1990 - Hype: “Mystery Man [manager of Fantasy] was inspirational. He’d take us to raves. Leave us in the car then come back ten minutes later and take us straight to the decks to play. He was a one-man army.”
Fantasy FM shut down to start broadcasting on cable, which unfortunately never happened. Despite being off air Mystery Man continued to host legendary Fantasy raves at Astoria, London with DJs Rap, Hype, Krome, Spice, Rap, Colin Faver, Fabio, Grooverider, DJ Ron, Kenny Ken and Randall all part of the Fantasy posse.
Kiss FM were granted a license and resumed broadcasting. Many of the DJs that had made the station famous moved on or were fired and the station took an increasingly commercial angle.
1991 - Shabba D: “It all happened from the Nightingale Estate, Clapton, Hackney: Weekend Rush, Kool, Defection. All the mans was from there.”
In September 1991 Weekend Rush launched from the Nightingale Estate and so began a new era in dance music known as jungle. Hardcore station Pulse followed suit with a big weekend show coming from Hype. Three weeks later Kool FM was set up by Eastman (then owner of a security firm and reggae sound) and Smurf and launched on 94.5FM. Both stations attracted big name DJs and MCs. Rush had Red Ant, Brain Killer, Mix Master Mike, Rusher, Funky Flirt (who later switched to Kool), Ragga B, Shabba (who later switched to Defection then Kool) and Tony T whilst Kool had the likes of Brockie, DJ Ron, Younghead, Ragga Twins, Det, 5ive-O and Navigator.
Weekend Rush ruled the airwaves but were notorious for taking their raving more seriously than the station. Eastman was more sensible, stockpiling equipment ready for DTI hits.
Eastman: “We worked close with Rush. We were top enemies but we were friends. We shared a flat. We was in the bedroom, the living room was middle ground, then you had kitchen where they were.”
Rave stations Chillin, Deltaforce and Audio Maze continued to play a mix of hardcore, house and jungle in London. Ratty played on Signal FM whilst Mickey Finn rinsed out Green Apple with Funky T and Dominate, Gemini and Nicky Blackmarket, Carl Cox and Kenny Ken.