Sunday, November 4, 2012

Account Suspension

Hi all.
Presently my mediafire account is suspended due to supposed DMCA violations. This means you can't download from any of the links. I am arguing the point of 'fair use' with them, and the fact that the targeted content is not commercially available seems to me to make it unnecessary to restrict its free dispersal to interested parties ...

Anyway, I am working to shift all my files and blog content to another more secure platform, but this is likely a little way away since there is over 17gb of data to shift.

I've also been pretty distracted by my radio show which takes up a fair few hours every week - you can listen to its archive here:

When the new platform gets put up it will probably be a mix of podcast archive and this kind of blog content. Sorry for not posting for ages, but there is only so much time in a day.

For new converts to this page, have fun reading the content.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Masters Of The Universe

From the mind of 26 year old Dave Lee, already a skilful keyboardist, we get this true gem of UK Rave. It's full of e-tingle pianos and girlie "oh oh's" to keep you high - up there with Together's "Hardcore Uproar" as the perfect morning track. You could quite easily put 2 copies of this record on the decks and make a half hour mix that would go down a storm in 1990, but for most people, the 'Hyper-Spaced Mix' is enough. There is also a 1989 release that samples Loletta Holloway; "Check It Out" - but the vocal-free mixes here are to my mind vastly superior.

Dave Lee seemed to be doing quite a bit with Mark Ryder of Strictly Underground (legendary UK Hardcore label) at this time, and he'd also recorded some fine electro bleep techno for Sheffield's Warp Records in Energise's "Report To The Dancefloor".

Yet it would only be a year or two until Dave found his true home in disco led house, and a new moniker: Joey Negro. Thank fuck he came up via UK rave then - his stay was short, but it was momentous.


A1 Space Talk (Hyper Spaced Mix)
B1 Space Talk (Spaced Out Mix)
B2 Space Talk (Inner Space Mix)
B3 Space Talk (Reprised Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Noise Control - Modulator EP (1992)

Picked this up at a record fair years ago - one of those little German gems you chance upon occasionally. 'Tehniska Musika' is the big track, but 'Crust And Peace' is also a very cool, down tempo elastic number. As with many EP's of this period, everything is really just a variation of the same sound and themes - very cohesive if a little repetitious.
'Tehniska Musika' appears on Russell Hardcore's 4 hour mixtape here; I've got no idea what the German dude is saying, but it sounds a lot like '...bigger!". Great pre-psy trance.

Going out to Tricky - sorry it took so long to upload mate.


A1   Tehniska Musika
A2   Knights On Quest
B1   Crust And Peace
B2   Resurrection

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Old Skool Mixes wanted

OK kids, I've got a new radio show on Melbourne's only 100% Dance Music radio station: KISS 97.6 FM. Every Sunday I dig through the crates to play some true golden oldies from around 1990 (give or take).
I only have one rule, if I play it once, you won't hear it again. With 40,000 + tracks on my hard drive it would be wrong to just hit repeat...
Also, since it's on air Sunday mornings from 10.30am-12.00noon, I try and steer clear of banging techno and hoover rave - I'd much prefer to play some deep, bleepy techno or Balearic house really.

You can check out all the shows including their tracklistings and download links on the show's mixcloud page. Only 3 weeks in, but getting there...

Now, here's the thing.
As much as I am confident in my track selection (as only a true narcissist can be), I really do enjoy hearing other people's mixes. So as much as it is, I offer 27 minutes of air time on Kiss FM Melbourne to anyone who can provide me with a great old skool mix.

These are the rules:
1. your mix will be at least 27 minutes long; but anything longer will probably be cropped (so don't leave your best till last)
2. it will be comprised of music circa 1990 - give or take a few years
3. you will not play the same shite as me or any of my contemporaries does
4. it will not include such over-used classics as Gat Decor's "Passion" or Bizarre Inc's "Playing With Knives"
5. it will not include any shite by acts such as 2 Unlimited
6. it will be suitable for radio play on a Sunday morning (I know, the temptation to go all Satanic is strong, but you must be stronger)
7. your mix will be well composed, mastered, and pretty much just sound good from start to finish.
8. you are not playing for a dance floor so feel free to put in any track that works for you: ambient, electro, techno, house... the more different, kooky or out there the better. Refer to rules 1-7.
9. you will provide a link to a 320kb + file and track listing.
10. I will listen to everything, and play ALL the quality mixes on my show, even if I don't like them.

That's it really, get to the crates people...

And if you don't reside in Melbourne, you can always listen to Kiss online or on your phone. Just go here.

Frankie Bones live in the Midlands, 1990.

Look, this mix is available almost everywhere - all I've done is clean up the audio a little bit. But for anyone who was there - or anyone who wasn't but wants to know just how good a time we had in 1990, this is THE mix to listen to. Granted, the tracks are pretty much all good; granted, the mixing is not so good - Frankie was playing in a massive shed after all - but listen to his commentary. I'm not from the UK rave scene, but this is as close as I can remember to the carefree, party only vibe that existed back then (even if on the other side of the world).

Lots of stuff goes down during his set, and for the most part it is great.

Back in the sixties, there was a similar youth freedom movement, but for all the fun they had, there was also the dead fall of Vietnam, racial equality and bad acid to kill the vibe. In '89-90 (depending on geography), we had no war, we just wanted to get loose and party.

