Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sound of E(den)



can you feel the gush (ooh that diva)






On ZTT...   presumably an X-tension of the interest in that area evidenced by signing 808 State









4 comments:

Matthew McKinnon said...

I'm always really surprised you rate this lot.
They always struck me at the time as a major-label, watered-down, slightly wishy-washy act. There's no meat in there at all.

Were they playing when you did your first E in a club, or something?

SIMON REYNOLDS said...

S/O/R were one of those rave headliner live PA acts - in that class I'd put them below Bizarre Inc and N-Joi, above i dunno, let's say Hyper-Go-Go and Bassheads - probably about level with K-Klass - and not as much fun as Altern-8.

but cmon "Sound of Eden' is a lovely little piano-and-diva anthem. That gaseous diva.... oohgosh. Also I have memory-rush associations of the kind you're talking with that diva bit when it was resampled in later ruffer hardcore tracks. So perhaps its reflected, backwards glory or something.

but you know i like the somewhat weak, subpar girl vocal on "Eden", in the same way that I'm fond of the Rachel Wallace tunes on Suburban Base, or that Reinforced tune "Reach Out" (on Manix's Heading to the Light EP). There's something appealingly English diffident and DIY about it, like they don't have very good microphones or any experience eiyh recording vocals, and it's the sister of someone who works in the record shop/label.

Ciaran McGillycuddy said...

Sounds of Eden is a personal fave - mainly because of that vocal.

I first heard SoE with Lenny De.Ice's We R E and Altern-8's Infiltrate on the same mixtape at end of 91 maybe early 92 I dunno.

People can look back and retrospectively tag things commercial and underground and sometimes they have a point. Really though, things were blurry back when SoE was released.

No doubt, Darkside 93 to Jungle 94 was resolutely UNDERGROUND but in terms of the history of rave that is a relatively very short period.

That mixtape may not have been state of the art even then and the release sequence of the tracks jumbled but what a triumvirate to soundtrack your Rave Road to Damascus at age 14!

BTW: The mixtape was made by Ed Case (who became a UK Garage producer). Simon - no offence but you seem to characterise Jungle as an East London phenomenon. But I tell you, Jungle was the biggest music from Grove to Roehampton 1993 - 1995. You must know that cause you always big up Don FM which broadcast out of Roehampton.

Ciaran

Ciaran McGillycuddy said...



Sounds of Eden is a personal fave - mainly because of that vocal.

I first heard SoE with Lenny De.Ice's We R E and Altern-8's Infiltrate on the same mixtape at end of 91 maybe early 92 I dunno.

People can look back and retrospectively tag things commercial and underground and sometimes they have a point. Really though, things were blurry back when SoE was released.

No doubt, Darkside 93 to Jungle 94 was resolutely UNDERGROUND but in terms of the history of rave that is a relatively very short period.

That mixtape may not have been state of the art even then and the release sequence of the tracks jumbled but what a triumvirate to soundtrack your Rave Road to Damascus at age 14!

BTW: The mixtape was made by Ed Case (who became a UK Garage producer). Simon - no offence but you seem to characterise Jungle as an East London phenomenon. But I tell you, Jungle was the biggest music from Grove to Roehampton 1993 - 1995. You must know that cause you always big up Don FM which broadcast out of Roehampton.

Ciaran