THROWBACK THURSDAYS: FROM SCRATCHENSTEIN TO THE LIGHTER

Tonight, we go allll the way back to 1995. JUNGLISTS, fasten your seatbelts.

DJ SS

DJ SS 1c

He began, in the 80’s, as a turntablist, and member of Leicester based HIP-HOP act, THE FORMATION FIVE. As the UK RAP scene gave way to RAVE music, his stage name, SCRATCHENSTEIN, got shortened to SS, his former group inspired the name for his label, FORMATION RECORDS, and he, himself, became a pioneer of DRUM N BASS, producing many of the genre’s early anthems, with formation being regarded as one of the most influential labels in the development of the scene. His success was never planned. It simply happened over time, as his name grew to legendary status. The same can be said about his biggest hit.

THE LIGHTER

DJ SS 1a

When SS first produced this JUMP UP JUNGLE tune, in 1995, under the alias, SOUND OF THE FUTURE, it was only meant to be a fun bootleg for DJs to drop at raves. Had he known that he was creating one of the Jungle scene’s most recognizable and adored anthems, it probably would have been released in large quantity, with all the fanfare that you’d normally alot to such a monumental composition. Instead, The Lighter was released in small numbers, and circulated rather quietly around the UK rave scene. At least, at first. The song heavily samples THE PIANO THEME FROM LOVE STORY, and a hype vocal from CRA-Z by THE FU-SCHNICKENS, cleverly combined with some ballistic breaks, and a heavy bassline. This recipe turned out to be a perfect elixir for whipping crowds of E fueled ravers into a frenzy. In 2001, The Lighter finally got it’s proper recognition, with a re-release that achieved some chart success, and it now sits high on the list of Jungle’s greatest hits.

DJ SS 1b

On VINYL, The Lighter is still quite a rare find, but I’m here to make it easy for you. Click the button, below, to become a proud owner of it. If vinyl isn’t your thing, I’ve got you covered, as well, with a FREE MP3 RIP of the tune.


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And, for the record, this one is a certified STONER ANTHEM too. You smokers knew that, tho.