If you partied in Bristol in the 90s you’ll know all about Ruffneck Ting. The jungle club ran from 1993 to 1999 and during that time put on legendary events at venues like Trinity, Lakota, UWE, The Depot, Powerhouse, The Bank, Malcolm X Centre, The Fruit Club (Swindon) and The Escape (Cardiff), featuring all the top DJs and MCs in drum & bass.
The record label of the same name was established 1995 and featured tracks by the residents: Dazee, Markee Ledge, Decoder, Felony and MC Jakes. The imprint released classic tracks such as Home Boyz, LF Ant, Rude Girls, Damn Right and many more, plus spawned a successful sister label Breakbeat Culture with Tech Itch, Decoder & Substance and Felony as featured artists
In October 2013, 20 years after first ever Ruffneck Ting night, the event and the label returned with a fresh look. The first release on the relaunched imprint was a compilation called RNT20 featuring the label’s best tracks from the 90s and a launch party took place at Lakota to celebrate.
Since the relaunch, the label has gone from strength to strength with new artists Jinx, K Jah and Vytol bringing big flavour plus tracks from Dazee, Serum and Saxxon helping to firmly re-establish Ruffneck Ting as a leading jungle/steppers label.
With releases reaching number one in the download charts, plus Ruffneck Ting Takeover events and radio shows, the label (and perhaps even Ruffneck himself…) is definitely alive and kicking again!