LTJ Bukem

LTJ Bukem


Throughout years of artistic achievement, Bukem has continued promoting his unique sound, breaking new music and giving something back to the people who have supported him and his vision. This is the LTJ Bukem legacy - to create a musical philosophy, ensure its survival and allow its evolution.


Just who is LTJ Bukem? Ground breaking DJ? Inspirational musician? Record label entrepreneur? Club visionary, perhaps? When the man behind those wire rimmed glasses and that disarming smile writes his job description just what does he put? The man who took the drum and bass concept from a small venue off London's Charing Cross Road to the nation's superclubs and then onto the international stage? The geezer whose records launched breakbeat into a brand new galaxy of sound? Or maybe he just writes 'Renaissance man for a digital age'. In truth LTJ Bukem is all of the above. Although he wouldn't like to admit it, LTJ Bukem is the living embodiment of the post-acid house entrepreneurial creative spirit. He is a mild mannered energy flash whose panoramic musical vision has found success in every area he has explored. From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny Williamson has sat at the forefront of breakbeat evolution, lighting the way with little more than a zest for life and a love of music. In other words, LTJ Bukem is a man on a mission!

Bukem's first introduction to music, like so many others, was through piano lessons as a child. Unlike many however, the young pianist turned out to possess a natural talent and he quickly moved through the piano grades. Classical music represented the soundtrack to his home life. Both parents having a passion for Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky that rubbed off on their son. However it was when the family moved to Watford and Bukem changed music teachers that he developed his first true musical love. Thanks to a progressively minded teacher - Nigel Crouch - he was then introduced to the world of jazz fusion, a style which has informed his work ever since.
In the mid eighties, at the age of seventeen, Bukem discovered the joys of clubbing. The teenager regularly checked out the local soul clubs and legendary rare groove all dayers. As a keen record buyer he soon became interested in the idea of putting over his own version of the club soundtrack and before long he became involved with a sound system. During this time he also ran a jazz funk band, although this never presented itself as a serious past-time; just fun. The DJing was his main thing and by 1987 he gained something of a reputation for his sets. However it was in 1988 that Bukem first realised that DJing could offer a full-on career.

In 1990, LTJ Bukem got his first big break - at 'Raindance'. Booked to play between 1 & 2 AM in front of 10,000 people, it was the first true test of this fledgling DJ's skills. It may have taken all of his mates to push him onto the stage but it proved to be a set that he'll never forget. From the first track he "ripped it up" and LTJ Bukem, the world class DJ was truly born.

Naturally, Bukem then ventured into the studio to record a track which was to become one of the most influential records of the era. This 12" titled 'Logical Progression' surfaced on the newly formed Vinyl Mania imprint. At once anthemic and relaxing it offered the first true blueprint to Bukem's sonic vision.
By the time of his follow up to 'Logical Progression' Bukem had set up his own imprint. Run from a small office in Harlesden, London, the label was christened 'Good Looking' and its debut offering came in the shape of 'Demon's Theme'. Finished in mid 1990 and pressed up onto dub-plate, Bukem dropped it into his sets for a full year to test the reaction before he finally released the track officially in July '91. 'Demon's Theme' immediately caught the imagination of many people, its soulful combination of rushing breaks, lush ambience and mellow vibes opening up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave.
Bukem's next release was 'Apollo' in '92, however his biggest breakthrough came with his next release 'Music' in 1993. In 1994 Bukem unleashed '19.5' while the release of the similarly epic 'Horizons' coincided with the opening of the legendary 'Speed' at the Mars Bar in London. This was an important time for Bukem. The label was gaining ground with its growing catalogue of must-have tunes and Bukem's own in-demand DJing. The launch of 'Speed' was intended to run hand in hand with the growth of Good Looking while also offering a focal point for the growing drum and bass scene. After a shaky start, which almost forced the night into closure, 'Speed' quite literally took off one night in the summer of '94.
Typically, Bukem made the most of this situation. He used the sudden media limelight to forward his vision, highlighting Good looking Records and its label roster. In 1995 the label licensed a compilation to London Records. Titled 'Logical Progression' it featured exclusive cuts from the roster alongside older tracks and is still one of the highest selling drum & bass compilations to have been released. "I wanted to see the label grow, I



