Steve Reich In The Afternoon 14

Radio Babylon

Playlisting the samples that helped build the classic 1990 Meat Beat Manifesto track ‘Radio Babylon’. Thanks to Inverness’ very own The Highland Gnu for this brilliant addition.

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Cheryl Lynn – Encore (Extended Version)
Taken right from the end of this 8 minute long R&B number, it provides the “Woo alright” sample – also famously used by a certain Steve Wright in his afternoon show.

Boney M – Rivers of Babylon
‘Nuff said – their cover version of The Melodions song is the seventh all-time best selling single in the UK with over 2 million sold.

Big Daddy Kane – Raw
Provides the breakbeat sample, although this in itself was a sample from Bobby Byrd’s ‘Hot Pants (Bonus Breaks)’ and used in countless club and hip hop songs.

Mikey Dread – Industrial Spy or Operators Choice (both off African Anthem LP)
Again taken either right from the end of ‘Industrial Spy’ or the middle of ‘Operators Choice’, one of reggae’s most influential producers and performers provides the “Riddim full of culture, y’all” or “Riddim food of culture, y’all” sample. I still don’t know which is correct.

The Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself
Sample taken right at the start this time. The fourth single from the highly influential group, the great-great-great-great-great grandfathers of punk, reached no 2 in the UK back in 1966 but the supposedly suggestible lyrics of “Your slacks are low and your hips are showin’” reduced American airplay and its chart position over there.

Meat Beat Manifesto – Radio Babylon
Made in 1989 and released in 1990, I can’t believe it’s over 30 years since Meat Beat Manifesto main honcho musician/producer/sampling wizard Jack Dangers and then collaborator Johnny Stevens created this gem.

Taking the above samples, throwing in a submarine ping here and there, and the sampled  “Burning with ecstasy” line taken from Episode 11 of Johnny Staccato an American detective show, Jack took the breakbeat, sped it up, and stuck in some echo and reverb in full dub reggae tradition. 

He played his own behemoth of a bassline, which itself was later sampled for the seminal Future Sound Of London track ‘Papua New Guinea’. 

They stuck it all together in the Meat Beat Manifesto melting pot and the result seamlessly slotted into the mix at hip hop, dub / reggae, acid house and techno clubs across the country – genre spanning indeed, and arguably one of the first breakbeat releases responsible for jungle.


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