thanks to Marlon, the entire discography is now available. i would avoid anything past 1999 though, because even if "No Sell Out" is the name of one of his tunes, that is indeed what he did - to exactly the kind of boring repetitive lazy D'n'B sound i railed against below. links in comments.
switching gears a bit - first things first, let's get one thing straight:
FUCK NU-SKOOL DRUM'N'BASS.
the likes of Diesel Boy and their boring repetitive BULLSHIT beats-for-pre-teen-Meth-abusers should be all put to sleep like rabid dogs. I draw the line at around the turn of the century - Tech Itch, Optical, Dom n Roland and all that Techstep was the last of the D'n'B that was worth anything. their new output should be avoided -- much like Panacea, who made such brilliantly invigorating Terror-Steppin' Hate-Core as a fat kid, but now that he's a metro-sexual makes the cheesiest Euro-rave crap complete with migrane inducing diva vocals. I guess Drum'n'bass is pretty much dead, apart from the Break-Core movement where artists like Enduser and Soundmurderer are taking cues from the kinda shit I'm presenting here and adding IDM and industrial flavors.
ORIGINAL JUNGLISTS REPRESENT.
roughly 93 to 2001: listening to these tracks one can imagine how exciting this new sound was - the stop'n'go dynamics, the switching between beat patterns, the ragga MC's... yet it sounds as fresh today as 10 years ago.
Congo Natty is a British posse who has always refused to play in the United States. and it follows that none of their very important and influential output is available in America - Amazon doesn't even know they exist.
a while ago I stumbled upon a HUGE Russian FTP full of reggae and related material; knowing that it wasn't going to last forever, I grabbed as much as I could, literally waking up in the middle of the night to pull more files. and just as I thought, 3 days later it was over - they started using password protection. but am I glad that I was able to score this pile of Congo Natty LPs and 12"s. I present all of it here for your boomin' selection.
a bit of an overkill I know, with 4 12 inch collections and 4 albums, but you'd be hard pressed to find a single weak track in all this. the earlier the better though, toward the millenium even this crew got a little lazy - but still sounds ace. if you had to start somewhere I would do the fifth file below, Congo Natty vs tenor fly - 12 Years Of_Jungle.
The Singles and 12" collections include: Binghi Man, Boom Bye Bye/Lion Did Crown, Champion DJ, Gritty City/Sunshine, Lose Your Soul/Rebel Music, Ras Tena/Make A Joyful Noise, Seven Seas/Ghetto Life, Black Star Liner, and more.
spark up the schism and get nice to this... booyakasha!