Facs, Scythe & B Key - Mindsplinter (XXXX, 2003)
The work of William Gibson, who I discussed in yesterday's post about 'The Trick of Technology', was a huge influence on The Matrix, the 1999 film written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves (who also had the leading role in Johnny Mnemonic). Gibson's Sprawl trilogy provided The Matrix with its title, several story elements and the basis for the characters of Neo and Trinity (see this article for further details of the comparisons).
Facs, Scythe & B Key's 'Mindsplinter' samples dialogue from the film, with the following lines from Laurence Fishburne's character Morpheus appearing during the intro and throughout:
"I can see it in your eyes; you feel it. You've felt it your entire life. You don't know what it is, but it's there, driving you mad, like a splinter in your mind. Do you know what I'm talking about? Do you want to know what it is? It is all around us. It is for your mind."
Funnily enough the logo of the Prisoners of Technology's Fresh Kutt label was designed by Facs, who also did the artwork for several other labels including Smokers Inc, 24 Karat and Based On Bass. 'Mindsplinter' is a typically dark and corroded track from the Biotic stable featuring wind-swept synths and metallic stabs of bass over lively breakbeats before introducing an acidic riff midway through. The track continues to develop as blasts of Reese bass come in at the breakdown, making for a particularly sick track.
Check out my breakdown of 'The Truth' by Kryptic Minds for more Matrix related Drum & Bass.