Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve 2010 Mixup

Fuck me if I haven't been a bit quiet on the posts of late. 
Never mind, here is a link to a reasonably long mix - 1hour40min or so - total old skool - and just done today so excuse any excesses. 
For those of you at Arm In Arm 5, you'll recognize the first half - I forgot to hit record on the night and this is my approximation of the set. It's straight up rocking dancefloor techno, rave and acid house - for those who are planning to sit down tonight in front of the telly and watch the fireworks, this mix isn't for you (but it should be). 

Going to be a hot one here in Aus, 40 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) so this is just the one for a hot night out. 
No tracklisting; that would ruin the surprise!!!! Hope you enjoy; especially, some of my all time favorites for the last 2/3.

Oh, and happy new year - party like it's 1990!!!!!!

mediafire 192kbps

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FSOM - Maglamania EP (1992)

They were never the most original production crew - hey they even pinched their name from Future Sound Of London - but they did know how to rock. Later releases spawned "Melodia" and "Welcome", both exceptional tracks, but this is their first. As far as I know, they don't think much of it these days, but it holds good memories for me. If there's a flaw, it's that each track tries to do too much, but it's also what makes them interesting - there's a fusion going on here of pretty much every sound they were into at the time - rave, house or techno.
Even so, my favorite bit is on the centre label: "...anyone found copying, broadcasting or sampling this record will be hunted & shot". 

A1 Resist The Beat
A2 Raving Mad
B1 The Witch And Her Spell

B2 Barefoot In Sydney

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Friday, September 17, 2010

DJ Rope & Marco Bailey - Be Free (Wavesong Mix) (1994)

Taken from quite a valuable slab of vinyl - 25 euros on discogs even in today's crappy vinyl valuations - but this to me is the only decent track of the release (so I haven't recorded and won't be posting the rest - don't ask). Verges on hard trance, but it is a driving mother fucker of a track. Then comes the euphoric break and we're off again. Giddy Up.

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Anti Trance Terrorists - Pig Jam / Proton Bomb (2000)

"Pig Jam" was my favorite track off Darren Emerson's excellent 2000 mix for Global Underground (Uruguay). Produced by Paul Davis and Justin Drake of Circulation  (Justin is also half of Peace Division). It's good kickin' tech house, driven along with a powerful kik drum and some good noises that fade in and out of the mix. Love it.

A1 Pig Jam
B1 Proton Bomb

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

A.F.M. - Flying Bells / Tribal Attack (1997)

Not so old skool this one; it's the guys from Future Funk who found fame on Plastic City Records. The two versions of "Flying Bells" are on a jazzy downtempo house groove, while "Tribal Attack" is more of a grinding tech house thing with faint hints of disco guitar to power it along. Not too demanding, but good.

A1 Flying Bells 1
A2 Flying Bells 2
B1 Tribal Attack

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Youngbloods - Got Me Burnin' Up / Gimme Some More (1991)

Todd the God.
Back when he was good.
He could be shit for eleven more lifetimes and he'd still be one of the greatest dance artists ever.

Here you've got a bit 808 State "C├╝bik" style noise coupled with clattering beats in "Got Me Burnin' Up" and then a bit of New York freestyle deepness in "Gimme Some More".

A1 Got Me Burnin' Up (U.K Deep Mix)
A2 Got Me Burnin' Up (Todd Ass Kicker Mix)
B1 Gimme Some More (Urban Dance Mix)
B2 Gimme Some More (Street Edit)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Lekker Vet - Fuzzy Logic (1994)

The first release on UK progressive house label Whoop!, by owner Andrew Simpkin. Once I'd fallen for this track, I rang him up and he sent me out every release for the next couple of years - but I don't think there was a single one that grabbed me. As for "Fuzzy Logic"? The tune of 1994 for me. Yes, it was progressive house and a  bit soft, but I liked it. Still do.

A1 Fuzzy Logic (Original Mix)
B1 Fuzzy Logic (Nick Hook Remix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... (dmca removed)

Xpansions - Elevation (1990/1991)

There are quite a few versions of this track listed on Discogs, but I think my vinyl is the best. Problem is it is not listed on the site so I'm not even sure whether its an original version from 1990 or a remix from '91. No matter - you get 2 very good mixes here, both quite similar - just different arrangements and break position really.
I actually didn't like this track that much when it came out; it seemed a bit commercial to me (pinching it's bassline from s'xpress didn't help). Also, it got a lot of play at Melbourne Tuesday night clubbing institution Savage @ Chevron (who's music tended towards the more commercial end of house) and this may have helped to work against it. Didn't stop me buying the vinyl though.
Anyway, a year or too later, I heard it out while very stoned, and the record made total sense to me; has done ever since. A true moment of audio ecstasy, my only gripe is that the synth stabbing break was never long enough.

