Monday, 31 December 2012

Ready for the biggest Night of the Year??

New Years Eve was always my favourite night of the clubbing year.
It always had that much more excitement and expectation than a normal night, but that was before everything went crazy with ridiculous price hikes and sheer exploitation, which became the norm in late 90's.
It always used to fascinate me in terms of what would the DJ drop at 12 o' clock.
What track captures that perfect moment that creates the fantastic atmosphere to build the rest of the night on.
Over the years on the PCC blog I've posted many tracks and comments from my fantastic NYE experiences of tracks which were dropped at midnight. The best was most definitely "Digitalis - Accepting and Giving" - how perfect it is to have your all time favourite track dropped at the perfect moment. Heaven!!
I also remember Sasha dropping "Vangelis - Chung Kuo" mixed into "Orbital - Belfast" which was fantastic.
Here's another fantastic Vangelis track which I feel would be perfect for dropping at midnight.
(I've been wanting to post this track for ages, but have been waiting for the right moment).
Dropped at midnight it would slow everything down and then build up all the atmosphere and excitement again.
The track is sheer musical perfection, Vangelis certainly produced some amazing tracks, this one dates back to 1981.
It starts off very slowly, but just builds and builds until it literally explodes.
The part at 4 mins 11 seconds never falls to take me into another place, it is most definitely one of the most uplifting pieces of music I've ever come across.
Any DJ's out there brave enough to drop this at midnight tonight? Go on -I dare you!!
Cue it at 11.55pm and it will explode right on Midnight.
I'm always keen to hear of other great tracks which people have heard DJ's drop at midnight on NYE, so let me have your comments and memories.
Have a great night and enjoy it to the max, Happy New Year to one and all from the PCC Blog!!

Vangelis - Alpha

Thursday, 27 December 2012

(Packets of) Peace to everyone!!

I can't believe that it's taken me 3 years of running this blog and posting tracks before I've got round to posting this one.
This was always a huge favourite of mine and was massive in Clubland in 1993 and rocked all the nations dancefloors for months on end.
It was always a massive track at Back To Basics in Leeds.
Lionrock is of course the guise of Justin Robertson - one of the great DJs from the early days of clubbing and still going strong today I believe. His remixes around that time in 92'/93' were the real sound of that era when he seemed to be churning out "Prankster remixes" at a phenomenal rate. All were exciting and had that unique and distinctive style.
This track is a true PCC with some great vocals from MC Buzz B and a really great underlying piano riff that accompanies that great Roland 303 acid squelch and then topped off with the big horns.
All in all a top, top track, that still sounds amazing today.
Respect to the Prankster!!
(Packets of) Peace to all on Earth!!

Lionrock - Packet Of Peace
(Prankster Sound System Mix)

Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Christmas to one and all!!

A big shout out to you all out there wishing you a truly memorable Christmas.
Now dance music has never really produced Christmas songs, so finding a Christmas theme to post isn't always easy.
However, here is a corking remix of one of my favourite Christmas tracks.
This was remixed in 2000 and is a top notch remix, much respect to Rob Searle.
It retains the power and emotion of the original track, but gives it that dancefloor friendly vibe.
I often talk about tracks on the PCC blog which take you on a journey, this is very much one of those tracks.
It builds nicely until that fantastic vocal breakdown and then it takes you on a fantastic ride through to the finish, which some great drum rolls and a pounding driving rhythm.
This is'll be the 4th Christmas of the PCC blog which is will also be 4 years old in February - we're keeping it going to feed you these great tracks, so keep leaving your comments and feedback.
Have a great Christmas and a highly prosperous New Year!!

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
(Rob Searle Club Mix)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Musical perfection!!!

