Blasts from the Past: The Fashion Week Special

You might think that junglists only go to The Grey Hall in Christiania if there’s a jungle rave on. But oh no. We would go to a proper trance rave, too, if there was one. And the Christmas market. And the roller disco. And hey, a fashion show.

Welcome to the Completely Unexpected Junglist Fashion Week Special. We’re going to a Vibskov fashion show in 2008 – and then on to Nadsat, a club cool enough to be named after a language in a book.

(Or, okay, maybe they named the club after the language spoken in the film, BUT STILL.)


Okay, so junglists don’t only squeeze into The Grey Hall to go to Nis’ rave parties. This is what we look like waiting for the Vibskov fashion week show.


This is what a blitzed line-up of people look like photographed with a digital camera from 2008.


Wait, maybe this is a trance party after all.


Nah, too many people sitting down, not a trance party, definitely a fashion show.


Super busy high fashion junglists ready in their seats, waiting for the show to start! 


The show is on. Maybe this is a trance party after all.


No, wait, THAT’S CARSTEN JENSEN RIGHT THERE on the catwalk. It’s not trance, then.


Audience and a piece of Drop’s forehead.


Drop just loves a good old fashion show.


Fashion mingling time.


A junglist fashion pose. Or we could call it: A Benetton moment.


What the back rows at a fashion show in The Grey Hall looks like.


And theeeeeeen, we’re off to Nadsat, the nightclub that once resided in Hyskenstræde, where we are greeted by two lovely dj’s dressed in fashionable shades of grey.


It’s fashion week, so there’s champagne, all the time everywhere.


And blond people everywhere, being hugged.


Nadsat bathed in blitz light. Nothing looks amazing bathed in blitz light.


Well, apart from Sofus the Amazing Shapeshifter, of course.


Kim Kemi og Daniel likes the blitz, too.

So what IS Nadsat, then? Nadsat is a mode of speech used by the nadsat, members of the teen subculture in the novel  A Clockwork Orange. It was also a club in Hyskenstræde – from 2005 until 2009 – focusing solely and stubbornly on high quality electronic music (JUngLEkalenderen appreciates this. We like stubborn.)


“Quaint,” said Dr. Brodsky, like smiling, “the dialect of the tribe. Do you know anything of its provenance, Branom?” “Odd bits of old rhyming slang”, said Dr. Branom … “A bit of gipsy talk, too. But most of the roots are Slav. Propaganda. Subliminal penetration.” Drs. Brodsky and Branom, A Clockwork Orange, page 114.


Whohooo, Daniel Dreier arrives at the decks in Nadsat while Kim Kemi finally gets to wear his fashionable cake hat.


The dancefloor is getting juicy, apparently.


Daniel Dreier has an intense moment with the mixer.


And Luis has an intense babyface moment on the dancefloor surrounded by his droogs (that’s the word for friends in nadsat. The language, not the club).

Do you want more Blasts from the Past? Don’t miss Blasts from the Past: The Dressed-Up Junglists, where everyone is wearing really interesting outfits.

Do you want more Nadsat? DO NOT miss Blasts from the Past: Birthday Bash Edition. Tons of pictures from a packed evening.

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Jungle Confessions: “It was a secret community that you wanted to be a part of”

Day 11 is dedicated to Nufound – star of many enthusiastic dancefloor snapshots, builder of bikes and last but not least, the man behind what several JUngLE calendar regulars have called ”Best thing to happen in 2016”: The All Jungle parties at Loppen, bringing back the oldskool jungle vibes from the 90s. Big up Nufie!


Nufie feeling it at Culture Box. Photo by Miss Popo.

When did you become a junglist?
“Someone brought a walkman and a cassette tape with jungle on it to school in ’93. . It was at Det Fri Gymnasium at Christianshavn. And I was thinking ”what iiiiiis that…?!” I couldn’t make heads or tails of it at first and I had been playing music all my life up until then, in bands and such. The tape was a mix. It was probably made by Nis or Opiate. And then I went to one of the first parties at Operaen. I was about 18 at the time.”


Nufie loosing at Trivial Pursuit because Svingsen and Chriszka the Time Traveller ARE WINNING.

Why do you love jungle?

“I think we were missing some sound that we could truly identify with back then. There was American hiphop and American heroin rock and you wanted to identify with it, but you couldn’t, really. And then this new sound just came in from London and it just matched us completely. That was us, that was what we were! The sound was wild, it had lots of energy, you could dance to it all night. And it was something noone had ever heard before. So completely new and crazy. It mixed all the genres. Rock and hiphop and everything. Hard beats and lots of humour and crazy samples. There you were, as a teenager, not really knowing where you belonged, and there it was, this community from London showing you the way. It seemed slightly dangerous, too, compellingly dangerous. It was underground, it was secret. It was a secret community that you wanted to be a part of.”


Nufie feels part of the community at the Seba party at Culture Box, 2006. Caught by Vitus.


How does raving make the world better?
“There’s a special unity to it. Thousands of people meeting to enjoy something that really means something to them. And you can see it in the eyes of the others. You don’t have to know them, you can see it in their eyes that they feel the same way. It gives you hope. That’s what it was like for me in the beginning. I didn’t know the people I would be raving with that night. But I had the flyer, so I knew where the rave was, and I would get ready listening to jungle at home and then just go to the rave and walk in through the doors and it felt like a private invitation.”


Nufound and Chriszka the Time Traveller feeling it synchronically at the Kasra party at Culture Box. Caught by Miss Popo.

How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
I’m doing the All Jungle parties at Loppen – dedicated to reviving the vibe from the 90s. Because it was so good back then. There are so many people who remember the parties from back then, and they all show up. And those who are too young to remember or too young to have been there themselves get a chance to experience how awesome it is. There’s something really special about the old vinyls. The genre has so much to offer, still. And we promote the parties with flyers like in the old days, too. So that people can hold a physical object in their hand representing something to look forward to. I miss that, now that everything is digital. So I’m doing the parties to revive the vibe from back then. We have to keep going – there are so many good dj’s in Copenhagen, and so many great people. We will do a couple more decades of this, haha. The next All Jungle is on May 20th 2017. Last time we focused on 1994-95. In May we will go even further back, to ’91-’93.



