Saturday, 6 April 2013

Special K - Danger

Special K - Danger (Trouble On Vinyl, 1996)

I love following a sample trail, when you find a track that samples a record which is itself sampling something else. Naturally as drum & bass producers frequently sample hip-hop records this happens quite a lot but 'Danger' by Special K is probably one of the ultimate examples. It is effectively a remix of Blahzay Blahzay's 'Danger', a track that as well as having a sample based beat also uses portions of vocals from several other hip-hop tracks.

Special K's track opens with the beat from 'Danger' which is based around an "Oooohhhh" vocal and guitar part from Gwen McCrae's 'Rockin' Chair' (check at around 2:13), eventually adding a live bass part and Hot Pants based drums. Blahzay Blahzay's own vocals appear along with the 'chorus' of their track which uses Jeru The Damaja's "When the east is in the house" from 'Come Clean', Q-Tip's "Oh My God" off of the Beastie Boys' 'Get It Together' and Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Danger" from 'Show and Prove' by Big Daddy Kane. Just before the drop, Special K acknowledges that the track is virtually a remix of the Blahzay Blahzay original by using the "You heard it first, now here's the remix" line that appeared at the beginning of DJ Premier's remix of 'Danger'. The track has a lively Reese/Square Wave bassline aimed straight at the dancefloor and features the sampled vocals frequently throughout. While not the most original of tracks it is a particularly effective and catchy jump-up tune.

'Danger' appears in the mainly jump-up mix below by Pearsall - check out his excellent Sonicrampage blog. You can download it and check the rest of the tracklist on his site here.

Don't Panic by Pearsall on Mixcloud

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