This mix is a soundtrack to THAT party.

22 years later : get on it.

Digital Download (from cassette)_ 256kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Tracklisting here

More about Amnesia House here

Friday, January 27, 2012

Datura - Devotion

Datura is a plant, used by the more spiritual cultures as a mind opener for ages before our time. If eaten by today's recreational drug adventurers the toxicity of the plant could kill, but if it doesn't, will almost definitely provide a very heavy, unpleasant and even rather rough trip. A couple of friends of mine ate some datura flowers years ago and then went clubbing. One of them became dead certain that he was back home in his mum's house and spent a vast amount of energy trying to get a whole night club to shut up so they would not wake her. Funny for those there - except him. Moral to the story: don't try it.

Datura are also a pop trance outfit hailing from Italy. They put a lot of effort into some kind of pseudo-Hindu shamenistic identity, trying to be identified as coming from a place closer to Goa than Bologna. But no amount of trippy label artwork, or alignment with a record label called Trance Records, could disguise that these guys were anything except underground trance.
They were hugely successful, though I would consider 95% of their output as rubbish.
Including most of 1993's "Devotion". It came in 6 mixes, most with Billy Ray Martin wailing across them - what mixes you got depended on which imprint you bought.
If you got the 12" LSD014 (trippeeee) from Trance Records, you were in luck and got an instrumental, which is actually quite a good piece of pumping trance. Maybe a bit digital sounding (as compared to organic), but I don't mind. Just as Ramirez only produced one good track (the DJ Ricci mix of "La Musica Tremenda"), the good is almost enough to counter the bad.

If you want to check out the rest of Datura's discography, go to their site here. But the moral to this story is probably not to bother.


B1   Devotion (Jivan Mukta)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mixcloud, Filesonic & Mediafire update

All the mixtapes, live sets, and similar long mixes are available for streaming on my page at Mixcloud here. There is a good chance that there will be stuff there not yet on this blog, so it's worth taking a look if you haven't already. If you 'follow me', you'll also be notified of new posts without having to do anything more.
There is quite a lot of good stuff on Mixcloud, and it's easier to find than on Soundcloud. Strictly speaking, you can't download from Mixcloud, only stream - but if you paste the file link into JDownloader (or other download managers I suppose) it'll grab it for you. Be aware that it will grab all the links (good and bad) and unless you want 6 copies of a file, I'd only selectively download file links. You need to have Java installed on your machine and keep it updated to be able to successfully download from Mixcloud. There are also other download methods, but they involve a bit of work and rely on Google Chrome - see here.

Also, Filesonic seem to have buckled under pressure from the DMCA (or shit themselves after the shut down of Megaupload by the Feds); currently you cannot download others' files from filesonic... nothing I can do about that except re-host on that trusty old faithful, Mediafire. Links will be updated as I can.

Sorry for any inconvenience folks.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hey, fool: we're renegades of funk

I've been wanting to post this for a while, but there were delays in translating the rap.

For me and many of my ilk, this is a highlight of our clubbing and raving life - I remember first hearing it fully loaded on a nice fresh red dragon at Kemistri, in early November of 1990. Here I was, quite happily tripping away when suddenly the music stops, some cunt screams "Total Confusion" and the whole room erupts in a blur of electrified stabs and Red Indian whoop-whoops. Not only that but then the rest of the party people started whoop-whooping all around me - I was quite possibly under attack. Total and complete madness ensued. My head was fried. It was good. My head was fried good.

At this point of my raving life I still had not fully committed to techno, lots of my friends were still into the indie bands scene so I wasn't getting along to weekly club nights too often - my only exposure to new tracks was through the occasional mixtape, the radio or a monthly rave. I'm not sure how long the track had been out for, but that night obviously a lot more peeps were familiar with it than me. Anyway, a week or so later someone brought a new mixtape to a little Friday night trip party I was at and this track was on it. We played it all night long. It fried my head again and again, but eventually I learnt some of the rap and was even able to recognise that there was a Public Enemy sample buried inside it too. I got a hold of that record asap. Still have it, but it's a little worse for wear these days.

It is of course an early project of Caspar Pound (still a teenager), Marc Williams & Tony Winter - the hippy, homeboy and funky dredd respectively (I think). I remember reading in NME that they spent most of a day in the studio just perfecting the noisy stabs - heavily effected guitar riffs - but they also created one of the finest breakbeats ever put on wax, started a whooping phenomenon, and found a way to include a classic sample from a classic movie: "What are you, people? On dope? " (the elderly teacher, Mr. Hand, in Fast Times At Ridgemont High). Not to mention sampling Public Enemy's "Radio stations I question their blackness; they call themselves black, but we'll see if they'll play this." from 1987's Bring The Noise. Or "Total Confusion" off of short-lived East Coast hip hoppers Original Concept's only album, 1988's Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!

"Total Confusion" may be one of Melbourne's first real cross over hits from the underground to the club scene. It was a massive tune; maybe equalled by "Vernon's Wonderland", Marmion's "Schöneberg" or "The Age Of Love" - but I don't think so. I'm pretty sure it was still on weekly rotation in house clubs up to a year later but by then the only people still whoop-whooping along to it were drunk nongs, or people making fun of drunk nongs. Despite all this, it is still regarded as a classic, and will always get a good response at an old skool night (and even still fry an unwary head or two). "Vernon's Wonderland" just doesn't compare.

