Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Rayner - Silver

Rayner - Silver (Formation Colours Series, 1997)

Formation's Colours Series spanned twelve releases and culminated in the 'Unified Colours of Drum & Bass' LP. Always aimed at the dancefloor, the records often featured cheeky vocal samples from hip-hop and r'n'b tracks. Back in '97 I remember 'Silver' being cained on London's Rude FM and always getting rewound. My anticipation was so great that when it was finally released my hands were shaking so much in the shop I could barely put the needle on the record.

The intro samples Armand Van Helden's remix of Tori Amo's 'Professional Widow' (from the section between 3:46 - 4:35) over gradually building two-step drums. Over 808 kick drum bass, a sample of Tame One from The Artifacts declaring "From the wrong side... from the wrong side... the wrong side of the tracks" is utilized to great effect before the drop. The bassline is fat and bouncy and a definite floor shaker with plenty of vocal samples taken from The Artifacts track over the top including Tame One's "My name is famous in the street / Cause they know my name's from cruising in the Jeeps" and El The Sensai's "Tracks to make your hands clap". Although not the most polished of tracks, this remains a firm favourite of mine.

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