“The girl, young and smiling walked up the man’s hill and into his life, like sunshine on budding petals, opening up his real colours, his beauty, until in full bloom, his life could never be the same”.
January 1991: Another year, another volume of Deep Heat. Number 9’s scribbles talked about love and magic. I could certainly relate to that. The inlay is the colour purple, my lucky shade when it came to shirts. I purchased the double CD in KG Discs on my 19th birthday and found that the sleeve notes had a particular resonance. Sing your life.
We’re in no man’s land on The Farm’s All Together Now. Drift off with Black Box’s oblique Fantasy and feel underwhelmed with Blue Pearl’s most disappointing Little Brother. Technotronic’s remix LP Trip On This yield two singles; the follow-up to Megamix was the less dynamic Turn It Up. L.U.P.O. rock on with the crunchy rhythms of Keep It Up while The Grid’s A Beat Called Love is full of early house promise. And now time for The Dark Destroyer – Mr Nigel Benn – with some baggy beats on Stand And Fight. I’m still blown away by N-Joi’s appropriately-named Anthem. Massive bliss on a totally awesome scale.
Twenty Four Seven wind it up on Are You Dreaming? A useful workout that leads into Innocence’s yearning super soul of A Matter Of Fact. Back to the old school on The Kick Squad’s bleeping Soundclash (Champion Sound) with its faultless bassline. Meanwhile The Scientist lets fly on The Bee; doom-laden spy FX produced by DJ Hype. The greatness continues with Project 1’s rough plastic jam Ferrari and The Beloved’s underrated It’s Alright Now. Then go far into the sunset on 808 State’s cracking Olympic (Flutey Mix). CD1 ender: Carol Wheeler’s righteous UK Blak, composed by Loose Ends’ Carl McIntosh.
Disc 2 blasts off with Dimples D and the bouncy hip hop of Sucker DJ. Theme one continues with Dream Warriors’ breezy My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style before some hip house on Deskee’s smooth Kid Get Hyped and T.D.C.’s self-fulfilling Keep Groovin’. The mysterious Virginity 69 offer some advice on the slinky Kiss Me…Cherry Lips while Howie J and Co’s baggy cover of Come Together is equally under the radar – although you can find the 12″ mix on Rave I. Meanwhile 2 Tuff’s Slow Down samples En Vogue [Hold On] and The Family Stand [Ghetto Heaven] in a gorgeous concoction. Dig deep on Freedom, a much-missed tune from A Homeboy, A Hippie and A Funki Dredd.
The last quarter sees Cybersonik [Daniel Bell, John Acquaviva, Richie Hawtin] go hard on their visionary Technarchy. Elsewhere it’s house music all night long on Hi Tek 3’s Come On with Cartouche’s piano joy dropping that ghettoblaster. To Manchester for MC Tunes’ stylish Primary Rhyming, truly the north at its heights. A kindred spirit can be found in the Upfront Posse’s The Way That We Flow; any more information? Back to hell on Run DMC’s shaky What’s It All About? Lhe break is from Bobby Byrd’s Hot Pants and the original guitar riff from The Stone Roses’ Fool’s Gold. To a dead man’s town on the 2 Live Crew’s impressive rant Banned In The USA. Drift off as The Orb take us beyond our vast ultraworld on a nicely trimmed Little Fluffy Clouds. Lots of stars. . .
The Grid – A Beat Called Love
The Scientist – The Bee
N-Joi – Anthem
MC Tunes – Primary Rhyming
Lest we forget
The Kick Squad – Soundclash (Champion Sound)