OK, been a bit slack on the individual tune posts so here’s an absolute c-l-a-s-s-i-c to make up for it. This is a one-off EP made famous by Bukem playing it in one of his Best Yaman tapes Hardcore vol 11. The flipside was also in a previous Yaman tape (Hardcore Vol 9), but I think this is the track that most people know and prefer. On one hand, “Resurrection” has got all the trappings of a 93 darkside gem – moody synths, horror movie samples (the aforementioned “Demon Resurrection” line from Evil Dead), and rolling amens. At the same time though, the track moves back and forth from outright horror movie style orchestral music to a more vibey, uplifting, deep sort of “darkside” sound – the kind which doesn’t sound “dark” in the traditional sense of the word, but more just deep and proto-intelligent and in contrast to fun bouncy ravestab pianofest stuff which preceded it in 92.
The only minor downside to this tune is the somewhat strange low fi nature of the beats (maybe “overblown” is the right word?), but the nice rolling nature of the beats fits the melody perfectly, and it’s a perfect example of vibes easily winning out over technical prowess or clinical production. And if you can’t suspend disbelief about a minor production issue in light of an overall great tune, oldskool probably isn’t the music style for you 🙂 All in all, a big big tune I listen to and spin a lot, worth tracking down despite the moderately large price tag.
Here’s an cool tune from the Boogie Beat / Hi Pois’n camp which has been stuck in my head a bit recently. Despite being from 93, it’s got nice crunchy 92 style production, with flanged/short delayed beats (think + “fools gold” aka the stone roses edit of hotpants), and a melody which I’m guessing is either from a video game or this cheesy looking new age album (can’t find clips to confirm). Overall this EP is fun and worth nabbing, not as sharp and pristine sounding as some of the big label stuff of the time but it retains that raw energy that much of the good 92/93 stuff seems to have. RJ also did another single on Boogie Beat which I’ve never heard, and a wicked EP on Labello Blanco which I’ve never managed to nab / don’t see for sale much. RJ – Oriental Sunrise
Along the lines of my International Hardcore jungle mix I posted a while ago, here’s a really unknown Swedish track. Aside from Dragonfly (who has everyone beat), this is probably the earliest Swedish breakbeat/hardcore track I’ve heard. As such, it’s pretty rough around the edges, but it’s got a great collection of fun and beyond-classic samples, without sounding like a cheap megamix. It sort of encapsulates that “grab a bunch of parts of tunes you think are wicked, chuck em in a sampler and see what happens” ethos that helped form the basis of hardcore. In this track, those samples include:
Horns from the Stalag Riddim (used in Tango – Tango Project)
Vocals from Black Box “Everybody Everybody” acapella (as used in Noise Factory “Set Me Free”)
“Yeahhhh” sample from Afrika Bambaataa “Planet Rock”, as used all over the place
Drum fill from ???? (some classic dancehall I think?), as used in Top Buzz’s Anthill Mob remix and many more tunes
Plus familiar bleeps and stabs, solid breaks, etc. In-Side went on to do a couple more nice hc/jungle tracks in 94/95, his tunes on Nordik Rave and the Fluid Sampler EP are quality. In-Side – Walking Around Definite Steps
Here’s an overlooked 93 track by Goldseal Tribe, in a late 92/93 style. Stompy kicks with nice break chops and big heavy bass throughout, reminding me a bit of “Pennywise” (similar sort of somber melody). The female vocals sound original to the tune, pretty low fi and much more home-brew than usual house or eurodance sampled vocals. Still, they don’t ruin the track (like some other tunes I dare not mention), and I guess respect to these guys for not just reaching for the same classic diva acapella lines we’ve heard dozens of times before. This whole EP is pretty solid, not the first I think of when I think of these guys, but it’s cool and worth keeping an eye out for. Goldseal Tribe – The Rush
Back with an absolutely HUGE tune… I’ve got no idea who Sleepwalker was, but this one-off EP released in 1993 has got “that” vibey sound, akin to the Dillinja / Lemon D / Planet Earth Records/ Photek (under various guises) tunes of that time. No holdover 92 rave stuff here! On the A side, “Spirit” is an a great track whose samples bring to mind some of the choice Reinforced recs tunes of the time… not something you commonly find on random one-off releases. As good as “Spirit” is, this B side tune (“Age of Aquarius”) ups the ante more with Lemon D’s big drum work and an extended intro perfectly suited to slow blend-style mixing. Definitely a track which might be more familiar by music than name, but a wicked track nonetheless!