Logical Progression EP (released under the name L.T. Bukem) (12") (1991)
Demon's Theme / A Couple Of Beats (12") Good Looking Records GLR001 (1991)
Teach Me To Fly - LTJ Bukem & DJ Trace (12") (1992)
Who Knows Vol. 1 (released under the name The Bookworm) (12") (1993)
Bang The Drums / Remnants - LTJ Bukem and Tayla (12") Good Looking Records GLR002 (1993)
Return to Atlantis - LTJ Bukem & Apollo Two (12") Good Looking Records GLR003 (1993)
Music / Enchanted (12") Good Looking Records GLR004 (1993)
19.5 / 19.5 Reprisal - LTJ Bukem & Peshay (12") Good Looking Records GLR008 (1994)
Horizon / Rain Fall (12") Looking Good Records LGR001 (1995)
Coolin’ Out (3x12”/CD) Logical Progression - Good Looking Records (1996)
Moodswings (12”/CD) Earth Volume 1 - Good Looking Records EARTH001 (1996)
The Journey - LTJ Bukem & Mystic Moods (12") Mystic Moods MMOODS6/7 (1996)
Cosmic Interlude (12”/CD) Earth Volume 2 - Good Looking Records EARTH002 (1996)
Mystical Realms EP (2x12"/CD/Maxi) Good Looking Records GLREP001V (1998)
Constellation (12”/CD) Earth Volume 3 - Good Looking Records EARTH003 (1998)
Journey Inwards (4x12"/2xCD) Good Looking Records GLRAA001 (2000)
Suspended Space EP (2x12") Good Looking Records GLREP007V (2000)
Rhodes To Freedom / Watercolours (12") Good Looking Records GLR038 (2000)
Sunrain (12"/CD/Maxi) Good Looking Records GLRSIN001 (2000)
Switch / Drum Toolz – LTJ Bukem / MC Conrad & furney (12”) Good Looking Records GLR068 (2007)


Michelle Gayle - Sweetness (Mellow Drum n Bass mix by LTJ Bukem) (12”) RCA (1994)
Jodeci - Feenin (LTJ Bukem Remix) (12”) MCA (1995)
The Shamen - Transamazonia (LTJ Bukem Remix) (10”/12”/CD/Maxi) One Little Indian 1995
Grace - If I Could Fly (LTJ Bukem Remix) (12”/CD/Maxi) Perfecto (1996)
David Arnold & LTJ Bukem - Thunderball - The James Bond Theme (12”Sampler) EastWest Records UK (1997)
Herbie Hancock - The Essence (LTJ Bukem Remix) (12”/CD/Maxi) Transparent Music (2001)


LTJ Bukem Presents: Logical Progression (3x12”/CD) Good Looking Records GLRCD001 (1996)
LTJ Bukem Presents: Earth (7 Volume compilation series) (CD/Vinyl) Good Looking Records
LTJ Bukem - Producer 01 (CD compilation) Good Looking Records GLRD001 (2001)
LTJ Bukem - Producer 05: Rarities (CD compilation) Good Looking Records GLRD005 (2001)
LTJ Bukem Presents: Some Blue Notes Of Drum 'N' Bass (CD compilation) Good Looking Records GLRSBN001 (2004)

Officially Released DJ Mixes:

Dreamscape VI (5xCass) Tape 4 (Side B) Dreamscape (1993)
Dreamscape VII (6xCass) Tape 4 (Side B) Dreamscape (1993)
Dreamscape VIII (8xCass) Tape 3 (Side A) Dreamscape (1994)
Dreamscape XI (The Pinch & The Punch (8xCass) Tape 6 (Side A) Dreamscape (1994)
Fantasia Takes You Into The Jungle (3XCD) Dreamscape (1994)
The Dreamscape Video Double (VHS) Dreamscape (1994)
Logical Progression (2XCD) Good Looking Records / FFRR GLRCD001 (1996)
LTJ Bukem Presents: The Rebirth (CD) Yaman (1996)
Ministry Of Sound Presents: One Half Of A Whole Decade (3xCD) Ministry Of Sound (1996)
Mixmag Live! Vol.3 – LTJ Bukem (CD) DMC Publishing (1996)
Promised Land Vol.1 (2xCD) Higher Limits (1996)
Progression Sessions 1 (CD) Good Looking Records GLRPS001 (1998)
Progression Sessions 3 (CD) Good Looking Records GLRPS003 (1999)
Progression Sessions 4 (CD) Good Looking Records GLRPS004 (1999)
Progression Sessions 5 (2xCD) Good Looking Records GLRPS005 (2000)
Progression Sessions 6 - America Live 2001 (2xCD) Good Looking Records GLRPS006 (2001)
Progression Sessions 7 - Japan Live 2002 (2xCD) Good Looking Records GLRPS007 (2002)
Progression Sessions 8 - UK Live 2003 (2xCD) Good Looking Records GLRPS008 (2003)
Progression Sessions 10 - Germany Live 2004 (2xCD/CD/Maxi) Good Looking Records GLRPS010 (2004)

Set List

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(18th Dec) Introducing LTJ Bukem's Monthly Top 5 Chart - January 2009:

1. Tayla 'Turn It Around' (GLR072) Tayla is no newcomer to the scene, already with some classics to his name, and this track set to be one, full of dance floor action and groove, check it!

2. Tidal 'Impressions' (GLR072) The best way to describe this track is old school brand nu, seductive chord arrangement to draw you in and the amen to take you away, one for the body and mind...

3. Greg Packer 'Peoples Music' (GLR073) Greg needs no introduction to the scene, been around since I first went to Australia back in 1992 and has been progressing his sound ever since..this track is full of funk flavours and very uplifting..

4. Furney 'Life Starts At 40' (GLR073) The Furney train keeps rolling down the track, and is getting better and better each release, Furney is set for big things, watch this space...

5. Calibre 'Miraculous' (GLRdub) Calibre, the James