Tuesday, March 24, 2009

VENOM OF CERRONE

This eery as all hell Arsonists 12" isn't listed when you look them up on Wikipedia. This record was released under the host of the White Rapper Show's label (Serchlite) in 1998. These tracks are off the (A)rson side of the record; the (B)urn side features the song, "Seed" (not uploaded here, 'cause we want y'all to dig! lol) The recording and mix engineer on "Venom" is listed as the assistant engineer on such classic hip hop records like Gangstarr's "You Know My Steez," Jeru's first two albums "The Sun Rises in the East," "Wrath of the Math," and Smif-n-Wesson's "Dah Shinin'." His name is Max Vargas. He's part of that Eddie Sancho, Norty Cotto, Luis Tineo (is he related to Ju Ju-aka Jerry Tineo from the Beatnuts? anybody know?), etc. D&D crew when David Carpenter was manager-- the guys who Premier relied on so heavily throughout the years. These guys perfected the science of creation for the grimey underground rap 12" anything they're involved with usually results in the listener back-slicing a Swisher with their thumbnail. Q-Unique produced this joint by liberally lifting the very end of the Cerrone superjammie, "Supernature" like a muhfuckin' g.

Cerrone is a trip in and of hisself. Wiki his ass and find out. Here's a snippet from it concerning this song, making this record kind of even more of a must have now:
The song "Supernature" has a sci-fi theme: it's about the rebellion of mutant creatures — created by scientists to end starvation among mankind — against the humans. It also featured "Sweet Drums", a three-minute-and-ten-second drum breakdown. The original French album cover was again different, having a gatefold opening with nudes in the centre.

But as of now I don't have it, so I have to rely on Seeqpod's search engine to show y'all what Q-Unique did. Go to the end of the drum breakdown and you'll get the gist.
Basically (and I mean that in the best way possible), he flips between the two loops of tinkling stuff that run consecutively right after the drums verb out. The simplicity of the programming/sequencing allows the dudes at D&D (Mr. Vargas in this case) a lot of room to perform their voodoo, which is evidenced in the embedded nuances that you don't notice at first like the subtle delay on the heartbeat-type kick in the intro. I don't know if that was Vargas' or Q-Unique's idea as the latter is given a co-mixing credit, but whoever it was is a sneaky fucking genius 'cause it's pure dope.
"Show fright and prey gets swallowed in one bite."

VENOM

5 comments:

aliatron said...

oh, so there is beauty in the nature of the nightmare...
" pure dope " as you say, extracted from " uh... yuck.....disco-prog?!!?" .....mom... the circus scares me, take me home, but let me take a little sooveneeer...

Jaiali said...

Aliatron... that juggling circus clown. Thanks for the song, instrumentals for venom is sickk. I like the spacey synth sound in the background. Thanks for this one.

aliatron said...

its true i juggle circus clowns till their noses bleed, then i send 'em sailing through walls, make perfect landings in the oversized blue dumpsters out back... i forgot to mention in my comment, god damn, of course the french version has a nude on it ... dont french people walk around naked babbling about life and death like all damn day ? post more shit!!! post more shit!! post more shit!!! post more rock 'em sock 'em, burn the club down shit!!

Eons One said...

great 12". the flip is really brutal. i dropped the "put it on" acapulco over the inst on all old mix i made.

smurph said...

My memory is a bit hazy now, but I'm pretty sure it was the Arsonists who were on the Drum one time when I was doing the show after Kev. I was hiding out in the music annex preparing for an all 7" show filling in for DJ Napkin. They poked their head in the door, saw my nerd-styles, and asked if "transmogrify" was a real word or not.