Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Return - Basic Rules

The Return - Basic Rules (Kemet, 1997)

Crime dramas in general are a great source of dialogue samples for drum and bass tracks. 'Basic Rules' by The Return marked the beginning of the Kemet label's brief resurrection in 1997/1998 - this release credits Lazarus Productions with mix, arrangement and production and that name was also used on the other three 12"s from this period. It features samples from the 1996 HBO film Gotti, a biopic of the Gambino family mafia boss John Gotti who Jay Z famously referenced when he rapped "I never prayed to God, I prayed to Gotti" on 'D'Evils'. Samples of Gotti, played by Armand Assante, talking to his lieutenant Frank Locascio appear throughout the track with the title-lending passage played in full during the breakdown before the drop:

"You got your variable snowstorms of cocaine and smack, whatever the hell else they shove in their veins. You got a worldwide crime syndicate now. There's no rules. There's no parameters. There's no feelings. There's no feelings for this country. Anarchy..."

Around the samples The Return craft a minimal rolling tune with a foreboding intro featuring two-step beats before bringing in a deep bassline along with haunting synths and later some R'n'B style female vocals of the "Ooooh, woaaah, yeah" variety. Simple but effective and you can hear Mickey Finn dropping the track at The United Colours of One Nation event on 27th September 1997 with Fearless and Foxy on the mic:

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