Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"we are in the throes of a hardcore rave renaissance"

says Ian McQuaid at Bandcamp, citing a bunch of labels reissuing the stuff including Stay On Target,  Underground Music, Force Mass Motion, and Jedi Recordings

"For most ravers, the hardcore scene was documented via tape packs; live recordings of an event from start to finish, divided over anything from four to 12 cassettes, and sold by the thousand in boxes covered with the garish rave scene packaging ... Particularly strong DJ sets were copied and passed from person to person. There were never any tracklists (and this is way before the days of seeking out IDs online); the best a fan could hope for was the names of the DJ, the MC, and the rave itself. The tape pack system meant that a 12” could be a self-released white label with a print run of 500, sold from a tiny specialist record shop, yet still go on to underground immortality if it was played by the right DJ on the right tape—as is the case with Alex Reece and Jack Smooth’s 20 Hertz EP, a militant darkside classic with a tiny press run. It will currently set you back nearly $200 for a copy."

200 quid for that? Praps the other two tunes on the EP are better.

Back to McQuaid's story

"Over a quarter-century later, there’s a huge thirst from both old school ravers and new fans to find those obscure recordings. A host of reissue labels have sprung up, searching out original DATs (the digital studio format tracks were recorded onto before being pressed to vinyl), and producing high quality vinyl and digital represses, making available ultra-rare records that would otherwise fetch ridiculous prices."

a renaissance, strictly speaking though, would be new people doing stuff informed by the old principles and parameters

who are out there of course - just not the subject of this piece

This looks to be a very useful collection of DJ Seduction's works - 39 tracks + 2 remixes for a tenner

dark side of the anthem

intriguing concept for mix over at Blog To the Old Skool (a few months ago, though) - Devnull mix comprising the other side of anthems, tracks eclipsed by their supremely known frontsides


Edge - Fl It [Edge] ("Compnded")
Top Buzz - Viola’s Delight (Instrumental) [Basement] ("Living in Darkness")
Neuromancer - An Unforgettable Feeling ("Pennywise")
Bukem - Enchanted [Good Looking] ("Music")
Pulse - Warning [Creative Wax] ("Stay Calm")
Johnny Jungle - I Like to Cry [Face] ("Johnny")
Krust - Resistor [Full Cycle] ("Music Box")
Cloud 9 - Call My Name [AAS Mix] ("You Got Me Burnin")
Metalheads - Knowledge [Synthetic] ("Terminator" or "Kemistry")
Jo - Imagine the Future [Awesome] ("R-Type")
4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse - We are the Future [Tone Def] ("Drowning in Her")
Mega City 2 - London to Essex [Extra Terrestrial] ("Darker Side of Evil")
Pure White - Jungle Rush [Lucky Spin] ("4 AM")
Original Unknown - The Touch [Ram] ("Valley of the Shadows")
Q Project - Night Moves (Alliance Remix) [Legend] ("Champion Sound Alliance Remix")
DJ Hype - Dreams [Suburban Base] ("Roll The Beats")
Pascal - Red Face [Face] ("Raw Basics Tango Remix")
Enforcer - Hellbound [Awesome] ("Dam Tuff")
Hyper-on Experience - Thunder Grip (KC Remix) [Moving Shadow] ("Lords of the Null Lines Foul Play Remix")
Tom & Jerry - Thriller [Tom + Jerry] ("Maxi(Mun) Style")
Bukem - Rain Fall [GLR] ("Horizons")
House Crew - Untitled [Production House] ("Superhero")
Engineers Without Fears - Rhythm [Production House] ("Spiritual Aura")
Deep Blue - Fantasy #3 [Moving Shadow] ("Helicopter Tune")
Skool of Hard Knocks - Don’t You Feel It [Grand Larceny] ("Kan U Feel It")
DJ Taktix - Deadly Pursuit [Back 2 Basics] ("The Way VIP")
DJ Gunshot - Black Magic [No U Turn] ("Wheel N Deal")
Remarc - Ice Cream & Syrup (Hard Mix) [Suburban Base] ("RIP")
DMS & Boneman X - Catch 22 [FX] ("Sweet Vibrations")
Cool Hand Flex - Rhythm Flow [In Touch] ("Melody Madness")
Krome + Time - Studio One Lik [Tearin Vinyl] ("Ganja Man")
DJ Hype + Ganja Max - Pum Pum Must Smoke Ganja [Ganga Recordings] ("Rinse out")
Subnation - Golden Hen [Mercyless] ("Scottie")
Capone - Soldier [Hardleaders] ("Massive")
Shimon - Within Reason [Liftin Spirits] ("Predator")
Renegade - Something I Feel [Moving Shadow] ("Terrorist")
Dillinja - Perfect Match [Deadly Vinyl] ("Deep Deadly Subs Remix")
DJ Nut Nut - Bloodclart Hour [Hard Step] ("Press Up")
Fallen Angels - Oh Yeah [IQ] ("Hello Lover")
Asylum - Desire [Metalheadz] ("Bass II Dark")
Krome + Time - Ruffneck Scouts [Tearin Vinyl] ("The License")
DJ Crystl - Paradise [Dee Jay] ("Let It Roll")
Urban Shakedown - Burning Passion [Urban Shakedown] ("Some Justice 95")
Babylon Timewarp - Changing [KVA / Mistermen] ("Durban Poison 95")

Monday, August 22, 2016

adrift on memorE bliss

(via Jon Dale)

not quite as dreamy, but also a studied recreation done for purposes unknown

(also via Jon Dale)


pre-hardcore mixes

tuff mixes from Imaginary Forces in his Basic Rhythm guise - that revisit 90-91 when we thought of the music - breaksy bleepsy bassy as it was -  as simply techno, or even just as house

the new chillout

this next one particularly woozadelic especially from about the 26 minutes mark onwards!

(via FACT magazine)

this is quite funny - yet trippy - yet campy -  a cappella-delic voicescape cover of "One In A Million"

he also does beat-ier stuff

like this which is filed as 'jungle'