As their latest cuts—“Get Dirty” and “Shark Tank”—continue to blast their way across dancefloors worldwide via Viper Recordings (out now), Luke Bugden, one-half of the two-headed beast known as Mob Tactics, touches down with Bassrush to offer up a glimpse of the five tunes that changed his life and continue to influence him to this day.
Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, and Guns N Roses were a huge part of my early years.
Capricorn “20 Hz” (Global Cuts, 1993)
This track will forever remind me of being a young kid who’d recently discovered the free party scene with my friends. We used to regularly meet up on the weekends and hit the road trying to find these elusive parties sequestered in remote parts of the countryside. We’d always pile into one of the cars of our limited number of friends that could actually drive and see who could get their tape in the stereo first! This track was doing the rounds at the time and we all used to absolutely love it. Beautifully hypnotic and the way the drums build up is just incredible.
Pink Floyd “Run Like Hell” (Columbia, 1979)
My love for Pink Floyd will last forever. They’re a band that truly changed me and shaped my view on music as a whole. I was lucky enough to see them perform two sell-out shows at Wembley Stadium as a young kid, thanks to the fact that my step-dad was a roadie who was touring with them at the time. To say that these two shows had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. The lights, the stage props, the psychedelic atmosphere; the whole thing just blew my mind, and that’s before you even take into consideration the music. I have a selection of tracks that have always stayed with me and this is one of them. From the opening guitars to the very last beat of the drum, this track is incredible.
Optical “To Shape The Future” Remix (Metalheadz, 1997)
Optical is a genius. Simple fact. The man has a back catalogue of music that is mind-bendingly impressive—always a forerunner of the drum & bass scene, be it as a solo artist or as part of the inimitable duo with Ed Rush, the man’s talent knows no boundaries. This particular track sticks in my mind for a number of reasons, primarily for being at a rave and hearing it played for the first time. It was either Andy C or Hype with Stevie Hyper D; they opened up with it and I literally lost my shit! I loved it from the very first second. That snaking bassline just killed me and everyone just seemed completely in-sync with that track at that one moment in time.
I actually didn’t know what the tune was when I first heard it but luckily I was working for Chemical Records at the time and finally managed to find out what it was from one of my distributors. Then came the wait of what seemed like forever for it to get released! We managed to get our hands on 80 or so of the Metalheadz tin box-sets that it was released on, and they were gone on the first day they came in. It had been delayed for a few weeks and it got to the stage where I was opening up in the morning and there was a queue of people already in line waiting for the blue Securicor van to show up in the vain hope they’d be in there! Funny looking back at it, but that’s how dedicated these people were and I for one definitely miss the thrill of having to hunt down music that way.
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N.W.A. “100 Miles & Runnin’” (Ruthless Records, 1990)
At school we always used to share copied tapes amongst one another, and eventually those tapes would get passed about until pretty much everybody in the whole school had a copy; one of those albums was Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. That album spread through our school like wildfire. We’d never really heard anything like it before, but as young and impressionable kids, you can imagine we lapped it up!
Not long after that album they released 100 Miles & Runnin’ and I absolutely loved it. I must’ve listened to it every day, over and over, for months, memorizing all the lyrics and just generally obsessing over it; wicked beats, wicked rhymes and incredible production. I still play this record a lot!
Rage Against The Machine “Know Your Enemy” (Epic, 1992)
I’ve been into rock and metal since I was pretty much old enough to understand what music was. Bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Guns N Roses were a huge part of my early years. When Rage Against the Machine came along it kind of took us all by surprise; it just sounded different to the other stuff we’d been listening to. When you listen back to that album now it stills sounds as fresh as did back then—raw, uncompromising, and littered with outstanding guitar riffs and solos. Every track on the album was A-side single-worthy; a real masterpiece of a record.