Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Dom & Roland - The Storm
Dom & Roland - The Storm (Moving Shadow, 1996)
Dominic Angas started off his recording career on his friend Nico's Saigon label and quickly became a sought after engineer, producing records for the likes of Trace and Ed Rush and getting DJ support from Grooverider amongst others. The name 'Dom & Roland' derives from his decision to buy a Roland S760 sampler rather than the more commonplace Akai S1000. In 1996 he signed a deal with Moving Shadow and 'The Storm' was his third release for the label and the first record of his that I purchased.
It begins with a beatless minute and a half of cold atmospherics and portenous chords before a voice declares "I like these calm little moments before the storm", sampled from the Luc Besson movie 'Léon' and spoken by Gary Oldman's character Stansfield. In the film the line continues "It reminds me of Beethoven" but here is the cue for some crashing, beat-switching Amen. When combined with a devastating sub bassline and the 'Tighten Up' break that comes in later the track perfectly encapsulates the ferocity of a storm - proper cinematic business.
You can purchase 'The Storm' over at Beatport. Courtesy of the sadly closing One In The Jungle site you can also download (until May 20th 2013) Dom & Roland's One In The Jungle set with MC 5ive-0 from February 1997 which opens with the track.