Thursday, 4 April 2013

Konflict - Roadblock


Konflict - Roadblock (Renegade Hardware, 1999)

I thought I'd continue the Detroit Techno theme that's developed on the blog recently with a look at 'Roadblock'. Konflict were Kemal Okan and Rob Rodgers and they brought their love of Detroit Techno to their futuristic sounding productions, which have been cited as an early influence by the likes of Pendulum. This was their debut for Renegade Hardware and first proper release following a remix of Paragliders' 'Shades Of Bitterness' the previous year.

It's a subtle, neurofunk style roller which opens with spacious echoed synths before bringing in a sturdy, precise beat along with a haunting flute-like sound while the main body of the track has an underlying pulsating bassline topped with a dirty filtered riff. As with all Kemal & Rob Data's tracks it is extremely well produced with clinical drum programming and clear, defined sounds with everything fitting together perfectly.

They would go on to put out several releases for Hardware before leaving the label acrimoniously in 2000 and releasing material as Kemal & Rob Data for a number of labels including DSCI4, Architecture and Audio Blueprint as well as their own shortlived Negative imprint. Rob Data left the scene in 2002 and although Kemal continued solo for a few more years he too disappeared from view around 2004. However their influence on the sound of drum & bass lives on to this day.

'Roadblock' would get a Matrix remix on Hardware's massive Armageddon LP later the same year and that opens this Konflict studio mix from October '99. You can check the rest of the tracklist and download the mix here.

Konflict - Studio Mix October 1999 by Drum & Bass Classics on Mixcloud


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