I've had this lined up to post for ages, as I simply adore this track.
I've mentioned several times on the PCC blog, my huge admiration for Ms. Bedingfield.
She is quite possibly my favourite female vocalist and always produces fantastic songs with deep and meaningful lyrics.
It's the texture and feel of her vocals that just touch me deep down.
Her music is always superb, but when remixed it reaches elevated heights.
This remix by Adam K and Soha is just stunning (in fact most of their remixes are top notch).
The track combines the beautiful vocals of Natasha with a dreamy trance vibe and the lyrics as per usual and clever and meaningful.
The only negative on this track is that it's too bloody short, coming in at just over 3 and a half minutes, it feels like it needs to be at least 8 minutes long.
What I always find myself doing is just playing it over and over again.
Musical perfection?? Not far off in my book!!
It touches the parts other tracks cannot reach!!

Natasha Bedingfield - Soulmate
(Adam K and Soha Mix)

Come on "Let's Fly Away"!!

This was on my "most wanted tracks" list for a long time. Why, why else? Because it is a top track.
For the real purists amongst you, it could be a tad on the cheesy side, but as we've always said on the PCC blog, a piece of cheese now and again is an essential part of a healthy well balanced dance music diet.
The tracks from 1996 and features the beautiful vocals of Kelly Llorenna and comes with a top notch remix by Biff 'n' Memphis. Those guys had the nack of just keeping their remix work the right side of cheesy.
It's a long track as well, well over 10 minutes, but like all good tracks it keeps you pretty much engrossed from start to finish.
Come on "Let's Fly Away"!!

Kelly Llorenna - One Day I'll Fly Away
(Biff 'N' Memphis Vocal)

Just an ordinary day, I heard you say!!

Alright people, apologies for the lack of recent posts, as per usual things have been pretty hectic, what with work commitments, family commitments etc. etc.
I'm hoping I'll be able to get lots of posts up though over the Christmas period, so stay tuned.
Here's a rarity - a really good track from recent years.
This is as recent as 2009,.
It was first brought to my attention by my old mate Velvetpants (I've not heard from you for a while fella, I hope all is well).
As with many tracks there are loads of mixes of this and most pretty naff, but this one is IMHO absolutely tops.
Aptly named the "Luv Piano Mix", it's full of great bouncy piano (just how we like it on the PCC blog) and its got some really great vocals, in a "less is more" type of way. The girl who sings (Shingai Shoniwa) really has a got a lovely voice, very soothing and luscious.
All in all a top notch track.
Viva la dance music!!!

Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey
(Luv Piano Mix)

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Join us on the Epic Journey!!

There's not many track that come in at over 14 mins long and keep you fully engrossed from start to finish.
This is one such epic journey.
A track hammered by Oakey back in 1997 and created by the mercurial Malcolm McClaren (R.I.P.), the track is simply an immense collection of trance sounds, taking you on a thumping roller-coaster journey.
It's just so better produced and authentic sounding then a lot of today's over formulated trance music.
This has a really ethereal feel to it, beautiful flow and some pounding trance driven beats.
All in all a top notch piece of dance music.
Get on the Epic Journey!!

Malcolm McClaren - The Bell Song
(Remembrance Mix)

We've still got - Perfect Motion!!!

Now this is a rarity - a track that's been posted 3 times on the PCC blog.
All for great reasons, as each time it has been a different mix and all are superb versions and hence more than worthy of the triplicate posting.
Already on the blog are the Jimmy Gomez remix which is (like all his work) absolutely outstanding. 
Rich posted the Farley and Heller - Junior Boys Own Mix which was probably the most widely played mix in clubs and a top remix.
Here's another alternative version and one I also love, it takes you on a dream like journey encompassing lots of tempo changes and peaks, with a little bit of delightfully subtle piano thrown in for good measure. It's a really great re-working of total PCC.
It's one of those tracks that you just want to keep playing again and again over and over!
If a track gets 3 posts on the PCC blog, then you know it's good, which gives testament to Sunscreem by creating beautiful and "Perfect Motion".

Sunscreem - Perfect Motion
(Sunday Club Remix)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Rising and Rising!!

