Saturday, 14 September 2013

Roni Size - Phizical

Roni Size - Phizical (V Recordings, 1994)

Here's another tune that uses the Soul Pride break and also samples India. Linda Viera Caballero was born in Puerto Rico in 1969 and shortly afterwards her parents moved to New York. She was given the name India by her grandmother because of her dark features and long straight black hair. Breaking into the music industry as a teenager, she was initially promoted as a Latin version of Madonna but she wanted to focus on a more authentic sound and has become known as "The Princess of Salsa". As well as working with the likes of Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente she also recorded with her then husband Louie Vega's Masters At Work project on tracks such as 'I Can't Get No Sleep' and Nuyorican Soul's 'Runaway'. She has gone on to be nominated for Grammys and remains a huge figure on the Latin scene.

'Phizical' appeared on the Exer-Size EP, a great V Recordings 12" that featured 'Timestretch' on the other side. It samples 'Dancing On The Fire', a single from India's first album Breaking Night, sampling the "Give It Up" vocal throughout. The track starts with synth pads taken from The Wildchild Experience's 'Who Needs Who' along with the India vocal and skittish drums before the swooshing Star Trek sound effect of a door opening on the Enterprise leads into the drop. The track has a bright, upbeat bassline with drums that use the Sesame Street and Soul Pride breaks and has that classic Roni Size sound to it.

'Phizical' appears on Retrospect Volume 1 which you can download directly from V Recordings. Ray Keith remixed the track twice, the Vintage Remix appearing on the Timestretch / Phizical (Remixes) 12" and the Moody Mix on the CD and digital versions of V Classic. Check the original out on Tom Central's Jungle Mix for Arts Hypnotic:

Tom Central – Jungle mix for Arts Hypnotic by Tomcentral on Mixcloud

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