Thursday, 12 September 2013
Dillinja - Brutal Bass
Dillinja - Brutal Bass (Metalheadz, 1995)
Karl Francis AKA Dillinja sampled the voice on Egotrip's 'Dreamworld' on both 'Still Waters' (as Basic Influence) and 'Threshold' but on this one he samples the track's synth instead. 'Brutal Bass' came out on The Angels Fell EP, the first release that Kemistry and Storm put out when they started working for Metalheadz (an incredible one-two punch with J Majik's 'Your Sound' following it). The fact that this was merely the second b-side on the 12" goes to show the quality of the material Dillinja was putting out at this time.
'Brutal Bass', like '7 Minutes Of Maddness', is a tune that does what it says on the tin. It opens with the wind swept synth from 'Dreamworld' before deep stabs of bass like only Dillinja could do pummel you. The track features a "Let it go" vocal alongside some of the finest chopping of the 'Soul Pride' break ever put to wax and an awesome bassline designed to really test your subs. The breakdown brings back the synth while adding melancholy bleeps before the bass and breaks onslaught returns to close the track out. Peerless stuff from Dillinja.
You can hear 'Brutal Bass' along with a number of Dillinja's other classics in Part 1 of Law's History of Dillinja series below. Head over to Drumtrip to listen to and download the whole series. Dillinja will be playing a sure to be fat 90s set at FabricLive on the 20th September with Marcus Intalex, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Fabio and Loxy also on the bill.