Hardcore Breakbeat Records Reviews
Below are a list of some of the biggest records that rocked from the start of the Acid House scene and later massive raves countrywide. If you have a suggestion of a record to add them do get in touch with the details:
Bomb Scare (remix) Essential Listening! - 2 Bad Mice - (Moving Shadow 1992)
Well you all asked for Bomb Scare, easily the most famous 2 Bad Mice record ever, but I have to say it's not a true favourite of mine in its original incarnation, therefore I've provided you with the infinitely better '92 rendition - a genuine classic remix, and a bastard of a good tune. Taking the brilliant breaks from the original, complete with its silly main dropout, the Mice also sort us out with some much better scratchy bits and mind-blowing strings in this one, and I'd take that over the original, or indeed any of the subsequent '94 re-issues any day. Not to mention that terrible Ratpack version!
Hold it Down - 2 Bad Mice - (Moving Shadow 1991)
Hold it Down was released on the same E.P. as the much heard original version of Bomb Scare, but it's easily the better of the two in my infinite wisdom. A great old tune, using classic vocals which you may well recognise from the Jungle Brothers' ancient hip house stormer I'll House You, also to be found around here, over in the House/Garage section.
Cookin' Up Yah Brain - 4 Hero - (Reinforced 1993)
One of the blokes from 4 Hero is actually none other than hardcore hero Manix. The good old, and often underrated Cookin' Up Yah Brain tune here is actually quite a bit more normal than a lot of these guys' other hardcore offerings, some of which were rather bizarre, it has to be said. Also equally good and worthy of a checking out was the remix of this one which took the whole thing to a slightly more furious level, providing of course that you're lucky enough to track it down anywhere.
Journey From the Light - 4 Hero - (Reinforced 1993)
An extremely progressive early hardcore jungle offering featuring mad time-stretched voices kicking things off, lovely intelligent arpeggio string sequences, top old skool breakbeat action, and even a little classical music dropout as things move on. A truly cosmic little tune, deserving a whole lot more recognition that it seems to get these days.
Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion!) Essential Listening! - Acen - (Production House 1992)
Acen without a doubt made some of the best hardcore tracks back in the day. Close Your Eyes was a fantastic record, and here is a classic old remix, mixing up wicked deep strings, uplifting keyboard workouts, and dirty mean hardcore stabs to great effect, and naturally features plenty of those trademark Acen chipmunk vocals which made him famous, sampled from about a million and one different places including the insane Mr Kirk's Nightmare by 4 Hero ("Overdose"), All We Wanna Do is Dance by The House Crew ("Drop the bass!"), Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J ("I'm ready, I think I'm gonna...") and of course none other than The Doors' very own Jim Morrison ("Just close your eyes"). Phew. Many versions also featured a Beatles sample in the latter half, obviously completely illegal as it's withdrawn from some pressings, but it's in this one you'll be pleased to hear.
Close Your Eyes (The Sequel) - Acen - (Production House 1992)
Acen always seemed to enjoy making his sequels and his prequels and his remixes and his part ones and his parts twos, and to that effect, here's a nice little follow-up to his first release, featuring lots of extra vocals, some improved stab patterns, and a cool overall feel that does the original tune the justice it truly deserves. Additional samples found in this one include, "Here come the drums" from Can't Truss it by Public Enemy, "Somebody in the house, say yeah", also a Public Enemy sample, spoken by Chuck D from a live excerpt on their Nation of Millions album and "Oh, uh! I just don't know" which is another one from LL Cool J's classic Mama Said Knock You Out. It's worth checking out the original XXX mix of Close Your Eyes if you can, another wicked tune, following a very similar path to these two outings.
Close Your Eyes ('XXX' mix) Essential Listening! - Acen - (Production House 1992)
The very first version of the classic tune which we were witness to, and the first Acen release ever from what I can tell. Here we also see the bad man use the Amen break for the first time, and suits him very well, it does. Despite being one of his earlier works, I find the track layout to be one of his best here, with a tune that is never the same for more than 20 seconds at a time, piling in different sounds and breakdowns consistently and without pause, making it a solid ride and a half.
