Friday, 7 March 2014

Bill Riley - Wake Up

Bill Riley - Wake Up (Protocol, 1996)

Although posts have been rather sporadic here at DnB 365 in 2014, I have been regularly writing my Monday Retrospect column for DnB Blog. The first track I looked at this year was 'In At The Deep End' by the underrated Bill Riley, a Bristol producer who ran the Protocol label while also releasing material on Full Cycle and V Recordings. With spring on its way in the UK I thought I'd take a look at the flipside to that tune, the equally good 'Wake Up'.

Like 'In At The Deep End' the track features an extended intro that features shimmering Lonnie Liston Smith-esque rhodes and melancholy trumpet over skittering drums that use the Think break. The partly obscured vocal, "Y'all better free your minds and wake up", is taken from Erick Sermon's 'Focus' off his 1995 Double Or Nothing LP and the sample introduces a gritty, distorted double bass riff along with the Apache break. 'Wake Up' shows Riley's ability to combine smooth jazz funk samples with tough drum and bass and ranks among the best from Bristol's mid-nineties golden era.

Check the track out in this recent Fanu & Docius show for Bassoradio from November 16th 2013:

Fanu & Docius @ Bassoradio on Nov 16, 2013 by Basso Drum'n'Bass Show on Mixcloud

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