Saturday, 19 January 2013
Substance - Prisoner
Substance - Prisoner (Ruffneck Ting Records, 1996)
Back in 1993 the Ledge Crew began a jungle club in Bristol called Ruffneck Ting with DJ Dazee as resident. By 1995 it had developed into a record label and Substance were a recording collective featuring Dazee and Mark Morrison. The moniker would later be used for Morrison's solo output and he would go on to be a member of the crossover Drum'n'Bass/Trip-Hop group Kosheen, famous for their hit single 'Hide U'.
'Prisoner' features the familiar strings from The Turtles' 'You Showed Me', a sample also used by De La Soul and DJ Food. The track takes its title from the the sixties TV series 'The Prisoner' and includes several vocal samples from the show including "I am not a number, I am a free man" and "We want... information". The track has a fluid bassline with 'Sesame Street' drums incorporating the high pitched female moans from The Fatback Band's 'Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)'. A cool jump-up track with a sixties spy theme which should have been more widely recognised. In this set by DJ Rap featuring MC Det on the mic broadcast on BBC Radio One's 1 In The Jungle show, 'Prisoner' begins at 23:59 (or click here to jump straight to it).