Noodles, aka Steven Jude, is a figure whose influence can’t be overstated. Having cut his teeth as a selector in record stores and clubs across London during the 80s and 90s, he is probably best known as the co-founder of DPR Records and production alias and label Groove Chronicles. Tracks released on his imprint, such as Stone Cold, Angel Body and Black Puppet have become touchstones in the canon of UK garage classics, gaining anthem status during the 90s and going on to shape the sonic direction of dubstep, grime and their myriad offshoots.
Rather than trading on his legend status, Noodles remains as prolific as ever nowadays. His readiness to impart knowledge and tales of the old school has made him a much-loved figure on the scene, and you can often catch him digging through his enviable collection for frequent club, radio and festival gigs.
It would be hugely unfair to pigeonhole Noodles as a garage DJ; as a self-professed “shop guy”, his tastes span the full breadth of the dance music spectrum and beyond (in previous interviews he’s reminisced about mixing Phil Collins & The Charlatans into house tunes). For his Crack Mix, Noodles has treated us to 70 minutes of warm, rolling, sample-laden jungle. It’s a heater.