"Move your body higher, hi - hi - higher"

A1 Xpansions - Elevation (Club Mix)
A2 Xpansions - Elevation (Other Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Downloading Advice: PICNIC

Hey guys; I've had a few comments regarding problems downloading from Mediafire. Be advised that all files are checked before posting and do work. 
Occasionally, Mediafire may have issues connecting a download, just come back later and try again.
Most often with computers, you are having a PICNIC (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer) on your end. Keep this in mind before flagging any issues.
Cheers! And good luck.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mr. Lee - Acid Fantaslee (1988)

Hardcore Chicago acid house. I think I like the original "Pump Up Chicago" more than this acid version of it ("... London"), but all tracks are excellent. Maroko's comments on Discogs provide better coverage of the tracks than I could, but best bet is to listen to them for yourself. Taken from my original vinyl copy - not a repress. Not sure which has the better quality.

A1 Art Of Acid
A2 Feels Good
B1 Acid Pump Up London

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Major Problems - City Under Siege (1990)

Nu Groove. The underground label of 1990/91. 

So much a product of its time, I doubt if it would work these days - such a diverse output of music. Everything from faggy house beat to mind bending techno. In hindsight, it could only have come out of New York; yet it made its way around the world to inspire us white kids here in Australia - who would have thought?
I've got many Nu Groove releases - treasured bits of plastic that they are. So which to post, and what first? Well, with a nod to my old dance buddy Craig E M (who named his sound system after them), lets post some Lenny & Ralphie Dee - aka Major Problems - and their first release together on Nu Groove, "City Under Siege".
As the title suggests, three pieces of quality, fucked up New York techno.

Much more Nu Groove to come folks...........

A1 Murder (25 To Life Mix)
B1 Arson (4 Count Version)
B2 Manslaughter (First Degree Mix)

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

Plez - Can't Stop (1988)

Echoing cries and a haunting soundscape give way to a bum-bum-bum rhythm in this tribal house monster that just keeps going and building before the male vox of "oh, oh, I can't stop" provides release. Good acapella mixing tools too.

A1 Can't Stop (Acid Rainforest Mix)
A2 Can't Stop (Acapella 1)
A3 Can't Stop (Acapella 2)
B1 Can't Stop (DMR Zone Mix)
B2 Miss Thang

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hot Weaks - Ovation (1992)

A bit of Belgian rave here - the Underground Mix was on high rotation with Melbourne DJ Richie Rich - with its haunting female vox and squelchy acid line backed by a pumping breakbeat it successfully straddled the line between rave and trance. The other mixes have their moments, but the Underground Mix is where it's at.

A1 Ovation (Club Mix)
A2 Ovation (Dub Mix)
B1 Ovation (Underground Mix)
B2 Ovation (Rave Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Boom Operators - LSA (1992)

This has a better mix of "Metamorphia" than the one appearing on the Tranceformed From Beyond compilation - better intro and Cosmic Baby's bassline (upon which the track was based) has more urgency. The track rocks.
A1 Metamorphia (The LSA Flatline Mix)
B1 The Block

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Hawke - 3 Nudes In A Purple Garden (1993)

Classic west coast house from Gavin Hardkiss; 4 tracks of varying deepness and trippyness from a man at the absolute height of this music. Very, very good.

A1 3 Nudes In A Purple Garden
A2 3 Moods In A Gurple Parden
B1 3 Nudes Having Sax On Acid
B2 Pacific Coastal Highway # 1

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Musto & Bones - The Music Is Right (1991)

Frankie Bones does the commercial thing - not sure how successful it was chartwise. The R&B mixes are pretty ordinary, but the techno mixes are not too bad (except the rave stab is a bit too cheesy).

The Music Is Right (R & B Club Mix)
The Music Is Right (R & B Dub Mix)
The Music Is Right (Techno Club Mix)
The Music Is Right (Techno Dub Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Human Beings - The Matrix / Euromancer (1992)

Forget "Euromancer" - it's the trance gem "The Matrix" where it's at. I always imagined it as one of those tunes to play late in the morning when folks are just a bit too spangled. But I can't remember actually hearing it out until New Year's Eve '95 when Laurent Garnier played it late in the night at Hardware 6 - when I was a bit too spangled. And yes, it had exactly the effect I imagined it would.

