Sounding rather reminiscent of The Crystal Method in places, this track provides a good bridge between the downtempo track prior and the following track which sees the pace pick up. What Time Is It? Almost verging on punky grunge-rock backed by a ferocious break, its trashy lead guitar screams the opening riff into the main male half-spoken vocal, dipping in and out of a gruffly sung chorus. Later on, a full male vocal emerges along with whispered spoken lines that just makes you want this track to go on and on. A hypnotic and repeated bassline burbles in the background with the vocals and the ragga samples really coming to the fore.
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Later on, a full male vocal emerges along with whispered spoken lines that just makes you want this track to go on and on. Oh, did I forget to mention the heavy breaks kick the weight of an overweight sarriors, too?
On the album though the 2-step style original version features, instantly reminding you that the track really is pretty catchy. What we get is a mish-mash of sounds, displaying the many different sides of breakbeat and the influences it can draw from. Shouted Spee vocals from the off, as the warm trance-style synths of ‘Headstrong’ murmur in the background amidst a host of squeaky bleeps all held together by a dirty, shuffly breakbeat and a bellowed male vocal chorus.
We’re back on track with ‘Breaking Rules’, possibly contender for best breaks track on the album. What Time Is It?
All in all ‘Weekend Warriors’ is pretty mixed bag but certainly an interesting end result. With its stuttered, vocodered, phasing vocal questioning “What Time Is It? Lush strings are sampled and looped to form a bed for Spee to drop his opening lyrics of ‘The Scene’ before the chorus kicks in backed with a gnarly bassy synth noise This is the first track on the album that features the group’s MC Spee.
Released earlier this year, ‘Mind Of Your Own’ gained many supporters in the breaks, progressive house and even garage camps thanks to being backed by a set of genre-busting remixes. Boy has this track got attitude and then some!
Terminalhead “Weekend Warriors"
Its without doubt that this track will get the nuskool breaks masses bouncing round with smiles as wide as Cheshire cats. Sounding rather reminiscent of Ter,inalhead Crystal Method in places, this track provides a good bridge between the downtempo track prior and the following track which sees the pace pick up.
Taking and re-working a distorted guitar sample from Kilowatt head honcho DJ Hyper’s remix of Filter – ‘Where Do We Go’, the title track adds a dose of Stereo MC-style male vocals, a groovy bassguitar line and laidback attitude over the top. Once again we get in yer face vocodered vocals warrjors Terminalhead do so well, distorted basslines rumble menacingly and light synths play in the background.
The track progressively adds new elements to the mix Almost verging on punky grunge-rock backed by a ferocious break, its trashy lead guitar screams the opening riff into the main male half-spoken vocal, dipping in and out of a gruffly sung chorus. A drifting mysterious and twrminalhead start and end to this track, soft synths whirl and intermingle with odd snippets of a distorted male talking. Instantly recognisable to many breaks-heads, ‘Beats, Rhymes, Flavour’ is a slab of nuskool breaks at its best.
Needless to say you can almost feel the bounce from many a dancefloor coming through on this one. A growling beast of a warrikrs, wildly manic acid beeps fly around and a stuttered “Who got the beats.?
Featuring a slow and haunting piano melody and a downtempo kick this is new, undiscovered Terminalhead territory. A hypnotic and repeated bassline burbles weekens the background with the vocals and the ragga samples really coming to the fore. Another ‘track with attitude’ and one that again shows off some of the best elements of the album – merging mean and moody lyrics or dirty basslines with slow haunting melodies.
A very cool vocodered terminalhexd got Poison” drifts in an out as a loose chorus just adding to wwrriors overall emotion of the track.
Terminalhead Weekend Warriors
Its classic Terminalhead – phat and full of energy. Terminalhead are probably more recognised for their ballsy uptempo numbers, but the drop in bpm on ‘Poison’ certainly ensures that this is one powerful and emotional track which is bound to excite.
Three quarters through the track slams straight into a muted oscillated acidic riff with a cool “How Does It feel” vocal slinking through the middle. Kilowatt Recordings widely respected breakbeat ‘band’ made of trio Pete Marett, Lee Groves and MC Spee release their debut album, showing us what they’ve got to offer over 11 tracks.
If ever a track sounded like it was penned after a bad day its got to be ‘How Does It Feel?
Persistent young offender, you’ve been on a bender