Tuesday, 19 November 2013

DJ Trace & LTJ Bukem - Teach Me To Fly

DJ Trace & LTJ Bukem - Teach Me To Fly (Out Of Orbit, 1992)

"You are about to enter a new dimension in sound": so begins 'Teach Me To Fly', a proto-jungle tune from 1992 that credits just DJ Trace as the main artist on the label but was actually written and produced by Trace in collaboration with LTJ Bukem. It was released on Out Of Orbit, a sub-label of Orbital Records, and lives up to those opening words with a deeper sound than your average hardcore tune.

Meditative synths drift in accompanied by a four to the floor beat and the Think break along with a brief dialogue sample - "There's an awful lot of moisture in here" - from Stars Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. To this Trace & Bukem add a repeated "Wanna say yeah" vocal from Loleatta Holloway's 'Love Sensation' and the 'Put Your Love In My Tender Care' break. A soulful male "Teach me to fly" vocal from a US deep house tune called 'The Voyage' by Hayden Andre Presents Subculture then introduces a Plastic Jam break before the track is lifted by the introduction of anthemic piano midway through, making for a tune that was big with the likes of Grooverider, Fabio and Kenny Ken.

You can hear 'Teach Me To Fly' in this set by Grooverider from AWOL: Live In London '93 Vol. 4 - the download is available over at Hardscore.

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