Tuesday, 14 May 2013

DJ SS - Orange

DJ SS - Orange (Mix 2) (Formation Colours Series, 1996)

As promised, here's another track that samples Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick's 'La-Di-Da-Di'. This one came somewhere in the middle of Formation's twelve part Colours Series, released between 1995 and 1997 and culminating in the Unified Colours of Drum & Bass LP. Like the majority of the releases in this undercover series it is a sample heavy jump-up tune with SS providing two mixes of the track.

It's the second mix that includes Slick Rick's vocals, opening with his "Okay party people in the house, you're about to witness something you've never witnessed before" line in a beatless intro that alternates between this vocal and The Real Roxanne's "Yes, you are now rocking with the best. Can I get a hit?" from 'Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)', another much sampled hip-hop track thanks to its intro. In fact SS had already sampled it on 'The Pulse' from 1992's Breakbeat Pressure EP Part 2. A drum roll accompanied by Slick Rick's "La-di-da-di, we like to party, we don't cause trouble, we don't bother nobody we're..." brings in an squelchy ascending bassline with drums using the Apache and Hot Pants breaks while the second drop brings in some Amen as well. The other mix only uses the Real Roxanne vocals and has a jazzy intro using bits of trumpet, keys and flute before delivering a fat distorted bassline with the same drums as Mix 2. Of the two versions I slightly prefer the bassline of the first but I miss those 'La-Di-Da-Di' vocals so the second mix gets the nod.

Both mixes feature in this excellent Colours Series mix from DJ Stevo:

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