Thursday, 5 December 2013

Trace & Nico - Replicant

Trace & Nico - Replicant (Idiosyncratic Records, 1998)

The tune from Trace & Nico was produced during No U-Turn's peak in 1997 but due to the use of uncleared samples from Blade Runner it didn't see a release until 1998/99 when it came out as a white label on Idiosyncratic Records. The flipside contained the main sample clean on a spiral groove that was spread out across the whole 12".

The track features dialogue and sound effects from this scene in which Deckard is examining Leon's photographs: "Enhance 34 to 46". However Trace & Nico sourced the sample from Vangelis' 'Main Titles' on the soundtrack album as they also use that track's tension building synth and strings, adding timpani-type percussion and 'The Flow' break. The drums drop out as some sick distorted Reese arrives along with a second dialogue sample from another scene in Blade Runner: "Replicants are like any other machine". As the track progresses reverbed Amen is deployed as the bassline gets increasingly twisted. No U-Turn + Blade Runner = Punishing techstep perfection.

You can hear an early mix of the track with a different bassline from around 5:28 in this live video recorded in 1997:

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