Saturday, 7 December 2013

E-Z Rollers - Synesthesia

E-Z Rollers - Synesthesia (Moving Shadow, 1997)

Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one type of sensation involuntarily stimulates a second sense - for instance you perceive letters or numbers as inherently coloured. It's also the title of this tune from E-Z Rollers which like 'Tough At The Top' and 'Retro' demonstrates their knack for picking cool vocal samples. It starts with the following line from Blade Runner:

"Describe in single words only the good things that come in to your mind"

This is from the film's opening scene and forms part of a question in the Voigt-Kampff Test, a method of determining if someone is a replicant or not. Around the sample E-Z Rollers craft a deep track with lively drums, spacey synths and a moody bassline which shows a slightly tougher side to their sound. It was beefed up considerably though by Dom & Roland the following a year in a remix that features a similar muscular bassline to his Known Unknown remixes along with some fierce Amen. One track, two great versions.

Both the original and remix are available to download from Beatport. You can hear the original on Side B of the Moving Shadow Past>Future cassette that came free with DJ Mag in March 1997:

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