The Life & Crimes of a Ruffneck - Acen - (Production House 1992)
Check further down for a couple of Acen's more well-known anthems, but first here's some b-side tunes which you might wanna have a butchers at. Found on the flip side of the incredibly highly regarded second Trip II the Moon record, this is one of many old 'ardcore rave tracks to nick a loop from a classical piece in its production, originally from something entitled Chi Mai, by Italian actor, musician and film director Ennio Morricone.
Obsessed - Acen - (Production House 1992)
This one was the flip of the original Trip II the Moon release, also being a bit of a classic with its complex synth action, standing out a mile from every other hardcore track you'll ever hear. The vocals used in this one, as well as in the follow-up, were sampled from Mia Boca by Jill Jones.
Obsessed II (Pictures of Silence) - Acen - (Production House 1992)
Requested by a visitor back in Bassquake's early days, and who am I to disappoint? Obsessed II (Pictures of Silence) takes things down a more darkened and subdued path than a lot of the old Acen material, yet still manages to be unmistakably familiar at the same time, with that ever so popular and truly wicked Acen vibe to it. Unsurprisingly, it's the flip to the third Trip II the Moon outing too.
Trip II the Moon Essential Listening! - Acen - (Production House 1992)
The first in the famous holy trilogy, and that one single record which everyone seems to suddenly think of whenever chatting about Acen. Features famous James Bond-ripped string movements, and sampled "I get hyped when I hear a drum roll" lyrics from the Jackson 5-tastic I Know You Got Soul by good old Eric B & Rakim, creating a demented and outrageous hardcore anthem of the highest order in the process. Costs a small fortune to pick up on 12" these days, and, needless to say, is ultimately rare as a baby's arse.
Trip II the Moon (The Darkside...) Essential Listening! - Acen - (Production House 1992)
Part 2 of the series, and the tune that really started it all for me - when I heard this back in '92 I fell in love with hardcore and haven't looked back ever since. Not only another classic release for Production House, it also marks a triumphant symbol of how experimental the scene really became at times, and stands as an imprint for which all other records of this era are compared against for me. More James Bond strings feature towards the end of this one, also recently heard in Robbie William's well dodgy Millennium (just like in the first Trip II the Moon, they're from You Only Live Twice if you fancy havin' a butchers firsthand), and that "'Nuff respect to all the massive" sample in this one is a Rebel MC lyric for all the sample spotters taking notes. Finally an additional sound was nicked out of 80 Aum's Mindcontroller, apparently.
Trip II the Moon (Kaleidoscopiklimax) Essential Listening! - Acen - (Production House 1992)
The final instalment of the series, and a more formulaic, cheesy, uplifting kinda tuney. Also a classic like the previous two however, and the perfect finale to this simply amazing trio. We have another Eric B & Rakim vocal in this one too, "Steady, the sound I drop is real heavy", sampled from their old track Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em.
Window in the Sky (Monolythikmaniak) - Acen - (Production House 1992)
The last tune by Acen Razvi that you're gonna get from me for now. Just one of a stupidly large amount of mixes of his rather strange and rather good Window in the Sky that were put out, pretty much all of which can be found on the 75 Minutes album (it should have had a little less Window in the Sky and a little more Trip II the Moon on it though if you ask me).
Activ-8 Essential Listening! - Altern 8 - (Network 1992)
Cheesy crossover rave band Altern 8 had a number of classic cuts out in the earlier years of the decade, and here's perhaps the best of the bunch if you ask me. There's some major sampling going on towards the middle, with those top strings that we all know and love from Express Yourself by Family Foundation, yet it's actually been done impeccably well here, and does no shame to the simply brilliant original. Top one, nice one, get sorted!
