Ritual’s been a staple for the Sydney Drum & Bass scene for time. He’s pretty much part of the furniture. When a fresh-faced Slice (Inna Riddim co-founder) arrived in Sydney back in 2003 the first port of call for the junglist DJ was The Record Store – a firm establishment across the time continuum, congregating vinyl aficionados and the one-stop hub for all scene info. Comfortably nestled behind the counter was Ritual; the vinyl pusher by day and ambassador for Drum & Bass in Sydney by night.
His career in sound selection spans close to two decades: from seminal Green & Jazzy days alongside scene stalwarts Q45 & Kid Kenobi, all the way through to his most notable and long-standing partnership with fellow junglists A.L.F. for Rollers Music and Spikey Tee. If you ask anybody who was raving in Sydney to DNB back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Ritual is the name that’s indented on every flyer. Contemporising his style for the new Bass generation with 808-aplomb through his Tape2Tape alter ego, it can only grow under the shadow of his legacy as Ritual. So it’s only fitting, and with great honour, that we first commission two of his finest and timeless cuts from Drum & Bass’ heyday to our growing catalogue, as our Drum & Bass output is reverie to those formative years and relished with great fondness, just as this release is.
released September 7, 2012
Artwork: John Mullen
Copyright: Inna Riddim Records
Publishing: Inna Riddim Pty Ltd