Intense dance floor moment at Culture Box. Caught by Miss Popo.

What’s your favourite tune?

Dream Team with Stamina.

It has all the elements of a proper jungle tune. Sick breaks. Crazy drums. Sirens, horns and ragga samples. It’s my fave.

What’s your best party moment ever?
I have to say all the parties at Operaen. But that’s quite a span of years. And the big parties in The Grey Hall back then. With a massive stage and MC’s. And some of the very very first RAW parties. They had a really awesome vibe.


Nufound floats above a very junglistic group hug.

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
“Definitely All Jungle. I had been missing that vibe terribly, and we succeeded in recreating it. I had to do the parties, because I really felt that something was missing. We had so many great years at Culture Box, too, and then it was all gone. I found an old mixtape with Dj Jeffy. It was called Jungle Spliff. And then I started bying all the vinyls from that mix on Discogs. It was all 93-95 tunes and I was at my decks mixing them and I justr thought ’fuck, this is crazy, we have to do a party and play this again. It will work, definitely’. And it really felt like jumping into a time warp, shooting us all 20 years back. It was an out of body experience. It was in the original part of town, at Christiania, and it was the right dj’s, the right lights, the right everything. And we just wanna pay tribute to the old tunes. So many other people play the new stuff. Oldskool jungle is… they were pioneers. It just hits you.”


What’s your favourite track that’s not jungle?
“It’s a classic, but Jean Michel Jarre, Oxygen part 4. It has that spacey dreamy feeling to it that I find important. It lifts you to a different place. Lots of other tracks and genres do that, too, but this piece in particular. If a spaceship comes by and takes us all they could very well be playing this track in the lounge.”


What have you learnt this year?
“That we sould pollute less. I was travelling in Vietnam at the beginning of the year, and I just got home from Kenya, and we really have to take care of our environment more and watch out for the global warming.  We saw som sick stuff in Kenya with lakes that have risen 20 meters and roads that have disappeared. We went to this place that used to be pink with flamingoes and they had all migrated to somewhere else. We all have to start with ourselves. I do little things. I never throw my cigarette butts anywhere. And I use the bike.”


Nufie and Chriszka The Time Traveller, surrounded by nature, like proper junglists.


What’s your favourite JUngLe calendar post?
The 7 saddest jungle tunes ever. I’m a sucker for sad drum’n’bass tunses. My own favourite sad tune is Simon V – When Fancies Speak. Man, that’s sad.

Listen to Chriszka the Time Traveller’s selection of the 7 saddest jungle tunes ever here.

Do you want more Nufound? Check out his soundcloud:

And put down the date of the next All Jungle party at Loppen in your calendar: 20th of May 2017. Good music and good vibes guaranteed.

This post would be appropriate to reread today: Flyer, flyers, flyers everywhere

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The Tim Driver Special: Tim Driver looking at things

To keep OCD people everywhere happy, the JUngLE calendar dedicates day 10 to everyone who likes order, square angles and the dark arts of number magic. For those of you wondering what a Tim Driver special is – here’s a repetition of the first question of day 5 of the Jungle calendar:

So, Tim, what’s up with you and the number 5?
”My favourite number has always been 5. And I just have this OCD thing going on with 5s and 10s and zeroes and 100. I like it when things add up. If I look at my watch at :58, it kind of has to swith to :00 before I can look away again. Yeah, that’s a little bit weird. But it’s always been like that.
I feel a certain kind of satisfaction if I play a dj-set and I realize afterwards that I have played exactly 25 tracks, or 30. I don’t think about it during the set, though – but if it adds up to 25 when I make the tracklist, it just feels good. It’s not something that bothers me in my day to day life. I just like order and square angles and the number 5.”

Let’s go!


Tim Driver looking at the meat he is about to eat at the BEST steak restaurant in the entire world, wraaaaaaaaaa! La Cabrera, Buenos Aires, 2011.


Tim Driver looking at Lewis. Roskilde Festival, 2008.


Tim Driver looking at an invisible hologram.


Tim Driver looking at the ground.


Tim Driver looking at women.


Tim Driver looking at the world.


Tim Driver looking at the neon frisbee I bought for Ohoi!’s 6th year anniversary.


Tim Driver looking at a junglistic swamp in Buenos Aires.


Tim Driver looking at the amazing patterns on his hand, whooooaaaaaa.


Tim Driver looking at Morro de São Paulo.


Tim Driver looking at his oldskool flip phone. The RAW after after after party – August 2007.


Tim Driver looking at a plant.


Tim Driver looking at one of Chriszka the Time Traveller’s magical time travel portals.


Tim Driver looking at the amazing hologram in his hand. Sadly invisible to others, but they listen semi-politely, because this is Tim’s birthday bash (at Rust 2009).


Tim Driver looking at the menu.

That was 15 different pictures exactly. You’re welcome!

More Tim? Dive back to day 5 with Jungle Confessions: My first big raver experience

Even more Tim (but IRL)? Join the JuleBass Party on December 17th: Facebook event here

Other specials? Try out the Jungle Feelings: The Weird Faces Special

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Jungle Confessions: “I get goosebumps on my legs thinking about that party!”


Nis at Jungle Fever IV, Operaen 1995. Pic taken with my white plastic camera.

Today is dedicated to a Q&A with the one and only Nis, a completely unique character and friend who was an absolute jungle first mover in Copenhagen with his legendary jungle parties at Operaen and The Grey Hall in the 90s. If it hadn’t been for Nis and his early Jungle Fever parties I would probably have moved back to London. The legendary Jungle Fever II – which was the party where I met Nis and the crew (small at that point) – seemed like a lifebelt in an otherwise empty ocean to me at the time.

