Motive One ‎– Wise Moments / Life

Certificate 18 ‎– CERT 1820
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A Wise Moments
B Life

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September 7, 2017
I'll just comment on Life... A heavy tune which as Karl Richard says was rinsed by Bukem in his sets for a while.

Amen roller with lush chords and a serious vibe topped off with a great sample from the Bruce Lee movie, Enter The Dragon. Some deep thought/work has gone into this release unlike a few of the sample heavy, quick buck material around at the time.

A little similar in structure to Loop Progression released a short while after on Good Looking but I think this 12" is better and more unknown.

If you play a mid 90's jungle set, this will go down a storm.


August 15, 2008
edited over 6 years ago

Danny C and Mike Pears... What a pair. These two boys were hot stuff back in the late nineties, always being spoken of favorably by Fabio on his Wednesday night shows at Kiss 100 FM, being praised for their tripped out cuts of jazz tech-funk. With releases like Funk 78 (again on Certificate 18), Electric Blue and True Voice (both on Creative Source), these lads were shaping the future of Drum & Bass by infusing their own unique and somewhat tripped out break beat styles into lovely jazz tanned melodies for future generations of Bass head bathers. Blazing a production style that was both simple and yet slicker than the Exxon Valdez, these boys always managed to get the right balance between melodic funk and bass driven beats to hit that spot that Speed was aiming for... I mean when Speed started out at The Mars Bar, I honestly can't remember a night where Fabio didn't play one of their tracks...

While they are now probably better known for their most recent release on Fabio's Liquid Funk album, Who Has The Jazz (on Creative Source), they were always (and still are, to my knowledge) experimenting with break beats and new sounds, in ways that always manage to get a great vibe going wherever they are played...

It is this release in particular (well, for me at least) that really captures their vibe of the late nineties, with two very different, but non the less, killer tracks.

First up is Wise Moments... A simple little number with a rhodes like chord progression over the top of a deep, super warm B line. Nothing particularly varied about the arrangement... But then this track is all about the groove. Bopping away with their insignia-time trip-out beats, this number just skips along at a chilled pace, rolling into several break downs, until a smooth synth line layers over the top and crowns this little jazz tech-funk number.

On the flip is the Amen driven Life. Starting out with a somewhat airy synth line, that becomes the setting for a vocal sample, We Are All Ready To Win, Just As We Born Only Knowing Only Life... Where it is lifted from, I have no idea, but it sets the mood beautifully to the coming flood of Amen chops and filters, that only Danny C and Mike Pears can muster... At times similar to some of the snare rushes that Aphex Twin uses, you can understand how and where some of the more experimental Electronica was inspired from... Bukem caned this down at Speed, and quite a few times in his Logical Progression sets.

If only all releases were up to this standard...