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Shy FX

Shy FX

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Shy FX (London-born DJ and producer ) is a veteran jungle/drum'n'bass DJ and producer who has scored several U.K. pop hits and helped the genre achieve mainstream acceptance while maintaining underground credibility. The grandson of pioneering Jamaican sound system DJ Count Shelly, Shy FX made his name producing ragga-jungle, marrying fast, choppy breakbeats with reggae samples and dancehall vocals. "Original Nuttah," his groundbreaking 1994 single with UK Apachi, was one of jungle's first U.K. Top 40 hits and remains one of the genre's signature tunes. As jungle evolved into drum'n'bass and largely shifted away from overt reggae influence, Shy FX remained a respected and influential producer, releasing countless underground club tracks (including the 1998 classic "Bambaata") and founding successful labels  and his hit singles in collaboration with fellow drum'n'bass veteran , beginning with 2001's Top Ten-charting "Shake Ur Body," have brought a pop/R&B sensibility to the genre, and he has remixed or collaborated with British pop stars such as , , and . Many of Shy FX's productions from the 2010s, including 2016's "Honey" (with ) and his 2018 remix of 's "Let Me Down," have paid homage to his reggae roots.

After debuting in 1993 with the breakbeat hardcore single "Jungle Love," Shy FX signed to  (Sound of the Underground), where he had previously been employed as a tape operator. Singles "Gangsta Kid" and "Sound of the Beast" established his explosive ragga-jungle sound, but his third  release, the infectious anthem "Original Nuttah," was an out-of-the-box success. The song perfectly epitomized jungle's growing ragga-ruffneck style, with a light-speed rhythm track and rude-boy scatting from UK Apachi. Almost immediately after its release, the single ignited dance clubs, flew out of the stores, and eventually made the British charts. Several more singles on  followed, as well as the full-length Just an Example in 1995. Shy FX founded  that year, releasing hard-edged tracks such as "Wolf," "The Message," and "Bambaata" -- kinetic jump-up fusions of ragga attitude and old-school hip-hop themes.  also spawned a sublabel, , releasing steady rollers on low-key white-label 12"s.

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