03/02/2021: “Remember The Roller” by Dr S Gatchet

Released in 1995, this Jungle classic foreshadowed a later development in Drum & Bass – the rise of rollers.

Many people argue that rollers is a style rather than a separate sub-genre. What links the songs is ‘the roll’, using sharp breakbeats and dark, paranoid basslines to take the listener smoothly through to the end of the song.

The mid-90s was when Jungle, of which this song is very much a part, started the transition into modern Drum & Bass. You can hear the shift here, with less manic drums, rumbling and distorted bass instead of 808s.

The song was re-released in 2017, with remixes from Heist and Bladerunner. And it still sounds fresh!