This is what I wrote in my diary about Jungle Fever II at Rugbyklubben:

“We jumped on the bikes at midnight. The place was through a backyard and up some stairs. On the way up, I heard the incredible sound of the drum & the bass float down towards me. The best sound I’d heard for months! It was loud, it was real, it was jungle! I FLEW up the stairs. Walked in, and it was dark and packed! Black plastic bags hung from the ceiling, lights flashed.”

skaermbillede-2016-12-09-kl-12-36-31“Oh what a beautiful feeling it was to be able to jump about to jungle again, surrounded by people… SOOO wonderful! I danced for 9 hours non-stop, loving it. I mean, compared to London, it was, of course, outrageously primitive. But the atmosphere was wicked. It’s really underground, a small, tightly-knit group of people. They’re real junglists and I really enjoyed being with them. It was so relaxing, in a way, to be back with people who love jungle. Hearing them say things that I have said a billion times in the last couple of months to people who don’t really understand.”

You can read the entire blog post about the very, very first jungle parties in Copenhagen here: The Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe

So thanks for that, once again, Nis. Let’s do this.

So, Nis, you are practically built out of bass. Your father, Noel Redding, was the bass player in The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
”Well, he didn’t really have much of an influence on me apart from the fact that I can sense it in my blood. There’s something in the genes. I didn’t live with him when I was young. I heard his music, but I didn’t really know him, so I didn’t see him as the biggest inspiration. My inspiration was our own rave scene.
skaermbillede-2016-12-09-kl-12-50-55I talked about music with him when I was young and really into hiphop and breakdancing. I spent Christmas with him when I was around 15 years old. He still lived and breathed for rock music, and I only listened to electro and hiphop, so we were in two different worlds. We both have ants in our pants, though. He was an athlete, too – just like I’m really into football. And we have the same perseverance. Unusually high levels of it I guess. And I have felt the drive towards music in my blood. But he didn’t get me started. The music did that. The last time I saw him was the only time I saw him in Denmark.”

I was there! That was an unusual evening.
“Yes. That was …an authentic experience. It was completely unexpected because he had played a gig in Sweden and my mother had met him in town. It was in 1995 and we had just had a massive jungle party in The Grey Hall the day before with more than a thousand people attending, so it would have been better for me had he arrived the day after. But he understood that kind of thing, obviously.”


Junglists hanging out in Svingsen’s kitchen at her birthday party.

When did you become a junglist?

“I was a junglist before it was called jungle. I went to the Coma Club parties and listened to rave music. Dj’s like Slipmatt and Hype played acid style stuff too, back then. And then the breakbeats started entering the music in 1989-90. People started using the term ”jungle techno” even before it was a genre.”

When did you do your first jungle party?
“The first one was in ’92, but that was only half jungle, half something else. The first dedicated one was in ’03. That was at Operaen in Christiania. The next one was at Rugbyklubben in the easter holidays 1993: Jungle Fever I. And then I did Jungle Fever II, at the same spot. That’s the one you attended. So that was my third jungle party. That was the first packed one.”

Why do you love jungle?
“Because it’s just the best sound with the most energy. Nothing sounds better. It doesn’t get better than jungle. Hm, maybe the breakbeat is the reason that I like it so much. That would make sense. Because there’s a breakbeat above 140 bpm.”


Nis gets some magic potion at Svingsen’s birthday party (or was it housewarming?).

How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
“I have made tons of parties and tons of radio shows and given out tons mixtapes and cd’s to spread the word. It’s like a political campaign, with brochures and posters and soundbites, haha, listen to this, it’s free, and if you want more, come to the party. It’s propaganda. That’s how we work. Propaganda and promotion. And with lots of help from other fanatics. It’s like a massive union with lots of people doing lots of voluntary work. We have all sacrificed a lot of time and energy on this. It’s a union, and when you meet someone who likes jungle, too, you’re instant friends, even if you don’t know them. That’s why I I got really excited about the trance scene, too. It has the same feeling as the rave scene did in the 90s. The same energy. You don’t find that at a disco. And when you go to the festivals… It’s a revelation. It’s a big, global union we have here.”


Did you take a jungle break for a couple of years?
“Nah, it was more like the jungle scene that had a bit of a break. And yes, I was busy with trance. Let’s call it an involuntary break from drum’n’bass because of intense activity on the trance scene. That’s how it is. Up and down.

Now I focus on oldskool jungle radio and smaller parties. And I dream about doing an outdoor party. I would LOVE to be outdoors, surrounded by nature, listening to jungle. Not trance, but our music!

And we’re back at Christiania radio, too. Once a month, from now on, on Friday night from 22 to 02, Drop and Nufound and me play oldskool jungle, live at Christiania radio. We did it yesterday, too, spontaneously”. (Check out the ustream here)


Joshua on stage, Nis behind the decks.

What’s your best party moment ever?
“One of the truly great ones was the one in The Grey Hall where you guys had your big dance plateau right next to the stage and the entire hall was packed. That was just awesome.

And then at the Roskilde Festival in 2000 where Pyro and me played with Bad Company on Saturday night. Bad Company brought all these fresh tracks, and the entire tent was packed. They let us play an extra hour. The entire festival shut down, and we played on, until 4 o’clock. Full blast.”

Yes, that was unforgettable. What a night. The scene was called Club Roskilde that year.
“A massive success, completely rampacked. I get goosebumps on my legs thinking about that party. And the sound was so pure. When you listen to drum’n’bass at that level, you have to move your body. Everyone has to.”


Den Grå Hal, 1995. Rare scan!

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
“The All Jungle party at Loppen! It was like being back at the parties in Operaen in ’95. Full house, lots of happy people, awesome music just rolling along and an MC that didn’t talk too much. Exactly like the quality parties in the mid-90s. And 500 people through the doors. Very impressive.”

If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
“I would probably go back to 1993 and live in England and just do that entire year.”


Nis gets a hug for playing so well. Looks like a back to back set with Casparados. Dj Drop is staring at a time portal in the floor. Jungle Bells at Culture Box, 2005.


