Bladerunner: 5 Tunes That Changed My Life


01 Apr 2013





Set to drop a heavy-duty pair of bits on Ram Records’ sister imprint, Program Recordings, none other than Bladerunner takes us on a musical journey to share with Kmag readers the bits that continue to influence his inimitable sound.


This was the first LP I remember owning. Listening to it even now it still has so much quality in every track, the mixes and vibes are second to none!





I remember listening to this tune on an old Helter Skelter tape I had in my Walkman while I was riding my bike through the woods. When the piano and vocals kick in its so eerie and lonely sounding. I just love how music can make you feel those emotions.





This is the original blueprint of modern drum & bass for me. It was very different to all the other reggae influenced jungle at the time and had a more serious rolling air about it. This track was the first to use the amens rolling straight with no crazy edits and long droning reese bass that later developed into tech step. I've also had the honour of remixing it too!





I first heard this on a Grooverider tape from Dreamscape 14. I have always been amazed by the production on this, with the reversed vocals that somehow make you sing along even though it doesn't make sense. I've never been able to fathom how they made this tune with the technology they had back then. With so many edits and rolls constantly going on it still amazes me, and when the second drop comes out of the timpani rolls it just goes crazy with the warping bass and amen edits.





I remember first hearing this at Bagley’s in 2001 while listening to Andy C and Randall b2b. It just kept getting heavier and building every time, then congas come in before smashing back into the amens. This was a serious game changer for me in music production.  I just couldn't work out how they made that screeching ripping bass! That’s what I love about music, when it makes me wonder, ‘how did they do that?’




Bladerunner’s “Late Night Caller” and “Fusion” are available worldwide via Program Records.


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