Thursday, 27 October 2011

Come into the daylight!!!

I've raved (no pun intended) many times on the PCC blog about the supreme quality of Jimmy Gomez remixes.
IMHO there is only Brothers In Rhythm remixes which surpass Jimmy G for pure quality.
Which puts Jimmy G (aka James Wiltshire, aka (one half of) Freemasons) up there as my No.2 all time favourite remixer (after BiR).
Check this out and you will understand why.
This remix is absolutely pure quality from start to finish - it takes you on a complete journey, through peaks, breakdowns, fantastic vocals "I know, I know, I know, I  know", amazing tempo changes, horns and wonderful melodic piano riffs.
Simply fantastic!!
If Jimmy Gomez remixes are new to you, check out his other work on the blog, you won't be disappointed.
Pure talent - simply stunning!!!

Big C featuring Alice - Daylight
(Jimmy Gomez Remix)

More marvel from Mr Morales!!!

I've been critical on the blog before about Morales. Probably more out of frustration then anything else.
Some of his remixes are right up there with some of the best of all time, but also like a lot of remixers, he's done loads that are absolutely dross.
That's why IMHO he can never be up there with Frankie Knuckles - who is my mind is the House music remix benchmark. The one that all other's should strive to achieve, as almost every remix is a piece of pure house music art!!
That said, this is another classic Morales remix.
Lots of great piano, some scorching vocals from Deborah Cox - all in all a fine, fine track!!

Deborah Cox  - Who Do U Love
(Morales Love Mix)

A big shout out to VP!!!

This one goes out to the man with the Velvet Pants.
A great suggestion VP.
That's the great thing about running the blog, when people remind you of tracks which you've totally forgot about but totally love.
This is one of those such tracks.
I can remember boogie-ing away to this on the Hac dancefloor.
It's a superb remix by Mr Morales absolutely on the button with this one!!
Very similar in style to his remix of Mariah's Dream Lover (yes - top notch).
It's a massive feel good track with some delightful piano and of course those luscious Donna Summer vocals.
Thanks for the reminder VP - big up!!

Donna Summer - Melody Of Love
(Classic Club Mix)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Staying on the summer vibe!!!

This one is very much more recent and out of my normal 1987-2000 banding!!
It was made in 2007 and gives me heart that there is still some good (and original) tracks being made in recent years.
It has a huge summer uplifting feel and I believe was massive in Ibiza.
"My dream is to fly, over the rainbow so high"
Right on!!
Another great feel good track.
That's how we like them, if they don't make you feel good what's the point!!!

Yves Larock - Rise Up
(Original Mix)

Staying on the old skool vibe!!

Another great old skool track (again from 1991 - what a year that was for PCCs).
This one has a more summery feel.
Superb vocals this, really vibey and very uplifting.
Great sing-a-long chorus as well.
"Miss the mystery of Love"
"Come on and get it all, yeah"
"That's the power of love, woo"
"For a wonderful world, yeah"
Classic feel good track this one!!!

Joy Salinas - Mystery Of Love
(Classic Club Mix)

Ooh yeah, "Love it" (big time)!!!

Another huge old skool favourite from 1990.
Those Italians certainly produced some great piano tunes in that era.
These type of tracks were huge "Up North" in clubs like Wigan Pier, Zone in Blackpool, The Warehouse in Leeds, Angels in Burnley, Bibby's in Bradford and many other great clubs from that era.
Total hands in the air classic - still sounding great today.
"love it" - nuff said!!!

Johnny Parker - Love It Forever
(Special Remix)

For those Nightbirds out there!!!

Always loved this back in the day (1991).
It was always a big track at Angels in Burnley and usually played in the same set with Liquid - Sweet Harmony and Zero B - Lock Up.
Just a really cheeky and catchy little number.
Still sounding very good today.
Always loved the little breakdown bit!!!

Convert - Nightbird

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Let's all strive for One Better World!!!

Another great Parky remix, this time alongside his Hacienda buddy Mike Pickering produced in 1989.
When you think of the dancefloor delights that those two have cooked up over the years in their various guises, there aren't many out these who can equal them for quality.
Parky's Remixes are always right on the button and always drop in that piano that we all love so much.
This is exactly one of those remixes.
It uses the vocals to great effect with a great punchy house vibe and layers of great synth and piano.
This one goes out to Smiler.
Enjoy fella - it's a great track.
Remember people, if anyone ever has any suggestions for tracks they think are worthy of PCC status let me know and we'll consider posting them.

ABC - One Better World
(Pickering Park Mix)

Have you got the Know How??

Probably one of the most widely played rap tracks on the club scene in the late 80/early 90's.
It is a superb track laid over the Theme from Shaft.
Young MC produced some great tracks when he burst onto the scene in '88.
This rap has so much vibe and attitude.
I'm generally not a big fan of rap tracks, but this was the business
"I Come Off" was also a huge track and worthy of a post on the PCC blog in the future.
This one goes out to Smiler.
Sorry I thought I had an acapella version, but I only have the original and the instrumental version.
In fact, I'm not sure that an acapella actually exists. I'm sure we had this debate about a year ago and nobody could hunt one down.
If anyone out there has an acapella, please could you send a link through for Smiler.

Young MC - Know How

Young MC - Know How

Saturday, 15 October 2011

"I Love Your Precious Heart"!!!