The boys knew they had made something good before it's release, but it wasn't until they took it down to a local club and watched the room go mental that they realised just how good the tune was. Or how big it would be. Caspar Pound made enough money out of it to start Rising High Records.
Yet for all of this, what makes "Total Confusion" truly great is that it was able to pull off the near impossible - putting a rap into techno. This was real hardcore hip-house, not simple or upbeat, but full-on. Marc Williams' relentless rap is surely one of the best recorded - E V E R - maybe only equalled by some of LL Cool J's early work ("Jack The Ripper" comes to mind), yet it is also an enigma because it was never allowed to dominate the mix. Just another component of the proto-hardcore onslaught, the vocals are often clouded by everything else going on around it; true total confusion.

I always thought I had an ok understanding of the rap, but then I went to write it down for this post last week. There was a lot I couldn't decipher so I looked around on the web and everyone seemed as stuck as me in the same places. Yet I persisted and by a day or so ago, I was pretty certain I had it nailed. Except for a line or two. So I found a thread on, posted what I had there, and straight away a fine chap named 'spaceface' filled in the last bit... but only Marc Williams knows for sure...
I see you on the streets in yer dashing threads
you're taking in the lyrics like you're smoking incense
you're getting high, wondering why you can't fly
ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies
because the days craze and amaze
so I'll rephrase
I can keep on going for days, days, days, days will turn to years
you'll still be here
and if I get half a chance I'll chop off your ear
because I can taste the music
you come over here, you're going to get your arse kicked
into a hearse and put under a stone cold surface
and when I'm finished that I'm going to jam at you suckers
you're astounded
and you're walking around in circles
and it's a big miracle how you're still going
you're slowing
your battery's running low
you try to pull me back but of course I keep towing you
on and on and on that that's wrong
you should be concentrating on rapping your own song
'cause rapping is an art
but there are many rappers
it takes talent
I got plenty of that
plus the fact that I ain't wack jack
you come over here
you know that you're going to get slapped
back to where you come from
it'll be the front door London
I'll take you all on
Because you choose to mess and jest with the roughness,
Manchester in the house said something,
to blow your mind into the atmosphere
c'mon feel the bass 'cause London's here!

Let the music music move straight through your blood stream
and when you feel the vibe you'll know what I mean
by a place that's taken from the heart
and it's prime time to get started
on the beats that really matter
this is not your average chit-chatter
on the microphone
you're all alone
talking away like it's the Twilight Zone, boy
you wanna change that
rearrange that
find a sucker on the streets and play that
because that's played out
and I'm paid in full
so don't talk that bull
Because you choose to mess and jest with the roughness
Manchester in the house said something,
to blow your mind into the atmosphere
c'mon feel the rhythm 'cause London's here!
While Marc Williams did more raps for the HHFD project, none matched the intensity of the first round - maybe he used up all his good lines for Total Confusion? As far as I can tell, it's a bit of a dis rap between Manchester and London, with London being seen as all shiny and shallow, too willing to follow the latest trends. Manchester is the pacesetter. I suppose it did have the Hacienda so there was some truth to the claim, others may disagree.

Apparently the b-side is all the work of Caspar Pound. There's a reverb heavy "Reprise", which is really just 2 minutes of the breakbeat with some effected vox over the top; I think this is where Cosmic Baby and Kid Paul found the break for Energy 52's "State Of Mind". And there's the "Heavenly Mix", an instrumental, less intense but way trancier (that's trance as in good music to fuck you up on acid, not trance as in stupid arpeggiated chords with some slag wailing on about lost love over the top) - it took a while for us to turn the record over to find this mix, but once we did it got as much play in the underground as the vocal mix. Super. The "Heavenly Mix" has a little phrase repeated through it that is a cut up of the first part of the sample "Hey fool, whatcha say - c'mon" that's been used in just about every funky house track ever made and the spoken outro of Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force's "Renegades Of Funk"...

A1   Total Confusion (Confusion Mix)
B1   Total Confusion (Heavenly Mix)
B2   Total Confusion (Reprise)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Note: there are lots of rips of this around, but all that I've found are terrible quality. Here, the b-side is taken from my own 12", but I took the a-side off of a CD compilation. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

dmca are on to me

2 deletions in a week. But the resourceful won't be denied.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jess & Crabbe - Tribute Series Vol.1 (2001)

Kinda mashup in style, but a bit more effort has gone into these than lots of other re-edits of classics. Even so, I'm no fan of the b-sides, which are tributes to The Prodigy and 70s reggae act Aswad.

A-side is great though, solid peak time party stuff. It fuses Kevin Saunderson's acid house remix of "Heat It Up", and Marc Kinchen's "1st Bass" (which also sampled Heat It Up's 'It's like that' chant). For those of you who don't already know, the main melody for "1st Bass" is taken from the 1987 Konami computer game, Metal Gear. Kinchen took just one little sound as a sample, and replayed it as a tune. You can hear the original here, at 26 seconds in or so. Goes to show what a little bit of inspiration can do.
Jess & Crabbe either got hold of an acapella or made their own - I've searched the net and only come up with a little grab of the girls rapping - if anyone knows of the full deal I'd love a copy.

A1   First Bass [tribute to WPGR feat. Kevin Saunderson & Separate Minds]
B1   Can't Tekkit [tribute to Aswad]
B2   Ruff Inna Jungle [tribute to The Prodigy]

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...dmca deleted.

