Thursday, 13 June 2013

Matrix - Apache

Matrix - Apache (Virus Recordings, 2000)

Here's another track which is named after and uses the Apache break, although it's in a very different style of drum & bass to Shy FX's 'Mad Apache'. Matrix AKA Jamie Quinn is the brother of Optical and he started putting out music on Formation Records in 1993 as part of the duo International Rudeboyz. After going solo on Formation's New Identity sublabel he started his own Metro Recordings in 1997 while also releasing material on Metalheadz, Prototype and Moving Shadow, developing a similar neurofunk sound to his brother.

'Apache' was one of the stand out tracks on his debut LP, the often overlooked Sleepwalk. The album was released on Ed Rush & Optical's Virus Recordings and features his typically sleek neurofunk alongside some jazzier and downtempo material, with 'Apache' being very much in the former camp. I love the way the heavily processed Apache break emerges out of the gloom to be accompanied by a two-step beat which sounds like it uses the 'It's A New Day' break. Although clean on the surface there is a dark undercurrent to the track with a hint of menace conveyed by the sick synth lines which subtly build in intensity. Restrained but deadly.

You purchase the digital of 'Apache' over at Drum&BassArena, Beatport and most other download stores. Check it out in this mix by the brothers Quinn from February 2000 which they did for Mary Anne Hobbs' Breezeblock show on BBC Radio 1:

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