Monday, 1 April 2013

DJ Trace & Pete Parsons - Sniper


DJ Trace & Pete Parsons - Sniper (DSCI4, 1999)

Writing about 'The Flow' break yesterday reminded me of the 'Tramen' (which combines 'The Flow' with the 'Tighten Up' and 'Amen' breaks) and the similar situation that occurred with this break. Although it was first used on 'Mutant Revisited' it was actually sampled by most producers from 'Sniper' where it is left clean for sixteen bars in the intro. Although it was created by Dom Angas it became known as the Sniper or Tramen (a combination of Trace and Amen) break, something that clearly irked him as this interview from Future Music in 2004 reveals:

"Trace came around a few days later and really liked the sound of it. He literally wrote two tunes there and then using the break - one of them, Mutant Jazz Revisited, was huge. It was also the tune that made me stop engineering for other people. My name never made it onto that piece of vinyl. Not even as an engineer... But the most annoying thing was that people started crediting Trace with inventing that break. C'mon... he didn't even know how to use a computer."

A quick glance at the label for 'Mutant Revisited' reveals that Dom was actually credited (as D. Angus) and Trace himself has since set the record straight, stating Dom created the break and claiming the Tramen tag was coined by Fresh after the two created Bad Company's mighty 'Nitrous'.

'Sniper' was the first release on Trace's DSCI4 imprint and was co-produced by Pete Parsons who had worked with Trace previously on tracks such as 'Final Chapta' and 'Miles High'. Parsons had been on the scene since the early nineties with productions on Lucky Spin, Dee Jay and Proper Talent amongst others but by the late nineties was better known as Voyager, releasing 'intelligent' drum & bass for labels such as Good Looking, R & S and Creative Source. This shows in 'Sniper' which employs atmospheric synths in the intro and breakdown in contrast to the raging Tramen/Reese combination used throughout most of the track, which also uses the 'Hot Pants' break, although the final third drops the Reese for a more metallic-sounding bassline. Another track that provided one of the building blocks for many future productions.

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