Speedy J ‎– Patterns (Remix)

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Patterns (Remix) 7:41
Pannik 9:59
Punnik 10:34
Untitled 0:03

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12NoMu60 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(2x12", Etch) NovaMute 12NoMu60 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLUS-8067 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Plus 8 Records PLUS-8067 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
12 NoMu 60 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(12", W/Lbl) NovaMute 12 NoMu 60 UK 1997 Sell This Version
12 NoMu 60 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(2x12", W/Lbl) NovaMute 12 NoMu 60 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CDNoMu60 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(CD, Single, Enh) NovaMute CDNoMu60 UK 1997 Sell This Version
PLUS8067 Speedy J Patterns(12") Plus 8 Records PLUS8067 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
12 NoMu 60 Speedy J Patterns (Remix)(2x12", Etch, RP) NovaMute 12 NoMu 60 UK 2003 Sell This Version
NOMU60CD Speedy J Patterns (Remix) (3xFile, MP3, 320) NovaMute NOMU60CD UK Unknown

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Bman25

Bman25

November 11, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Patterns, 12", PLUS8067
I have the sleeve ONLY for this if anybody wants it for a small amount of money - drop me a message
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November 27, 2014
referencing Patterns (Remix), 2x12", Etch, 12NoMu60
I witnessed Pannik destroy Atomic Jam on more than one occasion during the heady 90s.
maroko

maroko

August 3, 2008
referencing Patterns (Remix), 2x12", Etch, 12NoMu60

You know how everybody can have, and most do, dozens up to hundreds of favorite releases and will never be able to narrow it all down to a fine selection of indispensable killers, but somehow each and every music afficionado, be it purposly or coincidentally, has "that" one or two items he identifies himself with. You know the feeling?
Well, even if you don't, Jochem George Paap AKA Speedy J's superb 2x12" release from 1997, "Patterns (Remix)" is just "that" release in my case.
I have been a fan of this man's music for a very, very long time, but if my memory stands correct, whatever my expectations were, be it music wise in general or just regarding the afore mentioned producer's output, they would never be quite the same again after I first heard this.
Not to bore the potential reader with some nostalgic and emotional trivia, this takes his ambient/industrial sound even further than on the already startling "Public Energy #1". As soon as you get hypnotized into a pacific state of mind, the remix of Patterns hits you out of nowhere with what had to be the most distorted and sinister kick drum I've heard up to then! Pannik was the relentless and merciless party banger you haven't forgotten if you heard it, and Punnik, well Punnik is a colossal breakcore meets industrial meets techno meets hardcore masterpiece with the single greatest break down, following by a long and patient build up, all leading to a massive, and I mean massive as in blokes of marble stone, climax!
Not everything the man has produced is pure gold, but this is a milestone in daring and challenging electronic music, and along with the equally demented "A Shocking Hobby" from 2000, quite probably the release which cemented Speedy J's name as a leader in the scene. I love it with every inch of my heart and every pore in my skin. I am not saying you will, but remember that this is work of a man who refused following trends and rules. He broke 'em, and made his own.
maroko

maroko

May 14, 2008
referencing Patterns (Remix), CD, Single, Enh, CDNoMu60

As if it wasn't already clear enough by 1997, not even the deaf, dumb and blind could ignore Speedy J's status as one of the most prominent pillars of electronic point when "Patterns (Remix)" dropped. It shows a huge leap forward in terms of style and production technique, and has Speedy moving furhter away from the laid back, intelligent and melodic aspect of techno which gained him his initial reputation. So let's see why is this so different...

First track, "Patterns (Mix)" starts very off very slowly, with a droning melody floating gently to the forefront, and then a little before the two minute mark, it hits you: a huge, as distorted as they use to come, trashy kick drum takes control over the track leading it into some cerebral territory! Wicked! At 03:50 the original melody from the track "Patterns" comes into the loop, and it seems that is just what it takes for your ear drums to recover. And it's back to the Speedy J we all knew - ambient soundscapes, seducing sounds and relaxing melodies joined into one epic manifest of musical joy, only to be abruptly taken over once again by the sick kick drum at around 06:15, pulling the entire track back into a sonic mental hospital. For the last forty seconds and some change, the emphasis switches back on an otherwise background melody, which slowly brings the tune to its end. All in all, this is a great track, which shows us two different styles boldly combined into a clash of deviant and laid back, and to what effect!

"Pannik", however, is when your neighbors should must probably be doing just that. This is a techno stomper like few others since. It combines bombastic drum kicks, roaring melodies and deep, throbbing bass lines. Grrrrr, this is rough, and just waiting to be unleashed and screams its lungs out all over the dance floors. Though relatively hard to mix, even though I am not a DJ so don't take my word for it, it's an ultimately rewarding number if properly intoduced, mainly due to a few great breaks throughout the track. Everything quiets down, there's a bunch of apparently random surface noise just aimlessly dashing through the track, the crowd is about to break through the ceiling, waiting for the music to hit them, and then it lands over their heads!!! The off beat/on beat kick drums, the magnitude of the sub bass and the percussion arrangements are to be admired here, as they are nothing short of strokes of breath taking genius. Pure madness, to say the least, and one of the very prime examples of why is Speedy J universally recognized as a matchless talent!

With "Punnik", the third and closing track, we are approaching the most complex areas of brain surgery. Phew, if music could only be properly cherished and expressed with words, because what Jochem George Paap did here was challenge the standards of high production vaults. Yeah, can you feel the amount of pressure the bass and the kick carry? My already back then mutilated speakers were on the verge of completely decaying when I first played this. Maybe "Punnik" is not as nearly as suitable for the party crowd as the previous number, but all the more it may just be the most rewarding one here. Don't be fooled, it's just as experiMENTAL as the rest here, but more on the breakcore side of things, kind of like the first track, but packing an all together more devastating punch than "Patterns (Mix)". And it sums up to ten and a half minutes of broken and erratic, yet fully charged with explosive beats, high octane energy and furious riffs of metallic sounds leaking out of each and every one of the sound waves molecules.

To conclude, finally, the fact I just wrote a novel about a three track release must mean it's at least worth a listen, right? It's a release which is most enjoyable even today, and gives a great look into the initial phase of what was to become the most daring phase of Speedy J's career, ultimately resulting in classic albums "Public Energy #1" (1997) and "A Shocking Hobby" (2000). Though I'd call it a no brainer and immediately recommend this to anyone who's into electronic music, I will have to hold back, as this EP offers harsh, relentless, loud, but really enjoyable music once you connect to it, or just let it hit you. If you've been dwelling in the realms of minimal, subtle, drifting and dreamy electronic music, you would have better chances of adequately appreciating this if you got hold of Speedy J's early work first, and I would recommend stuff like his debut and second album, "Ginger" and "G Spot" respectively, and his two 12" releases, "Rise" and "Pepper". Timeless music, not quite the stuff you'd wanna hear, but definitely the stuff you need to hear!