Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Terrorist - The Chopper (Ray Keith Dirty Chopper Remix)

The Terrorist - The Chopper (Ray Keith Dirty Chopper Remix) (Dread Recordings, 1996)

The Terrorist was one of Ray Keith's many aliases, presumably originating from his classic 'Terrorist' track which he produced with Nookie as Renegade. Although the Shy FX remix on the other side was the one that got a lot more play at the time I've always preferred Ray Keith's own re-rub which takes the original track and, as the title suggests, makes it a hell of a lot dirtier.

The intro samples the Apollo 11 launch with the voice of Jack King, the Chief of Public Information for NASA at the time, counting down to lift-off:

"20 seconds and counting
T minus 15 seconds
Guidance is internal
12, 11, 10, 9
Ignition sequence start [at this point the helicopter sound starts up as well]
6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0
All engines running
Lift-off! We have a lift-off"

Other bits of audio from the launch are used throughout the track with radio bleeps and dialogue such as "This is Houston, Roger that". The other vocal, the female "Yeah... Yeeahhhh" is sampled from the very end of Dr Dre's 'Wit Dre Day'. Ray Keith takes the first note from the original mix's bassline and cuts between it and a nasty reese, not dropping the full descending riff until past the three minute mark. The track uses the 'Soul Pride', 'Do The Do' and 'Amen' breaks, with a lot of chopping between them which I assume gives the track its name along with the helicopter sound. Without a doubt my favourite version of this tune and another one to add to my list of perfect set openers.

To purchase a digital copy of this track from the Vintage Dread Part 2 compilation head over to Juno Records.

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  1. Funnily enough, in Melbourne (Australia), this was the version that got caned, not the flip.

  2. Interesting, must be a discerning crowd out there!