Sunday, 11 August 2013

Usual Suspects - Spawn Punch (Future Cut Remix)

Usual Suspects - Spawn Punch (Future Cut Remix)(Renegade Hardware, 2000)

While their '20/20' remix may have sounded like a combination of two other tracks, Future Cut's 'Spawn Punch' is a mash-up proper, taking elements from both sides of Usual Suspects' second 12" for Renegade Hardware. Future Cut clearly had a taste for mash-ups around this time as it was released just two weeks after the '20/20' remix in the summer of 2000 on the Armageddon 2: The Remixes EP.

The first half of the track is based around 'Spawn' with the same suspenseful sound effect during the intro before the acidic LFO sound reminiscent of Daft Punk's 'Rock'n Roll' comes in, accompanied by distorted stabs and hits of sub bass. The track really takes off at the mid-track breakdown though when the throbbing bassline from 'Hole Punch' is introduced. The LFO squiggles continue over the top and at the end of each sixteen bar section after the drums come back in the bassline's changed up in a way that recalls Optical's 'To Shape The Future (Remix)'. It was always difficult deciding which side of the Usual Suspects 12" to play but this remix gives you the best of both worlds.

'Spawn Punch' is available to download directly from the label in MP3, FLAC or WAV. You can hear it among more recent material in this Raiden promo mix for Tech:nology put together earlier this year:

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