Friday, 4 January 2013

Roni Size - All The Crew 'Big Up' (95 Lick)

Roni Size - All The Crew 'Big Up' (95 Lick) (V Recordings, 1995)

The original of this tune is titled 'The Refresher' and had been released two years earlier on V Recording's precursor, Vinyl Experience. You can hear it here, as the first track on D'Zine's excellent V Recordings Early Years mix. The intro always triggers a wave of nostalgia in me, with a slowed down piano sample from Rahiem's 'Does Your Man Know About Me' off the Juice soundtrack and "All The Crew Must Big Up" vocal. This is a huge improvement on 'The Refresher' which speeds the piano sample up and just doesn't sound quite right. The main body of the track features a nicely chopped up amen break with a sparse bassline, occasionally dropping in the piano and vocal samples. Simple, but very effective.

Buy the mp3 direct from V Recordings here, on the excellent compilation V Retrospect Volume 2.

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