Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ed Rush & Optical - Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix)

Ed Rush & Optical - Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix) (Virus Recordings, 2002)

Of all the independent record shops I used to go to in Leicester during my student days just Rockaboom remains. They always had a good selection of drum & bass as well as a wide range of other music on CD and vinyl and it was great going back there on Record Store Day. In a sign of the times though Rockaboom will be downsizing to a smaller store in the nearby Malcolm Arcade in June, but at least they won't be closing down. I managed to pick up a few limited edition releases including a picture disc reissue of the Ram Trilogy remix of Ed Rush & Optical's 'Pacman', backed with Universal Project's 'Vessel':

The original mix of this track was released on Ed Rush & Optical's The Creeps LP and has a bassline that recalls the classic arcade game of the title along with punchy drums using the Skull Snaps 'It's A New Day' break and a whispered vocal that is impossible to make out. The Ram Trilogy remix keeps these elements in place but adds a sick reese bassline during the intro which then comes back in again for the second drop. They also use some of the original sound effects from the game with the 'Pac Man Dies' sound appearing in the intro and the 'Start Game' music by Toshio Kai finishing the track off. Andy C and company once again show their expert remixing skills as they manage to improve on an already great track.

The picture disc reissue is still available at the time of writing from Redeye Records. You can purchase the digital from most download stores including Beatport, Juno and Drum&BassArena.

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