One of the finest ‘intelligent’ drum and bass tunes. A subtle remix and improvement of a tune that was great anyway. Hammered by Bukem so much everyone thought it was a GoodLooking tune until it appeared on the aptly named Legend Records. It was one of the last releases before it folded and Q Project & Spinback started up CIA.
One of those tunes that sums up a certain space and time. Used with great effect in Donnie Darko to root it firmly in the 80s. A great nostalgia tweaker.
I seem to be veering into a lot of Mist:ical territory lately. Here’s a super little roller from Calibre on DJ Marky’s Innerground. Very stylish this one. Doesn’t shout, doesn’t preen, just ticks along and takes your feet with it. Supremely mixable, rarely left the box. So weird to think this is seven years old.
Surgeon. DJ Mix. Nuff said. Great.
Death Abyss – Seek Happiness In Victory, But Never In Peace (Inigo Kennedy remix) – MAK035
Woo York – Void (Truncate Remix) – MUX006
Samuli Kemppi – Hostile – KOMISCH012
Midland and Pariah – SHEWORKS03B
The Exaltics – Node#2 (Delta Funktionen Remix) – MA02
Midland and Pariah – SHEWORKS03A
Untold – Kane – HEK016V
The Fear Ratio – Dirty Paws – BP035
Kazuya Kawakami – Haunt – HHX08
Blawan – Untitled – HINF8674
Oris Jay – Said The Spider (Surgeon remix) – Texture Records
Roberto – Going Nowhere Fast – AFFIN114
Truncate – Diffraction (Jonas Kopp remix) – Modularz 8.1
Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 (Lucy Remix 1) – Mote030
Roebin de Freitas – Doubt pt.1 – Unreleased
Grenier – Uncertain – TEC062
Phase – Binary Opposition (Inigo Kennedy Process) – TOKEN20RD
Surgeon – As You Breathe Here Now – Semantica 50
Svreca – Vilna (Orphx Remix) – Semantica33A
Lory D – Acidattak – NMBRS23
Randomer – Search It Out – Unreleased
OM Unit – Preshah – TECCD013
Diversion Group – Shirts And Skins – LINO22
Blawan – Why They Hide There Bodies Under My Garage – HINF8674
Midland – What We Know (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix) – AUS1238
Jacques Greene – Prism – 3024 019
Oneohtrix Point Never – Remember (Surgeon remix) – SFT015
I like Marcus Intalex’s style. He knows how to do euphoric without falling into the oh so enticing cheese trap. The cheese trap is lined with the corpses of tracks that couldn’t escape its irrestistable lure. It is a vibrantly coloured but desolate place with no substance or soul. Like Bournemouth.
Just the best tune to start a set with. That falling sci-fi noise and the horn the comes in after pretty much sums up where my head was at when hearing it at 4am on some dance floor, twisted beyond belief. You could just play that to me for 4 minutes without drum beats and I’d be happy but there’s some classic amens over it for good measure.
Seems Tango did a bit of spit and shine rather that a big remix on the original Wax Doctor / Alex Reece original. Included below for comparison.
01. Autechre – Eutow (tBd Re-Edit)
02. Puresque – 001A (Bitten By The Black Dog)
03. Perc – Gonkle (Bitten By The Black Dog)
04. The Black Dog – Heavy Industry (Remixed by Shifted)
05. Luke Slater – Beauty In The Fear (The Black Dog’s DOP Mix)
06. The Black Dog – Dissident Bleep (Remixed by Sandwell District)
07. The Black Dog – Northern Electronic Soul (Claro Intelecto Snake Pass Mix)
08. The Black Dog – High Rise Choir Reprise (Remixed by Sigha)
09. The Black Dog – Single Light Focus (Live Remix)
10. Anodyne – Corrosion (Bitten By The Black Dog)
11. The Black Dog – Bass Mantra (Remixed by Perc)
12. Surgeon – Sheffield Muggerscum Out (Bitten By The Black Dog)
13. Claude Young – Electronic Dissident 2 (Bitten By The Black Dog)
14. Blawan – Melting Flesh (Bitten By The Black Dog)
15. The Black Dog – Greedy Gutter Guru (Remixed by Richard H Kirk)
Yes I know this whole thing is started to become some sort of Good Looking Records retrospective but I’m just listening to alot of it right now. Wallowing in nostalgia like some sort of ruminative hippo yes but the music they put out was just so f**king good! Here LTJ Bukem takes those hardcore noises and somehow adds something extra special into the mix. From the bassline to the raindroppy nosies the whole thing just oozes class. Essential.