What’s the most exciting thing about the future?
“The development of technology. We get all kinds of tools to improve our lives and physics and make our lives easier. Our food will get cleaner in the future, I imagine. Because we will have the tools to test what’s in it, unwanted chemicals and such. I have become a vegan, now. It gives me so much more energy. If only I had been eating like this since I was 15, everything would have been so much easier. I tried turning vegan once before but found it really difficult. I was a complete vegan amateur. But now I figured it out. It’s just like dj’ing, you have no idea what you’re doing in the beginning. Now I’m just avoiding pre-prepared food altogether. I’m all vegan. It really balances you. I can see the results when I’m in the football field, playing soccer. I’m much faster than the others. I have never felt better physically. I’m much calmer and have much more energy to do anything. You get addicted to veganism, it’s that good.”


Do you want more Nis? Hear him live tonight at Stengade where he is playing alongside Slimzee at the Circle Vision party:

Even more Nis? Check out this mixcloud  oldskool jungle set:

Or this one with Skibadee, live at Operaen:

Or jump back to the very early Jungle Fever IV in this blog post: Super rare photos: Blasts from the past

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Jungle Confessions: “It never gets boring”


The main character of today hides deep in the middle of this group hug. We’re on our way to Malmø to hear dj Hype – dec. 2009.

Some junglists spend the dark month of December trying to survive on 2,5 hours of daylight and a daily dose of JUngLEkalenderen.

Others have moved to Mexico and spend their days doing yoga, climbing pyramids and planting avocado trees.

Let’s meet one of the others! Give it up for Mai, who lives it up on Playa del Carmen by, for instance, doing yoga in the most junglist way possible:


Hi Mai! When did you become a junglist?
I don’t have a memory of the very first moment I was introduced to jungle. I think the lines were more blurry back then. There was a lot of crossing over between genres. I am thinking of The Prodigy, Lamb, Portishead, Moloko and Squarepusher, just to name a few. But the oldschool jungle tunes that stands out for me the most is “Super Sharp Shooter” by DJ Zink.

It just kind of has it all, doesn’t it? Well, except for female vocals which I really love. Like ATB feat. Olive – “You’re Not Alone”, Omni Trio “Renegade snares” or DJ Hype “Ready or Not” Remix. …and still we are only scratching the surface of what the genre has to offer.

Why do you love jungle?
I love jungle because it’s a genre that you don’t just listen to, you also need to feel it to get the full experience. It’s so diverse, too. I can’t believe the number of sub-genres. I love the contrasts between melody and beat and the changing rhythms that keep it interesting, constantly. It never gets boring or monotone like some of the other electronic genres tend to.

Another thing that I really LOVE about jungle is the story of the amen break behind it. The story is such a great example of how the lack of claiming copyright and creative ownership in this case was part of the evolution of an entirely new genre of music – and an entire era.


Feeling it on the dance floor, yoga style, sort of.

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
I have rented a house for the next 9 months in Playa del Carmen, Mexico….and I am really happy here. I think I have finally found my place in the world – at least for a while. 9 months for me is sort of settling down after a couple of years of living in many different countries. It’s nice to have my own place. And since I now have a full setup of furniture and stuff here I think it’s fair to say that I have moved to Mexico and found my path.


Piece of cake stair climbing when you have legs made by jungle.


How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
I have been travelling a lot and haven’t really found my jungle tribe out here in the world yet. I spent quite some time in southern Spain, and I found a lot of reggae, ragga and dub there, but not really any jungle/drum’n’bass. Playa Del Carmen is sort of a combination of Tenerife/Gran Canaria and Ibiza for people from the US and Canada. And they definitely have a big electronic scene here that I still need to explore. Drum’n’bass-tunes are being played on occasion, but to my knowledge there is no designated drum’n’bass-place here. The clubs are really cool, though. You can’t beat a roof top club with bass, pool and ocean view! But hey, if any of you Copenhagen dj’s want to come over and help me spread the jungle gospel, you are more than welcome. I would love to do some VJ’ing again.

Hey! That was an open invitation, Copenhagen junglists!
Haha, yes. We can make a jungle party, and I have cheap rooms for rent right in the center of town. This is a really cool high contrast place. You can find deep spirituality here from the ancient Mayan culture and yoga, and then there’s the BPM festival coming up in January, where all the ravers from North and South America take over the city.

If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
Awesome question. I have to think about that for a moment.


Mai takes a moment to think – at Ohoi!’s 6 year birthday party.

I have ended up in conflict with myself, because I want to go both backwards and forwards in time. But since this is a thought experiment, I figure I can have it all. Okay, so for traveling back in time I want to go before or beyond my physical existence and experience what is there. And for traveling forward I want to go to that point in time when jungle has its revival – or when oldschool jungle tunes becomes insanely fashionable.

Whohooo, good news, Mai, this has already happened!


Mai celebrating the good news (at RAW 2009).


How does raving make the world better? 
Music changes the world! Nothing less. Music has a major impact on human emotions. It describes our emotions and reflects our subconscious – the human condition in all its forms. And it usually improves the mood and thus heightens the vibration. Music is therapeutic, even spiritual – and will heal anyone who sets the intention and is willing to be open and listen.

What’s your favourite spot at a party?
With the other weedheads, and close to the bass units.

What’s the most exciting thing about the future?
That you can make it into whatever you want! Whatever you can imagine and allow to happen is possible.


Do you want more Mai and Mexico? Check out Om Posada on facebook or go here for some visual design.

If you want to read more about the jungle revival, go to How to be a Junglist: Going to London

Did you miss yesterday’s post? Jump back to The 13 best darkside jungle tunes ever

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The 13 best darkside jungle tunes ever

Okay, people, it’s time for a re-run. Or actually, it’s more of a remix than a re-run.

In the 2014 edition of JUngLEkalenderen I did a collection of the best darkside tunes ever, but I posted them below a tale from my very very early childhood about my very first favourite vinyl record – and that tale got all the attention, so I feel that the darkside tunes deserve to have their very own post. A remixed and extended version, of course, this is a JUngLE calendar!

So here they are – the 13 ultimate darkside masterpieces.

And by darkside I mean: Not just jungle and drum’n’bass with ‘dark sounds’ – because then this list would be something like 20.000 youtube-links long. I mean real oldskool darkside: with horror samples, monstrous laughs, sorrowful strings, dread, crying, panic. And those drums to boil your blood.