Funny, my first dmca-notice is for a release that is essentially 3 mashups and so a compilation of other people's efforts, not their own. Not only that, but as far as I can tell from Beatport & Juno, this release is no longer available.

Monday, January 16, 2012

A little bit of deep acidic headphuck

From the mind of one of my Chicago house heroes, Keith Shelby, who has numerous pseudonyms but is probably most known as K. Alexi Shelby. Other projects include Club MCM, Risque III, or K. A. Posse (this release). Shelby is a cool cat, he was hanging out with the likes of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy as a teenager, has been producing quality music since the mid 80s and is still in the biz. And unlike a lot of his contemporaries who claim to be pure as the driven snow, this photo shows he knows why his music works. I'm going to feature Club MCM's "Mind Contol" later, it's another fine example of mind control music.

Ahh, but back to the K.A. Posse and "Stick Music"; 2 mixes of deep driving acidity with some deep driving rhymes laid over top - I assume by K. Alexi himself. Finished with some hauntingly strong strings to make it one of the most essential pieces of acid house to have in your collection.

To understand means a way of life...

"Shake" on the B-side comes in an upbeat piano driven instrumental by Craig Loftis, and a moodier hip-house mix by Joe Smooth. This one features a strong female rap by MCD Tay, but the track itself isn't that much fun, and fun was really all hip-house was about. The A side is definitely the one to check here.

A1   Stick Music (Vol. 1, Part 1) (Mix #1)
A2   Stick Music (Vol. 1, Part 1) (Mix #2)
B1   Shake (Joe Smooth Mix)
B2   Shake (C.S.L. Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old Mixtape: Jason DaGroove Live On Air on 3RRR's Rhythmatic, 1990.

An old tape of Davide Carbone's Rhythmatic show on Melbourne's independent radio station 3RRR, sometime in mid 1990 - I think about September, but who knows.

Davide was an early convert to acid house, in the late 80s he and his good mate Steve Robbins were DJing this new sound on Thursday nights at ZuZu's (in Exhibition Street where Bobby McGees now as - along with Prahran's Checkpoint Charlie's it was the best designed club space in the city - both are sadly long gone now). Apart from DJing, Davide was also one of Melbourne's first techno entrepreneurs - he ran a record shop (Rhythm Records) out of the front room of his house, and put on some of the earliest raves - Lunatik Fringe. Later still he formed Future Sound Of Melbourne with Steve and Josh Abrahams, then moved to the UK to become a jungle don. Now he's back in town, running a recording studio and working with the likes of Carl Cox.

If I remember correctly, Davide's Rhythmatic show was on every Wednesday from 10pm-midnight, and it was just about your only chance to hear underground dance music on the radio (no not the station, I mean the whole of the FM dial) for the whole week. We'd look forward to the shows each week, record them and share tapes with our friends - it was pretty much the only way you could hear fresh music without going to a club. Kids these days will never understand how hard it was to hear underground dance music in Melbourne when it first arrived...

This tape is a bit of a choice one, because the whole show features a guest mix by Jason DaGroove (Jason Rudeboy) who at that time was one of the organisers and DJs at Melbourne's greatest underground club night, Maze (Commerce). He'd later go on to start a record shop, Octave Records, with Terry (H2O) Ho and ran Melbourne's longest and most adventurous techno club night, Filter, from 1992 to 2003. Jason was a UK import, and was about to head back home the next day - he would of course be back.

There's a bit of talking and shoutouts - 'got any disco biscuits?' - which will bring it all back for some. Jason also announces a new DJ at Commerce that week, Brother Willy (none other than Will-E-Tell, later Melbourne's first DJ superstar). It's also the first time I heard Mr. Monday's "Future" and there are heaps of other class tunes in the mix too.  The tape quality is okay - back then I never had money for rent, but somehow managed to get good quality blank tapes. Please excuse bad spelling on cover - don't know what I was doing there.

75 minute cassette recording _192kbs MP3 ...mediafire

mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes, mixtapes...

I got a little USB cassette player last year - nothing special, only cost $20 or so - but for some reason couldn't get it to work on my laptop. Well, adjusted some settings over Christmas and it's working. But got quite a few tapes to go through... if only to find the ones worth posting.

So far I've recorded about 10 or so, some by me, some by mates, and the odd DJ superstar too. I've been able to clean the audio up too, but remember some of these tapes have been lying around for nearly two decades so the quality is never going to be excellent. Should at least be hiss free though.

Also have a mighty collection of radio show recordings which will probably only appeal to Melbourne locals from back in the day. Going to post these too, and I won't edit them much. That means you'll be hearing promos for old rave events, interviews and music. Sound quality is likely not to be a highlight.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Corker Number Two, and the final third of the FSOM trilogy : Beyond (1993)

This one has they're biggest success, "Welcome" on it. I think I can safely say I was the first person to play it out at a rave (the week it was released), but since it was to a near empty room at 11pm at night it probably doesn't count. For you trainspotters out there, the piano intro comes from D-Mob's late 80s pop house hit "C'mon And Get My Love", while the "Welcome" sample is courtesy of a Gino Latino italo house number from 1988, also called "Welcome" (duh!). There's also clear reference to Mr Monday's "Future" - big with Davide Carbone - in the way the stab patterns are constructed at the breaks.
Massive party tune for a peaking room (and for years I think I told Davide that every time I saw him while I was nutted, much to his bemusement of course).

