Dad Trax: SL2 – Way In My Brain

In 1991 stealing bits of reggae and hip hop was all the rage thanks to the newfangled Akai S1000 sampler. Way In My Brain features a large chunk of Wayne Smith’s 1985 electro-reggae classic Under Mi Sleng Teng, which incidentally spawned the entire modern dancehall reggae phenomenon and is therefore ultimately responsible for Rihanna. It launched one of the most used riddims of all time (excuse my lapsing into patois innit). The Sleng Teng riddim was just a preset on a cheap Casio synth, the MT41. The original tune totally rocks by the way – which accounts for around 95% of the reason that Way In My Brain does. Putting that wee nugget of reggae goodness into the context of a rave was a massively good move.

If you’ve ever wondered how to turbofoot, just put this on. At around the two minute mark, when the breakbeat kicks back in you’ll find you’ve grown a bob, a silly hat and a pair of baggy jeans and your feet will start stepping around. You’ll look like this bloke. Everyone looked like this bloke in 1991:

Way In My Brain was actually on the B Side to their first hit XL single, DJs Take Control.

I’m not sure what Sleng Teng is but I have a feeling it might not be something you’d be under if you were visiting your mum.

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2 Responses to Dad Trax: SL2 – Way In My Brain

  1. Echa says:

    Well, if that piutrce is you a piutrce of you small enough to fit in his shirt pocket and laminate it have it soft heat sealed because glue laminate tends to separate rather easily, and hard lamination tends to break. No messages. Nothing to identify him or you.Don’t know what he’s doing. If he has any free time, stuff he can use to pass his time. If he has a portable DVD player some movies. If he has a computer (I guess everybody has em now), CDs.Whatever you send him, if it can break, it will arrive broken. If it can leak, it will. If it can melt, it will turn the package into soup. Cookies, cakes, and the like will likely arrive as a box of unrecognizable crumbs, or a single LARGE cookie or cake.When I was deployed I wouldn’t have been allowed to chat online or even by phone. But, if he’s not in a secure environment, send him a letter and set up a time on Christmas when you can chat with him online or by phone I’d guess phone lines are going to be pretty jammed then, even computer access will be VERY slow..If you’ve been in communication, you already know what you can talk about. it’s just like letters. If you’re not sure, preface any question with, If you can tell me Tell him you love him, that you support him. Tell him that, just as the media misrepresents the job he’s doing, it also misrepresents the sentiment of a lot of the people back home that most support him and job he’s doing, but that a pretty big chunk are just too dumb to know how to express that support.Don’t dwell on problems you’re having without him. There’s nothing he can do about it . it’s frustrating.I think today’s the mail deadline for space-available shipping. From here on until, I think, 12/4, you can send first class might want to check with your post office.And tell him, for me, please, that the WWII Vets are about all gone. The Korean Vets aren’t far behind. We Vietnam Vets aren’t getting any younger. It’s good to know that there are still true Americans such as he following along behind to pick up the banner when we fall. Thanks.And for you, there’s a WWII saying, They also serve who stand and wait. That refers to loved ones. So, thank you for your service too.

  2. spam is getting pretty weird these days

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