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Source DirectSecret Liaison / Complexities

Label:Good Looking Records – GLR015
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Country:UK
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Drum n Bass

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ASecret Liaison8:25
AAComplexities8:19
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This recording ℗ 1996 Good Looking Records / Looking Good Records UK under exclusive license in the world to Good Looking Records / Looking Good Records © 1996.

Made in England.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): GLR 15 A-01-01-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side AA, stamped): GLR 15 AA-01-01-1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Secret Liaison / Complexities (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)Good Looking RecordsGLR 15UK1996
Secret Liaison / Complexities (12", Test Pressing, White Label, 33 ⅓ RPM)Good Looking RecordsGLR 15UK1996
Secret Liaison / Complexities (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Good Looking RecordsGLR015UK1996
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Secret Liaison / Complexities (2×File, FLAC, Reissue)Source Direct RecordingsnoneUK2020
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juslisten
Secret Liaisons is, in my humble opinion, the single greatest Drum & Bass track of all time.
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tristan_s
timeless tunes... literally "making dnb music for the next century"
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barnsey118
Couldn't be happier to get this one - one of the best releases by Source without a doubt. The A side is classic, heavy, the centre piece of the EP. However the B side is what many sign up for. Emotional, intricate Jungle at its best. Any owner of this will be attached, there isn't a way not to be. 10/10 from me.
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21zebra
I used to hammer Secret Liaison on a regular basis but I am getting more and more in to Complexities now. Deep, Soulful true music for the mind to melt into.
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srcosmo
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.
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Shaneski75
A full body of work on this one - some artists would of stretched these two beasts out over an LP ......naw not Jim & Phil !
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deejayhyjack
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 !!!!
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mundayschild
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.
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Bigchamp69
Not going to go on and on .. just listen to it.
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Traffic
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.