Between working frantically on my youtube TV installation I have finished off a track that me and a mate called Andy started one rainy afternoon. Andy’s pretty awesome at the old techno though he won’t admit it because he’s faaaaart too nice to be in your face with that kind of stuff. Anyway me and Pete who together form A.C.I.D decided we should let him in the band and this is his first track with us. Andy programmed the bass lines which came off my x0xb0x and Native Instrument’s Massive while I made some simple ‘pippy’ drums on my Jomox XBase09 which Andy augmented with some 808 samples in Battery. Basically we grooved around my studio for a few hours a fortnight ago in Ableton Live making a big loop which I padded out into 7 minutes of repetitive funk over the last two weeks. I added the lead synth line while Andy was in the studio off a Juno 60 which coincidentally was Andy’s till I bought it off him last December for £400. The Juno’s a lovely synth and there’s buckets of sounds to explore inside it’s simple architecture, here I was using all 3 oscillators and keeping the amplitude envelope’s sustain down low while twiddling the decay and release knobs. When I was fleshing the track out I went for dub delay drenched sound inspired by Kruder and Dorfmeister after Pete said that when dry the Juno sounded too trancy. The delay lines, all 3 of them, came from from Reaktor‘s echomania ensemble which is a personal favourite of mine and a one stop dub delay shop. The low tone in the background and the high pads came off my two Waldorf Pulses as did the reversed wooshing sound at 3:50. A heavily filtered FM8 sample made into the first break down and I think that was pretty much it.
Andy and I were both really inspired after listening to M.A.N.D.Y At The Controls mix album (probably one of the best cd’s I’ve bought, definitely in the top 5) and we were going for that kind of minimal tech house kind of style. I don’t know if the dub delay crowded the mix too much but either way I’m pleased with the results. Check the track below and let us know what you think.
About the name, the bass is kind of rubbery, the beat is sort of meaty and the lead line is sharp, simples.