Onyx – Slam [1993]
December 4, 2014

Yet another group that passed me by in ’93 while I had my head in hardcore and Jungle. This is probably their most well known release and for good reason as its a faultless slab of banging East Coast hip hop. Perfect for your Throwback Thursday.

The Poem – G. Cheung aka Nookie aka Cloud Nine [1993]
November 14, 2014

I heard a deep house track that had an almost identical baseline synth earlier this week which got me thinking of this cracker from Nookie aka Gavin Cheung. A man that needs almost no introduction as he is responsible for some classic early to Mid-Nineties Hardcore and Drum n’ Bass cuts.

This track has a real crossover flavour with shades of House, hardcore and even acid techno from around that period of late 93. Definately not a track you would have heard a lot of around that time, I dont ever recall hearing this on any mix, with the Wave Station track from the double A side of this EP getting the most air time. A shame really because this track really does feel light years ahead of its time.

Boomshanka – Do You Have The Power (This Side Mix) [1993]
April 21, 2014

Comming from the seminal Cowboy records, I first clocked this track playing on Neil Macey’s Fantazia 92/93 NYE set. In itself, the mix is a classic as far as I am concerned, a real showcase of what the UK was doing with House music at a time when the whole dance music scene was fracturing into what we know now.

This track is easily one of those tracks that transcends genre’s though, a bonafide dancefloor destroyer. Its got everything that made that time so exciting like the exceptional electronic production and brilliant sample work. This track never feels overlong, just a relentless pounder thats got you locked into a deep ass sound on the dancefloor. Well, for about 5 minutes it does, it lulls you into thinking its another well produced Progressive banger. Them around the 5 minute mark, you suddenly notice the track beginning to build up, with glorious sweeping synth strings swirly around you and that stacatto vocal hook. All culminating in a fade that makes you think the track is over. But its not, nope, your about to get smashed in the face by a piano riff so uplifting that you and thousands of others will find yourselves swinging from the rafters, going harder, smiling wider than you have ever done before. What a fucking tune this is.

From Discogs
This record was one of my most wanted for years until I managed to get it ID. A very simply prog house tune with one of the most uplifting piano’s I have ever heard with the stuttering vocal sample “Do you have the power”. Was played out a lot by sasha early 1993.

Sunset Regime – You Gotta Believe [1993]
February 5, 2014

Differing significantly from what would become Ramos, Supreme & The Sunset Regime’s seminal “You Gotta Believe”, this version by onle one of that triplet I believe actually predated its better known brother by a number of months. It was featured on the excellent Twice as Nice compilation from Fantazia and is far more a snapshot of what was happening late 1992 than what came about in the early months of 1993. Its a balls to the wall hardcore monster with huge pianos and phasered to fuck ravey synth sections all mashed together with that superb female vocal guaranteed to have you swinging from the rafters.

You can now buy this on Vinyl for the first time since release as Fantazia records have started to release their Album only classics as standalone vinyl EP’s.

From Discogs
Fantazia Sampler EP 3;
Following on from Fantazia’s Sampler EP #1 (1992) and Sampler EP #2 (2005) which feature tracks from the album ‘The First Taste’, this EP features 4 tracks from all three of Fantazia’s hardcore albums released between 1992 and 1994 – ‘The First Taste’, ‘Twice As Nice’, and ‘Made in Heaven’. Tracks A2, B1 and B2 have never been released unmixed or on vinyl before. Track A1 was originally released on the Chromatic II EP which is hard to find and sells for a decent amount.

PSI – Inner Understanding [1993]
November 11, 2013

What a tune this is, taken from the excellent album Twice as Nice from Fantazia and its an album that really showcases where Fantazia were taking themselves back at the beginning of 1993. Leaning heavily on more progressive house sounds than the jungle that was emerging around the same time, this album has such a fantastic range of sounds that showcase just how the scene was fragmenting at the time.

This track is a real bridge tune with big piano’s evoking the arm waving tracks of the past 12 months along with a really quite ambient through to progressive synth and bass arrangement that sounds more like the tracks you would start hearing in the later months of ’93 at clubs all over the uk under the moniker of “Progressive House and Trance”.

For me, the intro is lifted straight out of an FSOL or Orb track and if I could criticize the track in any way, it would be because there’s not enough of this broken up ambient led intro.

From Fantazia.org
PSI was formed by Simon Kemmett from Cheltenham, who wrote and produced all the tracks. The vocals were performed by Caroline O’Shea. PSI played at many event during the rave years but were manly known for playing at the big Fantazia parties as well as for their signature tunes on the Fantazia albums The First Taste & Twice as Nice, including the classics Feel It – Fantazia, No Way & Forever.

Genaside II – Narra Mine (G Double E Remix) [1993]
November 7, 2013

If there is any more proof needed that the beginning of the 90’s had some of the most exciting and progressive experiments in electronic music then I challenge you reader to find it. Narra Mine was originally released in 1991 and considering its bouncy or cheezy peers it stood out like a beacon in the night. Absolutely dominating any place it was played in.

Two years later and the insanely gifted G-Double-E put an ever heavier breakbeat spin on it and released it along with the cracking Pete Lorrimer mix on a practically impossible to find white label promo. Is this track better than the original? Hard to say, the breakbeat junkie in me says “God Yes” but respect has to be paid to the groundbreaking original. Overall, if you want to hear one of the greatest breakbeat tracks ever to roll out of my homeland, start right here. Its a fucking masterpiece.

Quench – Dreams [1993]
July 1, 2013

How on Gods green Earth could I have forgotten to do a write up for this. Easily one of the defining early trance tracks that is well deserved of its legendary status. Its got pretty much everything you want in a dance track, a relentless synth bassline rumbling under a cracking kick drum and that filthy low-fi high hat. Cue the bells, oh the bells. Merely a harbinger of the destruction soon to be wrought by this banger. Because just as soon as the main riff kicks in, that sawtooth synth that just rips across a crowd like wildfire, you’ll see a place erupt like no other.

I never saw anything else from Quench, not of note anyway, Dreams just left too much destruction in its wake. An absolute masterpiece.

T Power & DJ Skie – Brave New World [1993]
July 21, 2012

Now, if we’re talking late Hardcore/Crossover EP’s, the The Shape Of Things To Come E.P. from Soapbar should be near the top of your purchasing list. Featuring this classic Jungle/Hardcore tune from T Power and Skie, the intro alone is what just makes this a killer tune, the amen choppage that comes later is icing on an already cracking techno cake.

First time I ever heard this was on a DJ Sy set from Dance Planet Pure Energy Pt 2, wrapping up the night with this as the last track of the night. What a great way to play out the party, an absolute cracker.

Blue by LaTour [1993]
March 26, 2012

How about some downtempo electronica with your Simple Minds synth? This track from LaTour was a pretty decent hit for this one hit wonder. The main claim to fame this track has? It followed Channel X’s “Rave The Rhythm” in Basic Instinct’s club sequence.

A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight [1993]
March 16, 2012

I tell you, Low End Theory might be one of my favourite Hip Hop albums of all time but I think Midnight Marauders might actually inch it out of my top five. The whole album is absolutely incredible, with a far more mature sound than the more laid back and jazzy Low End Theory. This track is a classic example of the direction the Tribe took after L.E.T. The lyrics get their rightful place at the head of the track with the bass and break bubbling in the background. In this, that building, malevolent synth riff keeps the track moving in the right direction and complements the lyrical content perfectly.