11/07/2019: “Chopper (Shy FX Remix)” by Ray Keith

Two massive names in drum and bass for the price of one!

Shy FX’s remix of this is a huge banger, ripping apart dancefloors from the moment of its release in 1996.

Ray Keith’s original, released under the moniker The Terrorist in the same year, is a more straightforwardly jungle tune. This means that it has deep 808 bass, big breakbeats, and just a general dark vibe.

The Shy FX remix has a distinctive buzzy bassline that rises at the end of every few bars, and a much tighter drum pattern. It’s a big anthem because of its catchiness, blended with a strong dose of heaviness!

If anything the song is a bit too relentless, but it has enough of a bounce to stop it becoming to breathless.

The intro is a very cool one, with that time-stretched “we’re now ready for takeoff, so please fasten your seatbelts”.