Brutal-8-E - Altern 8 - (Network 1992)
Something a bit slower and a lot deeper than your average Altern 8 offering now. With its almost intelligent slant on regular old hardcore, and lush intelligent synth work, I always find it a laugh to drop Brutal-8-E in the middle of piano-powered hand-raising hardcore set in order to flip the script just that little bit. The main hook line here was originally from electro classic This Brutal House by Nitro Deluxe.
Infiltrate 202 - Altern 8 - (Network 1992)
Second track from the good old Full On..Mask Hysteria L.P., which I'm lucky enough to have here on a nice big picture disc! A wicked tune, no doubt, using nice Bowa vocals from the track Different Story (see further down), and cunningly concealed 808state sampled strings to great effect, going down as another of the best offerings from Altern 8 without a doubt. Watch ya bassbins I'm tellin' ya!
Real Time Status Essential Listening! New! - Altern 8 - (Network 1991)
Slapped on board the boy's first 12" and later re-released a couple of times, including as a bonus track for the CD version of Full On..Mask Hysteria, this one is pure winner material on all scores. The main breakdown uses that classic synth which I now refer to as "the Altern 8 noise", but also worthy of mention are the lovely strings, hinting at a more intelligent edge that Altern 8's work didn't explore as much in later years, as they dived into full on hardcore mode.
Never Felt This Way - Andy C - (Ram 1992)
Gonna give you something a bit more underground now. This one's taken from Andy C's first ever E.P. from all the way back in '92, and as a bonus marks the opening release for the much hailed Ram Records. A nice uplifting and dead simple rave tune, using light little stabs and a sampled M People vocal from How Can I Love You More?, and just one of two rather good tunes tucked away on that E.P.
Don't Go (Kicks Like a Mule remix) Essential Listening! - Awesome 3 - (City Beat 1992)
Awesome 3's enormous Don't Go undoubtedly features one of the best piano rolls of all-time, and was such a huge anthem back in the day that it managed to spawn enough rip-offs and remixes to sink the Titanic (and hopefully Mr DiCaprio with it). The mix featured here is still a Ratpack favourite to this day, and many reckon it tops even the original.
Headstrong Essential Listening! - Awesome 3 - (Entity 1992)
Actually the b-side to the original version of Don't Go, this bleepy little blinder of a tune has always been a firm favourite of mine, and really deserved its own release if you ask me. A total dance floor devastator, and oh my, what a true gem.
Let Me Be Your Fantasy - Baby D - (Production House 1992)
Credible hardcore classic, or dodgy commercial cheese? Arguably a bit of both really, being a massive underground rave anthem back in '92, then gaining immense chart success thanks to a '94 re-release, but personally I'm still well into it either way, most of all 'cos of that rock 'ard bassline that kicks in near the end. Incidentally the vocoder sample prior to which was ripped from another and much earlier Production House tune, All We Wanna Do is Dance (Adamski remix) by The House Crew. In addition, there were a couple of real nice remixes of Let Me Be Your Fantasy to follow, and I'd probably have to say that the Acen rendition was the best, found over in DJ mix #3 if you fancy a gander.
Such a Feeling - Bizarre Inc - (Vinyl Solution 1991)
Possibly one of the best tunes we saw from piano-driven housey hardcore rinsers Bizarre Inc back in the day, alongside their other major classic Playing With Knives, which has been stuck up in the House/Garage section if you're after it. My only gripe is that the bugger is way too slow to fit into any of my sets!
2 Bad Mice Take You Essential Listening! - Blame - (Moving Shadow 1992)
Music Takes You was of course one of the best rave tunes from earlier this decade without a doubt, even scoring large in the national top 40 at one point, and here's 2 Bad Mice on the mix, taking the original flavour and coming up with something even more special as a result. Absolutely class.
