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Birth nameKarl Francis
Also known asBasic Influence
Original Master
Suburban Knights
The Specialist
OriginBrixton, London
GenresDrum and bass, jungle
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer
Years active1991–present
Valve Recording
Chronic Records
Hard Leaders
Test Records
Philly Blunt Recordings
V Recordings
London Records
Associated actsLemon D

Dillinja, (born Karl Francis,[1] , Brixton, South London, England)[2] is an English drum and bass DJ, record producer and entrepreneur.


Arguably the most prolific producer within the drum and bass scene (with over 500 releases produced since 1991), Francis subsequently set up Valve Recordings in partnership with long-term collaborator Lemon D (Kevin King), with whom he also designed and built the Valve Sound System. As well as the record label and sound system, Francis and King have also opened a specialist mastering and vinyl cutting studio, Ear2ground.

Albums include My Sound (1993–2004), Cybotron, as well as Big Bad Bass and The Killa-Hertz with Lemon D.

The spelling of Dillinja has changed since he started releasing vinyl, found on some older vinyl as either 'Dillinger' or 'Dillinjah'. The origin of his name is unknown but it is likely that it came from one of reggae's earliest MCs, who called himself Dillinger (real name Lester Bullocks) after the famous American gangster John Dillinger.[citation needed] Two of Dillinja's other aliases are also linked to Bullocks' contemporaries: Capone to Dennis Alcapone (born Dennis Smith) and Trinity to Junior Brammer (born Wade Brammer), both reggae deejays and producers.

Dillinja's track "Twist Em' Out" is frequently used in Da Ali G Show.



Year Album Record label Peak chart position (UK)
2000 Cybotron Valve Recordings
2004 My Sound (1993–2004)

Singles and EP[edit]

Year Single / EP Record label Peak chart position (UK)
1993 Dillinja E.P. Tough Toonz
From Beyond / Ride It Hard Cybotron Records
Sine / Dark Science
Steal The Way / Forever Fierce
Test 2 EP
1994 3:01 in the Morning / Catch The Vibe IQ Records
Deadly Ceremonies / Sovereign Melody Deadly Vinyl
Deadly Deep Subs / Calculus Beats
Deep Love (Remix) / Moods Logic Productions
Heavyweight Vol. 3 Heavyweight
In My Soul / Stompers Delight Not on Label
Lion Heart / Art of Control Lionheart
Majestic B-Line EP Deadly Vinyl, Cybotron Records
South Side (Riffin Mix) / Stompers Delight Not on Label
Steelers Anthem / Sax into The Night IQ Records
You Don't Know (The Remix) / Heavenly Bass Logic Productions
You Don't Know / Warrior
1995 Deadly Deep Subs (Remix) / Perfect Match Deadly Vinyl
Mutha*ucka / Sky Philly Blunt Records
Tear Down (Da Whole Place) / Believe The Bass Conqueror Records
The Angels Fell EP Metalheadz
Ja Know Ya Big
Brutal Bass
1996 Dillinja / Trinity Remixes Philly Blunt Records
Headz 2 Sampler Mo'Wax
Jah / Deadly Deep Subs (Remixes) Razors Edge
Me or the Papes London Records
Non-Believers / Simple Chronic
Static / Funk Will Flow
1997 Acid Track / One Out of Many Valve Recordings
The Final Piece / Day & Night Chronic
Violent Killa / 12.01 Valve Recordings
1998 Fluid / Hard Noize Test Recordings
So Damn Tuff / Vicious
Test 2
Total Recall / Test Time Test Blue
Tronik Funk / Thugs Test Recordings
Weapon of Choice / The Fuze Test Blue
2001 Warp Drive / Soul Brother Test Recordings
2002 Live Or Die / South Manz Valve Recordings No. 53[1]
The Grimey EP V Recordings
Twist 'Em Out / Kids Stuff Renegade Hardware No. 50[1]
2003 Energize / The Box Not on Label
Fast Car / Generation X (Remix) Valve Recordings
Fast Car / No Future
Here Comes Trouble (LP Sampler Volume One) Trouble on Vinyl
Here Comes Trouble (LP Sampler Volume Two)
This Is A Warning / Super DJ Valve Recordings No. 47[1]
Twist 'Em Out (Maxi) Trouble on Vinyl
Twist 'Em Out (Remixes feat. Skibadee) No. 35[1]
2004 All The Things / Forsaken Dreams Valve Recordings No. 71[1]
In The Grind / Acid Trak (Lemon D Remix) No. 71[1]
Thugged Out Bitch (Adam F & DJ Fresh Remix) / Rainforest No. 54[1]
2005 Feel My Pain / In The Grind VIP
2006 96 Thing / Electroboogie
Expansions / Basscone
The Dillinja EP
2007 Diggin' In Ya Crates EP
2008 Grimey (Clipz Remix) / Sky (Zero T Remix) V Recordings
Soul Control / Unexplored Terrain
2009 Shiners / Love Child Valve Recordings[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 155. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Dillinja
  3. ^ Rabalais, Stephen (2010), Missing or empty |title= (help)

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