Monday, 30 August 2010
This is a real old favourite which summed up a lot of the great House tracks which were coming out of Italy in 1990 and 1991 and were tracks which were loved up North!!
Tracks like this were just so instant, in all fairness they are probably not the most spohisticated tracks, but they just hit the spot.
Yes, the lyrics are cheesy, but the piano is great and the track has a superb feel and there is so much variation in the track, lots of familar samples, rapping, tempo changes. I love it!!
If you know this one I'm sure it'll bring back some great memories, if not heard before, have a listen as this very much summed up the spirit of early 90's club culture.
"Are you ready for the music, do you wanna hear the music?"
T.N.T. - Piano Please
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Clipper - Healy's Theme
From the: Bring Me Sunshine EP
'' One of those tunes which re-samples dance classics, quite funky ''
'' This one uses samples from: Strike - U Sure Do &
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel ''
It was a proper sing-along-anthem.
Of course it is a re-working of the Maria McKee track from the early 90's.
I'm sure most of you will also recognise the use of the sample from BBE - 7 days and one week.
Alright I know it's a bit cheesy, but it really does have a great feel about it.
Do you agree?
Chimira - Show Me Heaven
(Sosumi Master Mix)
This one dates back to 1996 and was a track massively championed by the likes of Dave Seaman.
Be patient with it, as it has a slow build up but when the piano kicks in at 4:25 - you have an amazing piano breakdown, that just never seems to stop. Truly awesome. Very much a goosebumps moment!!
It really is a beautiful track and very, very uplifting, I'm sure you'll love it.
Let me know your thoughts?
Beat Foundation also produced andother epic track, which will be posted in the future.
P.S. Sorry for the crap picture, it's relevance is Foundations!!
Beat Foundation - Foundations
Monday, 23 August 2010
This was a huge track for Oakey in 1999 and is another fantastic production by Matt Darey.
This track is under his Lost Tribe monicker.
It's very typical of his stuff, pumping, fast, energetic, but also filled with emotion and beautiful breakdowns into lovely piano and ethereal atmospherics.
The intro at 1:40 is amazing, pure pounding driving trance. Hold on to your hats and listen to the Gamemaster!!
Absolutely top notch.
There were plenty of remixes done of this, but the Original Mix is the one that does it for me.
Lost Tribe - Gamemaster
Friday, 20 August 2010
This one dates back to 1987 and is an all time classic house track. The best ever? Certainly up there.
In fact I can't believe that I haven't posted it before now!
Marshall Jefferson was behind this one.
Even the bloody Pet Shop Boys had the cheek to do a cover version of this in 1989.
The vocals in this version and of course of piano are simply amazing. Pure house heaven.
Certainly more than just "alright".
Pure house heaven!!
Sterling Void - It's Alright
Now here's a tune and a half for you.
Most people will remember the M.A.N.I.C. track "I'm Coming Hardcore", which wasn't really hardcore, but we all used to love the amazing piano riff.
Well this is where the piano riff was lifted from.
If you haven't heard this before you've just got to check it.
It's the piano riff from heaven and a few lush Alison Limerick vocals to boot.
Believe me "the rhythm is hot"!!!
"The Magic's Back Again"
It must be a great tune, even Magic's got his hands in the air!! Go on my son!!!
Malcolm McLaren feat. Alison Limerick -
Magics Back (House Mix)
Friday, 13 August 2010
It's been a while since I posted a BiR remix.
I've still plenty up my sleeve but have to admit that most their best stuff has already been posted on the blog.
Well they have had 50 posts to date, so it couldn't go on forever.
This is a typical top drawer BiR remix. Not quite as spellbinding as many of their remixes, but still very good indeed.
Are we all ready for the chant?
"I don't need this pressure on, I don't need this pressure on, "I don't need this pressure onnnnnnnnn, "
A top Spandau song from back in 1981, this remix was done in 1992.