Feel the Energy - Blame - (Moving Shadow 1992)
An amazingly underrated and underplayed tune, and one of Blame's less known tracks, also from back in his Moving Shadow days before graduating into the Good Looking field. I love the layout in this one - it starts off kind of laid back, then goes all electronic, and then we get the anthemic raise-your-hands bit in the middle. Lovely!
Music Takes You Essential Listening! - Blame - (Moving Shadow 1992)
Here's the original Music Takes You by Blame himself, with a darker and slightly more eerie feel to it than the 2 Bad Mice version. Some say it's better, some say it's worse, but personally I love 'em both. Sadly I only have a strange US pressing here, complete without the highly impressive Piano Takes You version by Blame himself, but still, the original is the one, and luckily it's right there. Samples include an edited old Mantronix break, and of course the vocal stab from Shades of Rhythm's amazing Sweet Sensation.
Exodus - The Brothers Grimm - (Production House 1992)
Hold tight for another Acen piece now, joining forces with Dice in a bit of early Production House in-breeding. The trippy and more ambient sounds Acen was always famous for are here in abundance, along with that darker and more abstract "When the Lion awakens..." bit in the middle.
Just For U London - Body Snatchers - (Big City 1992)
This one, perhaps one of the rarest and hardest to find tunes in my experience, is actually by Ratpack so I hear. While it's a nice little catchy thing, I can't help but feel it's a wee bit empty despite lovely twinkly string loops during the intro and middle drop-outs. A bit of a classic never the less though. "Ju-Ju-Just for you London! London!"
Different Story - Bowa - (Dead Dead Good 1991)
Ooh, what a "dead good" 'un we have here! It's the vocals that excel this one for me, later sampled in Altern 8's just mentioned massive Infiltrate 202 - another classic for the hardcore crew. For a more laid back, S/O/R-style take though, with hardcore breaks over what is essentially a house tune when all's said and done, Different Story is a damn fine offering.
Made in Two Minutes Essential Listening! - Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam - (Labello Blanco 1991)
Made in Two Minutes is possibly the most remixed tune I've ever come across, but deservedly so it seems - what a blinder! I think there were actually 10 different renditions altogether, with two remix E.P.s doing the rounds towards the start of '94, featuring rehashes by the likes of The Prodigy, Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era, Shades of Rhythm, and Foul Play to name a few, but I'd have to say the best versions were easily Dr S Gachet's remix, and, of course, the original from years before, as featured right here.
Let's Do it New! - Carl Cox - (On Top 1991)
Major sample-fest! This one's been ripped to shreds from all sides mate - let's see, Slammin' Vinyl took the intro apart on their much faster version of Let's Do it, then Homegrown did a complete Naughty Naughty job in DJs Unknown Vol. 2, not to mention Slipmatt's nicking the vocal for an SMD. It works both ways though, as I believe the vocal is from an old hip hop record anyway (weren't they all?), and that classic hardcore riff may indeed be a sample too. It's definitely featured in a ton of records over the years either way. What's interesting about this slab of wax though is the way it often runs out of sync completely, then slowly returns to normal - it sounds as if it was produced on a couple of turntables, complete with nudges and dodgy volumising.
40 Miles Essential Listening! - Congress - (Inner Rhythm 1991)
One of many tunes to nick the piano line out of Jimi Polo's Better Days, alongside DJ Trace's Inception, Blurred's Pianoman, Song For Lindy by Fatboy Slim and of course the gorgeous SMD #1. They're all fab really (with the possible exception of Pianoman), but this is one of the better ones I'd say, despite having a well shite vocal mix on the flip!
Body Work - Cosmo & Dibs - (Moving Shadow 1992)
A cracking, reasonably unknown tune, with nice electronic stuff going on in the intro, accompanied by cool programmed breaks and sampled female lyrics, followed by a much ruffer hardcore breakdown later on. The flip side is even better, mind you, and pretty much every Cosmo & Dibs release is worth snatching up if you're lucky enough to spy any of them (no wonder though, a certain Rob Playford is the man behind 'em).
