IT’S TECHNO JIM , BUT NOT AS THEY KNOW IT

Over the past  few  years in  my  excursions  around  the underground  techno /rave /acid music scene in UK , I have came  across many an interesting character , but none  have struck me down  with their  sheer  passion for  pure undiluted rave techno than that of  East London’s  James Hollins  AKA Jim Bones  of the Crossbones /Phuture rave crew . I managed  to  persuade  Jim to  play on  my new radio show called   “The Spotlight”  that   i  have recently started in an old police station in south London.
Having  worked with him in the past  at various events in London , i knew this  would be tricky  as  he  is  very careful about where  he  puts  himself in terms of his  DJing and music production  which  he  has no qualms about letting you know the fact of  the matter.
So it  was  a small victory  for  me  to nail a short interview  even  albeit for a brief   half hour before  we  set  off onto the radio studio.  I Arranged  to meet Jim  in a nearby pub to Optical studio in New Cross South London , On his arrival  he storms  in like some mission bound secret agent from planet doom , dressed head to toe in black with black glasses perched on his forehead , with his  hand held  out  clutching two freshly  burned CD’s of his  recent  productions which he slams straight into my hands   while pronouncing  loudly with a wild  eyed glare ” This  is  what  i’m about ” , “This  is  where  i’m taking it  ,To a whole new level but staying with that  original sound  that  is   impossible to water  down”.
This  is  the kind  of handshake you get  when meeting  a core member of one of  the UK’s darkest  rave crews . – CROSSBONES  SOUND SYSTEM . London’s legendary Doomcore commando’s  who have danced many times over the years in face of the authority’s  as documented in the video RAVE FRONTIERS

After  a few minutes  of our meeting ,  Jim  candidly Fills  me  in with  details of recent  projects he is  currently involved in as  his  eyes  light up when  we discuss   the sound  of  the tracks  of his  i have already heard .  “YOU SEE THAT’S WHATS MISSING” , he states , ” No cunt  doe’s  that  anymore  ”   ; Jim goes into description , “We used to compare tracks at  5 am  in the morning ,we’d be  like , Oh that  sounds like this – this sounds like that  and Lets  make  a track that sounds  like this,its  all become to arty  these  days ” .
I nod agreeing  and tell Jim ,this  is  exactly why i have sought him out  , time and again including  today, as  he  has a certain spark and enthusiasm for techno  that  i  can relate  to in many ways .

JIM BONES -WEARING SHADES INDOORS . SOUNDCLOUD LINK

TEN TECHNO TUNES  THAT  HAVE STOOD  THE TEST  OF TIME :
Here  are  10  “BLUEPRINTS” as  Jim Bones  would describe them .

1.) THE MOVER – WAVES OF LIFE   ….
“Because it’s the one record that brings tears to people on a Sunday morning

2 .) INSIDER -TRYOUT  T.O.001, …
“Because it’s as fucking mental as it gets”

3.)THE  MOVER   & RAVE  CREATOR -ASTRAL DEMON
“Absolte spiritual/doom and still a stormer (it’s Lost & Rave The Planet)”

4.)  ALL IN ONE – MY VISION  (Mid Town )
“Take it back to 91, many of our mates have come clamouring for the name of that one”

5.) INCUBUS -THE SPIRIT ( Taken from the Volume 1 ep, on 80 Aum Records)
” A happy track without being cheesy, the real spirit of rave”

6.) SUBURBAN KNIGHT -THE ART OF STALKING 
“If you don’t know or have this, saying you know techno is talking bullshit” !!

7.) SYSEX -WORLD  DOMINATION  1992 (Plus  8 Records )
“Acid as fucked up as it gets. The track “Unreal Life” stands out here, almost impossible to mix but WHOA, they don’t do them like that anymore.”

8.) SUPER POWER -THE FUTURE  CRUSADE
” Oliver Chesler and Miro Pajic. A step in a new direction that hasn’t been answered by anyone.”

9.)Lost 10-Apocalypse Never/Hell-E-Copter, the last word

10.)I.S.Q. 150-190 it goes above and beyond (Moby would not have made 1000 without it and it’s still not on the tube)

 

 

Q. > What projects are you currently involved in Jim

A.) 
I’m aiming to re-launch Rave Frontier Records. The project isn’t  yet cast in stone but it’s looking good. I still have a couple of tracks to finish under the name “North London Knights” and will hopefully have releases from Dr Strange and Minimum Syndicat to follow. ( Check Jims  release on  the  french Rave  Techno outfit  Minimum syndicat label   under the name  Kenny  Kramp  )

 

Q.) Will we be seeing the legendary crossbones rave crew sound system on the scene in the near future .

A. It’s  hard to say, on the squat scene in London, highly unlikely. At clubs, small do’s, probably or we’ll die of boredom but the rig is really Lea’s department.

 

SYNAPSE 
After  the    interview /meeting/ radio show   with  JIM BONES , i am left with an indelibly stamped memory  of his eccentricity and  energy   that  seems  to set him apart  from the usual  old  skool techno  DJ’s that i am  in contact with  frequently .
And although this  self proclaimed “LAB RAT”  as Jim would describe  his current existence in planet  doom  and  ” having an ageing dog with multiple brain defects doesn’t help matters when it comes to going off for the weekend ” .
Im  sure  we wont be hearing  the  last of this  man ,as his recent projects suggest  aside  from the others  he is currently planning that all smell of  hard rave techno  such as his  recent production under  the moniker KENNY KRAMP.

JIM BONES aka -KENNY KRAMP -4VMS link

JIM BONES – YOU KILLED BAMBI , ( Soundcloud Link )

Many  thanks  to  Jim for  taking the time to  speak  to me and also  playing on the show  was great  having him in the studio  !

Kenny  Mulligan .

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