Monday, 4 February 2013

Stakka & Skynet - Straight Jacket

Stakka & Skynet - Straight Jacket (feat. DJ Skinny) (Underfire Recordings, 2001)

I'm a huge fan of DJ Shadow and love finding drum'n'bass tracks using samples that also appear on his records. 'Straight Jacket' is one such example, featuring this vocal throughout:

"In a few moments you will have an experience which will seem completely real... it will be the result of your subconscious fears transformed to your conscious awareness."

DJ Shadow used this towards the beginning of his epic 'What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)', as well as the following line: "You have five seconds to terminate this tape. Five... Four... Three... Two... One" and it is originally from the 1983 science fiction movie 'Brainstorm'. The film starred Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood and is mainly noteworthy due to Wood drowning towards the end of the shoot in circumstances that remain controversial to this day.

Last week I discussed DJ Skinny in my post about 175 Crew's 'Turn On The Heat Again' and he also features on 'Straight Jacket' essentially making it a track by Kraken, the group he was a member of alongside Stakka and Skynet. While 175 Crew made hip-hop heavy jump-up, Kraken produced futuristic drum'n'bass with strong techno and science fiction influences as ably demonstrated by this track which appeared on Stakka & Skynet's Clockwork LP. It is more restrained than much of the material on the rest of album and combined with the vocal sample this makes it a great set opener, one that Stakka & Skynet often used themselves. A subtle neurofunk style track that will set the scene nicely.

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