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No Good For Me

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Artist: Bruce Wayne
Genre: Techno/Electronica, Dance
Release Date: July 1998

Review by DjBatman
3 stars out of 4

"We never sample the obvious", said Coldcut once. Sometimes I can't believe that there are labels that simply don't care about releasing stuff which includes tons of more than obvious samples. Look at this Bruce Wayne single: it's basically like "No good" by The Prodigy, simply  because it features the same Kelly Charles hookline (used first by the late Peter "Hithouse" Slaghuis in 1989!) that Liam Howlett's electronic combo stole about four years before Mr.Wayne. Now, I am not even sure that the sample has been cleared, as the credits don't seem to mention anything on that, or if it is a remake of the original voice.  The PF Project radio mix is decent, but it's basically a Chad Jackson break taken from "Hear the drummer (Get Wicked)" (drum loop plus a silly scream... and I don't want to know the original source of the drum, but I assume that neither Mr.Jackson had a real drummer ;-)) and some more stuff plus the infamous vocal sample. Other interesting versions are the "Bruce Wayne Split Decision mix" (which takes a whole different direction and enters the realms of drum'n'bass). L-Dopa's version tries to mix jungle breaks with 4-beats, while again PF Project come out with a "Mad Axe mix" which is not bad (and it can be considered the extended version of track 1) but begins with a filtered version of the most sampled sound in the universe: a filtered version of Clyde Stubblefield's "Funky drummer" beat. As I sad, not bad; but the choice of sounds makes most of the versions look like remixes of a certain Prodigy track. Oh well, maybe I can pretend I have this exclusive Prodigy white label, next time I have a chance to play some electronica in a club.



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