Saturday, 28 September 2013

Mickey Finn & Aphrodite - Bad Ass


Mickey Finn & Aphrodite - Bad Ass (Urban Takeover, 1996)

South Central is another of the early nineties "Hood Films" which is parodied in Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. The film is sampled extensively on 'Bad Ass' which was the first release for Mickey Finn and Aphrodite's Urban Takeover label in 1996. The track is a classic of the jump-up genre and was recently included in DJ Mag's Top 100 Most Important Drum & Bass Tunes list.

Dialogue from the film such as "Y'all know, they tried to control the day. You don't control the day, the man control the day, but we will... control the night" and "Don't play me for no sucker" appear during the atmospheric intro which also features dramatic synth stabs, helicopters and police sirens. You can check this youtube clip to hear several of the lines used on the track. As the dialogue and synth stabs build to a crescendo the title-lending "Bad Ass" sample brings in a torpedoing wobble bassline with two-step drums that feature a prominent metallic snare on every second beat. Although somewhat overplayed, this is one of the tunes that set the template for jump-up and is undeniable anthem which as DJ Mag say, "brought a much-needed sense of playful fun" to the scene.

The digital of 'Bad Ass' is available on the Drum&BassArena Anthology compilation. Mickey Finn & Aprhodite did two remixes of the track and you can hear the better one of those open Finn's set at One Nation's 4th Birthday celebration on the 29th November 1997:


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