Most D&B heads now know what an absolute legend DJ rap is. After almost 30 years in the game, there are countless hits in different genres, a film career and her own label Propa Talent. Her Propa Dubs series, now in its fourth episode, repeats how OG actually is. For the latest remix series of their classic break track “Divine Rhythm”, rap went back to 1992 and worked with British producer Dope Ammo and singer Jasmine Knight. The first remix, like “Propa”, is the jungle mix.
The original 1992 single “Divine Rhythm” was an incredibly fun breakbeat / UK hardcore club jam full of samples, amens and switch-ups. Presumably it got its name from the vox and melody samples of another classic, the new wave “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister. The pretty, ethereal and divine sample gives the track a great emotional feel and even now it would be a perfect track for a sunrise.
Based on the original, the jungle VIP remix of “Divine Rhythm” is just as full of amens and tempo switches and moves seamlessly between old-school hardcore breakbeat and modern, faster tempo 174. Rap and dope ammo also added many modern wind-ups and drops, a secondary sub-bass melody and some dirty, gritty neuro-style accents added.
The biggest change between 1992 and 2021 that we’ll see in the entire remix series for this track is the change in the “Kyrie” vocals and synths from sampled to hand-made. This change in how the stems themselves were created has likely given dope and ram more flexibility to place them where they want. When it comes to the vocals, this is also a big improvement as Jasmine Knight’s bell-clear, pitched voice along with modern recording techniques make the melodic line of this track so good that the listener gets goose bumps, sunrise or no.
Next up in the Propa Dubs 4 series will be the “Euphoric” remix of “Divine Rhythms”, a ravey chugger with blown beats, and the even ravenous “Ravers” remix with tons of syncopation for DJs. This series will also be featured on a vinyl release later this year, along with the upcoming Propa Dubs 5. There is no shortage of hits from the reigning Queen of D&B, and with the festivals hopefully back on the program soon, she promises to become a “Propa”. Summer.
Divine Rhythm Trilogy Part 1: The Jungle VIP Remix is available now on Beatport and will be released tomorrow on all other platforms. Also check out Rap’s full sets on their YouTube and special items on their Patreon.