Thursday, 3 January 2013

Sound Of The Future - The Lighter (Mix 2)


Sound Of The Future - The Lighter (Mix 2) (Formation, 1995)

I first heard 'The Lighter' on Jungle Mania 3 and it was so addictive a mate and I had it on repeat for weeks afterwards. Formation Records are based in Leicester and I went to university there partly on the basis of the city's strong drum'n'bass scene. I was a regular in 5HQ, DJ SS's now sadly closed record shop, which is where in 2000 I purchased a second hand copy for the rather pricey sum of £25 (this was before services such as discogs and ebay were commonplace), but it was worth every penny to finally have this track on vinyl. It remains the most amount of money I've ever spent on a 12".

This is a rare example of the b-side totally overshadowing the a-side, which I'd never heard until owning the record. It starts with the familiar piano melody from 'Theme from Love Story' by Francis Lai, a bit cheesy maybe but somehow it works. After 32 bars 'Do the Do' drums enter along with a booming bassline, which always makes it tricky to mix in. At around the minute and a half mark everything drops out and a vocal from Hip-Hop group Fu-Schnickens' 'Cray-Z' is sampled, saying something along the lines of "All crew, this tune a wicked for real, now restart... Lighter!" before the 'Do the Do' break comes back in with a massive and slightly distorted bassline, typical of SS's productions at the time. Always worth a rewind!

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