Sunday, 10 November 2013

Roni Size - Strictly Social

Roni Size - Strictly Social (V Recordings, 1999)

Derrick May's 'Nude Photo', released under his Rhythim Is Rhythim guise in 1987, made use of an echoed female laugh which originates in Yazoo's 'Situation' from 1982. The track popularised the sample and the laugh has subsequently appeared on dozens of other records, including S'Express's 'Theme From S'Express' and Nexus 21's 'Can You Feel The Beat'.

Drum and Bass is no exception with the sample featured on tunes such as this one from Roni Size. 'Strictly Social' was released on V Recordings' mammoth Planet V compilation and has a world music flavour thanks to the plucked guitar-like instrument that appears throughout the intro and much of the track. A "Strictly social" vocal is accompanied by the 'Situation' laugh as the track builds with a stomping beat and synthetic strings before dropping a bouncy bassline for a tune that really stands out from the crowd.

'Strictly Social' is available to purchase digitally directly from the V Recordings store. It was remixed in 2004 by Nu:Tone. You can hear the original open the 90s drum and bass mix from Bairdo below:

Retro 90s Drum & Bass Mix - Original Vinyl - Dec 2011 ;-) by Bairdo on Mixcloud

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1 comment:

  1. Not 100% sure, but I believe the instrument is a Vietnamese harp.