A year ago I posted a nice track by DJ Massive called “Fall Down”, which people sometimes mistake for another tune with the same sample.. well,this is that other tune. The Mad Ragga Jon version here is the more well known of those two and, dare, I say, a bit better (though the DJ Massive one is also nice for sure). Using the same Tramaine acapella as featured in plenty of other tracks like Force & Evolution “Fall Down on Me”, Mad Ragga Jon + Stetly “Fall Down On Me” also throws in some hammering amens, big sub bass, Sinnamon acapella bits (“let the freak..”), and a few twists and turns including some extended eerie timestretched breaks reminding me a bit of early Metalheads (the artist not the label). It’s definitely not a quick “get in, do one thing, get out” type track, but flows between a number of different parts, with the last section being extra stripped-down, moody, and ahead of its time.
Regarding the artists behind it: Mad Ragga Jon is best known for running the Mad House label as well as his wicked early Boogie Times releases. Supposedly he had a falling out with Sub Base early on, which possibly lead to the formation of his label or at least it pulling away from the Boogie Times family (I’m pretty confident this is documented somewhere and not just rumors, though I can’t remember where I read it now). The other artist on this track (Stetly) I only know for his wicked EP on Dance Bass with the Beat Mash Crew. It’s a shame these guys didn’t release many more tunes after this – M.R.J. did have a remix on a DJ Nut Nut EP, as well as engineering another record or two. There’s also a really choice unreleased track called “Crazy Daydreams” which may or may not be by him. I forget the latest in the search, but I think someone had reached out to him and he denied writing it, but other artists still claimed it was by him? Either way, there’s also an unreleased remix of “Fall Down On Me” supposedly (anyone got it? feel free to send it my way :)). Aside from those though, this EP is an serious must-have – not a bargain bin tune by any stretch, but not that expensive either and still cheaper than some new releases coming out on vinyl. Get to grabbing if you don’t have it!
Time for another obscurer-than-obscure jam, here’s a tune I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else play? This one’s a bit interesting since it’s supposedly a US plate from 93, though it sounds more like something from the UK circa 91. There’s certainly no info on the release itself so I’m not sure where the location and year came from, but if they’re accurate then those facts probably precluded it from being used in any uk mixes (since tracks were much faster and different by then). On its own, it’s a nice tune which straddles the techno-breakbeat divide nicely. Since there’s absolutely no info on this release, I’d really like to know if anyone has info on who released it / where the label was located? Feel free to post a comment here! Until then, check this track and grab it if you like it (still pretty cheap / easy to find). Unknown Artist – Atlas
Here’s an underrated track which has always gone for quite cheap, possibly due to the artist and label behind it not being hugely known. the “Melodic Meltdown” EP is a great 93 plate by the gents behind Hypno-Genesis, and as such is sort of the follow-up to their more well known “Induction of a Hypnotic State EP”. Since it’s one year later, this EP a bit less anthemy/xtc-ish, a bit heavier on the breaks… though there’s still some more uplifting 92 melodies popping in alongside the slightly deeper stuff. This track in particular might be more one for mixing than listening, as it’s pretty stripped down and straightahead compared to a couple of the others, but it’s the one I consistently spin so figured it’s best to post: stuttered breaks on the intro dropping into a nice bass+breaks combo, which leads to a melodic breakdown with a memorable (“melting”) synth part. It definitely highlights where a lot of producers were by the 93 era, still coming off more hands in the air 92 stuff, but not fully moved into the full on dark sounds of later 93 / 94. Undeground Frequency – Melodic Meltdown