Deltron 3030 – Positive Contact (Charlie Clouser Remix) [2001]
May 12, 2014

For the most part, all the Deltron 3030 tracks are basically perfect. An example of mashing two behemoths of beats together without any financial or social constraints. Del The Funky Homosapien has been one of my favourite MC’s for years, Dan The Automator has always blown me away with the complexity of the beats he lays down. If you’ve never listened to any of their stuff, both separately or as Deltron, I’d rectify that asap.

On the other hand though, despite my earlier gushing, this would be one of those rare occasions where the remix clearly betters the original Deltron offering. Clouser shifts gears into a nice breaks flavour and throws some devilishly evil synth strings behind Del’s lyrics, turning the track into a dancefloor destroyer. Rough, brutal and fucking brilliant.

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Lexos – The Key [2001]
March 26, 2012

The prerequisite trance cover of Theme For Great Cities. In fairness, as trance tunes go, this is a pretty damn decent arm waving pounder. Frankly, they could loose the vocal cheese entirely and just rock with the strings and choppy synths.

From Discogs
Wow,talk about a myriad of influences! The main ‘You, me, all of us…’ sample is of course taken from Pizzaman’s ‘Trippin’ On Sunshine’ while the main melody is better known as ‘Theme For Great Cities’ by Simple Minds, which was also used in ‘The Real Life’ by Raven Maize. The whole track is produced by the same guys behind Quo Vadis’ ‘Sonic Boom’, which was a remix of ‘Life’s Too Short’ by Hole In One in 1997. ‘Sonic Boom’ included a vocal line of ‘Open Your Mind’, used in Usura’s 1993 hit of the same name, which was based around ‘New Gold Dream’ by Simple Minds again. All in all, it’s no wonder I have difficulty remembering what this track’s called or who it’s by.

Jehst – High Plains Anthem (2001)
December 7, 2011

Taken from 2001 EP on Low Life Records.

One from my crate, old now but still sounds fresh today, Jehst’s voice takes a few listen’s to get used too but he is a great lyricist and produced the beats for this first peice of vinyl, “I love the crackel on the old vinyl, i rock break loops….traveling through the mind – one – time”

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4 Strings – Take Me Away (Into The Night) (Original Mix) [2001]
August 31, 2010

One of the better early 2000 vocal trance releases. Its got a bit more soul, the strings are bang on and the vocals on the club mix unobtrusive. It was always played to death at Bridie O’Reillys, the Aussie chain of pubs I worked at through 2001 and 2002. It reminds me of larging it behind the bar next to the dancefloor at both Chapel Street and Brunswick. Every single saturday and sunday night, arms in the air, serving beers, dancing. It reminds me of going out after every shift at 4am to a club to hear this track all over again. Soundtrack to a very very fun time.

4 Strings – Take Me Away (Into The Night) (Original Vocal Mix)

From Discogs
In my humble opinion, this is the only necessary re-issue of the 4 Strings classic. These new (well, new-ish) mixes offer up a unique take on the classic while simultaneously stripping it of it’s vocals.

The 4 Strings Remix showcases the familiar instrumental experimental Tech side of the duo, much like “Mainline”, “Hurricane” and “Jewel” before it, but this time around it’s less melodic and more focused on a progressive or minimal structure (although the original melody is hinted at for a brief time in the mix).

D’Tech remix – this is by far the best mix of this track!! Works the dancefloor so well because it’s much chunkier than any of the other mixes. Very rare release, snap it up if u see it!

DJ Choci and The Geezer – Its Beyond Control (Hennes & Cold Rmx) [2001]
August 17, 2010

YES! A serious slice of Acid Techno inspired Hard Trance from one of the Acid Masters, DJ Chocki. A pounding, angry synth assault that feels like your being slapped in the face repeatedly by a silk covered baseball bat. Epic.