Now again a track comes along which you haven't heard for ages and completely knocks your socks off all over again.
I'd simply forgot how good this track was.
It's very unusual and very progressive, but absolutely top drawer.
It's from 1993 and was a track which Sasha used to hammer and rightly so.
It has a very powerful relentless rhythm to it and just a very intense atmosphere, of course like all PCCs it peaks effectively , although just be patient with this one, but when the piano kicks in at 3mins 43secs it absolutely blows the roof off.
A true hidden gem this one.

C.A.P. - Rising
(Original Mix 01)

Friday, 2 November 2012

Keep on, keep on Running - to the land of make believe!!

Alright people, well I've pleased to inform you all that I completed my marathon experience on Sunday, running all 26.2 miles non-stop.
It was an accumulation of 5 months hard training, but oh so worth it.
It was a fantastic feeling finally reaching the "land of make believe" aka the finishing line.
I wasn't quite like the picture above, but all the same not far off.
It poured it down from start to finish which wasn't ideal conditions, but I'm proud to inform that I completed it in under 3 hours 30 mins which was my target.
Collectively through my various runs I managed to raise over £1000 for my chosen charity "Get Kids Going", so a big thank you to all of you who sponsored me.
Those who haven't  yet, I'd be very grateful of further donations to the fantastic charity that supports helping young disabled people partake in and enjoy sporting activities.
The link is below ;
Ok, back to the music. No I haven't gone soft on you, this really is a PCC.
Hard to believe I know, but just have a listen it is a very special track and a cracking remix by the Disco Brothers dating back to 1991.
It's also got lots of running connotations which is very apt.
"Run for the sun little one"
And that repeating catchy line "Keep on, keep on running", which I was constantly focused on when running the marathon on Sunday.
All this coupled with some banging piano and a few "unbelievable" samples make for a really top tune.
Enjoy, focus hard and you can achieve your "land of make believe"!!

Bucks Fizz - Land Of Make Believe
(Land Of Dub Believe Mix)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

No stoppin' (until the finish line)!!!

Hello to all, here's a very self indulgent post and just a little reminder to myself.
Tomorrow I'm running my first marathon (all 26.2 miles of it) and "no stoppin" will certainly be the focus of the day.
I've trained hard for 5 months and so feel prepared, yet nervous and excited at the same time.
Ok, enough of that, now back to the music.
Well it's another cracking piano tune from 1992 and was actually the b-side to "Orcana" which is another PCC already posted some time ago.
It'll certainly be in my mind - that there's no stoppin' tomorrow.
Thank you to all those that have sponsored me to date, for those that haven't there is still the opportunity. It's for a great cause.
On this, I have to say that it is very disappointing that after 3 years of providing you with the greatest dance music the world has ever heard totally free of charge, that you've only managed to contribute £115 for my chosen charity. It is about give and take people; not just take!!
However, it's still not too late to donate and anything received will be greatly appreciated, please follow the web link below;
Thank you!!

Void - No Stoppin'

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Oldie but true goldie!!

I'm pretty amazed that this one hasn't already been posted.
It is another of those house classics and this one is very well known.
I used to think that one day I'd run out of tracks to post on the blog, but I don't think that will ever happen as there are so many fantastic tracks still to post.
I have a list of over 1,000 tracks still lined up to post and I keep adding to the list.
About this one, well as soon as you hear the opening bars you'll know instantly it.
It contains the famous lyrics from the classic Fingers Inc track
"In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove"
It's then got that all too familiar piano riff, which just runs and runs.
It's 22 years old and still sounds fantastically fresh!!
"Let there be house"
Yes indeedy!!!

DJ Atomico Herbie - Atomic House

Who, who, who was wrong!!

It's been a while since I posted a bit of classic house a la Frankie Knuckles style.
This track is simply lush - beautiful, beautiful laid back classical house music from 1989.
Adeva has such a powerful voice and this is complimented by the lush piano vibes.
This is a really great version of a great track, with Eric Kupper on keyboards and of course Frankie Knuckles responsible for the remix.
Very tranquil, yet so uplifting.
Is there anybody who was contributed more to house music than Frankie Knuckles? - I think not.
The legend lives on!!

Adeva - Beautiful Love
(Classic Club Mix)

Now for something totally different!!

