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Nostalgia seems to run in ten-year cycles, so it's no surprise that old-school jungle, the breakbeat-driven dance genre also known as drum 'n' bass, is undergoing something of a hipster revival now. Violent Turd, a subdivision of Kid606's Tigerbeat6 label, led the charge last spring with Wired for Sound, a DJ-mix CD by Detroit's Todd Osborn, aka Soundmurderer. Featuring three mixes containing a total of 60 tracks, Wired for Sound plays like a highlight reel of the genre--all action all the time. Eschewing the slower, more contemplative cuts ("rollers") in favor of the hyperactive, blood-churning stuff ("rinses"), it's a skewed view of history, but it's also one of the most exciting and consistent jungle mixes ever released. Osborn's takes on tracks like T Power's remixes of Shy FX's "Who Run Tingz," Remarc's seething "R.I.P.," and Johnny Jungle's "Killa Sound (Krome & Time Remix)" combine a dirty low end with ricocheting snare hits and chants lifted from Jamaican anthems--one of Wired's high points is an uncredited remix of Barrington Levy's ragga classic "Here I Come." Osborn followed the set with Rewind Records (Rephlex), a collaboration with Ann Arbor's SK-1 that similarly exploits old-school jungle's raggafied sound. Soundmurderer goes second on this bill; Bogdan Raczynski headlines, Benn Jordan opens, and DJs Plasticman, Markone, and Rephlex Records perform all evening. Wednesday, March 17, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Doug Coombe.

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