Hardened junglists among you will doubtless already be familiar with Tape Crackers: An Oral History of Jungle Pirate Radio.

Made in 2009 by Rollo Jackson, who has previously created films for Hot Chip and Warp Records, it’s a compelling documentary that’s now receiving a proper DVD release, having screened at the ICA earlier this year.

For the entire duration of the film the camera is pointed at just one man, a classic bedroom obsessive named Michael Finch. The charming, instantly likeable Finch shows off his peerless collection of pirate radio tape recordings made in the mid-late 90s, and talks with unbridled enthusiasm and expert knowledge about each one. It’s not just about drum ‘n bass, it’s about a bygone era when serious fandom required real dedication, and the internet wasn’t yet sufficiently evolved to make sense of – nor dull the impact of – what was new and exciting in music and street culture.

You can order a copies from Phonica, Boomkat and The Trilogy Tapes. We’ve also got one to give away to a lucky reader, so if you fancy your chances simply e-mail your name and the words ‘tape crackers’ to competitions@thevinylfactory.com and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. Our winner will be notified on or before July 20.

Oh, and be sure to hit up the launch party for the DVD, which takes place at LIFE in Shoreditch, London, this Saturday, 2 July, with Josey Rebelle, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Will Bankhead and other guests DJing in tribute to the era the film covers. More info here.




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