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State Logik & Jacob / All You Need, Scenes

Posted 2020-07-22. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, breaks, collection, electro, idm, music, photo, vinyl.

Photo of NARC21 sleeve front Photo of NARC21 side A Photo of NARC21 sleeve back Photo of NARC21 side B

All You Need, Scenes by State Logik & Jacob. On Narcotix Inc, released in 2000. Vinyl, 12". Flac 16bit/44.1khz, ~137M. Tracklist from the side B label (with corrections from the discogs release page), durations from my stored recordings:

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.State Logik / Electro Boogie 11906:25
A2.State Logik / All You Need 13006:34
B1.Jacob / Scene 1 12302:34
B2.Jacob ft. G. Pole / Scene 2 11602:35
B3.Jacob / Scene 3 09502:35
B4.Jacob / Scene 4 12002:34

A note on the discogs page for this 12" states that the A-side track titles are the reverse of what the center label says. That makes some sense, A1 sounds more like an "electro boogie" than A2 does. The tracklist above reflects that note.

The State Logik tracks are the reason I picked up this record. Both are warm, smooth, minimalist electro jams. Sampled drums, a snare that snaps, a bass synth, pads, short vocoded lyrics, sound FX. These aren't the flashiest songs, I can see how a listener could find them underwhelming, but they're easy to mix and I love 'em to bits. I've played both of these tracks on the radio before, so you can hear a few minutes of All You Need in MTT177 and a few minutes of Electro Boogie in MTT015.

The B-side is more complicated. It's dirtier, harder, more distorted. Scene 1 is a Tusken Raiders Sexy Sandpeople style jam, tough drum machine beats. Scene 2 seems to be in 3/4 (6/8?) and has a jazzy sound to it with its drum samples and nice swirling pad. Scene 3 is a chunky swamp beat, one for the bog creatures. I can't work out the meter of Scene 4, one part is maybe running in 4/4 and the rest is doing something else. In any case it's another strong breakbeat sketch, like the rest of these Scenes. Scene 3 can be heard back in MTT074; I have yet to play the others for any recorded mixes.

There's a chunk of Narcotix Inc available at beatport and at junodownload, but I couldn't find this release. Which is a shame, as the price for a used copy over at discogs looks a bit unreasonable right now. So my recommendation is, if you're ever out digging and spot this for a few bucks, pick it up.

This record was in my bag for just about every Logical Aggression summer show at Ground Kontrol since 2010, making it an arcade classic.

Shoutout to the fine folks at 360 Vinyl who filed in this in their electro section. I'd have never seen it otherwise.