Nitin Sawney – Breathing Light [2001]
May 7, 2010

“We are free, to be free” – Nelson Mandella

Quite possibly one of the greatest songs of all time and certainly one of my all time favourites. It even manages to work in an Amen break in there too. Hows that for class. Nitin Sawney is one of the UK’s most prolific and talented songwriters of this generation, criminally overlooked in my opinion since his ability to fuse musical styles has absolutely no equal. He was introduced to me by my good friend Alex when the album this track is taken from “Prophesy” was released. Alex even won tickets to the Albert Hall to go see Sawney on the Prophesy tour. The live show was fucking incredible, absolutely bloody amazing. One of my top 5 all time favourite live gigs. Sadly, since Alex has long since passed away, its one of only a handful of tracks that genuinely take me back to hanging out with the guy, chatting tunes and drinking beers. Miss you mate.

From Discogs
An incredible artist that transcends musical boundaries. He has created some of the finest downtempo electronic dance music of the past 5 years. He utilises a bewildering array of influences from across the globe, notably India where his roots are but also Blues, Soul, Brazilian, Latin, Middle Eastern, Arabic, Hip Hop, Deep House, Balearic… Yet his albums & collection of songs gel together so perfectly. He’s also a true political & social commentator for the ‘No Logo/Make Poverty History’ generation and this is always echoed poignantly through his music. His last three albums are fantastic from start to finish and really showcase one of the most talented musicians/composers in Britain today (he’s also superb live).

Squarepusher – My Red Hot Car (2001)
April 9, 2010

Taken from 2001 12 inch on Warp Records

Fast faorward to 2001. An erie masterpeice from Sqaurepusher, sample – Im gonna fuck you with my red hot car? or cock?  who knows, but never has breakbeat acid sounded so strange…

from discogs –

Squarepusher is the performing pseudonym of Tom Jenkinson (b. 1975, Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom), an English electronic music artist signed to Warp Records. He specialises in the electronic music genres of drum and bass, acid and with a significant jazz influence.

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Atmosphere – Between the lines (2001)
March 22, 2010

Taken from “Lucy Ford” LP on Rhymesayers Records

Ive not had much time to post over the last few weeks, what with baby on the way, a new house in the pipleine, finally learning to drive and working 10 hour days but will be back on it soon, debts finally almost paid and summer round the corner…..bring it on! I just might just……..

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Un-Cut – Midnight [2001]
February 17, 2010

Mint tune from Un-Cut, this was originally released as a 12″ and later included on their excellent debut album “The Uncalculated Some”. Extremely mature DnB beats fused with some cracking bassline and twangy guitars take a backseat to Jenna B’s absolutely supreme vocal talent. Quality.

From Discogs
In a year when it was all about the darkside of drum and bass, this broke the mould and started to get airtime from most of the A listers. Along with MISTS ‘How You Make Me Feel’, this remix probably single handedly started the liquid onslaught that would take place soon after.

…I first heard this tune as Marcus Intalex’s opening track at The End around 2000-2001. The following week it was caned by every DJ on the night and this was the case for months after. Everyone knows this tune so there’s little point in describing it. For me, this tune is one of the few modern 2 step D&B tunes that has all of the emotion of the old breakbeat-led classics. This is a timeless record and probably one of the best vocal tunes the scene has ever produced. Magic!

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger [2001]
January 16, 2010

There’s a lot of songs by Daft Punk I simply cant stand but this isnt one of them. Taken from their seminal 2001 album Discovery, well worth a purchase for any price, its superb. For me it takes a bit long to get into it but its all worth it for the breakdown and vocoder work in the later half of the track. I’d love to hear a bigger break chucked in there. Ridiculously simple and absolutely sublime.

The Alive Club Mix is a bit special too, more just straight up tech-house banger but worth a listen!
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Club)

From Discogs
With Discovery, Daft Punk leave their acid house roots behind and delve more into 70’s disco and synthpop. The result is a fresh combination of disco and house and leaves a lasting impression.

Most of the songs are based or includ3e samples from many 70’s songs, even the first song “One More Time” sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place in a disco during the 70’s. Many guest artists do vocals work, such as Romantony and some works show a heavy rock influence as well, but with a twist. Aerodynamic contains a guitar arpeggio throughout which makes the basis of the song while Digital Love contains a very cool buzzy synth solo, close to sounding like a real guitar but there are give-aways. Overall Discovery is a very enjoyable album with wide appeal. Sadly it raised the bar so high that Daft Punk disappointed many new fans with the release of the slightly over-repetitive and minimalistic Human After All.