Phat Trax was a subdivision of Trouble on Vinyl that ran from 1995 to 2001 and featured a whole host of undercover tunes that really didn’t receive the attention they deserved. Although some of the producers were previously unheard of, the label did feature tunes from the likes of 175 Crew and Notorious J. As Trouble on Vinyl moved to a more technical stance, Phat Trax continued in a similar style to the likes of Urban Takeover, Dope Dragon and Philly Blunt.
Sampling Busta Rhymes verse from ‘Scenario’ by A Tribe Called Quest and mimicking the simple bass patterns of most Dope Dragon releases at the time, ‘Impact’ is a Reebok Classic shuffling stepper.
It’s certainly another fine example of the minimalist approach in terms of production and certainly wasn’t out of place in any DJs set at the time of release although I can really only remember DJ Hype supporting it.
This was around the time when wherever you would see DJ Hype you would also see MC MC, it was like the modern day Andy C and GQ to a certain extent and I would even go as far to say that this would be my prefered combination even to this day if MC MC was still living in the UK.
“Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind, powerful impact boom from the cannon”
It’s 19:05 in on this set from DJ Hype live at United Dance way back in 1996.