Dream Slumber

Dream Slumber is a remix of Annette by T-Coy. In other words Mike Pickering and Simon Topping remixing themselves. It’s a fantastic piece of 1988 Mancunian acid house that could fit in with both Drew’s Friday series and by Pickering’s association with Factory my 2015 Factory Friday series. The sequenced bassline is a dream and the record glides towards it’s stuttering sample conclusion… ‘that’s a baaaaaad record’.

Dream Slumber (T-Coy Mix)

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Annette

It’s Friday, so as Drew would have it, let’s dance.

One of the many dance records Factory passed up on in the late 80s that Mike Pickering then put out on DeConstruction was his own T-Coy track Carino (posted yesterday). They also passed up Voodoo Ray and Ride On Time.¬†Another was Dream 17 by Annette, mentioned by Drew himself in the comments yesterday.¬†Dream 17 is a massive, forward thinking house record with a superb melodic bassline, the 303 in full effect and a vocal giving it soul. It was actually made by Pickering and Simon Topping plus two others using the Annette alias. Carino, Dream 17 and Voodoo Ray were all compiled on the seminal (oops, I used the seminal word) compilation North- The Sound Of The Dance Underground, which had an equally memorable cover (from Manchester’s Central Station Design)- goodbye to the grey and the indie, welcome to technicolour house.

Dream 17

There was also a Derrick May remix. Nearly as good as the original.

Carino

Mike Pickering is one of the key people in the Manchester/Factory/Hacienda story- a mate of Rob Gretton’s via Man City away games he started putting on club nights in abandoned buildings in Rotterdam and formed Quando Quango. He was the man who shaped the music policy of the Hacienda from its early days. He ripped the microphone out of the dj booth so they couldn’t talk over the records and began to create the vibe he’d been so impressed by at New York’s dance music clubs. He was the bookings manager for the Hacienda. He played house music at the Nude and Hot nights which in no small part invented the house scene of the late 80s. He signed the Happy Mondays to Factory. He told Factory he wanted to set up a dance offshoot label and when knocked back set up DeConstruction, one of the 90s key dance music labels. In 1987 he formed T-Coy to make house music (along with ex-ACR man Simon Topping) and they made this classic record.

Carino

He still djs today. This set from a night at Manchester’s Albert Halls from earlier this month shows him in fine ravey house form, albeit with less hair than he had in the photo above.