Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Lemon D - Rapture

Lemon D - Rapture (Test Recordings, 1998)

In 1993 Kevin King started Planet Earth Records, the name being a clue to the origin of his moniker - the French newspaper Le Monde (The World). It was an appropriate alias as he made drum'n'bass in such a wide range of styles, being just as capable of producing amen tearouts as he was jazz flecked rollers. As well as releasing records on just about every label that mattered - V, Metalheadz, Reinforced, Prototype... the list is endless - he also established the Valve and Test labels in 1997 with long time friend Dillinja.

'Rapture' appears on the fifth Test Recordings release and belongs firmly in the jazz flecked rollers camp. It opens with a stately piano loop taken from the beginning of Anita Baker's 'It's Been You', a sample also used by UK Garage artist Zed Bias on 'Neighbourhood'. Over the piano he brings in a nice cut up of the 'Funky Mule' break (from the Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm track of the same name) and a high pitched synth that sounds similar to the one on Kool & The Gang's 'Summer Madness'. The track has a subtle bassline quite low in the mix, Lemon D letting the 'Funky Mule' do most of the work before bringing back the piano sample to close things out. A beauty of a tune.

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