Thursday, 14 February 2013
DJ Die - Something Special
DJ Die - Something Special (V Recordings, 1997)
Daniel Kausman AKA DJ Die has been on the scene since the very beginning and was one of the key figures in the development of the Bristol sound as a founding member of Full Cycle Records. He has an extensive back catalogue with releases both as a solo artist and in collaboration with the likes of Roni Size, DJ Suv and Bill Riley, as well as being a member of Reprazent and Breakbeat Era. Despite having many a classic track to his name he has kept a lower profile than fellow Bristolians Size and Krust but is deserving of just as much acclaim.
'Something Special' begins with the voice of Pee Wee Marquette, the master of ceremonies at famed New York jazz club Birdland, introducing Art Blakey's Quintet: "Ladies and Gentleman, as you know we have something special". This originally appeared on the quintet's 'A Night At Birdland Vol. 1' but may have been sampled from jazz-rap group Us3's 'Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)' which uses the vocal clean in its intro. Die wastes little time dropping a skipping beat and depth charging bassline in a typically minimal Bristol fashion, gradually building things up with snatches of trumpet and more drums until midway through the track is enveloped by a warm shimmering tone for the rest of its duration. Like much of his work at this time it hints at jazz without being overly jazzy, relying on subtle beatwork, heavy sub-bass and a few well chosen samples. A very classy track.
It was recently included on V Retrospect Vol. 3 which you can download direct from the label here.