Friday, 22 November 2013

DJ Swift - Soul


DJ Swift - Soul (True Playaz, 1997)

This track from Swift - Mampi not the Swift & Zinc one - appeared on his debut 12" for the True Playaz imprint in 1997, a big year for the DJ and producer which also saw him set up his own Charge label and release classics such as 'The 1' and 'Hi Tek'. I haven't written about Swift nearly enough on this blog but this is the ideal time as this track samples the same section of First Choice's 'Let No Man Put Asunder' as yesterday's selection.

While 'Load' was the A Side on the 12" I always preferred the dirty funk of 'Soul' on the flipside. The intro features what sounds like the same moog synth from Fred Wesley & The JB's' 'Blow Your Head' as Zinc sampled on 'Super Sharp Shooter' along with typically gritty drums that use the Think break. Great slabs of muscular bass bash you around before the drop brings in a nasty bassline and the whole First Choice sample: "I got something for your mind... your body... your soul". A personal favourite from the both the True Playaz and Mampi Swift catalogues.

'Soul' was included on Hype's True Playaz In The Mix Volume 1. The track is available to purchase digitally from Drum&BassArena, Juno Download and Beatport and you can hear it in a Clarky set on Eruption FM 101.3 from May 1997 which is available to download over at Hardscore.

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1 comment:

  1. I wish Swift got more credit, I think he's got such a unique style. So rough, so confident.

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