Mary Kiani – Let the Music Play (Perfecto Radio Mix) [1996]
July 8, 2011

Cracking progressive house banger from Kiani and Perfecto, so much better than the original. I have to admit I do rather like the Perfecto vocal more but since there’s no copy of it anywhere, the radio edit will have to do. Its a pretty standard Progressive House offering but thats no bad thing, with some excellent production from Oakie.

William Bell – I Absotively, Posolutely Love You (1977)
May 21, 2011

Taken from 1977 Lp “Coming Back For More” on Mercury Records.

Some funky soul with your breakfast? yum!


Electribe 101 – Inside Out [1990]
February 11, 2011

Seriously, Billy Ray Martin’s voice could end wars its so buttery smooth. Another classic from the Electribe 101 folks with heavy basslines and breaks taking a second place to the 8th Wonder of the world, Billy Ray Martins vocals. No messing, she makes what would otherwise middle of the road downtempo loungecore track and makes it absolutely incredible. Sorry about the gushing but come now, its justified and you know it.

From Discogs
Named after a Soviet refrigerator and the Roland SH-101 synthesizer, the band was composed of four electronic composers and producers from Birmingham (Brian Nordhoff, Joe Stevens, Les Fleming, and Roberto Cimarosti) and a female vocalist from Hamburg, Germany (Billie Ray Martin).

Before signing with Mercury/PolyGram Records in 1988, the group released its first single, “Talking With Myself,” without much success. However, before its next single release, Martin guested with Eric Robinson of Eric and the Good Good Feeling on the S’Express record “Hey, Music Lover.”

The Top 10 success of “Hey, Music Lover” sparked interest from the music press in Martin’s band, although Eric and the Good Good Feeling’s album flopped.[citation needed] Electribe 101 signed with Mercury/PolyGram Records, and its single “Tell Me When The Fever Ended” was issued. It reached number 32 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

In 1990 Electribe 101 released its debut album, Electribal Memories. The group also re-released its single “Talking With Myself,” which reached #23 on the UK Singles Chart. In late 1990, the band released its version of the Jesse Rae song “Inside Out” (a hit for Odyssey).

Not wanting to carry on under the Electribe 101 name without Martin, the band renamed itself The Groove Corporation and signed with the Network Records subsidiary label Six6.

Ultramagnetic MC’s – Poppa Large (East Coast Mix) [1991]
April 2, 2010

The accapella is legendary, much like just about every other Kool Keith rhyme and in my opinion, the East Coast mix is by far the more superior. The beats a bigger, the bassline funkier and generally more atmospheric. But Keith dominates this track, what a fucking fantastic lyricist.

Gunshot – 25 Gun Salute [1993]
October 20, 2009

Gunshot was a British hip hop group, formed by MC Mercury, MC Alkaline, Q-Roc, DJ White Child Rix and DJ/MC Barry Blue in the area of Leyton in East London.

The reception of Gunshot’s first singles by british hip hop fans and DJ’s was good and demand grew for an album. The group released Patriot Games, notable for the track “Mind Of A Razor,” which was subsequently released as a single and included a remix by the British extreme metal band, Napalm Death. Patriot Games reached number 60 in the UK Albums Chart in June 1993.

Arguably one of the biggest UK hip hop acts of the early nineties, standing shoulder to shoulder with the more prolific Hijack and the legendary Silver Bullet.

Electribe 101 – Tell Me When The Fever Ended [1989]
October 8, 2009

Born in Hamburg, Billie Ray Martin moved to Berlin in the Eighties to join the city’s infamous music scene, before deciding to move again, this time to London where she placed an ad in Melody Maker: “Soul rebel searching for a genius”. Among those who replied were Joe Stevens, Les Fleming, Rob Cimarosti and Brian Nordhoff, four men who were searching for a singer to bring alive the music they’d been busy creating in their studio in Birmingham. Electribe 101 was formed. Under the guidance of the legendary manager Tom Watkins the group signed to Mercury Records and released their first single ‘Talking With Myself’ in 1988.

Probably my favourite track from Electribe although they’re all pretty close. Electribal Memories for me is a landmark album that helped define the Leftfield genre of progressive house music in the early 90’s.