Before south Londoners were immersed with dubstep, jungle and drum ‘n’ bass ruled the underground electronic music scene. Released in 1994 on Suburban Base, electronic pioneer Jay D’Cruze’s “Lonely” is a perfect display of rolling breakbeat drums, the now pivotal pitched-down female sample (although sometimes in newer pieces it’s a pitched-up male sample, it’s often so damn hard to tell), and ambiant balance of sound and lack thereof. Many jungle-heads argue that it’s one the best track anyone’s ever produced.
One figure whose sound has most definitely been influenced by this track — Burial — agrees with that sentiment, and holds it amongst other favorites “Being With You” (Remix) by Foul Play and “Misty Winter” by Digital Mystikz. We can only dream of what his DJ-Kicks mix could have been like.