Friday, 19 July 2013

M-Beat - Surrender

M-Beat - Surrender (Renk Records, 1993)

I've covered 199 tracks so far on this blog but somehow I've failed to write about anything from M-Beat so to mark my 200th post I'm going to take a look at 'Surrender'. Marlon Hart produced some of the finest early jungle tunes before finding chart success alongside General Levy with 'Incredible' in 1994. Unfortunately the backlash from that record led to him being shunned by the top DJs and he'd disappeared from the scene within a couple of years.

'Surrender' is a typically sample heavy number that shows the breadth of influences jungle took in. It begins with the opening horns from Laurie Johnson's theme music to The Avengers before bringing in Terror Fabulous' "No retreat, no surrender / We nah lotion, pet or powder, we tell dem" vocal from 'No Retreat, No Surrender'. As this vocal repeats, the beat from 'Watch How The People Dancing' by Kenny Knots comes in (also sampled on 'Lion Heart') with the "Now crowd of people rock with me, innah the dance we smokin' sensi" line from that tune eventually replacing it.

The main body of the tune has a booming bassline and Think/Amen drums while the ravey synth stabs and scratching remind you that this track was produced in '93. The first breakdown drops into a sweet rare groove sample from Side Effect's 'I Can't Play' while the second features a "Gotta release yourself" vocal from a Roger Sanchez produced house track called 'I Need You' by Nu-Solution. Packing a huge amount into its three and a half minute run time, this is a tune bursting with energy and enthusiasm.

Head over to Juno Download to purchase the digital. You can also hear the track in this DJ Hype set at Jungle Fever: Kings Of The Jungle from December 1993:

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