Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Ray Keith - Special Technique


Ray Keith - Special Technique (Chronic, 1996)

Here's another tune that samples the Wu-Tang Clan, although in this case the source is Only Built For Cuban Linx, Raekwon's classic solo debut. The track features dialogue and fight sounds from Shaolin Vs. Lama as sampled on 'Guillotine (Swordz)':

"Allow me to demonstrate the skill of shaolin, the special technique of shadow boxing"

While this line was also sampled on GZA's 'Shadowboxin' off Liquid Swords, the Raekwon track is definitely the source as 'Special Technique' also uses the twangy guitar from the RZA produced beat. The Wu-Tang samples are nicely complemented by some haunting synths that were later used by Aphrodite on 'Dub Moods' and Ray Keith keeps thing moving with constantly shifting drums: the Sandy, Cold Sweat and Think breaks all appearing during the intro and throughout while some stuttered Amen comes in later. What really makes the track though is the immense Reese bassline which is liable to cause earthquakes when played on a decent system, making this a great track to annoy the neighbours with.

Check out this mix of 1996-1998 jungle and drum & bass from Serum which includes 'Special Technique':

Serum - Night in With The Vinyl part 4 by Serum on Mixcloud


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