Friday, 14 February 2014

Total Science - Hot Spot / Love 2 U

Total Science - Hot Spot / Love 2 U (Timeless Recordings, 2002)

Yesterday I had a stroke of luck while crate digging at a local charity shop: 10 Drum & Bass 12"s from the late 90s/early 00s for a fiver including releases on Liftin' Spirit, Metro and Hospital. As it's Valentines Day I thought I'd write up this nifty 12" from Total Science given the appropriate vocal sample on 'Love 2 U'. The two tracks are fairly typical Total Science material from that time with obvious old skool influences, but each takes a rather different approach.

Somehow this 12" totally passed me by at the time and on my initial impressions, 'Love 2 U' on the AA side is probably my favourite of the two. It's a loved up tune featuring bright synths and two-step drums that use the Apache and Tighten Up breaks along with a "I'm in love with you / Want you to love me too" vocal taken from Gwen Guthrie's 'Peanut Butter', a much sampled track with the most well known example being N-Joi's 'Anthem' from 1990. While also sporting an early nineties sound 'Hot Spot' on the other side is a down and dirty number based around a particularly fat and flatulent synth riff over multi-layered drums that include some energetic bongos. An excellent release from the ever consistent Total Science boys.

Check out 'Love 2 U' in this love themed drum and bass mix from Tendai:

Tendai - Drum 'n' Bass Love by Tendai on Mixcloud

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Ed Rush & Optical - Resurrection

Ed Rush & Optical feat. Ryme Tyme - Resurrection (Virus Recordings, 2000)

Although the weather may still be cold and torrential here in the UK, with January out of the way I thought it was about time that DnB 365 came out from its winter hibernation. And what better way could there be than with 'Resurrection', the opening cut from Ed Rush & Optical's second LP The Creeps released back in 2000.

If features the vocal talents of Ryme Tyme and although I'm not normally a fan of MC-led drum and bass tunes, his lyrics really complement the production and read as a manifesto of sorts for the sci-fi/horrow movie vibe Ed Rush & Optical were going for on the album: "The mind creepers, the soul seekers... Raw, explicity the nature with the twisted figure, the contorted features". Around the vocals the duo craft a particularly sick track with a nasty acidic riff that really gets under your skin alongside muscular drums that incorporate the Tighten Up break underneath. The perfect synthesis of vocals and music.

'Resurrection' is available to purchase from all good digital retailers including Beatport, Juno Download and Drum&BassArena. You can hear it below leading off Optical's quick 15 Years of Virus mix from last year:

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