Delusions Of Grandeur

Hardkiss were a San Franciscan trio who played a key role in the early 90s in establishing rave/dance music in the USA. At first they put on parties, promoting and djing, then moved into producing records and running a label. All three- Scott (God Within), Gavin (Hawke) and Robbie (Little Wing)- started making their own work which then got mixed together on their 1994 album Delusions Of Grandeur. This is a twenty minute segued sampler mixing ten of the tracks which make up Delusions… (which was remastered and ¬†re-released in 2015).

1. God Within – ”Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
2. Hawke – ”3 Nudes Having Sax On Acid”
3. Drum Club – ”Drums Are Dangerous (Drugs Are Dangerous)”
4. God Within – ”The Phoenix (Rabbit In The Moon’s Riverandrain Mix)”
5. Little Wing – ”Mercy Mercy”
6. God Within – ”Daylight (Dreamerdreamsalone)”
7. Hawke – ”Pacific Coastal Highway¬†#1
8. Rabbit In The Moon – ”Out Of Body Experience (Burning Spear)”
9. Unknown – ”Top Secret Song”
10. Little Wing – ”Thing (One)”

This being San Francisco things are pretty cosmic and hippy in places and by all accounts SF rave had a New Age ‘spiritual vibe’ (plus drugs) that marked it out as different. The trio saw Future Sound Of London’s Papua New Guinea as the starting point for what they wanted to do and the album’s tracks go from acid house to trance to breakbeat and techno. In places they veered close to the kind of mood music cds you can find in garden centres with samples of bird calls and monkeys but on the whole this is forward thinking, open minded stuff.

As a bonus here’s their inspiration, FSOL’s Papua New Guinea, a true moment of greatness. Counter intuitively, for something that works best as an extended track, this is a 7″ version. Still epic and massive.

Papua New Guinea (7″ Mix)

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Sound System

When I posted the Underworld remix of Orbital’s Lush recently I asked if there had ever been a compilation of Underworld’s remixes of other artists. Ctel from Acid Ted suggested eight remixes by Underworld that could make up such a compilation. Eight would be the maximum you could fit on a single cd- almost all of Underworld’s remixes are ten minutes long. Seemingly it is Darren Emerson’s stock period of time and it enables these tracks to work their magic slowly and build up a head of steam. This one, a remix of Sound System by The Drum Club in 1993, was one of Ctel’s choices. It’s a beauty. It’s a cliche to say that an Underworld track sounds like train but this one does, a train that whooshes through your head, made of techno and E.

Sound System (Underworld Remix)

Apologies for the lo-fi quality of this mp3. You’ll have to turn it up.

For the record the others Ctel went for were Underworld’s remixes of Mental Generation’s Cafe Del Mar, The Chemical Brothers’ Leave Home, Happiness by Front 242, Dreadzone’s Zion Youth (posted here a while ago) and Human Behaviour by Bjork. We discussed the Shakespear’s Sister Black Sky remix. I’d stick the One Dove one in too.

That’s yer lot for the next seven days. We are off to South Wales for a week’s holiday. Amongst the usual holiday stuff I’m contemplating a visit to Cardiff to visit the UK’s oldest record shop (Spillers). Have a good Easter everyone.

Repetitive Beats (And Man Ray)

In 1994 the Conservative government attempted to crack down on rave culture by bringing in a piece of legislation making it illegal to hold a gathering of a people listening to music characterised by repetitive beats. That’s right- they were looking to outlaw drum patterns when played in public. This led to various protests including a pair of e.p.s by a collective called Retribution (The Drum Club and Steve Hillage mainly, with Sabrettes’ Nina Walsh). The track- called Repetitive Beats obviously, released on Sabrettes – was then remixed by a variety of repetitive beat offenders, including Andrew Weatherall, Adrian Sherwood and On U Sound, Secret Knowledge, and Primal Scream (who turned in a somewhat lazy, drug-rock cover version of The Clash’s Know Your Rights). Adrian Sherwood’s dubbed up remix here features the talents of vocalists Little Axe and Bim Sherman and is probably the pick of the bunch.

Repetitive Beats (Mind And Movement On U Sound)

Man Ray picture- Lee Miller, photographed here in 1930s Paris, who led an extraordinary life. Lee moved from the US to Paris, having modelled for Vogue in the early 20s, becoming a photographer after inventing solarisation with Man Ray (by accident), leaving him to become a fine art and fashion photographer and then becoming Vogue’s European war correspondent during World War II, accompanying the US army across France and into Germany after D-Day. She was the only female photographer at the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald. She also found time before the war to hang about with Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Not your average CV.

Boxnet bandwidth was at 95% last night so will shortly be exceeded I reckon. Get you d/ls quick if you want them.