Sunday, 20 January 2013

Rude Bwoy Monty - Out In Da Streets


Rude Bwoy Monty - Out In Da Streets (Frontline, 1994)

After Pascal and Sponge folded Face Records in 1994, Pascal went it alone with a new label called Frontline and 'Out In Da Streets' was the first release. It features a multitude of samples from several reggae records and is a jungle classic which will set you back a fair amount for an original copy.

Over half-speed drums Rude Bwoy Monty samples the catchy "Out in the streets they call it..." vocal from Ini Kamoze's 'World-A-Music'. A rattling break taken from Eddie Bo and Inez Cheatham's 'Lover and a Friend' is then brought in with "Bad boy for the nineties" vocals from Mad Cobra's 'Mercyless Bad Boy'. The Eddie Bo drums are substituted for an 'Amen' break which is nicely beat switched with the half-speed drums from the beginning of the track with an "Ohhhh God" vocal sampled from Barrington Levy & Beenie Man's 'Two Sounds'.

The main body of the track has a heavy 808 kick drum bassline and adds "Sometimes I wanna give up, I wanna give in, I wanna quit the fight" female vocals taken from Singing Sweet's 'When I See You Smile' to accompany those previously mentioned. My favourite part of the track is when the 'Lover and a Friend' break is used in conjunction with the 'Amen', a little used combination that works really well.

The "Out in the streets..." vocal may be familiar as it was recently used in Africa HiTech's similarly titled footwork-style track. A common misconception about this lyric is that it goes on to say "murder" when in fact the word is "merther", a Jamaican term for smoking weed while listening to reggae music.

Thanks to Tim Reaper for identifying the 'Lover and a Friend' break for me, you can check his latest productions and mixes here, including this excellent mix which opens with 'Out In Da Streets'.

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