There are few techno tracks as influential as Joey Beltram’s “Energy Flash.” But it’s also a case study in form and influence – one you can learn from. To get started, listen to the tracks that came first.
I wrote about “Energy Flash” for Roland today. (Yes, the Roland, since they take 909 Day very seriously.)
Beltram himself says that he wanted to recapture the feeling he had when he heard another track – Master C & ‘J’s 1986 “When You Hold Me.” I think what’s not so important is to think of this as a template, as there’s the same focus on sound and form. It’s the kind of structure and discipline missing in tracks when people get started — or when any of us get stuck.
But it’s also worth saying, this 1986 track is just as hot.
While you’re training your ears, check for the samples used in “Energy Flash” in their original form…
Orbital’s “Chime” was a far bigger hit than “Energy Flash” (as far as I can recall) at the time and – uh, does this video predict the iPod commercials? Anyway, the music is really exquisite, too:
Those strings didn’t start there, though; they’re actually from the 1972 Johnny Pearson “Sleepy Shores” and, to hear them, I hope you’re ready to get retrograde and inverted in your mind:
Joey sampled “Chime” in another track on the same release:
“Ecstasy” is quite a lot easier to find. But somehow the woman repeating “rock to the beat” is way more hilarious:
WhoSampled is just one of the best sites and linkholes ever, basically.
Now who doesn’t love the ’99 remix – faster and longer and pitched up and more 1999ish?
And yeah, I just was in love with this thumbnail image at top from this YouTube video – for no very good reason.
Anyway, enjoy the story!