Saturday, 12 October 2013
Influx Datum - M.U.S.I.C.
Influx Datum - M.U.S.I.C. (Formation Records, 2002)
D-Train, whose 'Keep On' was sampled in yesterday's selection, were the duo of singer and songwriter James Williams and keyboardist and producer Hubert Eaves III. Eaves had previously done session work for Mtume in the late seventies and the pair made disco and boogie style r'n'b with their best known song being 'You're The One For Me'. Their music has been frequently sampled by hip-hop and electronic artists, with 'Keep On' for instance being interpolated by Notorious BIG on 'Sky's The Limit' and sampled on rave tracks such as 'Extacy' by Shades Of Rhythm.
Their song 'Music' also supplies the "M-U-S-I-C deep inside of me" vocal on Influx Datum's 'M.U.S.I.C.'. The track was released on the fourth and final part of Formation's A Decade Of Breaks series of 12"s which celebrated the label's ten years in the game (it makes me feel very old to think that it's now been around for over two decades). Influx Datum craft a typically smooth track with bongos, calming synths and a warm bassline topped with a loop of a heavenly female voice. A deep tune from the duo and a nice way to bring the series to a close.
You can hear the track on Kosheen's Drum'n'Bass Reborn mix, given away with the March 2002 issue of Mixmag: