Archive for the ‘Cheese’ Category

Chris & James – Club For Life (The New Skool Balearic Mix) [1994]
February 21, 2012

What a huge gurner of a track this one is, another classic from Stress Records. Its a guaranteed dance floor destroyer with that Piano riff just tearing the roof off when it drops. The accapella is a chopped up version of the fantastic Pamela Fernadez’ Kickin’ In The Beat, a guaranteed crowd pleaser however its used. The rest of the track is a progressive tinged arm-waving marathon. Yes, there’s panpipes for extra cheese but we can let that one go, it was 93 after all. Cracking!

Technotronic Feat. Ya Kid K – Get Up (Before The Night Is Over) (The Wing Command Mix) [1990]
January 30, 2012

Apologies for the lack of posts, ive been out of town for a couple of weeks and havent been near a computer for much of that time, bliss!

Anyway, this classic popped up on the iPhone this morning, a quality remix of the classic cut from Technotronic. Yes, the vocals havent aged well at all, were they really ever any good? However, the rest of the track is a cracker, a nice laid back bassline groove and the break lifted from Funky Drummer. Its even got the classic “woo yeah” sample in it, awesome.

Ramos, Supreme & Sunset Regime – Sunshine [1993]
July 22, 2011

what a cracker from the trio of terrific tunes, Ramos, Supreme and the Sunset Regime. These fella’s were untouchable back in 93 for their uplifting hardcore tracks Gotta Believe and Sunshine both featured on this same 12″. Its got a very faint cheese aroma, thanks to the box throwing sounds of the introductory synth riff. But get past this and your laughing, the riff is dropped early on for the squelchy bassline, strings and some piano business. Then the vocal drops and your head explodes. Later years had DJ’s pitching this up 15-20% to please the kids but be honest now folks, the breaky, stompy uplifting original speed is where its at. Classic.

From Discogs
For hardcore, 1993 was a year that most will remember for the quality dark tunes that were produced, but for those that liked hardcore tunes that featured piano and strings breakdowns then this release from Ramos, Supreme and Sunset Regime is a must. Both tracks were classics and were caned by all the top hardcore DJ’s. ‘Sunshine’ features a breakdown of strings and piano with “I wanna dream of the sun shining” vocals laid on top. ‘Gotta Believe’ in my personal opinion is the better track of the two, with a buildup of piano resulting in a huge breakdown of piano and strings that wants the listener yearning for more.

Bizzare Inc – Playing With Knives (The Climax) [1991]
July 12, 2011

The perfecty antidote to the full force (and awesome) cheese assault of the original, The Climax mix is a wholly different beat. Slower in tempo, more laid back and chock full of crowd pleasing vocal clips from Kariyah, Holloway et al. Still plenty of cheddar to be had but to be honest, its a cracking piano led track thats just so easy to love.

The Breakfastaz – Kick It [2004]
April 6, 2011

Ive not been the biggest fan of the Breakfastaz, strange given my near fanatical devotion to the breakbeat, however this slice of banging cheese is one of my guilty pleasures. Its an unapologetic arm waver with some cracking bassline and break work. Its not too complicated, like Ronseal…. it does exactly what it says on the tin.

X-Static – Free [1991]
April 4, 2011

Oh yes, y’all know this. The track samples the cracking vocal hook of “The sounds in the air will make you move and groove” from Jomanda’s On Top (Of The Groove) from 1986. It then drops in a great rumbling moog-y bassline and rolling break, tosses in that synth riff that is so cheesetastic you cant help but grin and then tops it off with a piano riff that can rip the roof off any place. The pace was slow enough that you could find it mixed into house sets, bridging different hardcore break tempo’s and drops very nicely into an array of R&S techno releases from around the same time. An oft overlooked classic.

From Discogs
I bought this records about 11 or 12 years ago when I was about 14 or 15 years old and here in the Midwest, USA, was having trouble finding oldschool hardcore, acid house and other classic dance music. I bought some records from an online dealer, but he was out of stock of one of the records I ordered so he returned some of my money and sent copy of “Free” for free as an apology for the part of my order he couldn’t fill, he said he thought I would like it based on previous purchases of mine. I had actually thought about buying it as I had heard it before online, but having the actual vinyl it became one of my favorite oldschool tracks, The original version has such a nice vibe and the remix was always good for raging or rolling or while otherwise altered. The production isn’t extremely clean, it’s ind of dark and murky (?) in parts, especially on the remix which adds to its ravey vibe. And the vinyl is heavy and pressed super loud. You can always find copies real cheap here on discogs and it’s more than worth picking one up if you’re into this era of breakbeat and dance music, and it in my opinion it’s one of the best earlier releases on Production House,

Cappella – Take Me Away (Feat Loleatta Holloway) [1991]
March 24, 2011

Some love it, some hate it but the eurodance sound was everywhere between 91 and 94 and Capella sat right on top of the pile with this banger. Thankfully, Pierre Feroldi actually licenced Holloways accapella for this release.

RIP Loleatta Holloway
March 22, 2011

Loleatta Holloway

Its a sad sad day for music. We lost one of the truly great female vocalists. In this day of autotune and refined marketability, Holloway continued to find cuts of her vocals in all manner of music, in many cases without any financial compensation. Her voice remains one of the most sampled in the history of music with Love Sensation being one of the most prolific accapella’s of all time.

I grew up with Loleatta Holloway’s voice, from the originals back in the early to mid Eighties to the rise of the sampler and House & Garage tunes from 1987 onwards. From that point on, I dont think ive heard more than 20 different electronic tracks before I find one with a vocal from Holloway. Ive lost the plot with her, i’ve danced around a field with her voice floating across the fields, heard in raves, mixtapes, hardcore, house, drum & bass, commercials, movie trailers, on my ipod about four times a day and i’d hazard a guess that she was playing the day I got married. There are very few artists that I know of that can claim to have been in the collective audio unconscious of sample based music lovers for almost four decades.

She was one of the truly great vocalists of our time and one that will be very sorely missed by me. In an effort to do any kind of justice to this memory, lets get the music underway.

RIP Loleatta Holloway, you were fucking amazing.

…the key to her appeal is that she doesn’t push herself too far to the front. The pleasure of listening to divas like Whitney or Rihanna is that it’s an aspirational experience – women want to be them, men want to be with them. Holloway is a different proposition: a collective experience, of mutual understanding and shared joy. She takes the utopian ideals of clubland – sex, community, abandon – and massively amplifies them back at the dancers, singing to each one of them and the club as a whole. As her voice surges onto and fills the dancefloor, it really does feel like we’re all getting stronger.
Taken from a Great Obituary from the Guardian

Digital Orgasm – Running Out Of Time (Rave Mix) [1991]
March 8, 2011

Ah yes, you do remember this one though dont you! Another decent track from Maurice Engelen and Nikkie Van Lierop aka Digital Orgasm. Plenty of collaboration from Praga Khan as well, as if you couldnt tell! Get in!

Shauna Davis – Get Away (Stonebridge & Nick Nice Club Mix) [1995]
March 3, 2011

Alright, grab your waistcoats, chuck on your very best satin shirt, ladies, grab your furry bra’s, we’re going back to the heyday of club tunes, mega-clubs and bouncy cheddar filled tunes. Total classic bouncy house track with a storming vocal from Shauna Davis, pre-requisite low end moog bassline riff and a pounding kick drum. I always find it amazing that while the drum & bass at this time was dark as shit, house had swung the complete other direction and was pushing the envelope of fluffy bunny cheese. Hell, crank the bpm up 30% and it will sound like Happy hardcore!