Chalke – The Resurrection EP

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Chalke Lom is an enigma. A talented Watford Enigma. Growing up within the London rave scene alongside LTJ Bukem, MCing for Bukem as he was rising up through the ranks and making a name for himself on the circuit. He was also the guy who first pushed LTJ Bukem onto the decks, so we have him to thank for giving Bukem the encouragement to get out there and tear it up all those years ago! But alongside Chalke’s MCing forays at the weekends, he was also whizzkid in the studio. And his nights out with Bukem helped him get a grasp on the jungle scene and what was working in the clubs.

So, in 1992 whilst living in Tottenham, him and his best pal Longers came back from a Dreamscape rave fully ‘beaned up’ on the quality ecstasy that was in the clubs at that time. And being ‘proper on one’ Chalke got into the studio, while Longers carried on the party vibes by being the ‘cocktail maker’ for that studio session as it rolled into Saturday daytime and into the following night. The outcome of that long drug-fuelled session was the classic jungle banger that is ‘The Resurrection’.

A little while later, with Chalke now MCing for Mr. C of The Shamen at his Brain Club residency in Soho, London, Chorks wanted to get a flipside done to ‘The Resurrection’. So he called in Longers ‘The Vibes Man’ and the pair went out to an Outer Limits rave in Milton Keynes for inspiration. On their arrival back in Tottenham, Chalke hit the studio again, with Longers by his side as always and the creativity flowed, the amens rolled and the session bubbled over into two versions of ‘The Future’ – (‘The Future Original / The Future Now’). Both ‘The Resurrection’ and ‘The Future (Original)’ gained cult status by appearing on Bukems mixtapes released on Yamen back in 1993 and helped establish Chalke as a cutting edge Junglist and pioneer of the scene.

25 years later and we bring to you a repress of this legendary 12″ that was released on Chalke’s Force Of Nature label back in 1993. With the original hitting prices between £130 – £220, and over 300 people wanting this record on Discogs, Chalke contacted me keen to get the record reissued after seeing the success of my last release, The Mad Dog EP. With the tunes professionally remastered, its with great pleasure that I offer to you the 25 Year Anniversary Repress of this awesome slab of jungle history on Vinyl Fanatiks – my vinyl repress label. This repress will be a limited run of 300. I may repress it again in the future but if so, the artwork on the labels will be different.

Chalke is a really old friend of mine from back in the Mid 90’s when I first started Aquasky with Dave and Kieron. He lived in Southbourne, Bournemouth and had his studio near the beach and I use to find myself back at his many times after a rave. By this point Chalke had a couple of releases on Absolute 2 under the moniker ‘Life On Mars’ and had just started a new group ‘Forces Of Nature’ with his mate Tony Reeves and was signed to One Little Indian. We asked them to remix our ‘Tranquillity’ single on Moving Shadow in 1995, with our other mate Big Bud (who had his first releases on Underdog Recordings) also remixing it. We wanted to keep things on a South Coast tip for that release and showcase our friends on the seminal Moving Shadow imprint.

A couple of years later Forces Of Nature released an EP on our Passenger Records, which came out in 1998. Big Bud also did a 12″ release for Passenger – ‘AKA Jazz / Madison Heights’ – but this was never released aside from a handful of white labels due to our distributor going under and all our stock going with it. Perhaps I may try and do a repress of that Big Bud release in the future as that last copy of that record sold for £200!

I hope you enjoy this release and the story on how the record was made which Chalke relayed to me with such enthusiasm and passion. I like adding a little personal insight into these re-releases as I feel there are so many stories to tell from that era, an era where things travelled by word of mouth as oppossed to social media. A time when music still had regional styles and vibes, local heroes and folklore tales. A journey to the building blocks of dance music.

This re-release is dedicated to Gary ‘Longers’ Church. 1966 – 2002

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