Source Direct ‎– Secret Liaison / Complexities

Label:
Good Looking Records ‎– GLR015
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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Tracklist

A Secret Liaison 8:25
AA Complexities 8:19

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): GLR 15 A-01-01-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA): GLR 15 AA-01-01-1

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srcosmo

srcosmo

October 26, 2015
Source Direct may be most famous for the barely-constrained tension of their darker work, like the 2 LPs they put out on Virgin (or Astralwerks for us North Americans). But for my money, this 2-track EP is their best.

"Secret Liaison" is a classic Amen groove, exuding the freshness and optimism of early Photek. The build-up has a quick ride cymbal segue into the amen rhythm, yet you can tell there's more to come. When they drop that guitar chord, the bass hits, and the tune finally opens up… heaven. An ethereal synth pad, sounding a bit like vocals, hovers over top and imparts a sense of progress as the track continues. The drum programming is excellent as usual, but this song fits together so well as a whole, I can hardly bring myself to focus on just one element.

"Complexities" has a similar atmosphere and although it doesn't reach quite the same heights, it's still an excellent moody drum & bass track. This one is driven by a clever interplay between samples that creates a convincing impression of melody in a rhythm-forward track. In typical SD fashion, everything is fully fleshed out here, the tune propelled along by subtle touches aimed at (as they said in one infamous interview) "helping the listener… listen." Listen for these and you won't be disappointed.

I would kill for a reissue of this EP, and I hope Nonplus (or anyone really) comes through with one.
Shaneski75

Shaneski75

June 19, 2015

A full body of work on this one - some artists would of stretched these two beasts out over an LP ......naw not Jim & Phil !
deejayhyjack

deejayhyjack

April 28, 2015

Such a killer slice of golden era drum & bass from source direct
Secret liaisons is a masterpiece and can't understand why anybody would sell it
A true gem and will never leave my collection !!!!
mundayschild

mundayschild

August 18, 2014
I always confuse the two titles! the one here for me is the Amen monster that rolls along with a deep jazzy chord and some subtle strings, that's all it does but it does it so perfectly.
Fearsome and beautiful at the same time. No way this one is leaving my crate.
Bigchamp69

Bigchamp69

October 18, 2011

Not going to go on and on .. just listen to it.
Traffic

Traffic

November 21, 2009
For me it's almost all about Complexities. Starts off with beautiful lifting pads with a slowly building break. Then you finally hear the reasoning for the name Complexities when a man speaks the word in true Source Direct fashion echoing into the distance. The bass is a big punchy 808 that fits the track perfectly. At around the 2:45 mark the second break is layered on and this is when the tune truly starts taking shape. The chords switch up after and the layers of breaks change quite nicely. Little jazz stabs with woman vocals are added and then my favorite part hits in when the chords re-enter and the tune gets dark and moody (around 4:40).

Truly a classic that should never be overlooked.

I can't really comment on Secret Liaison much as everyone knows this is one of their best tunes ever made.
snakestyle327

snakestyle327

March 14, 2003
secret liasons - this is a stunningly dark yet intelligent drum n bass tune. it opens with a moody minor 7th organ chord and builds up over about 64 bars with sound effects and cymbals to an explosive amen break drop. some clever rhythm phrases and good contrasting section changes. top tune.

complexities - not as heavy as the a side, uses a different break. lighter, very intelligent. brilliant.