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Kingsound – PPI and PPII

Obscurity hounds, this one’s for you… two of the more unknown tunes I’ve posted in a while. One of these two records I found while scrounging in a bargain bin on my last UK trip some months ago… waited till now to post so I could try to find more info on it. However, while trying to find out more info, I ended up finding a similar looking release which turned out to be a totally different record on the same label. The surprising thing for me is, unlike tracks where it’s clear why no one has bothered to post them, both of these releases are pretty banging….proper production, catchy samples, nothing too obscure or out there.

The first label release (PPI) is 91-92 style hardcore, big ravey synths with a nasty sounding amen. There were already clips of this on on youtube thanks to DeepBass9, however he had the white label so there wasn’t any info available aside from the name “Kingsound”. PPII is much more of a housey hardcore number, with an exorcist-like melody and those classic First Choice “Let No Man Put Asunder” vocals. I’m almost not sure if this counts as full on hardcore or is more breakbeat house, but I think the bass and reasonably fast tempo keep it in the hardcore range.

Something strange about these EPs is that both have the exact same labels, despite bieng totally different releases. I’m guessing that the labels refer to the first release, since that release features two tracks versus the second release’s four, and only two tracks are listed on the label. However, I’m not entirely ruling out the second record simply being a misspress, as the melody and song construction sounds so classic that for all I know it could be a huge well known early tune on another label. Hence, there’s a chance I could end up looking like an utter idiot posting this, hyping it as some mega obscurity. So feel free to let me know ASAP if #2 is in fact some totally common and well known tune on another label… I’ll hang my head and shame and take the link down.

For the time being though, here’s the two releases.

Let’s Have Some Music Now (Belgium Chocolate Mix)

Kingsound PPIII – B1

DJ Fly – High On Life EP

OK, and now for something a bit less “classic”. Here’s one of the best scores from my Cali trip a few weeks ago. And by best, I mean most hilarious/fun/awful/cool/wtf.

In theory, this is a mega rare hardcore record on Mendoza, a label that put out some really cool early rave bits as well as some later releases which seem to be in surprisingly high demand these days. This is one of those random white labels that few people seem to have… the only copy on discogs is listed at $1000 OBO, though obviously that seller is taking the piss a bit (nice guy though, I’ve bought other stuff from him before at non-crazy prices). So I was obviously pleased to find it for 50 cents… especially since it’s the exact type of really weird bad/good/bad white label I like to find on the cheap. Tons of totally random samples mashed together making little sense, parts barely being held together (listen to that amen unhinged from the synth).. at the same time, even though it’s a mess, it’s a fairly dense mess with different samples coming in and out, keeping it interesting. All in all, NOT something I’d jump to play out, but fun to have and spin at home strictly 4 LULZ.

Still, there’s no way in a million years I’d ever pay $1000 for this… or $500… or $100.. or $50… or $25… OK, MAYBE $25 IF I got drunk and happened to check clips of it online, and was entranced by the so-wrong-it’s-almost-right-but-not-quite nature of the tracks. Even then though, as soon as I got it the mail and put it on, I’d instantly think “I paid X amount + postage for this??!!!”, and have a stern conversation with myself about horribly mismanaged life priorities.

In the end though, I paid 50 cents for it, so… no problems here!! 😀
Oh yeah, my copy has a sticker referring to it as “high on life” not “hy on life”.

DJ Fly – High on Life B1