Tuesday, 26 February 2013

DJ Krust - Set Speed

DJ Krust - Set Speed (V Recordings, 1995)

Kirk Thompson AKA DJ Krust was one of the founding members of the Full Cycle label with Roni Size and DJ Die but had already tasted success as part of Fresh 4, a Bristol based group who had a UK Top 10 single with their Smith & Mighty produced cover of 'Wishing On A Star' in 1989. The group also included Krust's brother Flynn (of the Flynn & Flora duo) and future Full Cycle/V Recordings artist DJ Suv.

'Set Speed' is a fine example of his mid-nineties productions, minimal but with the aim of moving feet. It opens with a short guitar loop from a live performance of 'Cavatina' by John Williams over drums using the Sandy and Think breaks. A drum roll and a vocal that sounds like an MC at a live event proclaiming "As we gwarn with tings set speed... listen carefully again!" brings in a catchy 808 bassline, which regularly shifts between a few different patterns throughout the track. A nice rolling tune which exhibits Krust's fine low end sensibility.

Krust also did a remix that was released later the same year which switches the John Williams's guitar for a jazzy keys sample from Bob James's 'Blue Lick' although Krust's source may have been 'Jettin' by Digable Planets which uses the exact same segment.

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