Thursday, 9 May 2013

DJ Sappo - Ding Dong Bass (Remix)

DJ Sappo - Ding Dong Bass (Remix) (Rinse Out, 1996)

Yesterday was DJ Sappo's birthday so to celebrate I thought I'd have a look at one of his classic tracks: 'Ding Dong Bass'. Andrew Sappleton started out DJing aged just fifteen and by 1993 was also producing, leading to releases on labels such as Flex and Intalex. In 1998 he set up his own Advisory Records and from 2004-2007 presented The Drum & Bass Mixshow on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Over the years he has put out releases on a number of labels including Frontline and V Recordings and more recently has established Maverick Records where he will be putting out material from well known producers under secret aliases. Check out his website for the latest news as well as videos and downloads.

'Ding Dong Bass' was released on Rinse Out, a sublabel of L Double's Flex Records. It has been remixed a number of times including a '99 mix on Advisory and an L Double VIP but this first remix is my favourite version. Sappo's known for including vocals from Drum & Bass MCs on his tracks and here Bassman features with his "Listen Up... The Ding Dong Bass" line appearing throughout, bringing an extra level of energy to the tune. The intro features warm synth pads and punchy bass stabs along with a second generation break that includes a little snatch of what sounds like a trumpet, originally from 'Dett' by Demon Boyz. The drop brings in a hyperkinetic Reese bassline which I just absolutely love and always puts a smile on my face. A heavily filtered Amen is used in places and for the final third of the track a new bassline comes in to keeps things moving. A personal favourite which is never too far away from my record decks.

The '99 mix of 'Ding Dong Bass' is included on Sappo Classics Vol. 1 which is available to download over at Beatport. A remix of 'Ding Dong Bass' by J Rolla recently won the second 'Remix A Classic' competition over at the Drum&BassArena Forum and you can check it out below:

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