Thursday, 17 January 2013

Gang Related & Mask - Dictation


Gang Related & Mask - Dictation (Dope Dragon, 1996)

The intro of 'Dictation' samples the opening fanfare of Richard Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', better known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, making it a perfect set opener. In fact Strauss' own program notes refer to this part as 'Sunrise'. A male voice sampled from this remix of Tony Scott's hip-house track 'The Chief' intones "It's a dictation, and it's a definition, on how we living" and the 'Hot Pants' break is then brought in over the orchestral sample.

After a big drum roll with the "on how we living" section of the vocal sample repeated over the top, the tune drops with a robotic square wave-type bassline which is quickly complemented by a deeper one. The amen break is later added along with a third bassline that I can only describe as a deep 'boing' sound. It's a fun jump-up style tune that mixes easily with other tunes because of its thinner bassline.

When the Dope Dragon catalogue was repressed this 12" was absent, presumably due to the samples on this track. In the remix that came out on the 1998 Combustion EP and the subsequent Wayz Of The Dragon LP, the 2001 sample was replayed on synths and the vocal was redone, which didn't work quite as well. I'm glad I managed to pick up this original version when it was first released as it's still a regular in my sets.

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