Thursday, June 21, 2018
Still sounds like phuture
Jonny + Andy chewed up D&B, swallowed the good bits, spat out the rest - and turned it into supapop for the Y2K. So potent that Posh Spice wanted to get on board.
And it got to #2 in the UK pop charts in the late summer of 2000 - back when the pop charts meant something - how cool is that?
Never heard anything else by the True cru
There's this, which got to #6
Dane's B voice (esp at the chorus) sounds like how his faceflesh looks in that video - grey-white plastic googunk
Oh yeah, this was a hit - a small one - too -
And (who knew) a whole bunch of other bits
Now tell me, is this the only example in the entire history of Nuum remakes of early nuum-phase anthems (e.g. UKG revamps of ardkore or jungle tunes), where the remake is remade by the original maker?
Ah now this, this, is interesting - it could just be taken as 2step cover of SOS Band's Eighties R&B gem "The Finest"....
But really - for those who know - it is obviously meant to signify as a remake of ardkore classic "Finest Illusion (Illegal Mix)" by Foul Play, since that more or less swallows whole the vocal from the SOS Band tune
Funny thing, only two years or so before going 2step and Top of the Pops, Jonny Lisners was doing tracks like this
A sub-style that people in the D&B scene called two-step and which became utterly and deadeningly dominant
It is the same beat as the more basic 2-step garage beats - but the feel is completely different - unsexy, unrelenting, no swing, no sensuality - like a nail gun
Powerful in its way - I was quite taken with this direction at first - but ultimately nullifying
Why's it called "Piper"?
Your guess is as good as mine
I'd like to imagine it's a tribute to the wonderful Piper Laurie
It's almost certainly not.
That video is the perfect distillation of the neurofunk spirit
I do like the album Sawtooth (recently reissued) though
Particularly this track
Oh yeah I forgot - he did a second album in the neurofunk rigor mortis mode - Magnetic
What a canny leap from the dead end of D&B in 1998-99, to the lissom (and more lucrative) pastures of UKGstep
Jonny L was a bit of a shall we say nimble shifter though - for instance when the ardkore tide went out, he moved from doing things like "Hurt U So" to things that were more like pop trance or progressive
Actually that is not unpleasant at all - and in fact a bit proto-Daft Punky
But definitely straying from the nuum track.
As is this
Also much more Euro in feel
One of the tracks on these EP even has some Harthouse involvement in the production
But let us wipe all of that from the memory screen and remember "Hurt U So"
And this - the full mix of "Out of Your Mind"
Number Two in the UK charts!
"This tune's gonna punish you"