I've always been a huge fan of Balearic tracks and  some of my best clubbing memories remembering when a Balearic track was dropped - mid-set or last track of the night.
That change in tempo when everyone one just came together all loved up and singing along to a chorus' or just simply swaying from side to side, grooving to the slow beat floating in a little bubble.
Well here's a fantastic Balearic track. I never actually heard it in a club, but it I imagine it would be sensational.
It stirs the same kind of emotions as Edie Brickell's - Circle - which s one of my all time favourite tracks.
I hope you are feeling it too!!
Are there any DJ's out there who'd be brave enough to drop this in their set??

Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
(Long Version)

Get on the floor people!!!

I couldn't resist it. Ok back to the old skool again!!
Here's another old classic from 1989 and one that isn't as well known or popular as it should be.
It is a magnificent track from start to finish and is so instant in it's appeal.
I just love everything about this track.
The piano is sublime, the crunchy beats, the tempo, the feel, it just such a top track.
As mentioned it's certainly one of those classic old tracks which has gone somewhat forgotten about, but hey, that's the purpose of this blog, to bring you all those PCCs that you may have forgotten about or maybe never even heard.
Keen to have your feedback on this one.
IMHO it is right up there as one of the all time classics.
P.S. Just for the recordtThis track has nothing whatsoever to do with the delightful Ms Lopez and the frightful Pitbull!!

Urban Nature - Get On The Floor
(Extended Version)

An Oakey classic!!

Alright all, I hope you are all doing well.
I've posted quite a lot of old skool tracks recently and it's been a while since I posted some Oakey trance.
Here's one of the big tracks that he used to bang out circa 1998.
It's a quality piece of pumping trance which was typical of the tracks he was playing back then.
This track has such a great feel to it and it used to absolutely rock on the dancefloor.
Top trance music.
By the way I hope you are all enjoying the new posts which allow you to listen below you download.
Don't forget to leave your feedback and comments on the tracks.

Liquid Child - Diving Faces
(Club Mix)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

So strong !!! - Never 2 Much!!!

Here's a rarity, me providing a mid-week post.
There was once a time when I'd post tracks almost every night, but work and family commitments have put paid to that for the last couple of years.
Here's coming at you - with a huge, huge fave of mine.
I used to have a DJ Vertigo tape called Gold Rush - which was an absolutely mix tape and this was one of the key tracks. Boy that tape got some play back int'day.
The track is a total PCC - fantastic atmposhere, superb piano, great vocals and a belting chorus - just the way we love 'em.
So Strong - indeed.
Just a reminder people - that I'm running my marathon in 3 weeks and I'd really appreciate some sponsors for my chosen charity - Get Kids Going!!
Thanks to all those who have sponsored me to date, however, I'm way off my intended target of £2000, so please support what is a truly worthy cause.
The link to my sponsor page is below (and also top right on the blog)
Thanks all!!!
Rock on!!

2 Much - So Strong

Saturday, 29 September 2012

These are my people and I love them all the same!!

Alright people, here's back with another old skool classic.
I used to love this - it was a real feel good track and one that was really emotionally powerful when you were blissed out in a club.
There was no better feeling than hearing this and looking round and seeing everyone with their hands in the air singing along feel the same vibe.
The track really captured the essence of the vibe that was so strong in 1991, it expressed such a strong feeling of unity.
Those are the times we lived, we loved and we will never forget.
The track has a fantastic vibe, some superb lyrics, some great piano - all in all a total PCC.
"Standing on the edge of our freedom, knowledge is the key, the key for you and me"
"These are my, these are my people and I love them all the same"
"These are my, these are my people and I know them all by name"
Oh the memories.

Members Of The House - These Are My People
(Rainbow Edit)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Do not resist the beat!!

Alright people, apologies again from my side for the lack of recent posts.
Good to see that Adam's been keeping you topped up with some quality PCCs.
Here's an old skool classic from 1992 that I used to love and still do.
It's catchy as hell with a great little riff that buzzes through it.
You may not know it by title, but as soon as you hear the riff and the following lyrics you will.
"Do not resist the beat, let the beat control your body"
A little corker this one.

