Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Shimon - The Predator

Shimon - The Predator (RAM Records, 1994)

Shimon Alcoby taught himself how to produce on an Atari ST computer and Akai 950 sampler back in the early nineties. His efforts reached the ears of good friend Andy C and a long term creative partnership was born with the pair responsible for classics such as 'Quest', 'Recharge' and 'Body Rock'. He was also part of the Ram Trilogy super group and worked as a solo artist including under aliases such as Magnetic Media before leaving to start his own AudioPorn label in 2007. His first 12" for RAM though was 'The Predator' in 1994 which was co-produced by Ant Miles and Andy C.

It is one of several drum and bass tracks to sample the Predator movies, with the line "She says the jungle... it just came alive and took him" from the first film appearing throughout. Around the vocal they craft a dark edged, paranoid track featuring bleeps and creeping synths along with skittish drums that use the Plastic Jam break and a sinister reversed bassline, leading Peter Shapiro in The Rough Guide to Drum'n'bass to refer to it as "an awesome slice of dystopian urban dread".

The digital is available to purchase directly from the RAM Records Shop while the track also appears on Breakdown's Drum & Bass Selection 2 compilation. You can hear the track in Kenny Ken's set at Quest: The Wild Frontier from the 30th April 1994:

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