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Brush up on your drum 'n' bass history with upcoming book

Who Say Reload is the story of D’n’B and features the stories of the genre’s pioneers

  • Words: Jemima Skala | Photo: Eddie Otchere
  • 24 January 2021
Brush up on your drum 'n' bass history with upcoming book

On March 5 2021, Velocity Press will publish Who Say Reload, a new book giving a comprehensive history of D’n’B from those that were there at its beginning.

Featuring stories from Goldie, DJ Hype, Roni Size, Andy C, 4hero and many more, Who Say Reload takes you back to the origins of D’n’B, delving into the influences, environment, equipment, samples and beats that went into each classic D’n’B record. These stories have been compiled by Paul Terzulli, a longtime dance music enthusiast and manager of the hip hop blog Only Built for zShare Links.

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The book’s photography is provided by photographer Eddie Otchere, who was the official photographer for Goldie’s seminal Metalheadz nights. In his other work, Otchere has photographed anyone from Biggie Smalls to Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Speaking on the book, Terzulli has said, “Despite the impact jungle had when it first hit, there was always an element of mystery about the music and its creators. You could experience it through vinyl, tapes of raves and pirate radio and, assuming you were old enough, going out to the raves themselves. However, finding out more about the creators of these futuristic soundscapes was a different task altogether. I felt that the stories of those responsible should be collated and presented in one place, rather than scattered across podcasts, YouTube videos and obsolete websites, or as anecdotes flickering past on a social media timeline.”

The book is currently available for preorder through the Velocity Press website.

An A2 poster featuring original labels of 36 of the tracks featured in the book is also currently available.



Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter

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