Subnation – Scottie

IMMENSE CLASSIC! This tune has it all. The ominous laughs of tiny monsters. Panicky voices. We’re all gonna die here. We’re all gonna die, all of us! Combined with someone who thinks that we’re gonna make it anyway, raver style: We’re not gonna die, we’re gonna get out of here! Touching.

Johnny Jungle – Johnny 94 (Origin Unknown Remix)

There are SO many remixes of this tune. This is my absolute favourite. Again, all the ingredients are in place. Panicky voices. Crying. Voices somehow too close and too far away, like in nightmares. Hectic and awesome drums. Screaming. Chilling synths. WHAUW this tune is good!!!

Remarc and Lewi Cifer – Ricky

I know this tune is already featured on my 7 favourite jungle tracks of all time list, but no darkside collection can be complete without this mega-classic! For some variation, you can enjoy a bad boy gunshot version of the track here. <– Lots of playing around with the crying and shouting here. Those were the remix days…


Shimon – Predator

Same thing goes for this classic. No darkside collection without Predator! For obvious reasons, the Predator movies are heavily sampled in darkside jungle, and this track in particular turned me into such a sample hunter. For years I couldn’t watch ANY movie without thinking about which sound bits and sentences could be cut out and used for new tracks.


Remarc and Lewi – Cape Fear


Speaking of film samples… This tune is so completely over the top. Guns loading. Glass breaking. And what is more chilling than somebody saying “Nobody is gonna hurt you” followed by a scream indicating that somebody clearly did hurt you anyway? Nothing!


Boogie Times Tribe – Dark Stranger (Q-Bass Remix)

There are so many versions of this track, but this remix is my favourite. The original has more direct horror samples: Boogie Times Tribe – The Dark Stranger – and the Origin Unknown Remix is good, too. But the Q-Bass remix is the best.


Brainkillers – Screwface

A techno wolf howling. Ice cold synths. Music built for adrenaline junkies. Escape, escape, escape, but stay on the dancefloor while you do it. Classic!


Remarc – Help Me

REALLY panicky shouting here, like from someone who is clearly already lost. And 1977 Star Wars samples. If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. Uuuh yes. Man, how I love darkside.



Intense – Journey to the Unknown

More ominous Predator sampling – threatening whispers and swampy sounds. You ghostin’ us motherfucker. I don’t care who you are back in the world. If you give away our position one more time, I’ll bleed you. Proper subcultural warnings.


DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)

The original version of this tune tops my 7 saddest jungle tunes ever list (such a favourite; go listen to it, it’s achingly beautiful!), and they both easily fit on this darkside list, too, but here’s the remix. Beautiful drums, too.
Hyper-On Experience – Disturbance

My all time favorite, Lord of the Null Lines (by Hyper-On Experience), is üüüüber-darkside, too, obviously, but I’m trying to stop myself putting that track on EVERY SINGLE LIST I EVER MAKE, I guess, so here’s Hyper On Experience represented with Disturbance instead. Lots of darks sounds, and that snippet of a chilling’ laugh at 2:29 (and onwards), brrrrrrrrrr. Nightmarish stuff.

Steve C & DJ Monita – The Razor’s Edge

Aaaaaaand we’re back in the jungle with Predator samples. Pouring rain and jungle rivers and menacing planes in the sky. And such creativity and variation with the drums again, too! They really don’t make them like this anymore, unfortunately. Why oh whyyyyyyy.
Intense – Space Time Continuem

Oh, and what better way for the JUngLE calendar to end this list with the eerie Space Time Continuem and its perfect drums and ominous horror movie samples. ❤

That was 13 BIG tunes and I just love them all. Darkside forever.

If you wanna know why, check out my childhood memories and a possible explanation in The DIY test: Is Your Child a Junglist?

Jump back a year: Last year’s day 7 –> The 7 best things about being a raver

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Blasts from the Past: Pirate Party Pack

Flicking through files on my old computer I found a whole bunch of photos with the date 06-06-06. Obviously the 6th day on the 6th month in ’06 is a rare occurence, so the collection had to end up in the JUngLE calendar – on day 6. Because we have to continue exercising the dark arts of number magic. Fortunately for you guys, it turned out to be an entertaining bunch of pics.

It’s time for a Blasts from the Past! – dedicated to a particularly sunny Pirate Party Pack morning on a boat.


Alright, so this is where we kick off. We are at the Rum’n’Bass party at Stengade.


This is what the Rum’n’Bass party looked like on the main floor. It’s quite clear why we didn’t want it to stop.


To be fair, all this didn’t happen on the 6/6/06 – even though my t-shirt pretends to be evil.


The Rum’n’Bass party was on the 3rd of June, so the journey you’re about to embark on happened on the 4th. And the pics were saved on the 6th. Thaaaaaaat’s why.


Okay, so the Rum’n’Bass party ends, and the sun is definitely up outside.


You use your remaining braincells to ponder where to go.


And to pose for some photos while you ponder.


Oh yeah. Pirate Party Pack. Let’s go. We have a bottle of transportation red wine ready.


Junglist enthusiastically runs to get her bike.


And off we go.


Arrival at the boat!


Beautiful Pirate Party Pack morning vibes.


I love this pic.


What time is it? Who cares. Everyone is here.


Dancing on a boooooaaaaaaat. And that’s a bag of confetti waiting to happen.


Bateman gets a hug.


Bateman gets his groove on.


Advocatorex poses in the sunshine like a juicy lemon.


Watch out. A time portal has magically appeared on the deck.


Dj Lab loses one of his heavy bag of vinyls through the time portal.


People discuss what to do about this unusual problem.


Some people are more worried about time portals and lost vinyls than others.



Oh well. Time for confetti to happen.

