"...This is part 11 in a series of mixes called 'Trust Me I Was There' - the tracks that were big in the clubs I was going to and the London pirates I was listening to at the time.
In 91 the music was morphing from the previous Housier/US sound to a more UK vibe, with basslines and breakbeats shaping the sound. As a punter/DJ back then, I had really liked the earlier music in these mixes, but from this point I felt like i was part of a scene that was largely people like me, in areas like where i lived - I was well and truly hooked!...."
"...This is chapter 10 in my series of mixes called 'Trust Me I Was There' - this one is pt 2 from 1991. As I said in the last one, you can really hear the sound changing, more breakbeats and to my ears a more bedroom studio sound.
Included in this mix are tracks from Doc Scott, Shades of Rhythm, Shut Up And Dance and Blame, to name a few...."
"...This is the 9th chapter in my 'Trust Me I Was There' series - this is the part 1 from 1991.
91 was the year I started on pirate radio with my DJ partner Swift (not Mampi Swift btw, a different one!) we were on Impact FM and our first show was the first time I'd touched a pair of technics - till then i'd been using decks without pitch, or if I was lucky, some Soundlabs. The studio mixer was an MRT 60, futuristic business at the time :D
Swift and I did 4 hours every sat night and 4 hours sunday night, plus any cover shows we could do. keen...
Music wise - 91 was a real turning point, you can really hear the UK sound starting to take off, most tracks had a breakbeat instead of the 4/4 kick that had been more common before and it sounds like the samplers were getting used in the studio more and more - for me, the music up to this point was great, but from 1991 it just becomes exceptional. The golden era of the Jungle sound has now begun :D..."
"Turning back the time machine for a visit to the early noughties (2001-2006) and the classic sound of 2-step, broken beat, breaks and a touch of breakstep. Music that was in a large part the precursor to dubstep. Music from the likes of Horsepower, Darqwan, Afronaught, Zinc, El-B and much more....."
So much has been said elsewhere this week; for me, this video says it all.
As a B-boy back in the '80's, I knew the resistance many felt to this music (oftentimes a second hand received opinion from the 'real music' brigade, the remnants of the 'anti-disco' years, and the covert homophobia of Hip Hop) as it began its encroachment into our lives. As a kid in school buying those first records that slowly dripped in from Chicago, those first tracks that were licensed to be sold in Europe, I along with my friends would study the sleevenotes, the names, read accounts of what was happening in Chicago (and starting to happen to the previously rare groove clubs across the Irish sea), and could only dream of what was to come. So, it's been a loss this week - but let's not forget the legacy. It's great to see so many people who weren't even born when these records were first heard paying their respects in recognition of the contribution Frankie Knuckles made to so many of our lives.
Tonight in Dublin 2, Cyclic puts together a very special line up not to be missed. On the night you can catch Glacial Sound with a full bag of unreleased tunes that you're not gonna hear anywhere else on this little pond. Emmo who hold's down the Reload show every Sunday from 8pm-10 on RTE's Pulse Fm will be coming with the exclusives along with the classics. Dekka who can be heard threw out clubs in Dublin most weekends will be joining the Cyclic crew on the night and our own BOB will be bringing the Standard Vibe to the dance.
As the clocks rolled forward once again, Bob was on set to bring you another installment of Standard Radio - working the way up through the tempos on this one, with a little bit of everything from the UK Hardcore Continuum.
As ever we're back next week same time and place. Thanks to everyone who locked in, and to those who contributed music.
01 Groove Chronicles feat Sia - What You Gonna Do
02 El-B - Express
03 Brasstooth - Celebrate Life (El-B Remix)
04 Mr Reds feat Ranking S - Can You Fell It
05 Zed Bias - The Light
06 Tuff Jam - Style & Class (DIY Dub)
07 Fabulous Baker Boys - Oh Boy (Ramsey & Fen Remix)
08 El-B - The Club
09 Mickey Pierce - Instructions
10 Mickey Pierce - No Question
11 Unknown - Tesseract
12 Unknown - Raijin
13 Chemist - Scram (Bootleg)
14 Shriekin Specialist - Red Beach (VIP)
15 Shriekin Specialist - Bananas
16 DarkO - Bora
17 Fabel - Do It (Remix)
18 P-Jam - Spaz Out
19 Finn - My My
20 Dj MilkTray - Eastern Delight
21 William Skeng - Visit Me
22 Mumdance & Rabit - Square Wave Shell Down
23 Strict Face - Saigon Figure
24 BOB - One Foot Skank
25 Logos - Cloud Bursting
26 Biak & Baitface - Cellula
27 Fabel - Lets Get Busy (Remix)
28 E.N.D Productions - Are You Really From The Endz
29 Rebound X - Rythem 'N' Gash
30 Sublow - Body Kiss
31 The Informatics & 4Real - New Era
Bringing back those old school vibes, here's Jee4ce with a summery blast from his forthcoming new EP " Poppa Cherry", coming out on May 4th, and produced by Show N Prove.
Kicking off the Spring equinox nicely round these parts this evening.