25.02.11 Update
Allert Aalders of the Human Beings has posted most (if not all) of his releases on Bandcamp; downloadable in any format you want - at no monetary charge. As such, it is only fair that you support him and my download link has been updated. If you check "The Matrix" then please check his other tunes too. Thanks Allert for the effort, it's appreciated.

A1 The Matrix
B1 Euromancer

Vinyl Rip _  ... bandcamp

Friday, September 3, 2010

Falling In Dub (The Remixes) (1992)

Don't think I've posted too much stuff from Detroit, but here's some quality tech house from the Burden brothers, here as Random Noise Generation. The original of "Falling In Dub" was released in 1991; it's here again and is still the top mix on this release. Other mixes are all different (and all good), from rave techno to house. Highly recommended.

A1 Falling In Dub (Hardcore Mix)
A2 Falling In Dub (Original Mix)
B1 Falling In Dub (Club Mix)
B2 Falling In Dub (Detroit After Dark Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Skyflyer - Humanoid E.P. (1992)

Here's the first release on Germany's Adam & Eve Records, which also released The Jeyenne's classic, "Deep". Will E Tell hammered "Words Of Ecstacy", a track not dissimilar to Sound To Light's "Breeze" (which is almost the perfect hard rave track and will be posted here shortly).
Personally, I really like "Humanoid" - Skyfler's version of Stakker's Humanoid, it's pretty fock'n hardcore, but in a good way. Definitely one for those peaking out of their heads...

A1 Kokaine Speaks
A2 Gale
B1 Words Of Ecstasy
B2 Humanoid

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Coming party: Arm In Arm 5 - November 19, 2010

OK kids - been a bit slack with the posts, but I've uploaded a fair wack of trax for your attention so I just need to pass on the links with a few comments....

But first, a message from our sponsors.

Anyone in Melbourne (Australia) on November 19, is invited to the next installment of the Arm In Arm old skool parties, organised by fellow rave veteran Seth Taylor - who really does do these for love and not the money. They're small parties and everyone there is into the vibe. 
I'll be playing not too late and not too early - which means I get to knock out some pretty uptempo house and techno. I've already started picking choons, but when you've got 20,000 tracks on your computer and only 1 hour to play you can bet it will be top shelf all the way. All I can say is thank you Ableton for making it possible to cram so much into so little time. More AiA5 information here, and expect some promo mixes from me shortly there too...

Here's a little bit of info from Seth himself to get you in the mood:

This time around we are again focusing on the little things th
at make an old skool event feel like you’ve truly stepped back in time. The lasers are back, the strobes are back, the smoke machine will be pumping, all of which is guaranteed to give you a full acid flashback experience. So if you only go out once this year, make sure you don’t miss Arm in Arm 5. Don’t risk the pain and mental torment of thinking forevermore, “if only....?”.

Tickets are only 20 bucks - less if you get an early bird. See you there guys.

Oh, and here is me live at the last party... Live @ Arm In Arm 4

Intro, "If you haven't danced yet..."
Toxic Two, Rave Generator (Brooklyn Remix) (Dancefloor, USA, 1992)
Shi-Take, Don't Look Back In Anger (Road Rash Club) (Zoom, UK, 1994)
Avenue, Ice Cubes (Beat Box International,Belgium, 1991)
Twin Hype, For Those Who Like To Groove (Hollywood Sweat Mix) (Profile, USA, 1989)
Eddie Flashing Fowlkes, [R-t] (Tresor, Germany, 1992)
Mr. Monday, Future (Elevation Inc., UK, 1990)
Me And Jack, Viva House, Jack, UK, 1993.
A Homeboy, A Hippy & A Funky Dredd, Total Confusion (Confusion Mix), Tam Tam, UK, 1990.
Cosmic Enterprises, Tao Nonstop, White Label, Germany, 1991.
Energy 52, State Of Mind, WEA Music, Germany, 1991.
Bomb The Bass, Beat Dis, Rhythm King, UK, 1987.
Neverland, Mato Grosso (Marco Biondi Mix), Dance And Waves, Italy, 1990.
Underground Resistance featuring Yolanda, Living For The Nite (For The Feeling), Underground Resistance, USA, 1991.
Underground Resistance featuring Yolanda, Living For The Nite (For The Music), Underground Resistance, USA, 1991.
Gordon Edge, S. F. Acid Mix, Edge, UK, 1992.
New Order, Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 12" Mix), Factory, UK, 1986.
Frank De Wulf, The Tape (Remix), Music Man, Belgium, 1991.
E-Trax, Let's Rock, Dance Street, Germany, 1991.
Underground Resistance, Jupiter Jazz, Underground Resistance, USA, 1992.
Martin Luther King Junior, I Have A Dream, USA, 1963.
Rhythim Is Rhythim, Strings Of Life, Transmat, USA, 1987.
Wood Allen, Airport '89 (Club Mix), BCM, Germany, 1989.  
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era, Far Out, Suburban Base, UK, 1991.
Shut Up & Dance, Lamborghini, Shut Up & Dance, UK, 1989.
Together, Hardcore Uproar (Boom Mix), FFRR, UK, 1990.
Together, Hardcore Uproar, FFRR, UK, 1990.
Digital Boy, OK!Alright, Trance Mission, Belgium, 1990.
Digital Boy, OK!Alright (Luca Ciberspace Remix), Flying, Italy, 1991.    
The Prodigy, Android, R & S, Belgium, 1991.
Techno Grooves, Techno Slam, Stealth, Netherlands, 1991.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mixtape - "Another Hard House Experience".

