Saturday, 8 June 2013

Renegade - Something I Feel


Renegade - Something I Feel (Moving Shadow, 1994)

Cuba Gooding Sr, the father of the Oscar winning actor, was the lead singer of seventies soul group The Main Ingredient. In 1983, after leaving to start a solo career, he remade a track the group had previously recorded in 1974 called 'Happiness Is Just Around The Bend'. Thanks to the accapella on the 12" single the vocal was heavily sampled in the late eighties and early nineties on tracks such as 'Aftermath' by Nightmares On Wax and 'The Terminator' by Doc Scott. The track even received a full remix from Altern 8 on the Only For The Headstrong compilation in 1992.

Ray Keith has utilized parts of the 'Happiness' vocal on a number of occasions. I looked at his 'Yes Yes' remixes yesterday but by that point he had already sampled it a few times before including 'Tapes' from 1991 and 'Something I Feel', the flipside to the classic 'Terrorist' on Moving Shadow. It uses the "I think it's something I feel" line from 'Happiness' alongside a couple of other samples. The harps in the intro are from 'Nights Over Egypt' by The Jones Girls while the flutes that appear later are from the smooth jazz of 'Breezin' by George Benson. Like 'Yes Yes' the track also uses the 'Humpty Dump' break along with a Think/Amen combination that reminds me of the Foul Play Remix of 'Renegade Snares' and a simple 808 kick bassline. A great track that often gets overlooked due to its better known A side.

Listen to it below where it appears as the final track in this Randall set from late 1993:


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