Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Cybotron feat. Dillinja - Threshold
Cybotron featuring Dillinja - Threshold (Prototype, 1996)
Last Tuesday when I looked at Marcus Intalex & ST Files' 'Dreamworld' I promised to cover another track that samples Egotrip's 'Dreamworld' and I can't think of a more appropriate use of this vocal than on Dillinja's 'Threshold', one of his greatest tracks and an anthem at Goldie's Blue Note nights back in the mid-nineties.
The track opens with futuristic Blade Runner-esque synthetic strings over a light beat with the "This is a threshold" vocal from the Egotrip track. You can hear why the sample is so suitable when the immense bassline comes in as it's more distorted than on any other drum'n'bass record I've ever heard and used to have people wondering if their speakers had blown. The track has great drums as well, formed out of the 'Apache' and 'Life Could' breaks with plenty of beat-switching between the two. This is one you have to listen to loud on a proper system.
Dillinja certainly seems to be a fan of the Egotrip track as he uses a different part of the vocal on 'Still Waters' under his Basic Influence guise and also samples some of the synth on 'Brutal Bass'. He has also used parts of Vangelis' 'Blade Runner' soundtrack on more than one occasion and I'll be breaking down a couple of these tracks in future posts.
You can purchase an MP3, FLAC or WAV of 'Threshold' directly from Dillinja's Valve Recordings label here, where it appears on the excellent career retrospective 'My Sound (1993-2004)'.