"International" is a disappointment - owing everything to Ian Pooley's "Message (All Over The World)" on Force Inc. (1991) and adding nothing that improves on it. But "Track Six" is a choice little techno number, slow in tempo, grounded by a neat breakbeat and with a red flavoured rhythmic synth lolloping lazily above. It's the perfect track to play to an emptying warehouse when you don't feel evil enough to fuck with tired heads. "Sub-Zero" is classic Steve Robbins acid - and the kind of track you could play to an emptying warehouse when you do want to fuck with tired heads.

Fans of FSOM will know that I've missed some of their work; yes, they had more than three releases, but apart from 1995's "Flashflood" I don't own them. I do have their CD Album Prologue though, so I can always post some more tracks later - "Pleazure" and "Equinox" are sure to make an appearance.

A1  Welcome
A2   Sub-Zero
B1   Track Six
B2   International

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Corker Number One - Prisoners of Ecstasy (1992)

Forget about the American rave remixes, what you want here is the nearly 12 minute long trance mix, a blinding piece of scorching early 90s acid, produced by the German trio of Jörg Burger (The Modernist), Ingmar Koch (Air Liquide) and Wolfgang Voigt (Mike Ink; co-founder of Kompakt records). These guys must have had a hundred plus aliases/projects between them, I don't know how they kept up with everything organisationally - but they are German after all...

A female voice breathes 'We're prisoners of ecstasy" and a gentle washing intro is overcome by the TB-303. When the claps begin you know you're in for a serious workout, and once the kik drum commences the track really begins to pump. There's lots of freaky synth sounds filling out the mix and also the hysterical screams of some bird (who may be supposed to represent the throws of ecstasy, but more than not just annoys me). It's one of those records that should be played solo from the very start, and I've seen Frank De Wulf play two copies of it to lengthen the intro out even more to fine effect.

A1   Prisoners Of Ectasy (Trance Mix)
B1   Ravetasy (New York Techno Mix)
B2   Prisoners Of Ectasy (Garage Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In Order To Dance, or In Order To Kill

A few years ago, there was a really good blog going InOrderToDance. I think the dude was Canadian - but he posted some really good stuff, mostly out of his own CD collection. If he ever re-posted, he always gave due credit. In the end he got pretty agitated with inane questions from dumb asses about passwords, download errors and the like - (but you sort of have to accept that not everyone is fully clued up about zip files and so on if you want to be a blogger). What really got his goat though was when other spaz buckets started re-upping his posts as their own.
Today I can fully concur.

I don't own anything I post - the original artists have that priviledge - but I've taken the time to dig my old vinyl out, rip it, clean it up a little, normalise it and convert it to easily digestible mp3s for everyone's pleasure.

Now some fuckers (from the same forum that so annoyed InOrderToDance no less) have seen fit to repost my stuff as their own. They've even been defended by other forum members. I'm having a rather pleasant discussion with some of them at the moment... follow it here (you'll need a translater though because they write in Russian). Once again, I can't stop (don't want to stop) cyberspace sharing my uploads - but please don't go and relabel them as your own. Oh, and for anyone who still plans to, go out and find your own music you lazy fucks, because I've got some real corkers lined up to post here and if they find their way in to your posts everyone will know where you got 'em.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gypsymen - Hear The Music / Bounce (1992)

An absolutely fantastic release on the short-lived New York house label E Legal. Once again it's a Todd Terry and Zahid Tariq production, and once again the duo are in top form.

I think there are two really good examples of taking a vocal sample and cutting it up to create something new (and better). First off is Orbital's use of a reversed loop of Kirsty Hawkshaw taken from Opus III's "It's A Fine Day" to generate the spectacularly lush melody of "Halcyon".
And then there is "Hear The Music", which chops up a guy saying something to the effect of 'Hey buddy, do you do hip hop?' and builds a song around the variations. David Morales on remix duties probably didn't hurt either. Other releases added more remixers, but from what I've listened to on youtube they're pretty crap. All the gold is on this release folks.

"Bounce" is a solid piece of dark house music, perfect for a dingy basement club with only a strobe light to illuminate the dancer's gyrations. Both these tracks more than stand the test of time, and you could probably still play them to a house loving dance floor today and get a good response.

I bought my 12" after hearing "Hear The Music" on the excellent 1992 Sasha mixtape Magic Carpet Australia - bought whilst on one of my record buying jaunts in Sydney. Not sure how widely available the mix is, but I think I'll pull out my cassette deck one day and upload it.

A1   Hear The Music (Def Club Mix)
A2   Hear The Music (Def Dub Mix)
B1   Bounce (Wild Warped Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Thursday, November 3, 2011

808 State release Blueprint

I think it is to celebrate 21 years since the release of ninety, or maybe they just wanted some more cash/recognition. Either way, the boys (mostly Graham Massey probably) have decided to release a sort of greatest hits, but with some of the choons reworked or remixed. Thankfully, they've stayed true to their leftfield techno roots and there's no audible sign of any electro house sellout. Or UB40.

