Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Architex - Blueprint

The Architex - Blueprint (Basement Records, 1995)

DJ Ink is a name that should need little introduction to any fan of drum and bass. Now known as a top DJ and producer with releases on Renegade Hardware, Metalheadz and his own Architecture imprint amongst others, the man otherwise known as Giles Mensah started off as an MC at raves in the early nineties because he couldn't mix. After getting a slot on Defection FM alongside DJ Kwest, the pair formed The Architex alongside Jake Williams AKA J. Dub in 1994. The trio's first 12" was the fiftieth release on the esteemed Basement Records.

'Blueprint' was the A Side and and opens with gorgeous droplets of melancholy synth along with pads and the Think break. Ambient synths then lead into the main body of the tune which rolls along nicely with jazzy keys, funky synth and light, relaxed drums. However my favourite version of the tune comes from DJ Pulse on the subsequent Blueprint Remixes 12" which also featured an interpretation from Alex Reece. It centres around an impressive cut-up of the Amen break which is accompanied by some Soul Pride and Think along with "Oh no" vocals, drifting synths and a warm bassline. An outstanding remix from the Creative Wax boss which gets regular rotation round these parts.

The original mix of 'Blueprint' leads off LTJ Bukem's first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix which you can check out below:

LTJ Bukem - Essential Mix - July 95 by Thesilvercyborg on Mixcloud

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