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Been trying to find this song for a decade and a half...
April 11, 2014 10:59 AM   Subscribe

Trying to ID an old drum & bass tune I heard in the 90s. It's a long shot, but AskMe works wonders...

Here's what I remember about the track:

—I heard it in the late 90s on the east coast of the US.

—There's a prominent female vocal. The parts I remember most clearly are the lines "and I'm feeeelin' my potential...", followed a few lines later by "to be with you". The word "you" falls on the one, along with the first note of the main bass hook.

—It's possible that I have the lyrics mixed up a little bit.

—If I'm remembering the style correctly, it was a little jump-up, maybe a little bit jazzy.

Google turned up some drum & bass tracks that include the phrase "be with you" in the title, but they're all newer stuff.

Unfortunately, that's all I've got. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by escape from the potato planet to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I think the lyrics are different, but your description reminds me of Goldie - Inner City Life
posted by exogenous at 11:07 AM on April 11


Nope—that's not it. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:08 AM on April 11


Actually his track You & Me is a better fit lyrically
posted by exogenous at 11:10 AM on April 11


I'm 98% sure it's not Goldie. The track I'm thinking of was less arty/pianoey/open-and-sweeping than Goldie's stuff—more upbeat, straight-ahead dancefloor material, with more of a jump-up sound (though it might be a stretch to call it jump-up).
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:13 AM on April 11


Where did you hear it? Was it live, on a radio show, or a mixtape? Do you know who was playing it? That can provide more context. Also, when in the 1990s? That decade saw a lot of change in d'n'b, from its birth through serious stratification of styles by the end of the decade.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:31 AM on April 11


It was live, at a club you've never heard of in Maryland. Kevin Yost was the DJ. It would have been '95 at the earliest; probably more like '97.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:44 AM on April 11


(to be clear, you've never heard of the club because it was a comically low-rent affair in a no-name town that had no business having an EDM club, not because I'm Supreme D&B Hipster or anything)
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:46 AM on April 11


I feel like empath might know
posted by exogenous at 12:43 PM on April 11


Just pinged 'im.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 1:31 PM on April 11


Breakbeat Era?
posted by srednivashtar at 1:33 PM on April 11


Hearing it at a show makes this a bit tougher, as it's pretty likely that the DJ could have been mixing the vocal stem from one track with a pure bassline from another.

My first guess was Foul Play - Being with You. It came out in '94 I think, was reasonably well known, and there were several decent remixes, maybe this one?.

I'll dig a little more and see if I can find anything else.
posted by homotopy at 1:36 PM on April 11


Nope, not Breakbeat Era, unfortunately. Not Foul Play, either. The track was more energetic than that—a rinser, not a roller—and the vocal was girlier (for lack of a better term), less sparse, and higher in the mix.

I'm pretty sure the vocal was not from a different record. It meshed pretty tightly with the rest of the track, and the way the bassline (it was a monstrous, wall-of-bass bassline) landed on the word "you" seemed very much a deliberate part of the hook.

Appreciate all the effort so far! Hope the track ends up being as good as I remember it.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 1:46 PM on April 11


Here is a bunch of dc/Baltimore area mix tapes from the 90s. Maybe it's in one of those.
posted by empath at 4:05 PM on April 11


Also, there's a 100% chance this guy knows it and probably has posted it to his blog.
posted by empath at 4:06 PM on April 11


Also, Kevin yost is on Facebook. You can ask him directly.
posted by empath at 4:07 PM on April 11


It's not john b - up all night is it? It came out in 2001 tho.
posted by empath at 6:16 PM on April 11


Nope, not John B.

I was able to determine that the club I remember hearing it at opened in 1997, so I would have heard it that year or later. Of course, the track itself could be older.

I'm emailing the blogtotheoldskool.com guy. Fingers crossed.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 8:53 PM on April 11


Kevin says he remembers the track, and that the sleeve was green, but he doesn't remember the artist / label / title.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 9:57 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]


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