Friday, 18 January 2013

Remarc - Sound Murderer

Remarc - Sound Murderer (White House, 1994)

Many classic jungle tracks sample vocals from sound clashes, events where rival reggae sound systems compete against each other with the aim of metaphorically 'murdering' the opposition. This tune is a prime example with it's "Haul and Pull Up" and "We murder dem already and we murder dem again" vocals taken from the Saxon Sound Vs Addies clash in Bermuda in 1994. The sampled section appears at around the nine minute mark, although I'd recommend listening to the whole thing.

Remarc is king of the 'Amen' and this track epitomises his sound, starting with a tearing cut-up of the break before dropping in Shinehead's whistling of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" theme from his brilliant cover of 'Billie Jean' along with the aforementioned vocals. One thing I love about early jungle tracks is the diverse range of music they sample and mid-way through 'Sound Murderer' Remarc uses some soulful strings and bass taken from Starvue's rare groove classic 'Body Fusion' which provides a nice contrast to the sound clash vocals and vicious breakbeats.

In researching this post I discovered the 'Loafin' In Brockley' mix of this tune, which adds some of the vocals from the 'Body Fusion' track in the intro over 'Think' drums before the 'Amen' break is treated to some of the most crazy pitch shifting I've heard. It also uses a different whistling sample, this time taken from another Michael Jackson cover by Shinehead, 'Lady In My Life'. Possibly even better than the original and available on Planet Mu's Remarc retrospective 'Sound Murderer', which you can buy direct from the label here.

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