The've had the good sense not  to touch "Pacific State" - it's already had more goes at it than Tori Black - and some tracks like "Firecracker" have just been tweaked enough to keep them lively; the rehash of "In Yer Face" ain't nothing too special, but "Cobra Bora" and "Cübik" have had the full benefit of remix love bestowed upon them and the results are good. "Cobra Bora" keeps the same structure as the original but reworks the phrases - I really like it.
There's even a few new tracks - "Spanish Ice" is pretty good vintage 808 State. Oh, and for those who missed it, there is Aphex Twin's 2001 rework of "Flow Coma": relentless acid house to fuck you up proper.

You can read a review and preview tracks here, but I'm not linking any downloads for something that just got released. There's also another remix of "Cübik" you can download for free from 808 State's own site here.

I'm Coming Hardcore

Now I'm not much for English hardcore, happy hardcore, or any of those other speeded up breakbeat sounds. I never much liked the Prodigy (Android excepted) - I hated Charly from the moment I first heard it and I still do today. To me, most hardcore was derivative, uninspired and pretty stupid; why would I listen to it when I could get down to quality European rave or American techno?

Yet for every rule, there is always the exception.

The original was released in as part of a 4 track EP in 1991, and is nothing more than a pale breakbeat paced imitation of Together's "Hardcore Uproar". I don't remember hearing it when it first came out. But in 1992 it was remixed and re-released on a double A side 12" - the other track being the quite horrendous "Take Me Away".

"I'm Coming Hardcore (Remix)" is really just a clever appropriation of samples, but fuck it is done well. It steals from noisy Belgium rave techno (Set Up System's "Fairy Dust"), the emotional horn melody comes straight from the 1989 New Beat track "We're Gonna Catch You!" by Bizz Nizz (which also provides the 'The rhythm is hot' sample. Tyree's "Hardcore Hip House" gives up the 'I'm Coming Hardcore' hook. Not to mention inspiration from Together's "Hardcore Uproar".

By all rights, it should be a mess; but instead it is a glorious piece of high energy that's guaranteed to bring a peak on and send a dancefloor stupid. It weaves a wonderful line through cheese, euphoria and mindfuck; I remember my good mate Squid (who incidentally provided the name for this blog) almost wetting himself in anticipation as the opening chords poured out of a recovery's speakers back when this track was first out. 

Still a magic track today.

A1 I'm Coming Hardcore (Remix)
A2  I'm Coming Hardcore (Original Mix)
B1  Take Me Away (Sub Bass Mix)
B2  Take Me Away (Original Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Thursday, October 27, 2011

And we're back (?!?)

Okay peeps, sorry for the break in transmission, but sometimes life gets distracting... to that funny fucker who posted a comment about this blog not being very constant; hey, you're right - but it was never about constant posting, just about music that should be on constant rotation.

Amongst other things, I have been wowed by the pure downloading pleasure resource that is soulseek - for a while there that was pretty much all I was doing. To all those good folks sharing some really good hard to find tracks, I can't say thank you enough. It's allowed me to complete some glaring gaps in my collection and should mean a few extra goodies will get posted - I'm planning a couple of artist retrospectives to start with.

I've also been playing around in Ableton Live a bit more, especially since buying a Launchpad controller for it. I tried it all out at the last Arm In Arm party a month or so ago and remembered to record my set this time. Lots of the usual old skool nonsense, including 808 State's mental "Cobra Bora", a couple of Carl Craig bombs, and the best mix of S'Express's "Hey Music Lover" (The Red Giant Mix) amongst other things.

Download it here.

Note that I'm trying out Filesonic instead of Mediafire for a bit. Let me know of your preference, but for me it means I don't have to double wrap my files to password protect them any more. There is a different password for the Filesonic files, but the Mediafire pass stays the same as before.

There's an RSS subscriber in the right panel now, so you won't even have to check back here unless you want to - apparently you'll be notified if I post again. And soon you might find this on facebook. Or not.

Stay Tuned.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Come Fly With Me Remixes - 1991

I can probably count the number of vocal tracks I like on both hands and still have fingers to spare: like Graham Massey of 808 State, I just don't need some wailing slag to tell me what a tune is about. Obviously there are some good songs out there, mostly by Inner City, but Alison Limerick, Jimi Polo, Ce Ce Rogers and Joe Smooth would also get a guernsey.

DJ Pierre's Phantasia project gets a look in too with this house anthem presented in two superb but contrasting mixes. The Graeme Park mix is predictably on the garage tip, quite spartan and leisurely in its delivery. Jesse Saunders pumps the mix up to become a massive rush suitable for a peaking main room, hitting you with the chorus first and then taking the energy (but not the vibe) down a tad as he lets the song proper play through.

Beats the shit out of all those moody progressive numbers by the likes of Way Out West and iiO.

A1 Come Fly With Me (Graeme Park's Fly High Mix)
B1 Come Fly With Me (Jesse's Hype Instrumental Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sonic Rave 1992 - Russell's 4 Hours Of Power

This was Jeff Tyler's first event, and around 200-300 punters turned up to find that he had managed to cram in two or three times the required light and sound into the room - a not uncommon newbie mistake - he wasn't the first to make it and wouldn't be the last.
Unfortunately, too much sound would be his undoing...

