Thursday, April 19, 2018

freez-E style



tracklist:

01. Tanochinjaii - Fallen Angel 02. 8 A.M. - The Fog Track 03. Cypher - Marchin' Into Madness 04. Rave Creator - Thru Eternal Fog 05. Pilldriver - Impossible X-T-C 06. Cypher - H-Flash 07. Rave Creator - Bleep Blaster 08. Freez-E-Style - Doom Dancer 09. Reign - Show 'Em 10. Cypher - Skyhigh (Rave Creator's Black Gold Mix) 11. Pilldriver - Pitch-Hiker 12. The Mover & Rave Creator - O.K. Bassquake 13. Freez-E-Style - Awake In Neo Tokyo 14. Freez-E-Style - Enter The Gates Of Darkness (Stay Strong, Raise The Flag And Spread The Spheres Of Light) 15. The Mover & Rave Creator - Atmos-Fear 16. Pilldriver - Apocalypse Never 17. The Mover & Rave Creator - Astral Demons 94 (Cold Planet Remix) 18. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder 19. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder (Reign's Olymp Remix) 20. Tilt! - Hell-E-Copter

mix by Low Entropy, maker of many tributes to hardcore of yore

like this  Praxis trib mix



and this trib mix to Lory D and Rome's Sounds Never Seen label



and this early French hardcore mix



dude's Youtube channel is a trove of  deepest underground hard-fast-dark-doomy  -  some of fearful obscurity, names I don't recognise at all

like this lot!




Monday, April 16, 2018

Nicely does it / Gavin it large



Really like the additive logic in this one - building itself up by layers, in a leisurely, almost lazy, definitely non-urgent manner  -  in comes a vamp, and then a vamp at a slightly cross-ways angle, and then another vamp, and then a vocal lick, and then a pulse, and another non-verbal vocal bliss bit...     

also really love the promise of that "it's not ovah!" (coming in courtesy of First Choice at various intervals), reassuring dancers looped into the groove that this track will just go on and on and ON (and it does go on and on for a full eight minutes)

Thought i did not know this SL2 remix and then within 10 seconds it's "ah!"  



but it sounds a bit hectic after the E-Z groovin' first mix, which i prefer, having grown fond of it through  repeated play over the years of this rather compilation by Aphrodite (where "Hypnosis" only goes on for just shy of six minutes - not the full eight - and still feels endless and E-ternal, in a good way, a very good way)

Ah, i did not know that there was a follow up to Classic to the Core and it looks just as fine

Back to Psychotropic - apparently this is the Definitive mix of "Hypnosis" or so it self-proclaims



but I beg to differ - the original is still the greatest

Did Pyschotropic - Gavin Mills + Nick Nicely, which Discogs is taking to be the Nick Nicely of Eighties neo-psychedelia cult renown -  did they do anything else of note?

Well, after "Hypnosis" there was "Psychosis"



And before "Hypnosis" there was  "Only For the Headstrong"





with that perennial wonderful phased-vocal intro to Raw Silk's "Do It to the Music"



possibly they sampled it via this 2 in A Room sample-intermediary -  although the original Raw Silk tune was a big hit in the UK in the early Eighties and thus part of the dance folk-memory of the country ( i remember being stunned almost to the point of swooning when i first heard "Do it to the Music" on Top of the Pops, just for that intro) 




And then there was also this by Psychotropic



Then getting a bit tougher and ever so slightly baleful





It's all good stuff - particularly the 1990-91 breakbeat house stuff -  but nothing quite as perfect and perennial as "Hypnosis"

And here's a remix, from early 2000s, aimed at what scene I can not quite figure - tech house?




Ah, well Gavin Mills went on to be UKG outfit A Baffled Republic - one of those names that has a deep nuumy mystery to me (what on earth is it getting at?) - among many other guises



And you can feel a connection there, between the easy-glide of "Hypnosis" and the slink of "Bad Boys (Move in Silence)"

Later just Baffled



this remix by Steve Gurley eclipses the original though





Cox it up



smashing tune (via Classic to the Core Vol. 1 comp - see following post)

ognat jetproct



crikey i only just noticed the pun in their name!

reminds me of this beloved and venerated tune








E don't wanna E don't wanna E don't wanna E



yeah making well-tardy Clash knock-offs, GNR-aspiring but Bon Jovi-achieving crossover, and Magazine-JoyDiv torment-redux was a far more valid / vital response to the impasses of the Nineties wasn't it?

a very pretty, very clever guy - and endearing -  but if ever someone showed that beauty and brilliance aren't enough w/o a smidge of E-Q (that's emotional intelligence quotient) then it was poor old Richey E

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

X-panded replica-rave /retro-jungle lineage (incomplete, in ruff chronological order)











































































































bleep retro!












































lickle bitta breakbeat house for a change of pace:



breakbeat techno!































































late breaking additions - 3/26/2018



Monday, April 9, 2018

gabba in the park







i'm fairly certain i was at this  - for at least some of the day - it was only four blocks up Avenue A from our apartment block, so it would have been pretty remiss of me not to attend!

gabba in the outdoors, in the middle of the day -  incongruous, cool, crowd enthusiastic as hell - but in the end somehow not right - it's music for dark doomy dystopian hangars or "huge space arenas" innit

how on earth did they get the permission? the area where the stage and "dancefloor / moshpit" is flanked on either side by children's playgrounds!

army of hardcore





the Mackenzie












a group that inspired Marc Acardipane

a dad and son operation, linked to the Boccaccio nightclub in Ghent, he said


here though they are just keeping in with the crowd, the dominant sound



slaves to the raves



not a cover

perhaps hommage?

Marc Acardipane's favorite current artist

although current isn't quite correct since he's been putting out stuff since 1997


the original is still the greatest

but which one?







I think it's the PCP mix that I always loved

Never even heard these takes







what's this? earlier 'Slaves'?!





ooh quite exciting that one, a real slip n slider of a riff

and this is a later one



which has stolen the title, but the sound is stolen from DHS 'House of God'


Friday, April 6, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

bad girl / bad boy












Chris McFarlane - aka Potential Bad Boy, Bad Girl, C.M.C., et al -  the greatest ardkore jungle producer of them all? Discuss

Based on those five tracks, he's definitely in contention.

And the rest ain't too shabby neither.

















































































AND

Chris's very first release









maybe later I'll do Chapter 2 - Chris Mack's UKG years - for now, a taster