Mustard Pimp dropped this sweet free EP about a week ago and I just caught on. The original is an old skool techno club banger which is exactly what I’m expecting from these guys, reminds me of Bizarre Inc a little bit. Run DMT‘s Festival Death Remix turns up the tempo and then rolls off the drop into a heavy dub bass. SPL delivers a solid drum and bass remix with a sweet drum rinse and distorted synth to start it off then lays on some stuttered electro heavy bass lines. Interferon keeps things old skool with an awesome industrial techno remix. Download the whole EP free from the player below.
This was probably one of my favorite house tracks that I bought on vinyl. Most of my vinyl is singles, 2-4 track EPs. I don’t even remember listening to it in the store as I would everything else. I just saw Armand Van Helden and snagged it. The discs I ended up with were a small selection of the 2Future4U album. Of course, by this point in Armand’s career, it was pretty hard for him to top his remix of ‘Professional Widow’ from Tori Amos. I guess I can post that one up for reference. I just went with ‘U Don’t Know Me’ because it’s been on my mind lately. Enjoy some awesome old skool house!
A true legend of American house music was lost this week. Frankie Knuckles was “The Godfather of House Music”. A former DJ at Larry Levan’s famous Paradise Garage, Knuckles moved from New York City to Chicago and soon after started his own nightclub called “The Power Plant”. Although, his fans affectionately would refer to the warehouse as “Knuckles’ Warehouse” which many people credit as the source of the term “house” music. From there, Knuckles experienced a true love story with DJing house music in the U.S., the U.K. and all over the world. He produced remixes for Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Toni Braxton, Luther Vandross, and many more. In 1997, he won the Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. Barak Obama, then Illinois state Senator, helped Chicago name a stretch of Jefferson Street where Knuckles former club once stood “Frankie Knuckles Way” and declared August 25th as Frankie Knuckles Day. House music fans are buying up copies of Knuckles’ “Your Love” in an effort to drive it to the top of the charts in his honor.
I give you one of my favorite music videos of all time. I think anyone who has been frequenting this blog already knows that I was highly influenced by Thomas and Guy. Some people hate this video simply because there is no story, just a bunch of people dancing around in odd costumes in circles. What those people miss is the orchestration of the choreography with each instrument of the song. It is simple, it is musical, it is beautiful. I remember watching this video for the first time on MTV Amp. Ah, the days when you could actually watch music videos on MTV…
A true classic.
Anyone who loves electronica, house, progressive, progressive house, trance, psy-trance, ambient, or anything close to any of those genres… should own a copy of this release. Maybe it’s because the first Northern Exposure came out at the same time that I really fell in love with techno/electronica (1996)… but I have always felt that these two discs or two mixes embodied everything that was perfect about the art of DJing. Of course, Sasha and Digweed are not “turntablists”, they are DJs, producers, engineers, and artists. Northern Exposure was their second compilation as a duo, the first being Renaissance: The Mix Collection (released 1994). There are many people who argue that this was their best work to date and the pinnacle of DJ compilation. I recommend you bookmark this page so that you can come back and listen when you can devote enough time to listen uninterrupted. They are truly that good. Ladies and gentlemen… I give you Northern Exposure:
- Keiichi Suzuki – “Satellite Serenade” (The Orb’s Transasianexpress mix) – 10:40
- The Future Sound of London – “Cascade (Part 1)” – 7:05
- Young American Primitive – “These Waves” – 4:24
- God Within – “Raincry (Submerged)” – 7:51
- Rabbit in the Moon – “O.B.E. (Out-of-Body Experience)” – 7:07
- Morgan King – “I’m Free” (Playdo’s Minimalist mix) / (The Full-Length La Serrena mix) – 7:22
- Ultraviolet – “Kites” (Purple Haze’s Fantasy Flite Part One) – 4:11
- Fuzzy Logic – “Obsession” (William Orbit’s Quantum Loop mix) – 4:59
- William Orbit – “Water from a Vine Leaf” (Spooky’s Xylem Flow mix) – 6:49
- Apollo 440 – “Liquid Cool” (Deep Forest’s Ice Cold @ the Equator mix) – 6:25
- Banco de Gaia – “Last Train to Lhasa” – 10:45
- Dope on Plastic – “Wave Dub” – 5:59
- Drum Club – “Sound System” (Underworld mix) – 7:02
- Castle Trancelott – “The Gloom” – 6:38
- Pete Lazonby – “Wavespeech” (Junior Vasquez mix) – 6:08
- Evolution – “Phoenix” – 7:07
- The Light – “Dusk” – 3:48
- X Tracks – “Plan 94 (The Voyage)” – 5:46
- Mellow Mellow – “I Can’t Stop” – 4:32
- Banco de Gaia – “Heliopolis” (Eedupolis Dog mix) – 3:33
- Humate & Rabbit in the Moon – “East” (Opium Den mix) – 7:36
- Underworld – “Dark & Long” (Dark Train) – 10:58
p.s. It is important to note that the US release only contained the first disc. So if you bought this in 1997 or later and it only had one disc, I’m afraid to say that you were missing out on a whole other journey.