitters. It’s the kind of track DJ Zinc would make. It combines really catchy riffs that never get boring.
There we go!! All time DNB Bangers from the man like Jimmy Mofo AKA Beat Assassins
Check out the video for The Raid below.