Thursday, July 5, 2012

Joey Breakdown - Hearing Is Believing (Fall 1995)

 So a while back I posted my very first very amateur attempt at a mixtape, recorded not long after I got my decks and had very little experience. A good 4-5 months later, I "released' this as my first official mixtape in an effort to promote my efforts, distributing and handing out copies at nights like NuWorld @ Fever on Thursdays and various other one offs. I spent those months leading up to this completely immersing myself in the drum n bass and jungle genres, getting familiar with the labels, artists, subgenres, etc. As you can tell from the tracklist, I'd gotten a handle on the quality output from this time period, though the mix does rely on the heavyweights of Good Looking, Metalheadz, and Moving Shadow - easily still 3 of my favorite labels. 

Listening back for the first time in probably over a decade, I can say I'm pretty proud of the mix. It's actually programmed well and the blends are fairly seemless, especially considering the crap gear I made this on (Numark mixer from the 70's with virtually no crossfader, and Gemini belt drive turntables with a pitch DIAL that I mastered like nobodies business!) Lots of copies of this tape got around, a good bit of feedback always came back so I'm excited to share it now. Most of these are some of the first jungle/dnb records I ever purchased. I did a bit of remastering the EQ's on this one so its sounding pretty decent for 17 year old cassette. :)

Joey Breakdown - Hearing Is Believing (Fall 1995)
Side 1 (download)
Photek – Waveforms (GLR)
Doc Scott – Far Away (Metalheadz)
Peshay – Vocal Tune (GLR)
DJ Rap and Voyager – Burning Love (Proper Talent)
DJ Krust – Jazz Note (V)
Goldie – Kemistry (Doc Scott Rmx) (Metalheadz)
DJ Harmony – Serious (Moving Shadow)
Andy C – Roll On (Ram)
Source Direct – Currents (Certificate 18)
Voyager – Haunted (Lucky Spin)
DJ Krust – Burning (V)
Tech Itch – Making Me (Tech Itch)
Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP) (Moving Shadow)
Aquarius – Dolphin Tune (GLR)
Omni Trio – Shadowplay (Moving Shadow)

Side 2 (download)
Aquarius and Tayla – Soul Searching (GLR)
Omni Trio – Rollin' Heights (Foul Play Rmx) (Moving Shadow)
Peshay – Piano Tune (GLR)
Aquarius – Aquatic (GLR)
Bay B Kane – Seconds And Hours (Whitehouse)
LTJ Bukem – Horizons (LGR)
DJ Crystl – Sweet Dreams (Deejay)
Bay B Kane – If You Believe (Whitehouse)
Doc Scott – It’s Yours (Metalheadz)
Blame – Groove Research (Moving Shadow)

Stay tuned for more sets coming sooner than you think! I've been on a tear lately ripping all kinds of old cassettes - from myself, J. Smooth, Karl K, Kaos, some mean Mason sets, among other yet to be disclosed gems. If you are sitting on any old school Philly related jungle/dnb mixes (pre-2000 please) make sure to contact me so we can get them posted here! Its all about preserving this amazing time of music!


  1. Nice Joey! Thanks so much for doing this. I really love listening to the mixes. I'm excited for the future of this site and I'm hoping that we'll get all of the Supten's Jungle releases soon.

  2. Soul Searching by Aquarius is my favorite DnB track EVER! Thank you so much. I passed my copy of Hearing Is Believing on to a friend about 4 years ago when i bought my first car that didn't have a cassette player. this is a habppy day for me!

  3. shawn, that's awesome to hear. its a good tune!

  4. Also, in case you didn't know, Aquarius is an alias of Photek's, who did lots of other amazing stuff.