Westwon - Control
(Dominator Mix)

Balearic bliss from Gerald!!

Here's a a track that will take you back, way back!!
An absolute classic piece of Balearic bliss from A Guy Called Gerald.
This track is completely timeless and still sounds as good today as it did back in 1989.
It has a beautiful vibe that is so endearing and always puts me in a "bubble of bliss".
On this blog when we talk about dance music nowadays and how it doesn't compare to the music which was made back in the late 80's and 90's - this is exactly what we are referring too.
The vibe and emotions that tracks like this provide as just streets ahead.
I hope this touches you the way if does me.
Feel the vibe and keep the spirit alive!!

A Guy Called Gerald - Emotions Electric

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Everything Is Right

On my thirteenth birthday I received cassette album entitled 'Everything Is Wrong' by Moby. Upon receipt of this gift it was played unendingly, until the inevitable occurred and the tape ended up getting chewed up and had to be discarded. That incident doesn't detract from Moby's opus being utterly spectacular in every respect. Although some of the tracks on it were a bit questionable, the presence of euphoric classics such as 'Feeling So Real' and 'Everytime You Touch Me' more than atones. 'Into the Blue' proved another highlight; an atmospheric ambient number in its original form featuring the plaintive warblings of Mimi Goese. The Beatmasters were commissioned to provide the single version, which they do with some aplomb, enhancing the chilled out nature of the original. Moby's own 'Simple' mix, also featured here, pares down the vocal and transforms the track into a piano monster of the highest calibre. Great album, great artist, great vocals, great remixes, great track.

Moby - Into the Blue (Beatmasters Mix)

Moby - Into the Blue (Simple Mix)


This guitar-based stormer did some severe damage back in the summer of '96. Emanating from the Steppin' Out stable north of the border, Technocat had previously hit big with their eponymous track 'Technocat', some versions of which featured a rather unusual spoken-word vocal with the refrain 'We are human' relentlessly repeated in rather an hypnotic way. 'It's Gonna Be Alright' proved equally as massive, although some misguided soul thought it pertinent to add a very silly vocal to the original instrumental. This is one of my all time favourite tracks, it evokes some fantastic memories and is once more evidence, if it were needed, of the fact that they don't make them like this any more.

Technocat - It's Gonna Be Alright (Spanish Guitar Instrumental) 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Into the Mystic

Here's a third unutterable classic to round off this morning's posts. 'Mystic Motion' was released on the then fledgling Distinct'Ive label in 1996. Comprising a collaboration between Italo-house outfit Datura, and the legendary Billie Ray Martin, 'Mystic Motion' is elevated to another level entirely by dint of an astounding remix from Hybrid. A pumping epic of the first variety, Hybrid's remix dissolves into a breakbeat frenzy whilst at once foregrounding the unmistakable vocals of BRM. 'Mystic Motion' certainly raised the profile of the then little-known Welsh breaks outfit, and, all things considered, this track remains one of the best, early Distinct'Ive releases.

Datura With Billie Ray Martin - Mystic Motion (Hybrid's Full Journey)

Bullitt In the Gun

Referencing Blue Amazon in the Jayn Hanna post caused me to ruminate that perhaps they've been a touch overlooked on the blog in the past. Their contribution to the epic house canon, with 'No Other Love' and 'Star of David', simply cannot be denied. So, after some deliberation, here is one of the finest remixes they ever put out. 'Cried to Dream' surfaced in '96 on the :VC: imprint, a label that was on top form back then. The track was most noted for Blue Amazon's hugely epic remix which served to further raise the act's profile. Some four years later 'Cried to Dream' surfaced again, this time in a limited quantity. Max Graham's remix, as lifted from Oakey's 'Travelling' compilation, tastefully updates the track for twenty-first century pallets, excising a lot of the vocals whilst retaining the epic feel of the BA mix. 

