Friday, July 31, 2020
peace of mind piece of memory
one of those early 94, back in the UK (after living in NYC for 18 months) tracks that blew my mind - sounded so fragrant, so spring breezy on the pirates in January, February, March - listening in the kitchen in the Belsize Park flat
"Music Box" = my kind of jazz jungle - sparing
never thought til now to wonder where the sample is from
this one, from the same sort of time, another favorite with a similar vibe, but less chilled - more disjointed - a panicky bliss
but no one seems to know the sample sources
once, after we'd moved back to America, so later into the Nineties, I was calling up some doctor's office or official building of some sort or other, and got put on hold - and then I heard it, as muzak - the original sample-source as used by Gappa G and Hyper Hypa!!!! it got played over and over (they kept me waiting a long time)
but there was no way to find out then - no Shazam
I think the Ron version was the mix that got the play and that I particularly loved but there were many others
Some rate the Bizzy B highly
Hyper Hyper getting remixed by Hype - could be confusing
Think there was some kind of double-pack, two 10-inches in a gatefold job maybe
ah i was right
i have it but i'm not sure with the pic sleeve
now is this the original or the Ray Keith? (the labels got mixed up apparently)
This (people seem to agree) is the actual original original mix
it's great - only a notch behind the Ron version
And then this...
(there were also a bunch of later remixes i discover, from after the enshitenment of d&b, so with useless skitter beats underneath)
I don't know anything about Gappa G and Hyper Hypa
"DJ/Producers from Luton, UK. Played on Herts pirate radio station Perception FM."
Luton - not far from where I grew up. Another Hertforshire/hardcorecontinuum connection (Omni in Hatfield, Moving Shadow in Stevenage, Source Direct / Photek in St Albans, others too I think)
Perception FM! Had no idea there was ever a Herts pirate - I would have stayed up all night secretly at my parents, on visits back to Berko, to tape it, if I had known.
They did loads of other tunes, Gappa and Hyper
This is the next best after "Information Centre"
But I came in with "Music Box"
What about its remixes?
Is that the only one? It's very subtle. I suppose how could you improve on perfection? (not that this has stopped umpteen remixers in any number of genres I suppose).
I must have got it only on CD (the last track on Drum & Bass Selection 1, that Breakdown comp) because I have no recollection of its vinyl incarnation with this Krust tune on the flip