My introduction to jungle came later, at the 'Technocolour' party in '95 which featured its very own jungle/drum & bass room. To be honest, I wasn't really impressed by it all. At the time it felt like the music just lacked something. I put it down to my unsophisticated young mind just not understanding anything unless it was big, dumb and in your face. Nevertheless, I picked up Popeye's "Jungle Massive Australia" tape some months later. I must have realised there was more to jungle than met the eye. Incidentally, this is about the same time everyone else realised there was more to jungle.
I don't know if it was just the lack of MC's but there was always something spit-polished about the Jungle Massive Australia take on drum & bass. Compared to the madness of the UK tapes - usually live recordings - that filtered through every now and again, Australianised tapes took on a far more restrained, clinical quality, despite the tapes featuring all the same tracks. The few JMA parties I attended were somewhat similar - a tad more chilled than many of the other scenes in Sydney at the time.
This tape is excellent but yes, very clean, very clinical. At the same time it treads a really nice line, achieving an atmospheric feel without diverting too far from the dancefloor.
Download DJ Popeye "Jungle Massive Australia" Side A
Download DJ Popeye "Jungle Massive Australia" Side B