Bullitt - Cried to Dream (Amazonian Vocal)

Bullitt - Cried to Dream (Max Graham's 2000 Remix)

Summer Vibes

Given it's such a beautiful morning I thought it would be apt to post a summery number, despite the fact that this is inevitably the last decent weekend of the year, weather-wise. Vocalist Jayn Hanna is perhaps best remember for the proggy '96 classic 'Lovelight', but 'River of Tears' slipped by almost unnoticed on promo only in mid-1999. Produced by Evolution, the original mixes are a bit too meandering for my tastes, but hidden away on the flip-side was this gorgeous house re-invention from Grant Nelson. This track has a real summer vibe to it. Also featured here is the follow up to 'Lovelight', in the shape of the equally classic 'Lost Without You', a track that surfaced at the beginning of 1997 and remains one of Evolution's best productions, in my opinion. By the way if any of you henceforth are attempting to download 'Storm In My Soul' by Kama Sutra, it's been removed due to some alleged violation or some such similar bollocks. 

Jayn Hanna - River of Tears (Grant Nelson's Club Mix)

Jayn Hanna - Lost Without You (Evolution Main Mix)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

An all time Old Skool classic!!

Talk about a PCC.
I can't believe that I haven't posted this track already. Having run the blog for over 3 and a half years, it seems unthinkable.
Anybody who has every heard this track in a club will confirm that it is one of the most uplifting pumping tracks you could ever wish to here.
It is right up there with your SLD - Getting Out, Asha - JJ Tribute, 2 Funky 2 - Brothers and Sisters, the huge piano anthems from 1991 - which were IMHO probably the era with the most uplifting tracks to ever grace the nations dancefloors.
From start to finish this track is pure uplifting energy from the opening bars
"Let the whole world know", then the piano kicking in, then into the glorious vocals
"Enjoy what you're doing, give it all you've got"
"Gotta get yourself together, no matter what they say, just try and make it there, just, just try and make it there" 
"Enjoy what you're doing, no matter what they say, It's a alright now"
constantly underpinned with that fantastic piano and then topped off with that infectious whistlely riff.
An tune of outstanding proportions from start to finish.
Old Skool at it's very best!!
Rock on!!!

Rhythm Foundation - Let The Whole World Know
(Original Mix)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Well and truly "Alive and Kicking"!!!

I've finally now got full access to my music collection and can't begin to tell you how relieved I am.
It feels like I've got part of my soul back!!
There was a moment back there when I thought I might have lost all the music I'd taken years to build up, but I'm pleased to report that all is "Alive and Kicking" and I now have full access to all my dance music collection.
This means that I can resume normal posting service to keep you all fully consumed with your regular dosage of PCCs (and also provide Adam with some support to keep the PCC blog rockin'!!)
Here's a really cheeky little number that I just couldn't resist.
I grew up loving Simple Minds, they were simply an awesome band and were right up there with U2 back in the 80's.
This track was one of there biggest hits (although just one of many classics they made). Here it's given a charming little remix, which contains the full power of the original version, but adds a little tinkly piano riff.
Ok it maybe have been a tad commercial for some of the nations more discerning dancefloors, but it's still a PCC in my mind.
Enjoy all the same!!!

East Side Beat - Alive And Kicking
(12" Mix)

Friday, 24 August 2012

More from the Magnum!!!

Breaking with tradition from our normal 1987 to 2000 era I bring you another track from a really exciting new producer called Magnum.
I often say on this blog that most of the dance music about nowadays doesn't compare to the stuff which we all loved and experience in those halcyon days of clubbing in the 87-2000 era, however it's refreshing to hear of new producers like Magnum who are turning out some quality tracks.
This one has some massive synth breakdowns and I'm sure will be massive in the clubs.
It's not house music as we know it, but it is very nice all the same!!
Let me know your thoughts people?

Magnum - Elev8tor

Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out!!

