Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Primary Motive - Who Has The Jazz

Primary Motive - Who Has The Jazz (Creative Source, 2000)

I was going to write about Source Direct's 'The Cult' today as it samples the line "It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for" from Enter The Dragon, spoken by the film's villain Han. However I realised I'd looked at the track back in March (check the post here if you missed it) so instead I thought it'd be appropriate to look at this track from Primary Motive which samples the words in bold from Williams' super cool reply:

"I don't waste my time with it. When it comes I won't even notice... I'll be too busy looking good." (watch the scene here)

Williams was played by Jim Kelly, the first black martial arts film star who passed away just last month at the age of sixty seven. After Enter The Dragon he went on to appear in a series of blaxploitation-style martial arts movies so it's rather fitting that his voice appears on 'Who Has The Jazz' as it's a cool, funky number that wouldn't have sounded out of place on his films' soundtracks.

Primary Motive were Danny Curtis and Mike Pears, a duo who also recorded under several other names. While this one was reserved for their jazzy material on Fabio's Creative Source label they were also well known for their darker, heavier productions as Twisted Anger on Dread/Penny Black. 'Who Has The Jazz' is centred around a funky guitar loop over the Hot Pants break and what sounds like the drums from Peshay's 'Miles From Home'. It gradually builds up with smooth horns and soothing synths until the guitar drops out for some organ during the track's more chilled mid-section before returning to drive the track forward to its conclusion. Nice.

A version of 'Who Has The Jazz' using the Apache break appeared in the drum & bass mix on Fabio & Grooverider's Masterpiece collection for Ministry Of Sound. You can also hear it in a "summercast" mix by DJ Patife from 2008 which is available to download at DnB Share (via Breakz Blog)

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