31 March 2007


I'm currently sat at home working on my final project for university, drinking tea and listening to lots of music. I find it difficult to decide what to put on some days, I'm a bit bored of my cd's at the moment and I don't like to listen to new music while working as I concentrate on it more than the work itself. So this week I dug out a few old essential mixes I had on cassette. There were some great sets during the first couple of months of 2000 from Mr.C, Parks & Wilson and Sasha. They really helped me develop my DJ style - moving away from the commercial house and trance I started out with and onto more progressive and tech-house sounds. I really enjoyed listening back to all three mixes even after all these years.

There were two tracks from Mr.C's mix that I always loved but could never find on vinyl. The lush Mystical Rhythm by Vince Watson was released on Alola records back in 1999 but still sounds fresh after all this time. Lovely, warm, soulful techno. The other track I was after was Burujha by Octave One, another melodic and deep techno groove.

Vince Watson - Mystical Rhythm.mp3

You can buy a higher bit rate version at Juno Download, I recommend you check out some of Vince's albums if you like this track. If anybody knows where I can buy Burujha please let me know, I couldn't find it on my usual sites.

Gavin @ Myspace

18 March 2007

Nazi's, Star Wars & Electro

I bought this LP on the cheap some years ago now, not knowing anything about it. But how could I resist an album called "Generation Star Wars" that had Storm Troopers with the Nazi Swastika emblazoned on their helmets? For this reason, the first pressing was banned in Germany. The second pressing had the offending material removed and the 2000 reprint removed the Star Wars artwork altogether, I assume due to copywrite reasons.

Released in 1994, this was the debut LP from Germany's Alec Empire, a member of Atari Teenage Riot and the founder of the labels Geist and Digital Hardcore Recordings. At the time, it sounded like a noisy mess to me. However, after another listen during a recent vinyl sort out, it appealed more to my now matured ears. It's a cold, harsh soundscape of white noise and distorted electronics, alongside some beautiful ambient synths. I've gone for the epic opener "Lash the 90ties", its long eerie intro eventually making way for some industrial breakbeats. I've also picked out one of the ambient pieces "Pussy Heroin". You can purchase the album on cd from Amazon. Good luck finding a copy on vinyl!

Alec Empire - Lash The 90ties.mp3

Alec Empire - Pussy Heroin.mp3

Gavin @ MySpace

05 March 2007

I'm Serious As Cancer

Something a little different from last weeks breakbeats, but just as good. As I said in my previous post, I liked Rave Alert for it's track selection and here we have two big hits from 1992 in remixed form. The Shamen, along with The Prodigy, were probably my favourite act as a youngster. The sheer amount of material that was available though meant I never heard it all and this remix of Love Sex Intelligence by 'Evil' Eddie Richards wasn't on any their cd's I owned. Eddie ups the tempo a little, cuts up a section of the vocal and slaps it over a chunky 4/4 beat, swapping Mr.C's raps for some big stabs on the keyboard. Simple but effective!

The Shamen - LSI (Freaked Out V1.02).mp3

Next up is Rhythm Is A Dancer from Snap! A classic tune that surely needs no introduction. I always liked the way this remix from Dance 2 Trance (one half of which was Jam & Spoon's Jam El Mar) really smoothed out the original. The main riff is played using a mellow guitar sound and as with LSI, the rap is dropped. I should point out that I have nothing against cheesey 90's raps, infact I think I know most of the words to both of the originals!

Snap - Rhythm is a Dancer (Purple Hazed Mix).mp3

Gavin @ Myspace

01 March 2007

Watch Out For The Rave Alert

I grabbed a classic compilation from my youth on the cheap from Amazon Marketplace this week. I can't remember if it was me or a friend that had it originally, but either way I've had a copy on cassette for some years now. Released by Telstar in 1992, the cover warned the listener that a rave attack was imminent and they weren't wrong. Apart from a couple of duffers it's a really solid selection of tracks. It's also nice that they aren't all nasty 3 minute radio edits. I'll spare you the cheesier stuff like Seasame's Treat and A Trip To Trumpton and sock it to you straight with a couple of breakbeat monsters. I'll be back with a couple more tracks from this album in another post.

Jonny L - Hurt You So.mp3
Acen - Trip II The Moon (The Darkside).mp3

Oh and before any of you trainspotters feel the urge to tell me that a certain breakdown is missing from the Acen track - I know, but I feel this version is all the better without those James Bond strings.

Gavin @ MySpace