1995 and I put out this promo mix tape. I still think it’s about my best work. I remember spending ages on track selection and programming, but I think I got the actual mix down in one take on tape on only the first or second try. My mixer was pretty simple, 2 channel faders and nothing else, so don’t expect any fancy FX work.
As is usual for me, it’s a mix of pumping progressive house, techno and rave music. Music to dance to, not trance out to. Me and my mates called it hard house because no other genre fitted it at the time, but that was before the likes of Tony Di Vit came along and claimed ‘hard house’ for themselves. Have a listen and decide what it is for yourself; get back to me with your imaginative genre ideas at
. Winners notified by registered mail. Or not.

side a ... Download @ 128kbps here: mediafire
1. Marine Boy - Creation, Light, Energy. Total Music, UK (1994)
2. Sublime - TGV (Paris-Marseille Mix). Limbo, UK (1994)
3. Epik - The Blob. Chug N Bump Records, UK (1994)
4. Circle City - Moments Of Inertia. Warp Records, UK (1993)
5. MikeroBenics - Julika (Comes Too Late Mix). Harthouse, Germany (1994)
6. Melt - Be Liquid (Transformer 2 Remix).  DFC (1993)
7. F.W. Noie - The Original Movement. Opium, UK (1994)
8. Richard Brown - Flange-O-Matic. Tippy Tappy Bollocks, UK (1994)
9. Lekker Vet - Fuzzy Logic. Whoop, UK (1994)
10. Epik - Driver. Chug N Bump Records, UK (1994)
11. Whitestorm - Bongos And B-Line. Bedhopper Recordings, UK (1994)

side b ... Download @ 128kbps here: mediafire
1. Whitestorm - Bongos And B-Line (Bedhopper Recordings, UK 1994)
2. unknown
3. Esco B - Free Your Mind (Oscilator, Belgium 1993)
4. Ultrahigh - Primitive Love (Force Inc. Music Works, Germany 1994)
5. Marine Boy - Creation, Light, Energy (Total Music, UK 1994)
6. Man With No Name - Teleport (Dragonfly, UK 1994)
7. Vinyl Blair - Horsework (Hard Hands, UK 1994)
8. Shi-Take - Don't Look Back In Anger (Zoom, UK 1994)
9. Stereogen - Hi-Q (Vinyl Addiction, UK 1992)
10. Marine Boy - Fluid (Ohm, UK 1994)
11. Clockwork - Supplanter (X-Gate Records, UK 1994)

Two massive German B-sides from 1994.

Harthouse and Eye Q - giants of trance. Most of their decent releases have found their way on to various compilations and re-releases over the years, but as far as I can tell, these two tracks have only ever appeared on vinyl as b-sides.

B1 Skyline (Sky Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

Absolutely rocking hard trance; the melody won't leave your head for days.

B1 Desire (Tronic Mix)

Vinyl Rip _ 320kbps MP3 ... mediafire

The a-side is a bit cheesy, with some girl whispering something about feeling her desire - not my cup of tea. The Tronic mix is proper trance; killer bassline, some nice pads and a main melody that's not too dissimilar to Sourmash's "Pilgrimage To Paradise" (released the year before). But unlike Sourmash (which was veering towards the hard house side of trance), the melody on this mix of "Desire" sounds like it was written by aliens to fuck with your acid dazzled mind.
My favourite Eye Q track.