Archive for the ‘Trip’ Category

Depth Charge – Buddha Finger [1994]
May 5, 2013

No messing around here, ive been caning the shit out of this recently. J Saul Kane is the man responsible for Depth Charge and also for churning out some absolutely huge breakbeat monsters in his time, this being one of my favourites.

You cant ignore the raw punch in the face break that dominates this track, its grimy, its filthy and it is perfectly complemented by a huge array of classic Kung Fu samples. Its this production, along with 9 Deadly Venoms that really cemented Depth Charge as one of my favourite breakbeat producers, right up there with Genaside II for ferociously angry beats.

From Wikipedia
9 Deadly Venoms is the debut album by Depth Charge, and alias of UK producer Jonathan Saul Kane. The album compiles several 12″ singles released by Kane under the Depth Charge name in the preceding five years. Kane is often cited as a forerunner of Trip-hop and an influence on labels such as Mo’Wax and Ninja Tune.[1] The tracks on the album comprise instrumental hip-hop beats with dialogue and musical samples from films, particularly martial arts movies, westerns and horror films.

Howie B – Hey Jack (UNKLE Metamorphosis Mix) [2003]
April 10, 2012

Now this is a cracking remix from UNKLE and while I cant comment on the original, this remix has the lot. Taken from the mix album “Big Brother Is Watching”, another concept mix cd that allegedly has its roots in a mix that James Lavelle did for an essential mix. The track has an awesome menacing build-up, dark scary basslines and razor sharp breaks giving the whole track another trademark grimy UNKLE tune. Absolutely fantastic.

UNKLE – Nursery Rhyme (UNKLESounds Shin Mix Edit) [2002]
April 10, 2012

Taken from the superb Shin mix of the mix album from UNKLE known as “Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats”. Taking the bass break from the original and just propelling it across the board into a rocking Dubby Trip Hop sounding break beast, this has to be one of the best re-edits of any UNKLE track ive heard. The sounds are wonderfully dark and grimy, giving Badly Drawn Boy’s lyrics a suitably filthy environment to wallow within. Thankfully the bassline is solid all the way through, adding a little level of distortion to the whole arrangement which only enhances the dirty feel of this track. What a tune.

From Discogs
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Beats is an outstanding release by Unkle, but there is a certain amount of confusion surrounding it. It’s first release was limited to 500, yet there would seem to be more than that floating around….and there is. A second release was made, still under the ‘for promotional use only’ tag (numbers will still be relatively low, a few thousand maybe). The differentiating feature is a barcode on the top side of the slip.

The rationale behind this ‘unofficial’ wider release would be the licensing of certain tracks from the album would be impossible in an official commercial release….hence, ‘for promotional use only’. People saying that these barcoded DADOEB’s are bootlegs should have a long hard think about it….among other things. Cause if they are bootlegs someone has put in one hell of an effort, firstly production (and if you did do a bootleg would you really differentiate it by wacking on a barcode…Duh), and secondly, getting it distributed to LOTS of shops (they aren’t just popping up in the UK, but also the US and Australia, and I would guess numerous other places). If a bootlegger can manage this, maybe he/she should think of starting label.

The more likely answer would be that a certain not to be mentioned label realised the licensing issues involved with this release and rather than altering the original sets decided to do a little creative circumvention.

Smoove – The Revolution Will Be Televised [2003]
September 21, 2011

What a track from Smoove! Taking the identical format of Gil Scott Heron’s seminal The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and turning it into an ironic social commentary was a stroke of complete genius. Whereas the original was a rallye call to everyone to stop being sedate and to race to action against the forces of oppression under the guise of Democracy in the late seventies, Smoove instead adopts a very British approach. In holding up a mirror to all the crap we all get fed day to day its a complete paradigm shift from the original. Gil Scott wanted you to stand up for what you believe, fight against the homogenisation of society, Smoove is simply showing that society hasnt moved anywhere. If not moved backwards with rampant commodification of everything including a societal revolution.

Of course, I could be reading into this too far, it could just be a track taking the piss out of the original. Regardless, the track is a blasting example of classic Acid Jazz production with a fantastic bassline and rocking break. Instant classic.

Massive Attack feat. Martina Topley-Bird – Babel [2010]
June 24, 2011

Like pretty much every Massive Attack album after Blue Lines, Heligoland takes a fair amount of time to get into. On first listening, it has that rinse and repeat Massive Sound, some 3D chatter, laboured breaks. Give it some more listens and you begin to pick up the small nuances that make owning a Massive Attack album such a worthy purchase. Its rare that an album changes how it sounds depending on when your listening to it but Heligoland is without a doubt one of those albums.

Babel is the most commerically accessible track on the album, Topley-Birds vocals are absolutely perfect for this track, giving it an irreverent but engaging entry point before being smothered by the truly excellent soundscapes that lurk behind that vocal track. Amazing tune.

From Discogs
OK…If you haven’t heard this stunning work yet you are truly missing out. I consider myself a pretty jaded listener these days and find a lot of newer music missing something. This is missing nothing. Massive Attack have this innate ability to make electronic records that sound timeless…like Mezzanine for one. Heligoland weaves the dark with the light seemlessly. Love songs with darker messages and without missing a beat. There may not be any kitchy coolness or intentional underproduction to create a ‘sound’ (see Passion Pit) and why….because this is that good that each track is stand alone good. So good that they drip with class and stunning top-notch production. It never feels dated. It never feels forced. It feels like it fits into a pre-arranged space in your brain that has always been there waiting for it. But make no excuse, it isn’t predictable. This record is straight up smack. Download it, buy the wax, the cd…it’s meant for your brain.

Morcheeba feat Nosaj – Big Calm [1998]
April 26, 2011

The closing track from Big Calm and what a track it is. Its like a filthy mashup of Trip Hop and filthy grimy psychedelic rock with the weakest part of the whole track being the middle of the road rap from Nosaj. Other than the rap, the rest of the track is a soothing, laid back slice of perfection.

Morcheeba – Part Of The Process [1998]
April 26, 2011

Absolutely fantastic Trip Hop offering from Morcheeba. Strictly speaking, I wasnt that big of a fan of Big Calm way back in 98. It sounded a bit hokey with all the quality breakbeat and hip hop jams of the time but revisiting I think it held up remarkably well. Likely due in no small part to the quality production, upbeat melodies and tight vocal arrangements. A song designed to soothe even the very jaded either after a night out, a night off or a night on the picketline.