Sunday, 13 January 2013
Usual Suspects - Spawn
Usual Suspects - Spawn (Renegade Hardware, 1999)
Renegade Hardware was set up in 1995 by Trouble On Vinyl's Clayton Hines and Mark Hill as an avenue to release the hard and dark style of drum'n'bass that was on the rise at the time. By 1999 they had released two albums as well as several 12"s and were one of the genre's most well respected labels. Usual Suspects were a three man production team made up of Carl Hovland, Chris Lavin and Lawrence Hughes (AKA Keaton) whose tracks exemplified the sound of the label and 'Spawn' was just their second release.
A dark and moody intro with horror movie atmospherics and 'Action' drums is pierced by the shrill LFO sound from Daft Punk's 'Rock'n Roll'. This is looped throughout the track with a lurching two note bassline which gives the track a slightly askew feel and makes it really stand out. Also worth checking is Future Cut's ingenious 'Spawn Punch' remix, a mash-up of this tune with its b-side 'Hole Punch' which appeared on Armageddon 2 (The Remixes) the following year.
You can purchase 'Spawn' direct from the label in your choice of format here.