Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Drums... The Drums... The Drums...

2 Bad Mice - Bombscare

'Bombscare' by 2 Bad Mice is widely credited as the first track to use breakbeats, and 2 Bad Mice were instrumental in the mutation of the hardcore rave scene into jungle and drum and bass. I was raised on a diet of exemplary drum programming from the likes of Kurtis Mantronik and Hashim, but even my lid was flipped the first time I heard these bad boy breaks. 2 Bad Mice definitely had the potential to be bigger than the Prodigy. OK, maybe that's an overstatement - I don't think any member of the trio of Rob Playford, Sean O'Keeffe and Simon Colebrooke had Liam Howlett's commercial ear, but the small amount of original material they released was easily the equal of the early output of the Essex combo. To this day, 'Bombscare' is an absolute dancefloor slayer. It's been released in so many different versions over the last couple of decades (it's coming on 20 years ffs!) but the original version is still the best. The real trick here is the combination of sampled breaks with their own slamming 808 rhythms. Oh, and that ridiculously infectious hook, the fat sub-bass and the multiple explosions. It's a shame that Playford decided to focus his efforts on his Moving Shadow label, rather than 2 Bad Mice. They coulda been contenders.

Kaotic Chemistry - Drum Trip

Another fierce slice of percussive heaviosity from the Mice. The ubiquitous Amen Break is here in all it's glory - before it was adopted by all the junglists and latterly, by Venetian Snares and the breakcore massive - along with crazy razor sharp cuts. Released under the Kaotic Chemistry moniker on the 'Five in One Night EP' in 1991. "ECSTASY!!!"

Blame - Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Remix)

Finally, I can't write about 2BM without dropping one of my favourite tracks of all time - the 2 Bad Mice rework of Blame's 'Music Takes You'. Another deep, dark bonafide rave classic. Anyone who ever went raving and heard this tune will remember going loopy when the piano break drops close to the end. The chopped-up breaks are out of this world too. As with all the other tracks posted here today, the real marvel is how well they have aged. I don't get out that much admittedly, but I would imagine all of these tracks could still do a job on the nation's underground dancefloors.

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