There was a definite air of finality about the last volume of Deep Heat. Six months had elapsed since Deep Heat 10 – The Awakening with two volumes of Thin Ice emerging during the interim. Spirit Of Ecstasy saw shrinkage: a single CD with “20 pumpin’ club hits”, released in time for Christmas 1991; livening up the Harold’s Cross basement.
Hardcore – you know the score. First blood to Altern-8; the magical rave anthem Activ-8. Check out their live PA from a car park outside Shelley’s nightclub. Come with me as Bizarre Inc. bang out the sublime Playing With Knives. UHF aka Moby drops the mega synth monster UHF. Sound familiar? This compilation was released around the same time as The Ultimate Rave so there is some overlap. Quick step sideways with Oceanic’s Wicked Love; criminally overlooked. The mysterious Anticappella really did their sums on the pounding 2√231 while Control pull you right in with the pleading Dance With Me (I’m Your Ecstasy). And ZTT’s Shades Of Rhythm’s undeniably euphoric Extacy. Spot a theme?
I still get chills down my spine when I hear the break loops on SL2’s techno beast DJs Take Control. Immortal and ruff. Next: Fierce Ruling Diva’s squelchy Rubb It In and The Love Decade’s So Real – in full effect cheese. Time for Congress and a sweet muncher 40 Miles. Heavy hitters are 2 Unlimited’s Get Ready For This, Seal’s Killer and Rozalla’s Faith (In The Power Of Love). Meanwhile Manix’s Feel Real Good gives off good memory tingles. Written by David Morales, Robert Owen’s I’ll Be Your Friend reminds me of New Gold Dream gone jazz. The thread continues with Sabrina Johnston’s soulful Friendship before ending on an inexplicably anti-climatic note: Right Said Fred’s Don’t Talk Just Kiss.
Postscript: Keep on Pumpin’ It. A keen techno sound from The Visionmasters (Paul Taylor and Danny Hybrid) and Tony King featuring Kylie Minogue. It was written by Kylie, Mike Stock and Pete Waterman. It samples Freestyle Orchestra’s Keep On Pumping It Up and Kylie’s vocals / lyrics from her song I Guess I Like It like That. While the song became a huge club dance hit in November 1991 it only peaked at #49 on the UK singles chart.
Altern-8 – Activ-8 (Come With Me) (Hardcore Holocaust Mix)
Oceanic – Wicked Love (Radio Mix)
SL2 – DJs Take Control
Lest we forget
UHF – UHF (Edit)