Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters

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I caught up with Raymond Roker recently and asked him for some background on this mixtape, here’s what he had to say:

Obviously, a reference to Queen, one of the greatest of all time. And maybe a bit of mid ’90s nihilism because nothing really mattered in some ways. So maybe that’s existentialism.

10 stories high was URB headquarters at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in the legendary Taft Building. That was URB’s first real office space from 1992-2000. ’96 was also a tough year for us. We almost caved that year due to money/growth issues. We recovered and ’97 then saw a breakout year for electronic music. Our best years were still yet to come.

[Upon seeing a tracklist] Ahh, right, my drum and bass days… This was a great time for jungle. I was getting copious white labels directly from England and playing tunes at gigs before most. Plus, I was buying tons of vinyl still. The DJ Hype/Fugees “Ready or Not” was to be a classic. I had some audio of Goldie in an interview that starts side B. Nasty Habits (Doc Scott) “Shadow Boxing” is still a beast to this day. And Future Forces “Dead by Dawn” used to murder the place.

So much other DARK and deep metal going on here. The first side is definitely the stormer with major cuts of tech step of the day. But the second side starts a little more cerebral and brooding. The gets into a classic mood, into the more dance friendly beats of the day. But all of it heavy.

Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters (Side A)

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Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters (Side B)

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6 thoughts on “Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters”

  1. hats off to you, roker! your show fm science introduced me into the more serious (tech/dark) side of dnb.. before that i had only heard the o.g. ragga bizz.. i recorded the night you brought a guy called gerald onto the show around 97/98.. i wore that tape OUT! peace!!

  2. DJ Raymond Roker… hmmmm. Whatever happen to that guy? All I remember is V Recodings at The Variety Arts Center, Photek @ Pinks, Organic till 6AM (I missed you set), the list goes on…. never say die!

  3. Used to go to his jungle club on sundays …very cool chill spot…We need more dark jungle !!!

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