Tuesday, 21 May 2013

2 Bad Mice - Bombscare

2 Bad Mice - Bombscare (Moving Shadow, 1992)

If you listened to DJ DB and DJ Dara's History of Drum & Bass mix which I featured yesterday you'd have noticed 2 Bad Mice's classic 'Bombscare' towards the beginning. Originally put out on Moving Shadow in 1992 this was one of the first releases for Sm:)e Communications, the label DB helped establish in 1994. They would go on to release 2 Bad Mice's Kaotic Chemistry compilation as well as Omni Trio's Music For The Next Millennium (the US version of The Deepest Cut Vol. 1) in 1995.

2 Bad Mice were actually a trio consisting of Sean O'Keeffe (Deep Blue), Simon Colebrooke and Moving Shadow boss Rob Playford and they also went by the name Kaotic Chemistry. They were among the first acts to bring breakbeats to the hardcore scene, a development that would lead to jungle. The main breakbeat on 'Bombscare' is a second generation one sampled from Kariya's 'Let Me Love You (Rebuilt)', a bootleg mix of the track by Evil Eddie Richards (check this interview with Colebrooke where he confirms this). This breakbeat is made up of the break from Graham Central Station's 'The Jam' along with the drum fill from the beginning of James Brown's 'Funky President'. 2 Bad Mice also later bring in the Hot Pants break from Bobby Bird's 'Hot Pants (Bonus Beats)' that would go on to be heard on thousands of jungle tunes. Over this they cheekily sample the catchy synth riff from Neon's 'Don't Mess With This Beat' along with the sound of a bomb detonating and a rumbling bassline. Simple but (if you'll excuse the pun) explosive, with the tremors still being felt to this day.

O'Keeffe and Colebrooke continue to DJ under the 2 Bad Mice name along with partner in crime Rhodesey. Check their website to see if they're playing near you and have a listen to the mix below which they did for FACT Magazine in 2011 and includes 'Bombscare':

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  1. The second breakbeat has actually been taken streight off "Inception" by DJ Trace without even altering the pitch. The pitch of the Main breakbeat has been incresed to match the length of the "Inception"-Break.
    I don't know if Trace has created this break (which is a cut of "Hot Pants" indeed) himself or if there is an older source where he sampled it directly. I tried to recreate it but I couldn't come up with a good result.


  2. Thanks for the info Thomas. The world of second generation breakbeats is certainly a complex one!