And mooooore confetti. Photo by

Fortunately, an 11-year old brought some vinyls, too, so the party could keep going. Photo by

Because that’s aaaaaall that matters. Nufie has himself a pretty babyfaced moment, too, in front of the speaker. Photo by

Chriszka the Time-Traveler celebrates the time portal occurrence – pic by

A bunch of white people hiding from the sun. Picture by

Bateman takes a nap in a hug with Loke, who is named after the trickster god of Norse mythology and somehow carries Chriszka the Time Travellers’s arm on his left shoulder. Pic by

See, this is what I mean. It’s right out in the open. 06/06/06. Pic by

2xChr tries to stay awake by the water. Pic by

White people trying to tan in the morning sun. Pic by

Sunny moment selfie by

Tom Collins found a friend. Pic by

More pics from that day? Check out some nice pics from the Rum’n’Bass party at Stengade right here: How to be a Junglist: The Dancefloor Moves.

Did you miss yesterday’s post? Go to Jungle Confessions: My First Big Raver Experience

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Jungle Confessions: “My first big raver experience”

Diving deeper into the dark arts of number magic, today is dedicated to the confessions of Tim Driver – who really, really, REALLY likes the number 5. And JUngLEkalenderen likes Tim Driver, so here we are.

Tim is the co-founder of the magnificent OHOI! collective and managing director at Bas Under Buen – which might look like just another socially involved series of parties to you, but it’s really a company testing out if our motorways and cities and stadiums are built solidly enough by playing really deep bass lines at dangerously high volumes under passageways and bridges and anything else made out of concrete.

This is what a Bas Under Buen in Copenhagen looks like:


And this is what Tim looks like, hard at work at Bas Under Buen in Århus, testing out the stability of some concrete construction using basslines to reveal the cracks in the system.


So, Tim, what’s up with you and the number 5?
My favourite number has always been 5. And I just have this OCD thing going on with 5s and 10s and zeroes and 100. I like it when things add up. If I look at my watch at :58, it kind of has to swith to :00 before I can look away again. Yeah, that’s a little bit weird. But it’s always been like that.

I feel a certain kind of satisfaction if I play a dj-set and I realize afterwards that I have played exactly 25 tracks, or 30. I don’t think about it during the set, though – but if it adds up to 25 when I make the tracklist, it just feels good. It’s not something that bothers me in my day to day life. I just like order and square angles and the number 5.


Tim Driver is not bothered by stepping on the cracks between the tiles on the garden terrace AT ALL.


When did you become a junglist?
The first jungle party I attended was Nis’ legendary party at Rugbyklubben on Christianshavn in 1994.

That was my first jungle party in Copenhagen, too. 🙂
Back then there weren’t that many parties to choose from. It was nothing like today. A month could easily pass between one techno party and the next. So when a techno rave was on, everyone showed up. It didn’t matter if it was techno or house or jungle or goa trance or whatever it was. It was just ”Let’s go!” no matter what. For me, it all started out with techno. I went to my first techno party in 89. And I went to my first Baby Club (Kenneth Bager’s club night) in 1990. I was 16 year’s old at the time. Rave culture hardly existed in Denmark back then.

(If you want to go back to that very first jungle party we’re talking about – Jungle Fever II – you can read Chriszka the Time Traveller’s description of that very party in her diary here: The Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe).


This pic is not from back when  rave culture didn’t exist, but it’s from back when we didn’t have cameras in our phones so that people like were the only ones taking pictures at parties.

Why do you love jungle?
It’s the energy. And I have always been fascinated with different drum patters. Which is quite strange, really, because I grew up with techno and 4/4. But I always liked a breakbeat. Maybe because I also liked hiphop.


Tim Driver loving breakbeats at Ohoi!’s 2 year anniversary party.

How does raving make the world better?
I was standing at the Outlook Festival thinking… okay, the world is fucked in many ways. Some people out there actually think that a suicidal death cult like Isis is awesome. Jeeez, they have just missed the point of life completely! I’m absolutely certain that if they were here right now, at the Outlook Festival, they would be able to see… … …They’ve just completely misunderstood everything. It’s just tragic that some people choose a path so destructive when they could have chosen to do something as awesome as raving instead.

I don’t rave as much as I used to, but I know how intense it is to just surrender to the music and dance for hours. That’s another way of canalizing your mental energies. And some people choose to use that energy on something destructive instead.

But my spirits are lifted when I’m at festivals, seeing so many happy people really enjoying themselves and the music. It’s important to remember that there are more people present at the Outlook festival alone than there are people doing terrorism in the entire world. We still outnumber you! You will not win!


Tim Driver and Chriszka the Time Traveller enjoys being on the winning team at Roskilde Festival 2006.

What’s your favourite tune?

I don’t have an all time favourite, but ‘Brown Paper Bag’ by Roni Size made a big impression on me. Maybe it was the way it marked the transition from jungle to drum’n’bass, signaling a shift to something new. But there are so many tunes. ‘Incredible’ is a fantastic jungle tune, too.

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
I just spent a three week vacation in California which was really really nice, and I would like to be back there RIGHT NOW, lying on a beach in San Diego. Especially with this cold weather. It was a much needed vacation – my first one in a year.

What’s your best party moment ever?
Okay, we’re going back to the 90s. It was the first time I was at Mayday in Berlin in Die Halle, this huge old train depot with room for 6- or 8000 people or something. When we entered the hall we were just like ”whaaaaaaaaaaat?!”

There was a whole bunch of us who had driven to Berlin by bus. It was all arranged by Pelle and Maximum Magazine. We partied all night at the Mayday rave and in the morning we went on to an afterparty club somewhere in Berlin where Laurent Garnier was playing. We stayed there until the afternoon and then we jumped back on the bus to drive back to Copenhagen. It was all so totally awesome, and people were still so hyped from the experience that everyone just wanted to keep raving, even when we were back on the ferry between Gedser and Rosstock. So we found a corner on the ferry and covered the lamps up with paper to dim the lights a bit and got a bit of a raver vibe going. No sleep, and no drugs. Just water and raver happiness. That was my first big raver experience.


Whohoooo! Massively awesome scanned photo of youngster babyface Tim in the raver bus going to Mayday. Appreciate this, you pixel sucking vampires, photos from that time are SUPER RARE!

