DJ Peshay ‎- Represent (1994)

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Seven and a half minutes of bliss. Another one that I didn’t hear played out very much, just once by Fabio in a Helter Skelter set. Huge favourite though although I seem to remember the tempo was quite slow, even for the time, and couldn’t be mixed with much as time went on. What I would have given for one of those fangled buttons the new Technics have that reset the tempo slide.

http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Peshay-Psychosis-Represent/release/5506

XLR8R Podcast 200: Richie Hawtin vs. Plastikman

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XLR8R Podcast 200: Richie Hawtin vs. Plastikman

Voyager – Hypersleep (1997)

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Ripley: What do you mean? How long was I out there?
Burke: 57 years…..
Ripley: What?

And then the tune kicks in so very very beautifully.

I bought the whole Future Retro album on vinyl just for this one tune. Masterful production from Pete Parsons and an Aliens sample to boot, it ticks all the boxes for me. Bukem used to cane this in the glory days, it was around on dub for ages I seem to remember.

http://www.discogs.com/Voyager-Future-Retro/release/135531

FACT mix 330: EVOL

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FACT mix 330: EVOL

Mask & Swabe – Cash Till (1997)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLNZn1UAg0k

I’m not the biggest fan of the jump up sound but this track from Roni Size (Mask) and DJ Die (Swabe) has a cheeky edge to it that I find irresistible. It pops into my head at inopportune times and bounces around until my eyes go a bit crossed. Very very mixable as well, goes with anything.

http://www.discogs.com/3-Way—Mask—Swabe-Sub-Zero-Cash-Till/release/25790

Eat Life – The Bells 94 (DJ Pooch Remix) (1994)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNNiqB6d4GY

Another one that you’ll find on many a Ratty or Sy era tape. I specifically remember Sy scratching over this, each and every scratch is etched into my cerebellum for all time. The little touches on the amens are great and it seems to have about 4 breakdowns, all of them designed to get me jumping about like a wavey handed freak. €25 on discogs. If I see that after a drink I can’t be held responsible for my actions…

Interesting factoid. Eat Life was also known as Curly Greylox, Captain Codseyes and looks a bit like Judge Jules.

http://www.discogs.com/Eat-Life-The-Bells-94/release/214585

Intense – Positive Notions (1996)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Grot8cFhTU

Good Looking records and Bukem were on absolute fire at this point. Groove Therapy came out at about the same time. This tune is an absolute blinder. Bongos, a sax and a big bassline. It almost sounds happy but has a darker core running through it that really kicks in at 2:44.

When my significant other asks me about the kind of music I like I always end up saying something like the notes tend to go down and I think that’s true here. They might go up through the bar but they always end up lower than they started. Most music I dislike goes the other way, I’m looking at you commerical hip hop, crappy house, europop etc. That’s when happy hardcore split off. When all the notes ended up higher than they started at the beginning off the bar.

http://www.discogs.com/Intense-Positive-Notions-Careless-Minds/release/9408

People Under The Stairs – July 3rd (2000)

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‘She finally showed up, about an hour later, with her hair lookin’ no better than the first day that I met her’. Definitely one of my favourite hip hop lyrics, it just flows so well.

Question in the Form of an Answer was an ok album but this track totally stood out for me. There’s a bit of delicious scratching when his mother calls that sounds just like someone complaining down the phone and a great organ noise underneath the whole thing pulling it together.

http://www.discogs.com/People-Under-The-Stairs-Question-In-The-Form-Of-An-Answer/release/442328