PARIS – The Devil Made Me Do It [1990]
December 2, 2016

How about we get the pulse beating around here again? Sorry its been so long – life.

But what a track to come back with, one of the hardest releases of 1990, Paris’ seminal album “The Devil Made Me Do It” was an absolute kick in the face. No Gangster lyrics in this track, this is 100% militant social commentary set too a huge bassline and a rocking break. The whole album is great but this is easily the standout track for me. It was also sampled heavily, with clips turning up some 2 years later on hardcore, jungle and drum n bass releases heavily featuring the “When I Get wild, I pile on dope jams” sample.

SBAM – Take Me Away Now (Vocal Mix) [1990]
December 15, 2012

From the classic sounds of Ralph and the NY sound to the face melting piano riffs and disco samples that dominated the Ital-House sound of 1990. This is one of the lesser well known tracks, often finding itself interspersed with all the crowd pleasing favourites but give it a moment. The second you clock Loletta Holloways vocal come in over that uplifting piano riff the first time you know your onto a winner. I challenge anyone not have a big smile on their face while listening to this nice and loud. Such an awesome tune.

Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (Ben Liebrand Mix) [1990]
June 24, 2012

So, we’re back! Its been a busy old couple of months, relocating here and there. Staying in spare rooms, floors, hotels and most importantly, pubs. I reckon Talk Talk’s seminal downtempo pop classic is a suitable way of summing up the most recent move!

Well, this track likely doesn’t need much of an introduction, the original was huge and Ben Liebrand’s re-edit keeps all the best parts of the original and trims the fat. Keeping that punchy break and immortal baseline at the front of the whole track is probably what makes this mix better than the original, which has a tendency to wander a little in the middle. Liebrands version keeps the track on track and delivers 7 minutes of awesome.

From Wikipedia
“Life’s What You Make It” is a song by the English band Talk Talk. It was released as a single in 1985, the first from the band’s album The Colour of Spring. The single was a hit in the UK, peaking at no. 16, and charted in numerous other countries.

The song was one of the last to be conceived for The Colour of Spring, following concern from the band’s management at the lack of an obvious single among accumulated work. Initially unwilling, Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene, the principal source of original material for the band, accepted the task as a challenge. Friese-Greene: “I had a drum pattern loosely inspired by Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and Mark was playing Green Onions organ over the top.” (Making no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart, “Running Up That Hill” had been released in August 1985.) The track was embellished with David Rhodes’ guitar hook.

Whyte – Purple Haze [1990]
April 17, 2012

A truly excellent laid back ravey cover of Hendrix’s Purple Haze with lots of uplifting piano filling in for massive guitar riffs. The addition of the sultry female vocals are a great touch but overall, this is all about the strings, the piano and the vocal. Such a great example of 1990 dance music.

From Discogs
Although the obvious track to go would be side A, where you can hear the Hendrix track done with a down tempo piano rave style which rolls along nicely.
Have a flip over to the B side and listen to Love,Lust and Sex and you find somethig very different.

Again the down tempo beats with plenty of synths make a melodic piece but it doesn’t really make a connection with the track title. Not until the very graphic porno sound clips hit your ears, then it all makes sense, although when you first hear it, it makes you think that the T.V volume has been turned up and is clashing with your music.

This is a track that could potentially still make the creators money if they played it down the telephone to those who choose to pay for a bit of telecommunication titilation.

Love ,Lust & Sex was one of a few pieces of the era that used samples from the bedroom and put them on the dance floor, but it was never going to have the same success as French Kiss.

Meat Beat Manifesto – Cutman [1990]
February 6, 2012

The very last track on MBM’s first and in my opinion best album is a full on breakbeat assault using a ridiculous number of samples. I have no idea how they managed to get clearance for so many tracks considering the sampling backlash was in full effect at the time. Still, its the reason the track is called Cutman and all the chopping is what makes the track. It features a wicked mini re-edit of Rocksteady by Aretha Franklin amongst the mayhem which just kills it before going way off back into some heavy electro business. Now the above video is taken from the beginning of the incredible “Live At The Social” mix from The Chemical Brothers. A mix, so good, if you have never heard it before, perhaps its time you started!

Digital Boy – Ok. Alright. [1990]
January 30, 2012

A cracking bit of stompy Belgian Techno released the same month as Technotronic and there isnt a single part of this track that could be compared to the other! Nothing but banging synths and that wonderful string riff in this fella. Frankly, im pretty sure the vocal hits in the track are only there because they needed a name for the track. A great example of proper Euro-Techno at its best.

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.

The Blue Aeroplanes – ..and Stones (Lovers All Around Mix) [1990]
December 30, 2011

I’ll confess, I know next to bugger all about The Blue Aeroplanes other than they have been around for donkeys years and their primary genre would be closer to Indie Rock than the track above. That said, this is a classic remix in the vein of Baggy Madchester turn of the nineties rock/rave music. Its not surprise then that this track is featured on one of my favourite Telstar compilations “Rave” also released in 1990.

The track holds a certain special place in my heart as I actually remixed the intro guitar solo when I was a kid writing modules in OctaMED on my Amiga 500. The laugh was I didnt have my two phono jacks in correctly and since the track is encoded in mono on my CD, I only got half of the guitar riff through the sampler. Needless to say, it was a wonderful and unexpected result that I crafted into one of my many extremely mediocre attempts at music production. If I ever get around to getting those tracks off the old floppy disks, rest assured I will upload them here!

So anyway, why this track today, well I was sat on the bus and on it came. While usually I would skip the track (and all the horrible music remix memories it holds) this time around I thought I would give it a shot. Reminding me how much I actually do love this track. Its a quality remix, catchy vocals and some incredible guitar riff work. Classic.

Gil Scott Heron – Spaceshuttle [1990]
December 5, 2011

A ridiculously upbeat track considering the subject matter. Its a cracking almost “Lounge House” or perhaps “Acid Jazz House” sounding tune with one of the most cutting and raw social commentaries from Gil Scott Heron. Not restraining himself to big gov’t but taking shots at all of humanity and for good reason. Strangely, while the track itself may be considered fairly dated, the lyrical content of this track is as relevant today as its always been. Full respect to Gil Scott for that, truly a visionary.

From Discogs
The B side “Deep Club Dub” mix of “Space Shuttle” samples Mr Fingers “Can You Feel It” and is a gem of a track. A political song from Gil and still totally apt regarding global warming. Gil was going on about this years ago and those of use tuned in were well aware of it before the recent media hype. This record is totally undervalued at current market prices and is a gem any House or Funk fan should get a hold of.

Gil Scott Heron – War Is Very Ugly [1990]
December 5, 2011

A fantastic remix on the B Side of Spaceshuttle, using large chunks of Mr Fingers “Can You Feel It” and throwing in samples from First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder” as well as some strings that many will recognise being part of 808’s Pacific State. A cracking remix of a total classic from Gil Scott.