Baptised by Dub Essential Listening! - Criminal Minds - (Whitehouse 1992)
Undoubtedly one of the all-time anthems, right here, and luckily still very pick up-able these days thanks to it being featured on Vol. 1 of the highly well received Dreamscape Old Skool Classics series of recent years. There was also that Rebaptised by Dub remix which was a bit naff if you ask me, but the awesome original here, with it's reggae pianoy hardcore inbreeding and zany "Go with the flow!" speed-ups, manages to still remain a winner here in the new millennium.
Night in Motion - Cubic 22 - (XL 1991)
We have a pure anthem in Night in Motion, utilising another cracking breakdown in the middle, one which went on to be ripped-off in a poppy dance tune by Strike a few years down the line called U Sure Do, and another tune, Jinxed by DJ Blatant & The Master Programmer, also took a slice of the action in a similar fashion.
Dub War (Chapter One) Essential Listening! - Dance Conspiracy - (XL 1992)
Wicked dark elements kick off this old hardcore favourite in the form of a lovely sampled Public Enemy sax riff, but it doesn't stay too dark for long, as pleasing uplifting female vocals and one fuckin' wickedly constructed bassline dropout are soon thrown into the mix, all with stupendous crowd-pleasing results every time. There were 4 more chapters in the Dub War series, two of which were remixes of this, but Chapter One is naturally the best. Produced by Sponge for those who didn't know, and referred to by L.T.J. Bukem as one of his favourite records ever made.
Do it Jah - The Dark Syndicate - (Rising High 1992)
Classic b-side action to the Rising High release Feel the Fire, it's the slightly iffy production which stops this one from being an "Essential Listen" in the form of some badly synced breaks and riffs, but what the heck, it's still a fucking quality tune if ever I heard one. Rock hard '92 Amen hardcore.
Bass Go Boom - D'Cruze - (Suburban Base 1992)
Requested numerous times over the course of Bassquake's existence, hence this one simply had to be included in the archives eventually. Nice early jungle influences meet lovely little hardcore breakdowns with cunningly crafted female wailings and a few silly reggae samples thrown in for good measure. We like it don't we.
Who's the Bad Man Essential Listening! - Dee Patten - (Hard Hands 1992)
True, it's not a genuine hardcore record, instead opting for a much more original style that borders somewhere in-between early jungle, house, reggae vibes, and what's now referred to as nu skool breaks, but it's a classic old skool tune if ever I heard one, and another that Ratpack have been known to spin from time to time too. Crazy hoover lines and high pitched synth stabs run over a mad Apache and loads of endless shouting.
I Want You (Forever) - DJ Carl Cox - (Perfecto 1991)
Another fuckin' anthem mate, and a blinding tune which I'd been wanting to get up since the site's birth - giving it a listen it's not hard to see why! I love Carl Cox on the decks, but he's not really for me on the production front, however this old rave classic still storms it every time.
Kicked into Orbit - DJ Dynamic & DJ Phuturistic - (1992)
Uptempo mental stuff pushing forward the early happy hardcore sound, exploding into a naughty rearrangement of the old Chime riff at one point which is in all fairness is very well done. A tremendous tune from Dynamic and Phuturistic, aka M.A.N.I.C..
Testify - DJ Illeagal - (Dee Jay 1993)
Alvin and the Chipmunks strike back in this groovy little hand raising number, an early classic courtesy of Dee Jay Recordings, with chaotic break cuts and uplifting keyboard routines crossing paths with a bit of Robin S' Show Me Love for good measure.
F*ckin' Hardcore Essential Listening! - DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer - (Slammin' Vinyl 1993)
DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer provided us with many an anthem during their period of supreme hardcore rip-off merchants, yet this, probably their most original tune, was very possibly the best of the lot. The uplifting breakdown towards the middle always makes the people go crazy, and when those mad time stretched Amens and high pitched vocals kick in...fucking hell!
