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F**k me this takes me back. Stone cold classic sci-fi d'n'b release "Piper" by Jonny L originally came out in 1997. It is 100% pure, unadulterated tension and drama embodied into one singular piece of music. Shit-your-pants scary and with a video as equally distressing. It's something a then 13 year old Kickin' Pigeon went absolutely ape shit for - and now it's back! Remixed by a who's who of modern bass / industrial tecnologies, this may well herald a new slew of mid 90s d'n'b which, though destined to make me feel ever closer to Dave's grand ol' age, is sure to re-ignite the fires of many young jungalists and bass heads. So, following XL's much acclaimed reissue of the encasing album, "Sawtooth", we get a tasty remix package with Peverlist, Overmono Powell and Zomby all offering up interpretations on this subterrainian anthem.
In their own words:
I was 18 when ‘Piper’ came out. It was a time when drum and bass was evolving rapidly and tunes like ‘Piper’ were at the vanguard of that change. I remember there was red and green 10" versions of the single, the red one had the Grooverider mix on, a subtle reworking of the original. I could never figure out which I preferred. My remix is influenced by both, stark, mechanical, robotic and futuristic but rolling with a deep groove, hopefully I’ve retained that.
There’s so much gold on the XL back catalogue, but some of it shines more brightly than the rest. ‘Piper’ is one of those tracks that has genuinely stood the test of time - an understated classic.
I'll never forget the snap of that snare in the club and Piper's kind of rigid, uptight sense of funk. It was a huge tune for me. I was hooked on that whole stripped, ice cold, tech-steppin' sound — neurofunk as Simon Reynolds once called it. I wanted to explore that feeling of sleek, skeletal coldness in my remix. Huge tune [the original, not mine ; )]
Been dancing to his music since hurt u so came out
1. Piper (Peverlist Remix)
2. Piper (Overmono Remix)
3. Piper (Powell Remix)
4. Piper (Zomby Remix)