Sister Sledge – Lost in music (Dimitri from Paris remix) [2012]
January 16, 2013

I have no idea how I missed this from March 2012. Its no secret that I think “Lost In Music” is one of the greatest tracks ever released with the Nile Rogers re-edit being the creme of the crop. That is, until now because I think Dimitri gives ole Nile a serious run for his money. The intro goes in a completely different and absolutely wonderful direction, going with a string intro that is just INSPIRED. What a way to kick off a track everyone knows, then your back into familiar territory but keeping it entirely intrumental, Dimitri drops in the accapella and its just so fucking GOOD. The track is sped up about 10% which gives it even more punch, its a absolutely brilliant remix, completely and totally awesome. Play this LOUDLY on repeat while I get out of this chair and start dancing round the office.

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OMD – Stand Above Me (Transcendental Constant Viper Trip Mix) [1993]
February 21, 2012

Crikey, busy ole week this one. Anyway, keeping it rolling along nicely has been Renaissance Vol 1 and this cracking remix of an extremely middle of the road OMD track. Originally attributed to “Liberator”, this belting Progressive House tune got a ton of play by Sasha and Digweed around 1993, specifically featuring in Sasha’s excellent Easter Radio 1 mix from 1993.

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.

Ultracynic – It’s Too Late [1991]
August 11, 2011

Impossible to find white label, the Ultracynic EP is chock full of classic 1991 hardcore business thats head and shoulders above many of its contemporaries. The arrangements are more robust, the breaks are HUGE, some great synth work and quality piano breaks served up by Ultracynic.

From Discogs
Quality UK release from 1991, 4 equally great tracks packed full of break beats, piano’s, synth stabs and breakdowns. The standout track “Nothing Lasts Forever” was later released and remixed on PWL, is UK hardcore/Piano House at its very best. It takes me back to those Euphoric days when you would dance allnight long to tunes like this, loved up with 1000 other ravers waiting to embrace piano drops like this, unfortunately like the title says “Nothing Lasts Forever”.

DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer – Ganja Man [1992]
July 21, 2011

Belting track from Alert & Slammer, originally released late ’92 on white label dubbed “The Ganja Man EP”. The title track being the one that got the most play, and what play it got. I think it was featured on every mix I got from late 92, NYE and well into ’93. Its got the hardcore sounds but a heavy dose of Junglism to go along with it. The breaks are mental, the bassline is rocking and the ragga vox cuts are just perfect. Total classic.

From Discogs
Ive just found this in my collection of old hardcore and thought fuck me i will blow the dust off it and give it a spin.. I cant tell you how good this 12″ is,it took me right back and made me crank the speakers right up.The breakdown on side A track 1 is fucking class and takes some beating. Its almost Dj Hype in places.If you aint got this buy it as you wont be dissapointed. A must buy if you collect the finer old gems from days gone by….

DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer strike again. Ganja Man is the best known tune here. Very happy, ruff breaks and “big up your spliff” samples. Very similar to their another tune they did around the same time “I don’t need your love”. 1-2-3 is another uplifiting stormer with diva samples and pianos. The other two tunes aren’t bad either.

The Octagon Man – Free-er Than Free [1989]
July 12, 2011

Brutal breakbeat beast from Jonathan Saul Kane aka The Octagon Man. Dripping in Electro tinged synth but featuring a break that had more in common with its hardcore brethren, I would consider this to be a perfect meshing of the two genres. Absolute cracker this is.

From Discogs
This is one of my favourite tunes ever, and certainly my favourite by JSK. Real tranced out dubby breakbeats with the sample “wooh…it’s all in my head.” This release is just awesomly simple and pure, you just dont want it to end. I cant think of any more words to describe what this tune means to me.

Tango & Fallout – Revelations (Unreleased Dubplate) [1993]
June 14, 2011

Ive gotta give it to DJNee, he managed to source all the samples to rebuild one of the truly great drum and bass tracks of the nineties, Revelations from Tango & Fallout. While a bunch of other remixes exist, its this one that is the stand out for me. The amen work is absolutely faultless, nice rolling bassline and those synth strings are heaven. The track was rinsed for such a short period of time through late 93 and early 94 for the longest time, I thought it was a mash of two different tracks. But no, its one whole track of absolute bliss. Cracking.

Modu – New steps of Change [2011]
June 13, 2011

Shamelessly robbed from Liquicity’s youtube stream and what a cracker this is. The sweeping bassline and piano just rock it for me, coupled with the the crafty string layers. Sure, it gets a little samey in the middle but its so beautifully crafted, im more than happy to let it do its thing. A total corker from Modu, keep an eye on this lad. I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more from this Estonian.

Circuit – Shelter Me (Helter Skelter Mix) [1990]
May 27, 2011

Probably one of the most iconic vocals of 1990, the original being released at the end of 89 and then being remixed into the iconic Helter Skelter Mix early 1990. Originally released on DJ Promo only, it got massive amounts of play by everyone. Why? It superbly bridges the House divide to Hardcore, with much heavier beats, pounding bassline and angry synth riffs coupled with that soulful vocal. An absolute masterstroke for the time.

On the very same remixes white label was this cracking re-edit of the original with extra vocalage, better percussion and generally a far more interesting arrangement. Rockin!
Shelter Me (Touchdown Mix)

Genaside II – Narra Mine (Pete Lorimer Mix) [1993]
April 18, 2011

Came across this banger today. Ive likely never heard it because ive always considered Narra Mine to be absolute perfection on its own and didnt really ever entertain any remixes. Especially considering I had accidentally heard the Armand Van Helden versions thats suuuuuuuuuuuuuucked.

Regardless, taking only the vocal samples, Pete Lorimer does a storming about turn with this remix. Swapping out the breaks and big basslines for a Proto-Techno, Progressive house banger of the highest order. Its got beautifully crisp high hats and strings, a banging kick drum and that wonderful acid sweep. This track was only ever released as part of a four track white label from GII Records, practically impossible to find, top quality upload for those of us that havent heard it. Fantastic!