My first dubstep party at Plastic People in London was completely mindblowing, too. It actually made me feel like I felt when I was at my very first rave. Experiencing a completely new music genre like that… And in such a different setting. It was such a small, dark room. And people were so intense. It’s pretty incredible that I got to experience that kind of feeling twice. The feeling of being at your first rave. And this happened in 2006! I thought I had heard everything. I hadn’t.


Tim Driver doing his thing. Photo courtesy of Vitus.

What’s the dark secret that no-one knows about you?
When I was younger, I was a big fan of Phil Collins. I still am, actually. I have all his old albums. I was a young kid, and I liked the grandiose sound of the synthezisers. And I thought he was cool. He played the drums and sang, which was a bit of an odd mix. And I’ve always been a sucker for a good melody of the melancholic kind. But I lost interest in Phil Collins when I really got into electronic music. I have all the old albums from the 80s right here on vinyl, though. Maybe I should give them a spin.


Tim Driver sharing dark secrets with Chriszka the Time Traveller.

Do you want more Tim? Don’t miss out when Tim Driver and the crew returns with the good ol’ brain shattering Christmas tradition: JuleBass! – the craziest of all Christmas parties: (Here’s the facebook event). New location this year, same amount of bass, same old zombifying brew of glügg (rum’ified gløgg we assume) in the casserole. December 17th. 

More Tim? Scroll through Blasts from the Past: Garden Party People or the very popular classic: Blasts from the Past: Ohoi! turns 6.

Or go back that party in Rugbyklubben – Jungle Fever II – here: The Jungle Diaries: Longing for the Tribe.

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Go to JUngLEkalenderen for every post and all seasons.

Jungle Confessions: “It’s against all odds, and it’s fabulous”

It’s the 4th day of the Jungle calendar, and it belongs to the one and only dj Drop – born on April 4th so a real 4/4 kind of guy.

Drop ran the monthly DNBZone club nights in Copenhagen from 2005 to 2009, booking everything and everyone from Future Prophecies and Rolodex to Vicious Circle, Temper D and EBK.

Apart from having awesome mixing skills, Drop is also the friendliest dj in the known universe. As you will all realize after reading this interview, the secret to being that level of Super Friendly is dedicating your life to dark music genres and all the struggles that come with it.

Welcome to: The Hard Times of Dj Drop


Wilcks sucks some friendliness out of Drop’s head and feels the buzz.

Drop! 🙂 I can’t even say your dj name without smiling. Tell us: When did you become a junglist?
I’m from Jutland so I didn’t have access to all the goings-on in Copenhagen, so my first rave was at the Roskilde Festival, in 1996 I think, where Bukem was hosting DeeDay for an entire night. I was a hiphop dj back then and I liked listening to drum’n’bass. But what made me a drum’n’bass-dj was Bad Company’s The Pulse. I was shopping for hiphop records on the internet and stumbled upon it. And I just had to own it. That record started everything. If it hadn’t been for The Pulse, you wouldn’t be talking to me today. We wouldnt even have met.

Phew. Lucky day on the internet. Let’s give it up for Bad Company then. Thank you, Bad Company!


Why do you love jungle?
First and foremost it’s the energy of the music. My love for heavy metal plays a part in it as well. And I used to be a drummer, so the rhythm thing means a lot to me, too. And jungle used to be so diverse. Back in the day everything was mixed. Darkside tunes mixed with liquid funk in one set. I liked that. There was so much life in the genre. Especially in the 90s. Now it’s split up so that you get one particular sound from one record company, and that’s it. It’s much harder to make an anthem today. All the dj’s are bombarded with tracks from their own camp.


Dj Drop and Chriszka the Time Traveller sharing a deepfelt ‘we love jungle’ moment at The Jungle Hut. This is totally our friendship photo, Drop!


How are you spreading the jungle gospel?
I’m from Ålborg, so I didn’t have access to all the parties in Copenhagen. If I wanted to hear the music, I had to create the parties myself. So I started doing monthly parties called 9000 Massive at Tusindfryd in Ålborg. And I booked all the dj’s from Copenhagen: Pyro, Nico, Vitus, Casparados and many more. I moved to Copenhagen in about 2004 and started doing the DNBZone parties. Primarily at Culture Box with free events on places like Stereo Bar, Riga and Nadsat as well – to lure new people in and get them to join us at Culture Box. DNBZone was running for four years, from 2005 til 2009, but then I threw in the towel. I got myself a drum’n’bass depression. Doing monthly drum’n’bass parties in Copenhagen was way too ambitious. People got completely saturated. I found it to be a hopeless project.

Pretty strong work running a hopeless project for four years, Drop. We salute you.
Well, if you want to survive with a club night in Copenhagen, do it 3 or 4 times a year, is my advice.


A picture of Drop running a hopeless project at Culture Box. 

What’s the best thing that happened this year?
The jungle revival in Copenhagen! – kicked off by the first All Jungle party. The oldschool feeling is back, and it has hit Copenhagen, too. It’s beautiful! There were so many of the old crew at the All Jungle parties, and a lot of new faces, too, and then there’s the jungle stuff going on at Bolsjefabrikken, on top. To me, all this was completely unexpected. My faith in a healthy, thriving drum’n’bass scene in Copenhagen took a serious blow after giving up on DNBZone, so I’m really happy to se it. It’s against all odds, and it’s fabulous.


Drop in the middle of things at the legendary dj Hype party by Ohoi! at Stengade 2005.


What’s your favourite jungle tune?
Can I pick two?

Yes, you can, Drop, because it’s you.
There are two tracks that I keep returning to. One is Doc Scott: Tokyo Dawn, and the other is Source Direct: The Crane.

They both have such an attitude and such an outer space vibe. I never play them at parties, though. They’re sitting in my record bag, but they’re not really crowd-pleasing tracks. There are no sirens or ragga vocals to keep the energy up. They go deep and only work if you’re in a trance. …Well, maybe I’m just too nervous that people will get bored on the dancefloor. We finally have this jungle revival going on and then I assume that people are not ready for it yet or just want full power stuff. But I do play them at radio shows and such.


Drop winning the Weird Face competition in the JUngLE calendar’s Weird Faces Special.


