Friday, 17 May 2013

Krome & Time - The Slammer

Krome & Time - The Slammer (Suburban Base, 1993)

Back in February it was reported that Tim Dog had died of a seizure following complications from diabetes. However in the last few days it has been suggested that the rapper faked his own death to avoid repaying money he had swindled from several women in an internet dating scam. He had claimed he needed investors to record a new album and persuaded one woman, Esther Pilgrim, to build up $32,000 of credit card debt. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny in September 2011 and was paying Pilgrim $100 a month in compensation. These payments stopped following his supposed death but she believes he is still alive and investigations have yet to turn up a death certificate.

In the wake of his death I featured a couple of tracks that sampled the rapper and in light of these recent reports I thought I'd take a look at another. 'The Slammer' was a '93 anthem from DJ Krome & Mr Time which loops a short vocal segment from his KRS-One collaboration 'I Get Wrecked' (going something like "stop, stop... listen to the hip-hop"). The female vocal ("this dance that we're dancing now who's in control") is from Nona Hendryx's 'Why Should I Cry?' which was the biggest solo hit for a singer who had formerly been a member of Labelle. Although 'The Slammer' is very much a hardcore tune with hands-in-the-air piano, helium vocals and ravey synth stabs it saw the duo move towards jungle with its use of the Amen break and the "we dedicate to all ganja man... and all sensimilla man" vocal that sounds like it's from a sound clash. It would be their last feel good rave track under the Krome & Time name as they went on to fully embrace jungle with 1994's massive 'The Licence'.

You can hear 'The Slammer' in this anthem filled 90-93 studio set by Billy Daniel Bunter which was used to promote Raindance's NYE 2011 event:

DJ Billy Daniel Bunter - Raindance NYE 2011 Mix by Dj_Billydanielbunter on Mixcloud

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