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VariousWe Are I.E.

Label:I.E. Records – RTOR, Reel 2 Reel Productions – RTOR
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore

Tracklist

A1Uncle 22Dance Bad7:00
A2Lennie De IceWe Are I.E.7:41
B3A-SidesAt It Again4:15
B4Cool Hand FlexFeel The Rhythm5:49
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Notes

The release is named after the Lenny De Ice track, however no artists are credited.

Incidental information:
The "Reel 2 Reel" logo is a reference to Reel 2 Reel Productions, not a credit to the artist Reel II Reel.

Track A1 samples:
Strings from 808 State - Pacific State
Dialogue from the film Total Recall

Track A2 samples:
Vocal from Chaba Fadela "N'Sel Fik" (1987).
Vocal from The Buggers "The Bugger Groove" (1984).

Track B4 samples vocal from West Street Mob "Break Dance-Electric Boogie" (1983).

Track positions are shown as 1, 2, 3, 4 on the release

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: A-Side): RTOR -A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: B-Side): RTOR -B

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Reviews

  • kev_gee's avatar
    kev_gee
    This is one of the 'big' landmark records that popped up in 1991 to start the journey into what became jungle & drum & bass. NO its not the first rave record to make use of the Winston Brothers 'Amen' break. Im sure that quite a few discogs train spotters will point this out. What it was though was one of the records that lit the fires that propelled the UK rave sound into dominance. Around the time this record came out, the UK rave scene didnt really have its sound or identity. Europe dominated & producers tended to mimick whatever was going on over there. Belgian Techno & Italian Piano house were the big sounds of the time. UK producers were trying to find something that could be British and push back against Europe. This record then came out & stamped its foot in the minds of UK ravers and producers. Finally the British had their own unique sound. As already stated it wasnt the first record to use the amen break but its use of the 'let me hear ya scream' sample and chopped up amens immediatley set the benchmark. British producers finally had the 'British' sound and boy, did europe know it!!
    • happening2006's avatar
      We are ie set a landmark in UK rave history!

      Certainly not the first to sample the amen but this tune combined the break with gunshot + vocal samples, a simple but very effective reggae style bassline and was pitched up to the pace of the breakbeat hardcore emerging at that time.

      Dropped by major name DJ's at London raves in the summer of 91, it was extremely well received by an audience that wasn't entirely happy with the dominating techno sound. This style perfectly captured the vibe of the scene and quickly established the musical form that later became known as jungle..

      Allegedly first put together in 88 it has a raw feel and basic production typical of the era.
      While changing the sound of London clubs and uniting a new breed of raver - in typical fashion was completely ignored by mainstream media and labels, which further secures it's lengendary status.

      Anyone interested in the roots of real Jungle Drum n Bass should check this piece of vinyl - in my opinion it's the most important release for this style of music.
      • Edited 17 years ago
        Legendary release this, most DJs point to this as the first Jungle drum and bass track. With the fat reggae style sub-bass bassline, sampled gunshot and the 'we are i.e.' sample taken off Coldcut's first album 'What's That Noise?', the vocal is in fact an arabian call-to-prayer type chant, which, if you get the album, you'll hear in full.
        • d23's avatar
          d23
          Edited 17 years ago
          This massive tune that blew up raves up and down the UK in 1991 was certainly a ground breaking track that opened the door to a whole new style of hardcore rave music. It is also often cited as the first hardcore dance track to incorporate the amen breakbeat.

          This is in fact wrong as the amen was being used in other tracks at the time and the first hardcore tune to feature the amen was 'Father Forgive Them' by Holy Noise (Hithouse) which was released in 1990.

          Saying that We Are Ie is still one of the greatest tunes of a great era.
          • DJ_Dara's avatar
            DJ_Dara
            Edited 17 years ago
            The track "We Are IE" on this record is often cited as being the first proto-jungle tune. It was the first tune to really incorporate a heavy ragga bassline with a breakbeat and was an indicator of what was to come. It was a huge tune played by every dj and still gets played today by the likes of MJ Cole as his closing tune.

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