Drum ‘n’ bass heads beware — the original dons of jungle, Fabio & Grooverider will be hitting Bangkok for a massive night of sub-sonic mayhem. Since coming together professionally 25 years ago, Fabio & Grooverider have consistently curated and educated generations of drum ‘n’ bass fans around the world. Starting with their own residencies at places like London’s Rage and Speed — the first-ever jungle nights — the two eventually joined forces for their groundbreaking and award-winning BBC Radio 1 show, which lasted 14 years and gave first light to some of the biggest names of the genre including Chase and Status, Sigma and DJ Fresh, just to name but a few.
More than just selectors, Fabio & Grooverider are just as relevant today as they were 25 years ago — through their Radio 1 show, then presenting for Ministry of Sound, their must-have triple album ‘Masterpiece’, and their current monthly show on Rinse FM.
In the lead-up to what is sure to be an unforgettable New Year’s celebration for those lucky enough to be in Bangkok, we caught up with the boys to ask them, quite simply, to name their top five all-time drum ‘n’ bass tunes. Pay attention because this is a history lesson!
1. Lennie De Ice ‘We Are I E’
"This is the original game changer and a firm favourite in our sets for a long time. It never failed to set Rage on fire."
2. Goldie & Rufige Crew ‘Terminator’
"This one is revolutionary for being one of the first tracks to use time stretching (the death of sped up vocals). We remember first dropping this at Rage, when it was a tune way ahead of its time that turned hardcore upside down."
3. Alex Reece ‘Pulp Fiction’
"As far as minimal jungle goes, there's never been another track quite like it. This track will live on as one of the greatest drum ‘n’ bass tracks ever."
4. Q Project ‘Champion Sound’
"This was a massive game-changer, and alongside ‘We Are Ie’ it was the first-ever jungle record."
5. LTJ Bukem 'Music'
"LTJ Bukem's seminal track was the first jungle track that showed emotional, forward-thinking music."
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