Written By Beta Recordings Admin - January 22 2018
THE JUNGLE FIRE STORY
"If you follow me on social media then you will already know how much I love cooking, and the natural path to follow on from that is finding the tastiest ingredients. The best way to do that is to grow your own! So a few years ago I started growing vegetables in my back garden, just simple stuff, Tomatoes, Beetroot, some salads etc and of course Chillies! Before I knew it I had a gazillion chilli plants in pots all around the garden, and come harvest time, more hot peppers than I knew what to do with! So I started experimenting with hot sauces, salsas & drying the chillies for using in BBQ dry rubs & seasoning.
I've grown all sorts of different varieties of Hot Pepper, from simple mainstream ones like Cayenne (which can still be really hot!), Scotch bonnets, Ring o' Fire, Bird's Eye, to rarer and much much hotter & famous like the Scorpion Moruga, Bhut Jolokia aka the 'Ghost' pepper & the world record hottest - the Carolina Reaper. What amazed me when I tried these for the first time, apart from how insanely hot they can be, is the intensity of the flavour and the fruityness that comes from the pods. I guess my mission with the sauces I make is to let that flavour shine through, if you can see through the heat! I find a lot of traditional hot sauces are very vinegary & sharp, I'm not into that, what I love is the sweet fruity flavour alongside the heat.
Eat the sauce however you like, its good to try some on a teaspoon first so you can really taste what's going on and appreciate the flavour - a great wake-up kick in the morning too (even better in a bloody mary!). My personal favourite is to use it as a marinate on chicken thighs for the BBQ, I find the heat calms down a little during cooking too.
The idea behind Jungle Fire is to make limited edition batches of wonderfully flavourful, exciting hot sauces, and to share them with enthusiasts all over the world, the same approach I take to my music! I'll be making lots of different styles over the summer, some with the focus more on heat, some more fruity & suited to marinades, and some more smokey/BBQ oriented (you will know how much I've been getting into American-style 'Low & Slow' BBQing if you check my instagram!).
I will be encouraging feedback, and in fact everyone that sends in a video review of them trying the sauce for the first time will get a discount voucher for future purchases! :-)
If things go well, and after listening to feedback on what you guys are enjoying the most I may refine certain popular recipies and eventually have a few 'signature' bottles that I can make in larger quantities - but for now, this is stricktly limited underground Jungle Fire. Dub Plate sauces for those that know!"
Love from John B
Here's a random video from 3 or 4 years ago when I was first learning about growing chillis at home! Little did I know how far it would take me, and the chillis!!
Established 1999: John B founded Beta Recordings in the midst of one of drum & bass’s most exciting creative chapters: as its leading exponents defied the mainstream superclub culture by staring point blank into an exciting future and pushing technology to its very limits. And none more so than John B and the talented creative collective signed to Beta.
Representing the strongest principals drum & bass has always stood for, Beta Recordings has played a crucial role the scene, consistently prioritising music quality over commerciality and exciting new paths over the well-trodden route. As a result the label has shown an adept ability to identify talent at its earliest stage and play an equally pivotal role within the careers of some of the most impressive, successful and respected names in drum & bass and beyond…
The talents of Nu:Tone, Logistics, Camo & Krooked, Commix, Tim Exile, Xilent, Gemini, Dexcell, High Rankin and heroes of the new bass generation Terravita were all identified by John B and championed by Beta and its sister label Tangent with some of their earliest (in many cases their very first) game-changing releases.
As well as a stomping ground for today’s headliners, Beta remains a key platform for some of the most forward-thinking artists to emerge in recent times: Fade, Gmorozov, Virtue, Vice City, Hectix, Castor and Receptor. Plunging deep into the underground spirit and sound of Russia, eastern Europe and the US long before they had developed the global drum & bass reputation these territories now have, Beta was one of the first UK labels to recognise and champion the skills of drum & bass being made outside its motherland, setting the foundations of a now accepted and encouraged global vantage point.
A similar parallel can be found in its broad remit: In a game when most dance music labels will focus on a specific sound and fine-tuned output, Beta has continually bucked the trend and defied scene norms with its signature uncompromising attitude that places inventiveness way above sub-categories and sub-sub-genres. Creating a sense of consistency from release to release simply by ensuring an exciting unpredictability and a great sense of timelessness, Beta has never resorted to type or trend.
In the early developmental days Beta would deliver bold experimentalism from Tim Exile one month and liquid rolling soul from Nu:Tone the next. This broad scope signature remains present to this day: from the daring electro-techno mischief of Gmorozov to the neuro grit of Fade via the label’s two deeply curated compilations that span the 15-plus years of material, ‘Carnival Drum & Bass’ (launched during the World Cup) and ‘Drum & Bass 2014: Summer Sessions’. Whichever Beta release you dig deep into from any point of time, the label’s distinct attitude and delivery remain consistent and relevant.
Naturally this widescreen vision has led to unanimous DJ support throughout the years. This ability to resonate with all corners is key to Beta Recordings’ continuous contribution to drum & bass, a genre that’s now pushing technology to its limit underground and overground. With a rich discography that plots drum & bass’s history with unique character and agelessness, Beta’s repertoire is in a prime position to soundtrack and enhance game, TV, movies and all music sync scenarios.
An accurate testing ground for the sounds and stars of the tomorrow’s dancefloors: Beta Recordings and its talented creative collective continue to stare boldly into the future…
“One of D&B’s few genuine global super-producers… John B really is in a league of his own… Remember John B’s unique contribution to the genre”. -Mixmag
John B is one of electronic music’s most distinctive, creative and consistent contributors. Splicing genre DNA like a modern mad scientist.
His latest offering 'Damages' featuring the ethereal vocals of Shaz Sparks, is true testament to this. 'ANTHEMIC' is the only way to describe this slice of BIG ROOM D&B. John's razor sharp production is musically monstrous as always, while Shaz's voice lends an other-worldly essence to the proceedings.
Next up is Johns's Deep House, mix which slows everything down but keeps the vibe large. Then lastly the package comes with a 'Live Mix' for your listening pleasure.
Welcome to the brand new Beta Recordings & John B webstore!
We thought it was about time it was updated and we hope you like the results!
One of the most exciting new features is the ability to bundle digital downloads with physical products - so now when you buy any of our CDs or Vinyl you get the option to include an MP3 or high-quality WAV file download too!
After checkout you simply receive an email with the download link, and it even gives you the option to immediately save the file to your Dropbox!
Over the coming weeks we will gradually be loading up more products, all the back catalogue from Beta Recordings, and our sister labels Tangent Recordings & Nu Electro. Also some cool rare stuff like TPs, white label & promo vinyls, posters and merch like iPhone cases etc. And of course all the brand new music we've got coming soon!
If you would like anything you order to be signed by John B just send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional personalisation (Birthday messages etc) you'd like & we'll get it done (unless he's away for an extended period on tour! - but we have pre-signed ones in stock too).
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Peace, Love & Drum & Bass.
Beta Recordings Team
Here's a little mix for you to listen to while you shop :-)