New sounds often present themselves accidentally. Recent efforts to catalogue my record collection have encouraged me to listen, study, and recontextualize records that I love and that have, countless times, served me so well in my capacity as a DJ.
Several rows of Hardcore Breakbeat, Jungle, and Drum & Bass lined the floor of my studio. Handful after handful, I stationed them in front of the turntable, dropped the needle on each one, magnified the etchings in search of catalog numbers, shout outs, and cutting technician sass. When giving this treatment to Splice’s “A Bass Odyssey,” the turntable was at 33 RPM instead of 45 RPM as is the suggested speed for the tune “Break It Down.” My immediate thought was that 33 was the correct speed as the vibe was so right. It was so so thick at 33, so deliberate. All of the sampling, editing, and programming tricks revealed themselves like a riot in slow motion. At that moment, I truly understood the way that this music brought together hip hop, techno, house, and reggae sounds just as it had brought together people from those cultures to dance and party in early 1990’s UK.
Later that evening, I gathered up a bag of tunes that worked when screwed from 45 to 33, with legendary labels like Brain Recordings, Shut Up And Dance, and Basement Records representing, and did a guest set on M50’s Etc Radio on WNUR 89.3 Fm Chicago. The next day in the studio I ripped all the records and made these edits. Enjoy & share!