Jeff was good mates with Russell 'Hardcore' Hancorne, who found later fame as elegant trance artist 'Mystic Force'. Jeff and Russell were both avid collectors of vinyl - and extremely competitive with each other. It's a pretty safe bet that Russell had one of the country's best collection of deep techno, but Jeffy's wasn't too far behind. If either of them found a special release, the other would do their best to prise it off them.
One time Jeffy traded a record off Russell for the following: a Technics SL1200 turntable, a crate of (good) records and a few hundred in cash. That's right folks - Russell got about $1200-1500 worth for one piece of vinyl. Jeff wanted Russell to play at his party, but internal politics put a stop to that; somehow I got my first gig - not sure if I even knew how to mix yet.

Obviously, I was opening the night and played a full 2 hour set; then the other guys (Jeff, Will and Richie) were going to play an hour each on rotation until the party ended - it wasn't licensed to sell booze so theoretically it could go on into the next day if we wanted. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us, the masses of bass coming out from Jeffy's superb sound system was travelling out across the adjoining Albert Park Lake and hitting the houses on the other side like some kind of sonic boom. Needless to say, the residents of such houses were not impressed and had notified the police (repeatedly). Well, bass sounds are quite difficult to locate - parties in warehouse complexes can easily go undiscovered even though you can hear them well enough because you just can't get a fix on where the sound is coming from. This wasn't a problem for the police here though; the Powerhouse was one of the only suitable venues in the area, and about the only one on the lake itself. Jeff's lighting extravagance meant the place was flashing like a beacon for the police find.
They shut the party down quick smart; I was the only one who got to play a proper set.

Thing is, everyone came out to party well stocked and we were all on our way to being truly off our faces; this was ably assisted because a certain good fellow had also brought a large bag of magic mushies that most of us had dipped in to (some more than once). When the police arrived to shut the party down, there was a bit of a panic and, fearing it was a bust, many ate their night's stash in one quick go. It could've been a disaster, but everyone made it home or to another venue safely before they completely lost the plot ... just about.

But let's get back to Russell.

As compensation for not getting to DJ, Jeff asked Russell to make a mix to play in the chill out area; the result was a 4 hour long video tape of some of Russell's finest choons from the finest artists and labels of the day: Joey Beltram, Mundo Musique, Leftfield, Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm....

Russell was never the greatest mixer, but the tracks more than make up for it. Enjoy!

Alas, the tracklisting is woefully incomplete. I've filled in all I can, but anyone who wants to help fill in the blanks can find a .rar of the unknown segments to go through here. So far:
  1. Eclips 21 - Nebula (1st Soul Mix) (Indisc)
  2. Dance 2 Trance - We Came In Peace (Suck Me Plasma)
  3. Ramin - Reality (Dance Ecstacy 2001)
  4. Kenny Larkin - Manik Man (Plus8)
  5. -
  6. Noise Control - Tehniska Musika (Neo Ego)
  7. Cosmic Enterprises - Tao Nonstop (White Label)
  8. -
  9. Logic - Celebrate Life (Soundshaft Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
  10. -
  11. -
  12. -
  13. Audio Clash - Electro Rhythm (Electropitch Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
  14. Urban Rhythm - Luv Will Make It Right (As It Grooves Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
  15. -
  16. After Hours - Waterfalls (3 A.M. Mix) (Strictly Rhythm)
  17. -
  18. Ramin - (Where Is My) Ecstacy (Dance Ecstacy 2001)
  19. Revelation - Odyssey (Atmosphere Records)

  20. Mundo Muzique - Andromeda (Easy Street Records)
  21. Phenix - Revelations Reprise (Atmosphere Records)
  22. -
  23. -
  24. Leftfield - Not Forgotten (Outer Rhythm)
  25. D-Shake - Technotranced (Feel The Space) (Go!Bang Records)
  26. Westworld - Techno Cop (West)
  27. The Hypnotist - Pioneers Of The Warped Groove (Rising High Records)
  28. -
  29. N-r-gee Posse - The Final Word (D-Zone Records)
  30. -
  31. Groove Sector - Release The Energy (Hi Bias)
  32. -
  33. -
  34. -
  35. -
  36. -
  37. Code 6 - C.O.D.E.S (Nu Groove)
  38. -
  39. Lost Entity - 2 Minute Madness (Nu Groove)
  40. R.S.H. – Laughing While Intoxicated (Dopewax)
  41. Code 6 - Beyond The Bassline (Nu Groove)
  42. -
  43. Lost Entity - Annihilate (L.E.S Mix) (Nu Groove)
  44. Code 6 - Forgotten Moments (Nu Groove)
  45. -
  46. Code 6 - Quad 1 (Nu Groove)
  47. Jam & Spoon - Stella (R&S)
  48. -
Thanks to Brewster for making a copy all those years ago, and doing the audio clean up and artwork to let me post it. Very much appreciated mate.

Videotape Transfer _ 192kbps MP3 ... mediafire part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

Monday, May 16, 2011

Classic Pure Closers By Steve Robbins

Pure was my home; every Friday I was there - I can't remember how many nights I missed, but it wasn't many. Did miss the final night at Dream nightclub because I thought nobody would go and it'd be too much of a downer, but Will-E rang me as soon as he got home to let me know what a great night I'd just missed. Apparently the floors were shaking because there were so many people rocking till the last track. Oh well.

