I wrote this song in 1990, and released it on Tongue and Groove in 1992 as an acid jazz track by my former band IZIT. I’ve always wanted to remake it as a Drum & Bass tune, but until I met Bulgarian Godess, I never had the right vocalist to do it justice. Back in the early nineties, ‘Don’t Give Up Now’ became an underground classic beloved by the likes of Gilles Peterson and his followers. I pressed about 4000 copies on 12” and sold them from the boot of my car to market stalls and record shops for cash. This tune ignited my love for, and addiction to, running an independent record label.
This is possibly one of the better songs I’ve written. The lyrics still stand up today, and I’m proud to release it as part of Building Better Worlds. It’s simply not possible to build something better if you give up, after all!