Friday, 31 May 2013

Co-Cain - Roll Dat Shit

Co-Cain - Roll Dat Shit (Runninz Records, 1996)

Marvellous Cain's RIQ Yardrock continues to roll out updates of his classic tracks alongside new material from the likes of J Bostron. The latest refix comes from CabinFeverUK who remix 'Roll Dat Shit', a track that originally came out on Runninz Records in 1996 under the name Co-Cain. Marvellous Cain had started Runninz the year before and 'Roll Dat Shit' was the third release. The label amalgamated with IQ Records a few years ago to form the present day RIQ Yardrock label.

It opens with some bluesy guitar taken from the introduction to a live version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Red House', possibly this performance of the track at San Francisco's Winterland venue in October 1968. Over this Cain brings in the 'Sandy' break (which he also used at the beginning of 'Hitman') along with a sample of Method Man's "Roll dat shit, light dat shit" line, taken from the same skit at the end of 'Can It All Be So Simple' that Ed Rush, Trace & Nico sampled on 'Mad Different Methods'. The drop brings in an overmodulated bassline with drums that use the 'Sweet Pea' and 'Sandy' breaks while Method Man's vocal appears frequently throughout. Marvellous Cain had previously been known for his ragga heavy approach and this track illustrates the move towards a more hip-hop influenced sound that took place across the scene in 1995/96.

If you like the combination of Wu-Tang and Hendrix check out the excellent Black Gold mixtape, a mash-up of the two from Tom Caruana of Tea Sea Records. It even features a couple of tracks with exclusive vocals from Wu affiliates Gab Gotcha and Young Dirty Bastard (ODB's son). Funnily enough, Gab Gotcha appeared on a Beatnuts track from 1997 that samples the same bit of guitar as 'Roll Dat Shit'. You can download the mixtape here.

The recent remixes of 'Hitman' and 'Dubplate Style' are going to be released on limited coloured vinyl editions on June 10th - check the RIQ Yardrock Facebook page for details. Listen below to a snippet of the CabinFeverUK remix of 'Roll Dat Shit' which is available now at Beatport, Trackitdown and all good download stores. I've also included a snippet of the HavocNdeeD ft. DJ Five Remix which along with the CabinFeverUK mix should be getting a vinyl test pressing soon - keep an eye on the RIQ Yardrock Bandcamp page for these:

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