“ Genre: Dance & Electronic / Artist: Shy FX / Audio CD released 1995-10-01 at SOUR „
After hitting the UK hard with "Original Nuttah", Shy FX dropped "Just An Example" in 1995 as his debut album. Presenting the sounds of Jungle and Drum & Bass to the mainstream, it was a significant release for the genre and allowed it to make its way up in the Dance and Electronica scene thereafter with its hardcore rave sounds and Reggae-Dancehall edge when it was still in its early years.
2. "Gangsta Kid"
The album gets off to a very nice start as we see that Shy FX wastes no time whatsoever when attempting to get into the music and he gets straight to hitting the listeners with what they want to hear. Complete with lots of suitable samples (the sort which have influenced the style of the style as it currently is) and it makes for nice results as he experiments with breaks in a very chaotic manner.
3. "We Nuh Ease Up"
For this one you get Shy FX coming to rip apart the Amen Break (The Winstone's "Amen, Brother") speeding things up to the sort of pace that you'd expect of a tune from this time. You have a suitable Hip Hop call of "Yes Yes Y'All, To The Beat Y'All" running through the track as he comes to link up with MC Det. The breakdown is raw here and takes you right back to these times as MC Det comes in with the sort of toasts that led to the MCing in Garage tunes towards the end of this decade.
4. "Gangsta II" (Remix)
On this one you get a remix to the album that kicked the album off. The remade version comes courtesy of L Double and finds that he messes around with the main looping sample and does a very nice job at making it much more danceable and less a massive mash-up of sounds going in all directions. It hits hard here and Gunsmoke's toasting over the tune tops off this killer Jungle track.
The introduction to this one is much longer than most and seems to feel even longer than what it actually is (just over a minute) because there aren't any speedy Breakbeats running through that and so instead the breakdown comes as sort of a surprise to give it an even more impactful Jump-Up effect than usual and force you to be taken down in a way that you wouldn't have expected to have felt; thus making it as 'narrrsty' as it claims to be.
6. "This Style"
As one of the album's singles, this was a very popular cut off the record and one that really stood-out as one of the bigger tunes from the thing. I saw it as a killer and you find that with it you get nice use of sub-bass to push the deep range even further and make you feel this as much as you do the fly breaks which seem to be up to the same high standard as ever. It's one of the best here and makes a massive impression when it drops.
Here's a powerful tune from Shy FX and opne that places all the attention on what exactly his experiments with the breaks have come up with. Here he chops up and rearranges the Breakbeats in such a way that they lose their original feel, but makes it even more heavy when they finally drop and so are just what you'd be looking for in a tune from this time when then underground rave scene ruled.
8. "Cry (Remix)
Long-time collaborator T-Power is seen to get on this cut and give a special remix of a rather dark Shy FX tune. I saw it to be a very nice piece and one that kept the momentum of the record rolling through as you get more trialling of lots of various elements that I felt you'd enjoy if you were well into this scene in these years (from the early-to-mid nineties) and all of the engery that it brought with it.
9. "Who Run Tings"
This is a fresh cut and one that stands right out as something special from the album as you see more of Shy FX's Hip Hop influence as this one he samples the instrumentals from the introduction to Rapper's Delight" before taking from a Cypress Hill cut and then just blasting out with more energetic breaks as he fights to keep the sound to its underground roots and not giving it the potential to seep out to the mainstream.
10. "Original Gangsta"
We're exposed to more UK Gangsta business on the sample before we get into the track itself and out of nowhere we have things blasting out hard as Shy FX drops the b-line and slings donw some speedy beats that get us going and then finally Gunsmoke is able give some vocals to top the tune off. You also get a sample of "Original Nuttah" (from the end of the album) here and it seems to make it what it is.
11. "Gangsta II" (The Final Chapter)
12. "Original Nuttah"
As you come off another mix of a tune that's been reworked on many times through the release, we get the single that acted as an anthem for the scene. Perfect in that it's able to not only able to able directly towards those who were immersed in the music of this scene at the time, UK Apache's toasting over the thing seems to have been able to draw in the more mainstream listeners to make the track what it is as a masterpiece from him.
This is a killer album from Shy FX and one that gives a nice introduction to what he's about as one of the figureheads for the genre for much of its duration since it broke out around about this time. There's a lot to like about it and I personally didn't have any problems with any of the tunes found one it. Each and every tune is a big one and will be to your taste if you were into this sort of rave scene back then.