Wednesday, 3 April 2013

DJ Hype - We Must Unite

DJ Hype - We Must Unite (G-Line Records, 1996)

During the past year or so I've been buying quite a few old compilations and mixes on CD, such as Kenny Ken's The History of Hardcore that I mentioned yesterday. Another one I recently purchased is World Dance - The Drum + Bass Experience from 1996, a double CD mixed by DJ Hype and Ellis Dee. Both discs are full of classic tracks such as 'Pulp Fiction' and 'The Licence' and it's well worth seeking out. Hype starts off his mix with one of his own tracks, 'We Must Unite', which came out on the Still Smokin LP co-released by Ganja and Frontline that same year.

Hype often likes to give his tracks a positive message with later examples including 'Peace, Love & Unity' and 'Learn From The Mistakes Of The Past'. This track samples Malcolm X's famous Message to the Grassroots speech from November 1963, opening with the lines "What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences" and "We unite on the basis of what we have in common". This wasn't the first time he had sampled this speech having used the line "send him to the cemetery" on The Scientist's 'The Exorcist' and it also wouldn't be the last. Hype also adds a soulful "Find a way, find a way" vocal in an intro that features what sounds like a reversed flute or pan pipe melody before bringing in some Amen. Eventually the tracks drops one of those big fat basslines Hype's known for, mostly accompanied by the Amen break but also including passages using the Life Could and Think breaks as well, while the Malcolm X lines appear frequently throughout. A pleasant contrast to the gangster heavy hip-hop lyrics featured in the majority of jump-up tunes at this point.

Have a listen below to this set from Bryan Gee at Pure X 'Back With A Vengeance' from September 1995 which includes 'We Must Unite', as well as finishing with Rude Bwoy Monty's 'Warp 10' that also appeared on the Still Smokin LP:

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