Sunday, 6 October 2013

4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - We Are The Future

4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse - We Are The Future (Tone Def Records, 1993)

This tune from 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse AKA Foul Play was released on Yomi Ayeni's Tone Def Records as the B Side to 'Drowning In Her'. It uses an obscured sample of Angelo Badalamenti's 'Theme From Twin Peaks' during the intro and breakdown, processed and reversed so it isn't particularly recognisable. Also during the intro there's another sample of a female voice repeating "We are the future". This originates in Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead, a 1988 Australian film set in a high security prison which was co-written by Nick Cave who also appears in it. The full quote reads:

"Welcome to Central Industrial part of Correctional Services rapidly expanding network of new generation facilities, dedicated to the goal of humane containment - We are the future of containment."

It is likely though that they actually sampled it from Future Sound Of London's 'Central Industrial' on their 1991 Accelerator LP which uses the sections in bold above. Foul Play combine a four to the floor beat with the Soul Pride break and a lively bassline for an energetic track with a dark undercurrent to it thanks to gravelly synth, ominous strings and the Twin Peaks sample. A '93 darkcore classic.

You can hear the track in Simon Bassline Smith's Phoenix Studio Mix from September 1993 which is available to download over at

UPDATE 08/10/13: Big shout out to Raze for passing on some info from Yomi Ayeni about this track. Yomi was in fact the fourth member of 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse and the "We are the future" sample was actually lifted from the Jam & Spoon In Dub mix of Moby's 'Go' (although the original source is the same) - a nice coincidence given that I'd just looked at Dylan's remix of that tune the day before.

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