Monday, 7 October 2013

Paradox - A Certain Sound

Paradox - A Certain Sound (Renegade Hardware, 1996)

Dev Pandya AKA Paradox is one of the main proponents of the drumfunk style and a master of chopping breaks. His earliest productions date back to the early nineties as a part of Mixrace with hardcore tunes such as 'The Future Is Before Your Eyes' on Moving Shadow. He made generally more chilled material under the Alaska name (sometimes alongside Nucleus) but it is this early tune under the Paradox name on Renegade Hardware that displays the kind of sound he has become best known for.

Over the last couple of days I've looked at tracks that sample the soundtrack to David Lynch's Twin Peaks TV series. The director's films have also been widely sampled by drum and bass artists with 1984's adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Dune being a prime example. 'A Certain Sound' features dialogue from this scene spoken by Kyle MacLachlan's character Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib: "Some thoughts have a certain sound, that being the equivalent to a form". Around the samples Dev creates a paranoid track full of dark atmospherics and featuring some beautifully chopped Amen alongside a low key bassline.

The digital of 'A Certain Sound' can be purchased directly from Renegade Hardware. Paradox remixed the track for the Distorted Reality EP and that version is also available on the Hardware XV - History Of Hardware compilation. You can hear the original in Soundmurderer's Breezeblock Mix below:

Soundmurderer - breezeblock by Jungle Love on Mixcloud

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