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Set to release a sparkling new single on Alignment’s new project Realign, Manchester-based Pattern might be an unfamiliar name to most but ‘Draft’s intricate, Jungle-infused crystal clarity is a glowing debut by anyone’s standards.

Paired with a brooding Techno remix from fellow-Mancunians AnD, REALIGN001 makes for an exciting debut for both artist and label. We caught up with Jim who gives us his Five Essentials: five tracks that have most influenced his life and approach to music.

Photek – ‘Rings Around Saturn’

The first time I heard it on Logical Progression in my early teens I knew the track as “Pharoah”. I later found out more about Photek and his impact on electronic music. About 5 years ago I picked it up on 12” in a second hand record shop in Tokyo. I love the way he has flipped Pharoah Sander’s “Astral Travelling”. I love the drums on this track, the way they have been EQ’d and all the subtle switching programming. Goosebumps.

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Rhythm & Sound w/ Bobbo Shanti – ‘Poor People Must Work’ (Carl Craig Remix)

I first heard this the week it was released on the Eastern Bloc speakers in our old setup on Oldham Street. From the moment the needle hit the groove I was hooked. All the sounds in this track are perfect for me. The FX, the hypnotic stabbing bassline, the progression. Also the stuttered vocal sends me a bit crazy. The whole remix has been done with a vibe that is unmistakably Carl Craig. Also worth checking… “Just Another Day” EP.

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Breakage – ‘Lead Me On’

A man who pretty much managed to release some of the best D&B and Jungle music ever written (in my opinion). From 2001 to 2009 every single tune he wrote made me realise that this is the exact vibe that makes me want to move my feet, shout and rave. Love the vocal, the space-echo style tape delay kills me every time. The apache break is programmed perfectly. The eerie vocal catches you off guard on the second drop. The bass shakes your bones. Breakage is a true don.

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Kenny Dope Unreleased Project – ‘Get On Down’

This tune reminds me of everything I like about Hip Hop. The Minnie Ripperton “Inside My Love” sample looped and tweaked to perfection. The Method Man vocal samples. The boom bap beats are right up my street too. All it needs now is Mr Thing cutting over the top.

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A Tribe Called Quest Ft. Leaders Of The New School & Busta Rhymes – ‘Scenario’

The beats have been lifted from Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Miss Lover” and the bass loop from Brother Jack McDuff’s “Oblighetto”. Perfect in every way. So much energy, every verse incredible. Busta Rhymes nails it at the end – “Powerful impact… BOOM! from the cannon!” Tribe have the best loops, fact.

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Pattern – ‘Draft’ / ‘Draft’ (AnD Remix) is out on May 13th. Grab yours from the official Alignment store.

Photo credits: GB Multimedia