Spandau Ballet - Chant No. 1
(I Don't Need This Pressure On)
(Brothers In Rhythm DMC Remix)
Apologies people, those nasty people from the DCMA have threatened to close the blog, if this link isn't removed. If anyone wants the link, then pleae send me an email at the usual address.
We keep the faith, Regards, PCC
Now this was a massive piano anthem back in the day in 1991.
Absolutely typical of thise fantastic piano anthems that came out of Italy in 1991.
The ones which were absolutely loved on dancefloors up North - the sort of stuff that Sasha used to cane in his hey day.
This one is a typical "hands in the air" anthem.
Simple. but very effective - come on "Give me all your love"!!
Mimmo Mix feat. Valerie Etienne - All Your Love
I could only find a "chopped" version downloaded from YouTube, which I then posted on my blog seeking the original.
Someone informed me I could buy a vinyl copy from Discogs - so I did for a bargain £5.
I've had it for about 4 months and never got round to ripping it.
Then about of the blue I get sent an mp3 - big respect to Denny - nice one fella.
About the track, well it's a bit of a monster (oh hell I sound lik Pete Tong).
No, the track it an absolue anthem, very disco-ified but with a real "crunchy" feel, - have a listen and you'll know what I mean - the riff is amazing. Those disco heads may also recognise the Bumblebee United - Lady Bug riff - (which was another great track and is on the blog).
This track is absolutely huge believe me. Let's have your feedback on this one.
Larry's Theme - Carnival
Matthew Roberts and Bottom Dollar produced some fantastic remixes, right up my street.
This is just one of those (don't worry plenty more to come from them).
Great vocals by Mary J Blige as you'd expect, lots of great piano, some great lyrics, luverly.
I just love the intro the way it just builds before breaking into that great vlocal
"Give me all your loving don't you stop"
"My love waiting when you reach the top, (All night long)"
"Come into my bedroom honey, what I've got we'lll make spend money(All night long) "
Mary J. Blige - Mary Jane (All Night Long)
(Bottom Dollar House Vocal)
Thursday, 12 August 2010
A classic italodance track from 1989. This was the first summer I went to Ibiza and this tune was everywhere.
Chicco Secci Project - Whip of the Rhythm (New Beat in Africa Version)
This is a great tune which was massive in 1990 and very different to other stuff which was out at the time. It is credited with being the first ever trance tune. There was a great remix by Jam and Spoon in 1992 (Watch Out For The Stella Remix) but I prefer the original.
The Age Of Love - The Age Of Love
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
But there are always exceptions and this is certainly one of them.
This track is huge in many ways, it's got some delightful piano and a lovely atmosphere and even the breakbeat seems to complement the track.
I had it on vinyl back in the day, but ended up leaving it one of my mates house. His gain, my loss.
So a big shout out to Wee Ste for tracking this down for me.
You're a legend fella.
People give me your feedback on this track?
Love it or hate it??
I certainly love it!!
Spiral Feat. Lisa Lamb - Summer Breeze
(Band Of Gypsies Mix)
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Bedrock Feat. KYO - For What You Dream Of
Released in 1993
Mighty fine house choon, great piano bit in the middle.
Featured in the film: Trainspotting
Its the scene where he's on cold turkey, locked in a room by his parents...
in a semi-concious state and the baby crawling on the ceiling ..etc...
(Renaissance Mix) - [Mediafire]
(Holy Trinity Mix) - [Mediafire]
Add some wonderful remixes to many of their tracks and you have dancefloor heaven.
Here are 2 of the finest examples of this.
Back in 1991 - M-People released "How Can I Love You More" and it was a great track dying for a good remix. Trouble was the remixes IMHO were dull and uninspriring and didn't bring a great track to life on the dancefloor. "Sasha's Master Mix" was dull and didn't really peak, but he then created the "Qat Mix" which took the track to another level.
It's taken a while to track a clean version of this down, but big thanks to Tom Ferguson from Galaxy FM and Wee Ste, who both provided the track on the same day, after I'd been searching for a clean version for ages.
The Qat remix is a real belter, it builds and then really explodes.