Just Wanna Hold U Tight - DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer - (Slammin' Vinyl 1992)
Begged and pleaded for by a number of people, so here you are, even though personally I reckon it was one of the weaker Slammin' Vinyl tracks of the time. It was, however, the very first release for the label, as found on the old Hold Tight E.P. back in 1992, and still marks a pleasing milestone in the hardcore book of history, seeing as we went on to receive numerous of the very best old skool tunes ever from this label during the following 2 or 3 years, as they bashed out anthem after anthem.
Hardcore Heaven (The Heaven mix) Essential Listening! - DJ Seduction - (FFRR 1992)
One instant classic coming up! Seduction's ultra ruff old skool anthem serves as the pure definition of UK hardcore in my opinion, and is a pretty much faultless and undeniably tearing tune that even managed to make its way into the charts alongside Music Takes You, Some Justice, and a few others that managed to make the grade. Here's the best of an obscene amount of mixes that were released.
Axis - DJ Solo - (Production House 1993)
Another one of many top releases coming from the Production House stable during the early '90s. For all your mindless, uplifting, piano soaked Amen needs, Axis will fit the bill perfectly every time, although for some strange reason, I still choose the remix over it myself. The main riff here is actually a straight lift from You're Gonna Miss Me (Club Mix) by Turntable Orchestra.
Darkage Essential Listening! - DJ Solo - (Production House 1993)
"Jungle it!". The flip side to Axis, this one, but it too is also rather good, hence it needed uploading as well. Darkage utilises more of those manic Amen break patterns, a wicked catchy bassline that you'll be humming for hours, and plenty of squeaky vocals ripped from various places, including an old house record, Do You Want it Right Now by Degrees of Motion. The 10" remixes of both Darkage and Axis were also rather nice and come very highly recommended.
How Does it Feel? - Electroset - (FFRREEDOM 1992)
One of a million tracks to nick the synth line out of Kariya's Let Me Love You For Tonight, and while undoubtedly rather cheesy with its additional sampling of Blue Monday going on for the majority of the track, it's still a bit of a good tune all-round, with those ruff bass-driven breakdowns and all.
Rock to the Max - Ellis Dee Project - (white label 1992)
The vocal here actually says "ruff to the max", but pitched up so much like this it's next to impossible to notice. A lovely little scratchy hardcore thing on the flip side of Do You Want Me, which while incredibly simple, merely emphasises the fact that all you needed to make a sorted little tune back in the day was a catchy riff and a bunch of samples.
Tic Tac Toe Essential Listening! - Ephemeral - (white label 1992)
Something that truly needs to be experienced on a big huge fucking sound system to really be appreciated to its full extent. The loud noisy metallic reverbs that Tic Tac Toe engages us with after the intro were quite different from really every other big hands-in-the-air drop used in the other hardcore tunes of '92, and it shows. Then with it moving on to those gloriously enchanting ambient strings in the second half, it soon becomes clear just what a groundbreaker this old underrated classic really was, and still is. Produced by Basement Jaxx so they say.
Total Xstacy (remix) - EQ - (Formation 1992)
Hands in the air time here, with an early Formation rocker that'll blow you away 10 times over. Although I personally thought the '93 DJ SS mix gave the whole thing a more fired up, dance-floor knock-out feel, surprisingly it's the earlier '92 versions which have the much superior production and layout, such as this old remix. A classic on all accounts though!
Work it Out (The Redemption Remake) - F/O/A/D - (D-Zone 1992)
A very DJ Seduction sounding thing from '92, this underground piece provides a fantastic mixture of melodies and classic hardcore sounds, along with the typical "Let's go!" and "Wooo!" vocals we've heard a million times before. Superb vintage old skool breaks.