Singlehandedly sums up how special jungle / drum n bass was at this time. Alot has been written about this but somehow these tracks have something that’s been lost in alot of todays music. I’m not sure if it was the equipment or the fact that those early styles broke over each other like waves but a tune like this has yet to be bested. You could release it today and it’d sound fresh as a daisy.
And what is Wax Doctor doing now? How can you be that good and so influential and then just disappear? Did he just get bored? Is he engineering for other people? Is he a plumber now? I hope he knows how transcendental his music was for people like me.
Spaarnwoude, Amsterdam, NL 30 June 2012
Uncompromising. Particularly sweet around the 30 minute mark.
Mike Humphries & A.Paul – Test Range (CDr)
Angy Kore – Turn It Up (Ritzi Lee Remix) (CDr)
George Lanham & Mr Jones – Collab #3 (The Public Stand – TPS011)
Adam Jay – 54 Hurtz (Phobiq – PHOBIQ019D)
Dave Clarke – Thunder (Deconstruction – 74321 306991)
Renato Cohen – Pontapé (2012 Remake) (CDr)
Angy Kore – Dthd (Spark Taberner Remix) (CDr)
Ben Sims – I Wanna Go Back (Unsubscribe Beat Da Box Remix) (CDr)
Dj Funk – Run (UK Extended Mix) (Pro-Jex – PROX014)
Mr. Jones – Three Dozen (A-Brothers Black Carpet Remix) (Mixtape Records – MXTR 020)
Dj Pierre – ACiD (Pierre’s ACiD FACE Mix) (Boysnoize Records – BNR TRAX 13)
Green Velvet & Harvard Bass – Techyes (Relief Records – RR 2048)
Armando – Downfall (The Advent Pay Your Respect Remix) (Slap Jaxx – SLAPX010)
Tim Wolff – Arpeggi Yo (CDr)
Tim Wolff – Backstage Fridge (Jeroen Search Remix) (Dynamic Reflection – CDr)
Ritzi Lee – Hypnopunk (Mastertraxx – MAXX 028)
Glenn Wilson – Calibrate (Mastertraxx – MAXX 028)
Basement Jaxx – Flylife (Joey Beltram Remix) (CDr)
Joey Beltram – MU 2 (CDr)
Dave Clarke – Wisdom To The Wise (Boys Noize Remix) (CDr)
Mike Humphries – Tactical Recon (Mastertraxx – MAXX018)
Ryogo Yamamori – Rock Your Body (CDr)
Sven Wittekind – Stolen Paradise (Sick Weird Rough – SWR27)
Green Velvet – Preacher Man (2012 Remix) (Relief Records – RR 2055)
Floorplan – Altered Ego (M-Plant – MPM15)
Seri – Lost Control (Angel Alanis Remix) (Slap Jaxx – SLAPX030)
Ryogo Yamamori – Alarm (951beat – 951BEAT006)
Black Asteroid – Engine 1 (Unsubscribe Remix) (CLR – CLR053)
Ben Sims – In The City (Orlando Voorn Mix) (Theory Recordings – THEORY 039)
Ritzi Lee – Reverse Processed (Theory Recordings – THEORY 038)
88uw – Communication Offline (Trust The Machine Remix) (Slap Jaxx – SLAPX019)
Joey Beltram – Mentasm New Mix (CDr)
Digitalism – Technorama (Boysnoize Records – BNR 0MM 14)