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