Big up to you all.
I've now got a new laptop and hence I'll be able to post tracks more frequently, but I've still not got access to all my music and hence still have over 10,000 tracks on my old hard drive which I need to get hooked up with my laptop. I'm in the process of getting that sorted, so hopefully nomal service will be resumed shortly.
A big shout to Adam who's been posing some fantastic tracks of late and has really kep the blog ticking over in my absence. Top man.
Here's coming back at you with one of my favourite DJ Combo's, remixers, producers, both of who have frequented the PCC blog in the past.
Chris & James productions and remixes were always of the very highest quality, their ability to drop the piano chords just at the right time and t change track tempo was always absolutely spot on.
Here's one of their least known productions (from back in 1995) and one that I can't believe that I've not already posted.
It uses their theme of choosing an effective sample and building the track around it, accompanied with those fantastic tempo changes and that beautiful piano it really is a top, top piece of dance music production.
All you have to do is "Tune in, turn on, drop out".
The sample  was made famous by Timothy Leary back in 1966 advocating the use of LSD to open your mind.
Enjoy the track, it's a belter!!

Chris & James - Tune In
(Animal House Mix)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Grand Piano

A piano classic from '96 here, and one that can be attributed to the peerless Pete 'The Shaker' Bones, a man with a severe penchant for tinkling the Ivories. Released on Bones' own Ugly Bug label, the aptly-titled piano frenzy mix did a rather large amount of dancefloor damage, despite never receiving a commercial release. 

Honk - Hullabaloo (The Shaker's Piano Frenzy)


Purists look away now. Originally released in 1995, 'Good Life' gained so much momentum that a re-issue proved inevitable some two years later. Its popularity can generally be ascribed to achieving monumental ubiquity on the dancefloors of North West England, where Dancing Divaz' remixes were universally well generally pretty well received during that particular epoch. This track was absolutely bloody everywhere, utterly inescapable. 

New Power Generation - Good Life (Dancing Divaz Mix)

A Pair of Charlie's

UK Seventies singer Charlie Dore bowled a bit of a curve ball in 1997 with this track. Originating from Italian stable Bustin' Loose, it was issued on these shores on some kind of Renaissance subsidiary, if memory serves correctly. Almost all of the remixes were wrought in the rather progressive yet melodious Italian deep house style, with the Souledout version being arguably the pick of the bunch. Also featured here is the follow-up track, 'My Turn', which was only released in Italy. 

Charlie Dore - Time Goes By (Souledout Club Mix)

Charlie Dore - My Turn (Souledout Radio Edit)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Ferry Good

A bit of an unlikely alliance, this one. Roxy Music's 'Love is the Drug' was re-released in Spring 1996 in conjunction with a remix of the track commissioned of Rollo & Sister Bliss. Executed in their sublimely singular style, this is a shunting, hypnotic track rendered distinct by dint of Brian Ferry's rather non-sequitur vocals; it just builds and builds and the drum rolls are unparalleled. Despite moderate interest this remix seemed to slip under the radar, yet in my opinion it remains one of the finest remixes Rollo & Bliss ever produced. 

Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug (Rollo & Sister Bliss Monster Mix)

Just Close Your Eyes

This is one rather large offering that I've been meaning to post for some while. 'Dreamtime' was a monstrously huge trance anthem that surfaced at the beginning of '96. Originally produced by Mike Koglin, the main version heard in the clubs was provided by one John Graham. Quivver's remix is of utterly immense proportions, complementing Zee's ethereal and almost eerie vocals to a tee. Whilst a full length version of the original mix of 'Dreamtime', was never commercially released, the radio mix is also worthy of a listen. Though issued on Perfecto, 'Dreamtime' originated from the equally legendary More Protein stable, which introduced us to the likes of Amos, Eve Gallagher and the E-Zee Posse. 

