Saturday, 18 May 2013
Baron - Hell Billy
Baron - Hell Billy (C.I.A., 2002)
Today brought a welcome development with the opening of a new record shop, Empire Records, in my home town of St. Albans. Following the closure of HMV earlier in the year the city had been without somewhere to buy music and it has been years since there was an independent record store. I headed down to check it out and it was great to find a shop that had a relaxed feel and friendly staff with a focus on vinyl. While the stock is primarily rock based at the moment they promise to cater to all tastes and the place looks to have a bright future judging by the number of enthusiastic music lovers it was attracting.
The visit reminded me of the last time I purchased a 12" in St. Albans at the long gone Boxer Records, in fact the last new drum & bass record I bought. It was a promo copy of 'Meet The Creeper / Hell Billy' by Baron, an early release from the Oxford based Pierre Bailey who went on to record for a number of labels before forming his own Baron Inc. and putting out several releases on Adam F & DJ Fresh's Breakbeat Kaos imprint. He left the drum & bass scene in around 2008 to do soundtrack work and now lives in Los Angeles.
'Hell Billy' was the definite pick of the two cuts and has a acidic "poing" riff that sounds like a cartoon or computer game sound effect and recalls the 1992 Dutch gabba hit 'Poing' by Rotterdam Termination Source. Over drums that use the 'It's a New Day' break with some Amen underneath the track features a number of other elements including bleeps, dub sirens and what appears to be a Native American war cry. An old skool flavoured dancefloor smasher that always reminds me of Total Science's 'Squash'.
You can purchase the digital of 'Hell Billy' over at Drum&BassArena.