Thursday, 20 June 2013

Boogie Times Tribe - The Dark Stranger (Origin Unknown Remix)

Boogie Times Tribe - The Dark Stranger (Origin Unknown Remix) (Suburban Base, 1993)

Kraftwerk's influence on modern music, from techno and hip-hop to rock and pop, is immeasurable. Jude Rogers, writing in The Observer prior to their triumphant series of gigs at the Tate Modern earlier this year, said "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture". As we saw yesterday, drum & bass is no exception and this '93 darkside anthem from the Boogie Times Tribe is another example as it uses a sample from Kraftwerk's 'Electric Cafe'.

The original mix is a great hardcore style tune but I prefer the Origin Unknown Remix which gives it a jungle update in the vein of 'Valley Of The Shadows'. The bell-like sound from the beginning of 'Electric Cafe' is one of a number of samples that add to the sinister vibe, although it's possible Andy C and Ant Miles took it from a sample CD as it was used in other tracks from around the same time such as this one. The foreboding strings at the beginning of the track, as well as two of the vocal samples, come from Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man, The Myth, The Movies, a documentary about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. "The dark side of all human nature" is the voice of Anthony Hopkins, while the mostly timestretched "the dark stranger" is Gary Oldman, both lines taken from interviews with the actors (they are used more extensively in the original mix with the Oldman line preceded by the words "he comes to you in the night"). The horrifying laughter that appears frequently throughout may have come from Weird Dreams, a late eighties/early nineties video game for Amiga, Atari ST, C64 and MS-DOS, although it's also possible the two have the same original source.

The track has what sounds like a second generation 'Think' break coupled with an awesome low frequency bassline. Once it gets going there are a couple more vocal samples used with the "Girl I'm starting to lose it" vocal coming from a late eighties house tune by Forte called 'I'll Set Ya Free' while there is also a brief use of the "Another terrifying (intro)" line from Style's 'The Assassinator' that appeared at the beginning of the original mix. A nice little touch comes at the end when those foreboding strings play on during the run out, looping until you take the needle off the record. Chilling and dread filled, this is the sound of your nightmares put on wax.

You can purchase the digital of 'The Dark Stranger' over at Drum&BassArena and Juno Download. Origin Unknown remixed their remix on The Dark Stranger Part 3 and you can check that out below:

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1 comment:

  1. Cheers - Always wondered where some of these originated..