Sunday, 25 August 2013

Blackstar feat. Top Cat - Champion DJ

Blackstar feat. Top Cat - Champion DJ (Blue Print Mix) (Congo Natty, 1995)

No discussion of Top Cat's impact on jungle would be complete without a look at his work with with Congo Natty. He has provided vocals on massive tracks such as 'His Imperial Majesty', 'Original Ses' and most recently 'UK Allstars' but 'Champion DJ' is the biggest one of the lot. Although there are a number of remixes the original 'Blue Print Mix' remains the best version.

It opens with a reggae track being rewound before Top Cat's vocals come in over Larry Marshall's 'Throw Me Corn' riddim (also used in the breakdown of Hype's 'Roll The Beats'): "Lord a mercy I, Tell em it's a cat a number one DJ...". The track then explodes with the introduction of sirens, bass and a second generation Hot Pants break featuring high pitched squeaks taken from Big Daddy Kane's 'Raw'. Dave and Ansell Collins' 'Stalag 17' riddim and the Cold Sweat break are also dropped in at points before the mid-track breakdown brings soundclash vocals such as "Lock off yuh bloodclart" from the Saxon Sound Vs Addies clash in Bermuda '94 and the replayed melody from 'Kunta Kinte' by The Revolutionaries. A jungle anthem guaranteed to get the crowd going - if you're off to the Notting Hill Carnival today or tomorrow get yourself to the CMC Matrix Sound System on All Saints Road where this one's sure to get dropped at some point.

You can find the track on Top Cat's Champion Deejay compilation along with the Shy FX remix which is available to download at Drum&BassArena and Beatport. Also check out North Base's Strictly Jungle mix for Kmag which closes with the tune.

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