Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Kryptic Minds - The Truth


Kryptic Minds - The Truth (Frequency, 2002)

Frequency is a subsidiary of Ram Records and was set up by Andy C and Red One in 2002 to put out material by up-and-coming producers. Their second 12" was one of the earliest releases by Kryptic Minds, a duo who would go on to become one of the genre's most respected production units before they made the switch to dubstep in 2008 and showed they could do it at slower tempos just as well.

'The Truth' opens with tough drums, sci-fi effects and what sounds like the opening chord from 'War In '94' by Badman (AKA Marvellous Cain, Sponge & Pascal). Everything drops out for a substantial sample of Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix, taken from the scene where Neo meets Morpheus for the first time and is given a choice:

"This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes... Remember, all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more."

In an extended beatless section they bring in a nasty distorted Reese bassline accompanied by squelchy stabs, building the tension until bringing in drums that make excellent use of the 'Tighten Up' break, pitching it up and down throughout the track. A hard tune that gained anthem status back in 2002. Check this interview with Kryptic Minds in which they discuss making the jump to dubstep.

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