Thursday, 16 May 2013

Bad Company - Spider

Bad Company - Spider (BC Recordings, 2001)

I've recently featured a lot of hip-hop influenced drum & bass so thought I'd change the pace a bit with a look at the more techno inspired Bad Company. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to find a second hand copy of their Book of the Bad CD for the reasonable price of a tenner. Although I vastly prefer vinyl and already own the three double 12" EPs in the series I like having CD/digital copies of stuff as well and this two disc collection is normally rather expensive so I was especially pleased to get hold of it. As a bonus you also get four additional tracks including their remix of Moving Fusion's 'Atlantis' and the massive 'Planet Dust'.

One of my favourites from the first volume of the series is 'Spider'. It makes their techno influence clear with a vocal sample from 'Flash' by Green Velvet, an alias of the Chicago based house and techno producer Curtis Jones who also went by the name Cajmere. As Green Velvet he is known for tracks that feature his own spoken word vocals such as 'Flash', 'Preacher Man' and 'Answering Machine' as well as his flamboyant neon green mohawk. Bad Company sample the "Camera's ready, prepare the flash" line from 'Flash' several times in a track that starts off with light scratching and bongos before streamlined drums and a catchy but nasty Reese bassline come in to wreck havoc.

You can purchase the digital of 'Spider' over at Beatport. Bad Company have recently been playing sets full of their classic material and you can hear 'Spider' in this performance by Maldini from a Renegade Hardware night at the now sadly closed Cable from September last year (comes in at around 21:23):

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