Staying on the rock cover theme, here's two great tracks which sample an extremely well known rock song.
This time it's "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS,  and again done very effectively.
The Exhange version takes a hell of a long time time to peak, but be patient as it builds and builds superbly and then when it does peaks, it is pure heaven as it releases the chorus;
"Don't ask me, what you know is true"
"Don't have to tell me, I love your Precious Heart"
The Tall Paul version is very similar in style but probably a tad more instant and more vibey.
I'm not sure which version I prefer as I think both are great.
You decide!!!

Exchange - Precious Heart

Tall Paul vs INXS - Precious Heart 

( Riva Mix )

Badda, Da Da, Ba Badda, Da Da, Ba Badda Ho, Badda Ho!!!!

Well that's what I used to sing anyway.
Simple Minds were one of my favourite bands from the 80's.
At the time they were right up there with U2 on a par as probably the best rock band going!!
Then along came Patsy Kensit - that great marriage wrecker and destroyer of great bands.
She married Dan Donavan - Big Audio Dynamite soon split, up she married Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), they then split up, She married Liam Gallagher - Oasis split up. Spot the recurring theme!!
She them married Jeremy Healy and they have since split up.
It strikes me that Ms. Kensit must be bloody high maintenance!!!
Anyway enough of all that - about the track.
Well of course it is very much based on Simple Minds fantastic track Alive and Kicking - which was a massive Stadium Rock classic and one of my fave Simple Minds tracks.
This version uses the the riff very effectively with some great tinkly piano which helps to retain the power of the song and the emotion.
It then brings in that famous singalong "Badda, Da Da,  Ba Badda, Da Da, Ba Badda Ho, Badda Ho!!!!".
It also retains most of the vocals which makes it great to single to.
There's even some really nice cheesy synth thrown in for good measure.
All in all a great remix from Phil Kelsey.
I've never heard this in a club, but could imagine it going down a treat last track of the night, as the lights come on and everyone is singing along in ecstatic bliss. Nice!!!
All in all a really effective dance working of an all time rock classic.

East Side Beat - Alive And Kicking
(Demo Remix)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

We'll still be rockin' (in our rocking chairs) in years to come to this!!!

I must have listened to millions (well ok, maybe more like thousands, but a hell of a lot) of DJ mix sets over the years, but there is one that still remains my favourite and to be honest will IMHO probably never ever be bettered.
Yes, you've heard it before on the PCC blog, but the Chris and James - Essential Mix set from 1993 (on the blog also) is still in my mind, the greatest mix set ever performed.
I remember actually listening to it live (and taping it - on our C120 tapes - to get an hour each side with no breaks) when we were all round a mates house (on one of our rare clubbing weekends off).
I played that tape to death and made 2 extra copies, just in case I wore it out.
(We didn't have the luxury of mp3 in those days and not even the knowledge or technology to convert tape to CD!!).
Well, here's another great track from that mix set. I've probably posted nearly all the tracks from that mix set, not intentionally but just because individually there are all such fantastic tracks.
This one is, dare I say it, a typical Chris and James type track, energetic, vibey, totally rockin' and a bit out of the ordinary.
It bubbles and throbs and keeps exploding throughout.
It love the bit at the end - I haven't a clue what it say's although it sounds like "Mental, mental, mental???"
Another top, top choon!!!

Woomera - Retro-Euro-Vibe-Piece

Number 3 for Lisa B!!!

The third posting on the PCC for Lisa B.
This was a big track in the clubs back in 1993.
It sounds a tad cheesy now and ghast I say it (again) a touch EuroPop.
However, back in the day it was a corking tune and was very effective on the dnacefloor.
Lisa has lovely vocals and it's a really feel good track.
Enjoy (or slag me off if you don't like it!!!) Lol.
If you really hate it, then at least you can enjoy the picture!!

Lisa B - Fascinated
(Featured Club Mix)

Wilde about this??

Most people of my age will have fond memories of Kim Wilde, she was pretty hot stuff when we were youngsters growing up back in 1981.
She was always very pop and never produced anything in the dance mode, but here's a cracking remix from 1995 from Matt Darey which really kicks.
It uses Kim's vocals really well yet retains a strong club vibe.
Ok so it's a touch EuroPop, but it's very catchy and remains firmly on the side of club cred!!
P.S. I believe there is also a T-empo remix of this. If anyone has a copy, I'd appreciate a link.

Kim Wilde - Breakin' Away
(Matt Darey Vocal Remix)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Go on then a bit more Balearic!!!

This one is a true Balearic masterpiece.
In fact all the Primal Scream tracks which Weatherall touched were amazing.
I remember when Screamadelica came out and I absolutely hammered it to death.
I've seen the Scream live quite a few times and they are always entertaining.
About the track well, (the Weatherall Remix) it's just one amazing,loping chilled out vibe from start to finish, littered with Police sirens, samples, gospel vocals and that chuggy infectious, indeed hypnotic groove!!
The samples are from a speech from Jesse Jackson a US Civil Rights leader.
Massive in every sense!!
Turn up loud and Bliss Out!!!
I've also included the 7" version which is very different, but fantastic all the same.
I love Bobby G's vocals in it, they are just so sleazy and druggy, but bloody amazing at the same time.

Primal Scream - Come Together
(Andy Weatherall Remix)

Primal Scream - Come Together
(7" Version)

Staying on the Balearic tip!!!

Following Stakker's great post. I'v decided to stay on the Balearic tip.
I always loved this track, very pop, but very Balearic.
Another great part is that it references pretty much what we used to do on our clubbing nights, driving down the M62 to Manchester (on route to the Hac etc.)
"I'll tell you what, why don't we cross the limit and  head on down the M62, it's only 39 miles and 45 minutes to Manchester"
A great track with a fantastic vibe - Pure Balearic Classic!!!

It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home