What’s your favourite heavy metal tune, then?
Difficult question. I have engaged in just about everything the genre has to offer, from Mötley Crüe over Pantera to Behemoth. At the moment my favourite is Ghost. It’s a Swedish occult rock troupe. The identity of the band members is a secret, but it consists of Papa Emeritus and Nameless Ghouls. Visually they look like death metal, but musically it’s more like grandiose pop rock, and all their lyrics are about Satan. My favourite tune is by Behemoth, though: Blow Your Trumpets, Gabriel. The lead singer almost died of leukaemia, survives an operation and writes the masterpiece The Satanist, opening with this track. Pure evilness through and through, musically and visually.



What’s your best party moment ever?
My first time at Fabric in London. It was in 2002 or 2003 I think. It was a True Playaz night with Hype, Zinc, Pascal and so on. But we ended up standing in line for four hours outside the club. I lost sight of all my friends and didn’t make it inside until 30 minutes before the last set. So I basically missed the entire thing. But then Andy C goes on the decks and tears off the roof. I waited in line for four hours to rave at Fabric for one hour, and it was the best thing ever. It was the first time I heard Andy C, too.


Thank you, Drop! ❤

If you want to know what the weird face in the above picture is about, jump back to Blasts from the Past: The Birthday Bash Edition (it’s a time portal thriller!) 

If you want more Drop, his finger prints are ALL OVER the JUngLE calendar, because the DNBZone parties are so heavily represented in all the selections of pictures. You could start out with our collection of pics from the DNBZone Temper D party: Blasts from the Past: Temper D  or read my recommendation of his EBK party on, where I geek out (a bit more than usual).

You could also have some scrolling fun with Jungle Feelings: The Weird Faces Special or Jungle Feelings: The Group Hug Special.

Did you miss a day of JUngLE? Do not despair! Everything has been collected for you here: JUngLEkalenderen


The Birthday Bash III: “Raving is like deep meditation”

Time-travellers, tune in, and buckle up your seat belts once more – it’s time for the BIRTHDAY BASH ROUND III – The Up Close and Personal Edition.

It’s the birthday of Chriszka the Time Traveller, and that means that extra potent portals and loop-holes in time will be manifesting everywhere. So kick away your chronologies and lean back, were diving in for an interview and a time-imploding selection of pics.


When did you become a junglist?
I was living in London and wanted to find somewhere exciting to celebrate my birthday on December 3rd 1993. I flicked through a TimeOut magazine and stumbled upon this place called The Paradise that seemed to have some remarkably long opening hours, so that’s where we went. And that’s where I heard jungle for the first time – in the mainroom of the legendary Paradise Club in Islington. So that was pretty much a straight to the heart of things kind of kick-off.


I had no idea what I had heard, though. Afterwards I described it as ”really fast, dark techno” in my diary. Later on that month, on New Year’s Eve, I went to The Marquee for New Year’s Eve, and that’s when it really clicked. I recognized my first tunes (the original version of Champion Sound and Renegade Snares (Foul Play remix)) and started to realize what was going on – that the dj’s on stage were actually mixing vinyls, not playing about with drum machines and sound effects. Never looked back since that night.


Chriszka the Time-Traveller and Svingsen points towards the interesting future.

Why do you love jungle?
The original jungle sounds had me completely hypnotized. The music felt so new and groundbreaking to me; this was going to change the world, I knew it, and I was going to help make it happen. I felt that it had the composition and the complexity of classical music combined with the sonic energies of a death metal concert. And a dance floor intensity that blew me away. If you have the stamina for it, jungle is the best dance music in the world. Some people say they find it impossible to dance to. Those people have absolutely no ear for music. Or maybe they’re really into ketamine.

And for the first couple of years I didn’t bother with any other kind of electronic music. Jungle was so much more interesting than the rest – with that extra added buzz of feeling part of something completely new, completely undiscovered by the media, still. And I was still living in London, so there was plenty of high quality jungle to choose from – twentyforseventhreesixfive business.


What’s your favourite jungle tune?
I have made so many collections of hand-picked favourites by now, and I seem to find a spot for Valley of the Shadows in all of them somehow. It’s on My 7 all time favourite jungle tracks, obviously, and on my The 7 saddest jungle tunes ever list, too, just to mention two. Magical tune.


Physical time portal at the Boom Festival in scorching Portugal.

If you could timetravel to any point in time right now, where would you go?
As any reader of the JUngLE calendar will know, I’m a highly skilled time-traveller with my own time machine, so I time travel all the time. Right now, too. Next question.


How does raving make the world better?
When you’re completely absorbed by the music and using your entire body to express that absorption, raving is like deep meditation. It’s suuuuper good for the soul, and raving surrounded by hundreds or thousands of like-minded people multiplies the effect. It’s a beautiful, mind-expanding experience that goes back to tribal rituals from thousands of years ago and points towards the future at the same time. It’s such a powerful and transformative environment, and I’m still amazed that anyone could have lived through the 90s and the 00s as a young person and not have caught on to this. Seriously. Hello.


And it’s still going on, obviously. This is the powerful portal of Turmbühne at the Fusion Festival, this summer. This is where time melts away. Fusion forever, literally.

What’s your best party moment ever?
It’s the same cosmic peak moment I keep going back to. Open air festivals are good at providing it. Fusion always does. But it’s a place I discovered back in the day below the massive green lasers of the London Astoria, a place outside time. It needs space to materialize. Open sky. Or, in the Astoria case, extremely high ceilings with otherworldly laser tunnels.

What’s your favourite tune that’s not jungle?
Impossible question. But the one artist that takes up the most space in my music collection is David Bowie (by far), so I choose Time from Aladdin Sane.

What have you learnt this year?
I’m getting a lot better at cutting away distractions. This is absolutely essential in this age of digital overload. It’s very difficult, because there’s so much interesting stuff that pops up everywhere trying to catch your attention. But the rewards are magnificent.


Do you want more cake and cava? More time portal incidents on the dance floors? Revisit Chriszka the Time Travellers previous (or, you know, “previous”) birthday bashes: The Blasts from the Past Birthday Bash Edition and The Birthday Bash Special – The X-panded Mix.

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