Sunday, 24 March 2013

Roni Size - Brut Force

Roni Size - Brut Force (Full Cycle, 1996)

Here's the second of our two part series looking at tracks in vastly different styles that use the same horn sample from Grover Washington Jr's 'The Sea Lion' (check part one here if you missed it). Whereas Source Direct's 'The Cult' is a dark, paranoid track, 'Brut Force' is a jump-up tune closer in style to the material Roni Size put out on Dope Dragon than his more regular Full Cycle fare.

I'm not sure Size meant the title of this tune to suggest it is paean to the cologne (a forerunner to the Lynx Effect perhaps?) but it certainly packs a punch. It starts off with a beefed up 'Action' break along with the dissonant horns from the 'The Sea Lion' (Spotify link), a darker jazz sample than you'd expect from Roni. He then brings in a buzzsaw bassline that descends in tone much like the horns from the intro, adding a cut-up of the 'Hot Pants' break shortly after. An interlude a couple of minutes in features a male voice saying "Don't get excited man, because I'm sure I know" with echoed keys and jazzy guitar. The vocal has a somewhat surprising source, the sixties pop of 'Daydream Believer' by The Monkees, where it appears as some studio dialogue before the track begins. After the breakdown the track's bassline shifts to a jabbing four note pattern, only switching back towards the end. A knock out dancefloor tune that I think was the first Roni Size 12" I purchased.

You can purchase the digital of 'Brut Force' over at Drum&BassArena. Check it out in the classics mix below by Jumping Jack Frost which is also available to download as part of Drum&BassArena Podcast #248 (requires iTunes).

Jumping Jack Frost (V Recordings) @ Legends of D&B #01 - Drum & Bass Arena Episode #248 (21.02.2013) by Evil Concussion on Mixcloud

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