Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Studio Pressure - The Water Margin

Studio Pressure - The Water Margin (Photek, 1995)

Buying the Record Store Day reissue of 'Pacman (Ram Trilogy Remix)' at the weekend meant I had two versions of this 12" and got me thinking about other releases that I have doubles of. I ended up with two copies of this Photek classic after being given a pile of vinyl by a friend and it's about time I cover the work of Rupert Parkes on this blog. Like Source Direct he grew up in my hometown of St. Albans (before moving to Ipswich) so I have always paid particular attention to his releases, which include some of the finest moments in drum'n'bass history.

'The Water Margin' appeared on his own Photek imprint, the name of which came before he used it as an artist. The title references Shi Nai'an's Water Margin, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, which was made into a television series in Japan during the seventies and shown in the UK. Photek would continue this Far Eastern trend with tracks such as 'The Seven Samurai' and 'Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu'. It starts off with atmospheric chords before introducing a sound that resembles dripping water along with the 'Plastic Jam' break, sampled from the Plastic Jam Break Beats Volume 1 LP on Labello Blanco. He then brings in his trademark oriental gong sound playing a descending melody over a deconstruction of the Think break although the track really takes off in its final third when the Amen is finally deployed. A classic track that typifies Photek's cold and precise approach.

'The Water Margin' was a big track at Speed and you can hear an unreleased VIP mix of the track in this LTJ Bukem set from a Speed night at the Crime Club in 1995. Download couresty of DJ Extreme of Part A and Part B. Check the rest of the tracklist over at Rolldabeats.

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