Artists from the drum & bass community have paid tribute to Jamie Giltrap on social media.
Giltrap emerged from the Midlands in the early '90s with a string of essential hardcore jungle productions on labels like Formation Records and Moving Shadow. Born in Bromley, before moving to south-east London and onto Kent in the mid-'80s, he was initially producing and DJing hip-hop before helping shape the evolution of hardcore into jungle, j-tek and drum & bass from the beginning of the '90s.
His first release was on DJ SS and Eidris Hassam's Formation Records in 1991. His second EP for Formation, Future Followers, was a breakout 12-inch and remains a key 1993 release to this day. Last year, Giltrap launched a label called Steel Fingers Heritage with assistance from MPS Vinyl, which issued sought-after and unreleased productions from the early '90s.
Listen to "Time Bomb."
RIP to one of the originals, DJ Tango. We came up together in the Midlands rave scene and his music is part of the foundations of Drum & Bass. A very sad day. Way too soon ...— Doc Scott (@docscott31) January 31, 2018
So sad to hear about Tango passing away. One of the few true pioneers of rave and “darkside”. I met him a few times over the years and he was always a nice guy, very unassuming. RIP— Bodyjack | HeaT (@ChrisFinke) January 31, 2018
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