Zee - Dreamtime (Radio Mix)

Zee - Dreamtime (Quivver Vocal Mix)

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Go to Church

Though 'Let Love Shine' is one of my all time favourite records, the severely underrated and largely forgotten 'Church of Freedom' is a more than worthy successor in need of some exposure. Whilst the original mix, co-written by Mike Koglin, is a pleasant affair (albeit one that is slightly marred by the unnecessary ragga-muffin type vocals which characterised the later Bleachin' releases), the remixes are of a much higher calibre. Tinman delivers a typically euphoric version, whilst Quivver lays down something altogether darker. For a 1995 remix, Quivver's retake is markedly minimal and sets the tone for the direction his sound was to take. Amos' final solo release was the More Protein-issued 'Come Away', which I have earmarked as a potential future posting on account of it being top quality. 

Amos - Church of Freedom (Tinman 12" Mix)

Amos - Church of Freedom (Quivver Vocal Mix)

Back Where I Want to Be

A complete classic here and one that's never really gone away since its emergence in 1994. Originally produced by Ten City, and having been subjected to myriad reworks across the years, 'Nite Life' remains unquestionably a bona fide PCC. Although the '94 Bump mix is quality, my favourite version is this 1996 re-tweak from Joe T Vanelli. It's brooding, it's uplifting and it has JTV's singular sound stamped all over it. We don't appear to have posted enough Kim English tracks on the blog, a situation that needs to be remedied (the Nush mix of 'Learn II Love' being a case in point). Though the aforementioned 'Learn II Love' constituted her last UK release, she's been churning out US releases on the Nervous label for donkey's, including a rather tasty number from 1999 entitled 'Tomorrow', which featured a superb remix from Mark Pichiotti. Also, if anyone is in possession of the Powertribe DMC remix of 'Supernatural' from 1997, then please do sing out. It's an absolute bloody classic and it needs to be on this blog! 

Kim English - Nite Life (Joe T Vanelli Light Mix)

Friday, 3 August 2012

PC Problems

Sincere apologies for my lack of contact on the blog of late, but a huge big up to Adam for some fantastic recent posts and keeping you updated with your regular fix of PCCs.
My PC blew up (yes, literally blew up) recently and I'm still in the midst of getting a new one.
However, on a slightly more positive note, normal (regular posting) service will resume in the not too distant future.
Some more good news my collection of over 10,000 house tracks were not destroyed and still remain on my hard drive, however I can't get at them at the moment, hence I'm limited to what I can post and can only provide YouTube links.
In spite of that here's a little number which I came across recently which tickled my fancy.
I know it's been pretty big on the commercial scene recently and it's pretty epic.
It's got some great piano in it and it stands apart from most of the drivel produced nowadays.
I hope you like!!!

Florence And The Machine - Spectrum
(Calvin Harris Extended Remix)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Nocturnal Emissions

This is a slice of pure piano-trance heaven from Autumn '96. Released on the legendary Stress label - to which we all owe a great deal for bringing us just the highest quality antecedent trance - 'Nocturnal Spirit' was crafted by one Scott Bond. This track helped defined the 'epic house' sound as augured by BBE, and received a severe hammering from all the taste-makers of the time. Though ostensibly there is little difference between these two versions, I think it may have been the Republica Dangerous mix that received thegreater exposure. Unfortunately, I'm only in possession of an edit of the Gatecrasher mix, but thought I best share it with you anyway. 

Q:Dos - Nocturnal Spirit (Gatecrasher Epic Edit)

Q:Dos - Nocturnal Spirit (Republica Dangerous Mix)

Butterfly Effect

Another complete behemoth of a record here. 'Butterfly', Tilt's fourth release for Perfecto, constitutes a collaboration with Zee Cowling of More Protein and 'Dreamtime' notoriety. Zee lends her unmistakable tones to this track, underpinned as they are by a typically euphoric trance soundscape. Rather unusually the radio edit - featured here - comprises a mix in and of itself, rather than being a curtailed version of a lengthier offering. The original mix is darker and a bit more driving and loses something of the appeal of the radio edit. Why an extended radio edit of a more satisfying duration was never released escapes me. But that is my only criticism, this is one of my favourite Perfecto tracks being as I am a massive fan of both of the artists involved. 

Tilt Featuring Zee - Butterfly (Radio Edit)

Tilt Featuring Zee - Butterfly (Mechanism Mix)