Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Marcus Intalex & ST Files - Dreamworld

Marcus Intalex & ST Files - Dreamworld (31 Records, 2001)

Back in 1990 an aspiring DJ and producer by the name of Roger Sanchez put out his first record under the alias Egotrip. 'Dreamworld' is a seminal record, a world away from his later productions and probably best described as ambient house. Midway through it features a spoken word segment that has been sampled by several drum'n'bass artists including Marcus Intalex & ST Files, Stakka & K.Tee and Dillinja:

"As I looked across the still waters, a voice spoke to me from the darkness.
It said "This is a threshold to your subconscious, the unfathomed depths of your mind.
Herein, you will find enlightenment and inner peace.
Here, your horizons have no limitations - for this is your dreamworld."

Marcus Intalex & ST Files' 'Dreamworld' makes the most substantial use of the sample, using the entire segment during the intro and breakdown. Although generally better known for their more 'liquid' productions such as 'Love & Happiness' on the other side, here they take a darker approach with bleeps and a rave-style synth riff over a warm rolling bassline and a two-step beat with bongos. The production is top notch as you'd expect from M.I.S.T. and this track makes a great set opener with the beatless spoken word intro and gradually building synths. I'll be featuring another record that uses the 'Dreamworld' sample in a future post so stay tuned.

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