Thursday, 7 March 2013

DJ Die - Special Treat


DJ Die - Special Treat (V Recordings, 1997)

A few weeks ago I looked at DJ Die's 'Something Special', with its sample of Pee Wee Marquette introducing Art Blakey's Quintet. 'Special Treat' appears on the other side of that 12" and isn't just similar in title as it also samples some introductory talk from a jazz record, in this case Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus.

Mingus had a reputation for being somewhat eccentric and you can see why on this album. Although it was recorded in a studio he acts as if he is playing to a live audience, talking to them in between songs and encouraging them not to applaud, as the first sample Die uses demonstrates: "Thank you again for not applauding, you dig it?" (taken from the beginning of 'What Love'). The second vocal sample, which lends the track its title, is also directed to the imaginary crowd: "And now ladies and gentleman for those of you who want to party we have a special treat in store for you" and is introducing the bizarrely titled 'All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother'. Around these samples Die shapes another typically Bristolian track, opening with an echoed guitar lick before bringing in a deep, warm, melodic bassline that shifts pattern in the second half with drums that incorporate the 'Think' break. They don't make them like this anymore.

You can purchase the digital of 'Special Treat' directly from V Recordings here. It is also available on the awesome V Retrospect Volume 1 compilation. Die will be playing a special Bristol dubplates set back to back with Krust at the Exit Records 10th Birthday bash on the 12th April which I hope to scrape enough money together to attend.

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