Friday, June 14, 2019
This tune gives me feelings I cannot put into words
And that vocal lick at the start - oh dread, indeed
Would listen mesmerized, in our narrow little Belsize Park kitchen as the pirates played it to death in early '94 - disbelieving that music this incredible could exist.
Surprised - delighted - to hear the same vocal lick appear on this tune by the mysterious Wots My Code (as previously posted about)
The usually infallible Whosampled.com is completely unable to tell me who the ragga gentleman is
Wots My Code 'The Dub Plate' was one of the very early hardcore junglizm 12 inches I bought - back when my collection numbered in the single figures.
I particularly liked the fireworks sound.
But I didn't have the original EP and in fact only this week realised it existed. I had the bright yellow pic sleeve one that came out later with all the remixes by Ray Keith (with Nookie engineering).
Understandably for quite some time I labored under the impression that the group's name was XLR 8
The bassline sounded very PiL to my startled ears - "Home Is Where the Heart Is" to be precise.
"Dubplate" samples a different dancehall dude than "Bachelor Rock" - Eek-A-Mouse "Wa-Do-Dem", plus flavour from a Revolutionaries tune and some Harder They Come dialogue ("I tell the deejay what to play seen" etc).
Ooh look yet another remix by Ray Keith of "Dubplate" - recycling reverse-cymbal smears from his remix of DJ Mayhem "Inesse" and the Amens from "Terrorist" - ooh and the B-line and collapsy breaks bit from "Inesse". A Frankenstein composite of all his top tunes and remixes.
How much you wanna bet Total Science totally wank it up?
Actually, it's not bad at all - a bit itchy with technicality - but the bass and the fireworks are in there, and the beats are pretty ruff. Pretty good actually.
Total Science are from Oxford - the Blackbird Leys estate. Is that where Wots My Code hail from, also?
They really caned the roots reggae thing.
"Brian Can Bogle" is not out there, but this is natty Xmas tune is
The frenetic flustered Dominator Euro vibe does not suit their skill set.