As an additional treat I've also included the "Jimmy Gomez 6am Remix", which is stunning. Very much in usual Jimmy G stylee, it builds and builds and is layered with some equisite piano, very impressive indeed.
Which version is best?? I'd probably say the Jimmy Gomez remix, but both tracks are very special.
M People - How Can I Love You More?
(Sasha's Qat Mix)
M People - How Can I Love You More?
(Jimmy Gomez 6am Remix)
This one is an absolute top notcher, very, very mellow and very balearic in style, but a track I absolutely love.
I first heard it when the Luvdup Twins played at Vague in 1993 and have loved it ever since, they mixed it into Outrage - Tall and Handsome - which then ensued to "blow the roof off"!!
After searching for it for years, a big shout goes out to Dirk for tracking it down for me, nice one fella!
Vanessa Paradis in a music sense is probably better known for "Joe Le Taxi" and of course is even better known as an uber famous model, actress and of course wife of Johnny Depp.
The track is very laid back very infectious, with some lovely vocals and some very catchy lyrics.
It's about her relationship at the time (1992) with Lenny Kravitz, if you hadn't guessed.
"But I gotta have it, watching for the damage, from New York straight to Paris, I'm talking Lenny Kravitz"
You know you "gotta to have it"!!
Vanessa Paradis - Gotta Have It
I am finishing this weekend off with one of the tunes which got me into house music. I heard it played on a barge going up and down the Thames all night, way way back in 1987. I have no idea who the DJ was, but he was playing music like I had never heard before. Needless to say I was hooked. This was one of the tunes played that night. It was also one of the first dance tracks I got from Eastern Bloc in Manchester.
It is a simple but stunning track - great vocals by Jamie Principle and given that special Frankie Knuckles touch of magic.
I Need Your Love - Frankie Knuckles Featuring Jamie Principle
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
This one dates back to 1994 and was always a huge smash on clublands more discerning dancefloors.
It always sounded great when played in summer as it has a very summer vibe.
Are you ready?
"Stamp your feet, if you like my beat"
"Clap your hands, if you want some more"
"Stamp your feet, if you like my beat"
"Clap your hands, if you want some more"
Quality - Summer's here!!!
The Blackout Allstars - I Like It Like That
(Reefa! ! 12" Remix)
Monday, 2 August 2010
I'm sure that all those of you who have downloaded or listened to the legendary Chris and James Essential Mix (on the blog) will remember this one well.
Everytime I hear this track it just reminds me of that mix, which is still the greatest mix set I've ever heard.
This track is pure quality, catchy as hell with a really catchy hook and those great "Sensation, Sensation" samples. The tinkly piano is great also.
Of course the hook comes from the INXS track - New Sensation.
This one goes out to Dave who I know is a big fan of this track and has been trying to track it down for a while.
Enjoy fella, it's a belter!!
Electroset - Sensation
(Tin Tin Out Remix)
One I used to love hearing out, a really nice simple track that suddenly comes alive with some beautiful piano.
You may not recognise the track by it's title, but as soon as you hear it, you'll think "yeah, I love that track"
It's pure quality - a total PCC!!
Vibe Alive - Rock It
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Yes, I know the vocal version was absolutely pants and I hated Pete Cunnah's cheesy vocals, but this mix was the real deal.
I used to love mixing accapella's over the top of it - (Daphne - Change - was always good).
The track is sensational from start to finish, just check that amazing intro and then some really big tempo and key changes.
IMHO probably D-Ream's finest moment, even if (this version) didn't get much acclaim.
IMHO as good as the Sasha remix of U R the best Thing (not faint praise indeed!).
If you've only heard the cheesy vocal version, check this it's a cracker.
Hey, even Labour adopting the vocal version as their anthem when Blair came into power, didn't spoli my love of this version.
A big shout out to Raul for tracking it down for me, I had it years ago on vinyl (but lost it) and couldn't remember the mix. Nice one fella.
D-Ream - Things Can Only Get Better