It started out in the rear room of St. Kilda's Palace nightclub, I think in May 1991 - but it's all a bit hazy. It was Melbourne's first straight up rave techno night, although Maze @ Commerce had previously championed techno alongside underground house. Run by DJ Mark James, this was the club that made Will-E-Tell a star, yet what I remember 20 odd years later are the end of night sets of DJ Steve Robbins (later of techno group FSOM). He was older than the rest of us, and, shall we say, more learned in the art of getting off your head, but he'd been DJing since the first days of electro and had a fantastic record collection that leant heavily towards the 303 acid end of the spectrum. Steve didn't like to mix his records too much, so you got to hear great tracks in their entirety, and he always brought the night gently down towards close (none of this banging to the end and then tell the punters to fuck off nonsense).
Steve in the box at Pure after it moved to Dream Niteclub in late '91.
(Scotty working the lights)
So, with that I present two of his best closing tracks, both house, and both out of New York: Chapter 1's "Unleash The Groove (E-Funk Mix)" on Strictly Rhythm and The Sound Vandals' "On Your Way (Deep Mix)" off Nu Groove. Really fantastic tracks that deserve to be played in their entirety to the munted at 6am.
And they still sound great two decades later.


A1 Unleash The Groove (E-Funk Mix)
A2 Unleash The Groove (Love In Sheffield Mix)
A3 Unleash The Groove (Blips In Heat)
B1 Unleash The Groove (125th & Lenox Mix)
B2 Unleash The Groove (Screamin' Pipes)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire


A1 Tonight's The Night (Club Mix)
A2 Tonight's The Night (Bonus Beat)
B1 On Your Way (Deep Mix)
B2 On Your Way (Bonus Beat)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

1990's "Unleash The Groove" is a particularly strong release; "Blips In Heat" is a piece of blissful beatless bleep, and the b-sides are completely insane organ workouts. "Tonight's The Night" on The Sound Vandals' 1991 release is a quite annoying bit of New York sample house, but the bonus beats are good.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Crash Course

Fookn H A R D C O R E.

Maybe the first thing I bought on Nu Groove. It's a product of its day, and there are many greater tracks than this on the label. It did represent the beginnings of that harder Brooklyn sound championed by Lenny Dee, Frankie Bones and the rest - but hardcore wasn't for me for very long.

Still, Crash Course is a classic piece of banging tek. Like many rave tracks of the period it gets an energy boost by adding new elements every 8 bars (instead of the more leisurely 16 or 32 commonplace today), so the track crams a lot into a short duration. Industrial edged sounds make it feel like it was recorded in a Depression-era iron foundry - the major break is particularly evocative with its chanting and whirring noises - John Lennon's "I get high with a little help from my friends" doesn't hurt either.

The B-sides are a bit of a disappointment, being just simple rhythm tracks with minimal usability. A bit of a let down after the A-side. The English license dispenses with the rhythm tracks in favour of a an even more hardcore remix of Crash Course - but it loses the industrial simplicity of the original.


A1   Crash Course
B1   N.Y. Jungle
B2   Crash Rhythms
B3   Free Style Groove

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2 great mixes from the turn of the century

First of all, one from Mr Dave Angel, who I've had the pleasure of seeing live a couple of times and is a damn fine DJ. From 1998, we have him in fine form over 2 cds. What I like most about Dave is that he plays his records fast, changing a groovy house tune into a pumping bit of tech funk [It's always been my opinion that a DJ's record box is full of tunes to be worked together - the DJ is their boss, not the other way around. All this nonsense about respecting the purity of the author's intent and playing a track at or near the original tempo and only blending in with other tunes a little bit at the start and end is a load of crap. Play the bits you want to play, save the bits that don't work now for another time. Play the fucking record at whatever the speed you want to work the dancefloor (within reason of course - don't want to go all chipmunk gabba). And, obviously, if you get too smart and fuck with your tracks too much and get your dancefloor pissed off you should rightly expect to cop a very public glassing, kicking, beating, or similar].

But I digress.

"39 Flavours Of Tech Funk" is just that - 39 tracks of different structure and feel, but combined to form a singular energy; he doesn't play too deep or too banging. It's party music to dance your arse off to.
Each CD has a different personality (I prefer the second mix). Of all the flavours of tech funk you can imagine, the only types missing here are those of the TB303 acid variety. It's one of the few techno mixes I can think of that is pretty much acid free. Not that it makes the release any weaker.


Dave Angel: 39 Flavours Of Tech Funk (1998)

CD 1 _ 256kbps MP3 ...mediafire
CD 2 _ 256kbps MP3 ...mediafire

Next up, something from the very well dressed Mr Justin Robertson. Have only heard him DJ once, and he wasn't very impressive (but in his defence he had just come off a 22 hour flight and was jet lagged as all fuck). I was never really that into any of his artist projects - do really like "Packet Of Peace" though - and wasn't really aware that he was a good techno DJ until I heard this mix. Frankly, it's one of the best of the period and probably up there with the best there is. Valentino Kanzyani did a similar styled mix around the same time in "Rock The Discotheque", featuring some of the same tracks as Justin Robertson's "Imprint". But where Imprint is a superbly crafted piece of blinding-techno-dance-floor-heaven, Valentino's mix is not very well programmed and sloppy in its execution (even featuring wildly drifting mixes). If I had made that mix I wouldn't have given it out to my mates let alone press up a few thousand copies and put it into shops with my name on the cover.


Justin Robertson: Imprint (2001)

CD Rip _ 256kbps MP3 ...mediafire