Source Direct

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Source Direct
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Background information
Also known as
  • Intensity
  • Sounds of Life
  • Oblivion
  • Mirage
  • X-Files
  • Hokusai[1]
OriginSt Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Genres
Years active1994–2001, 2014–present [2]
Labels
Websitesourcedirectrecordings.com
Members
  • James Baker
Past members
  • Phil Aslett

Source Direct is an English drum and bass act from St Albans, Hertfordshire.[3][4] Source Direct have released an EP, Controlled Developments (1997), an album, Exorcise the Demons (1999)[5], as well as numerous singles, under both the Source Direct name and a number of aliases.

Originally Source Direct consisted of James Baker and Phil Aslett, later becoming a solo project of Baker's in 1999.

History[edit]

Originally the act consisted of two childhood friends, James Baker[6] and Phil Aslett.[7][8] Due to differences between the pair however, it became entirely a solo project of Baker's in 1999, after the release of Exorcise the Demons.[1][9]

Source Direct's music uses complex and irregular breakbeats, snappy and precise hi-hats, dark atmospheric sampling and abstract song structures.[1][2]

Source Direct have released music on a variety of record labels: Metalheadz,[10] Science (Virgin Records),[1] Good Looking Records, Astralwerks, Basement, Certificate 18, Odysee, Street Beats and the self-owned Source Direct Recordings. They have released singles under the names Intensity, Sounds of Life, Oblivion, Mirage, X-Files and Hokusai.[11]

Despite not being featured on the officially released soundtrack, Source Direct gained recognition for the track "Call & Response" which was used in the horror movie Blade.[12][13] The track, originally a single, was later included on their EP Controlled Developments, and on their album Exorcise the Demons.[2] Source Direct contributed the track "2097" to the CD soundtrack of the PlayStation game Wipeout 2097, released in 1996.[14]

Fact included Exorcise the Demons in its "The 100 Best Albums of the 1990s".[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Future London/Shimmer" (1994, Odysee)
  • "A Made Up Sound/The Cult" (1995, Metalheadz)
  • "Approach & Identify/Modem" (1995, Source Direct)
  • "Different Groove/Stars" (1995, Odysee)
  • "Fabric of Space/Bliss" (1995, Source Direct)
  • "Snake Style/Exit 9" (1995, Source Direct)
  • "Black Rose/12 Til 4" (1996, Source Direct)
  • "Stonekiller/Web of Sin" (1996, Metalheadz)
  • "The Crane/Artificial Barriers" (1996, Source Direct)
  • "Call & Response/Computer State" (1997, Virgin)
  • "Capital D/Enemy Lines" (1997, Virgin)
  • "Two Masks/Black Domina" (1997, Virgin)
  • "Concealed Identity" (1998, Virgin)
  • "Mind Weaver" (1998, Virgin)
  • "Technical Warfare" (1998, Virgin)
  • "Snowblind/The Place" (2001, Demonic)
  • "Sub One/Escape From Cairo" (2001, Demonic)
  • "Yo Bitch!/Pimp Star" (2001, Demonic)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Essential... Source Direct". 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "The Quietus - Features - A Quietus Interview - Chasing Perfectionism: An Interview With Source Direct". Thequietus.com. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Peter. Drum 'n' Bass: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781858284330 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Martin, Clive (10 January 2014). "Is Lee Bannon the man to sell jungle to America?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1990s". 3 September 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben; Martin, Lauren; Thorp, Gwyn Thomas de Chroustchoff & John (22 March 2014). "Clubs picks of the week". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben; Maine, Sammy; Thorp, Lauren Martin & John (12 October 2013). "Clubs picks of the week". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ "Artist Interview – Source Direct". Gothamcityblog.wordpress.com. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Source Direct – Approach And Identify (incl. Demdike Stare Remix) – Nonplus". Aboveboarddist.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben; Pollock, David; Thorp, Gwyn Thomas de Chroustchoff & John (23 October 2015). "Clubs picks of the week". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Lost & Found: Source Direct's paranoid d'n'b thriller Controlled Developments (1997)". 26 August 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.fabriclondon.com/blog/view/cornerstone-tracks-of-source-direct-an-industrial-world-run-by-machines
  14. ^ "Whatever happened to Source Direct? Part 2 : Jim Baker interview - Old Skool Jungle, Hardcore & Drum and Bass". Drumtrip.co.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2019.

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