Finest Illusion Essential Listening! - Foul Play Productions - (Section 5 1993)
What a fuckin' tune! And yes matey, it's the original and much in demand illegal mix that everyone and their grandmother is after! The less rare Legal mix then came out on Moving Shadow, but failed to impress as much as this unfortunately, namely due to its lack of lyrics and unneedingly reworked latter half. The lyrics themselves were sampled from a track called The Finest by SOS Band for those who're interested. Changing subject briefly, sadly one member of Foul Play died in 1997.
Narra Mine - Genaside II - (HUM 1991)
Rather original as far as hardcore goes, with none of your normal uplifting pianos and that here, no sir. Instead we have a very electronic sounding breakbeat stormer of a tune, with full female vocals and a nice ragga'd up second half. Genaside II went on to do a totally in your face remix of The Prodigy's Jericho as time went on, which will undoubtedly be up here soon, as it was one fucking sick track!
Start the Panic (Top Buzz remix) New! - A Homeboy, a Hippie & a Funki Dredd - (Rising High 1991)
Basement big-timers Top Buzz on the mix of an old Rising High '91 twelve which I think does a killer job of improving on the original. One you might not have come across before, but the hand-raising hardcore stab sessions make it a definite one to seek out in the bargain bins.
All We Wanna Do is Dance - The House Crew (featuring MC Juice) - (Production House 1989)
Well I like it! All We Wanna Do is Dance, a tune regularly slated by the old skool community, was the very first release from The House Crew as far as I can tell, and one of the earliest releases for Production House as a whole for that matter, even though seeing as it actually came out a whopping great 11 years ago now, some might therefor argue it wasn't even a hardcore record. But what essentially is hardcore? High speed breakbeats with catchy riffs? If so, there's no denying All We Wanna Do... is at the very least an early blue-print for hardcore, if nothing else, despite it's incredibly cheesy hip hop influences and undeniably slow tempo. There was also the previously referred to Adamski remix to come shortly after. A bit shite it was.
Euphoria (Nino's Dream) Essential Listening! - The House Crew - (Production House 1993)
The b-side to The House Crew's rather good The Theme (found further below) gets a stunning little remix from Production House's own Nino here, creating a lovely varied and original tune, mixing up tons of different dropouts and samples to great effect, including Natasha Mayne's cute vocals and the classic Think break, absolutely pissing on The House Crew's own version in the process. Considered one of the very best.
Keep the Fire Burning - The House Crew - (Production House 1993)
Another House Crew release, and another classic for Production House. Keep the Fire Burning has a more subtle, mellow vibe to it than some of the others around here, compromised of wicked little stabs, MC Juice samples, vocals from Ring My Bell by Monie Love vs. Adeva ("Why don't you move damnit?"), and additional lyrics from an ancient pop record by Annie Lennox, There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart, also famously used by Utah Saints.
The Theme Essential Listening! - The House Crew - (Production House 1993)
Using a way-before-its-time Dead Dred style bassline, the rather amazing The Theme could very well have been The House Crew's finest moment if you ask me, and as a bonus I even managed to score my copy for free! The high-pitched female wailings that come in just before the initial drop here can be originally heard in Sabrina Johnston's Peace.
We Are Hardcore - The House Crew - (Production House 1992)
More House Crew goings on, and I have to say that I've always considered this original version of We Are Hardcore miles ahead of that horrible Magic Fantasy remix that strangely enough everyone seems to loves so much. This one's no where near as cheesy, and infinitely better produced on the whole, and comes out winning every time.
Thunder Grip - Hyper-On Experience - (Moving Shadow 1993)
You'll spot this on the flip side of Hyper's mega huge Lords of the Null-lines, and sure, just like all the Hyper-On E releases, it's pretty much an all-out classic, with it's own original spin on the regular hardcore stylings. But still, the immense success surrounding this one still to this day has managed to baffle me for quite some time now - it's one weird fucking tune! Curious parties who've pondered over the origins of that opening sample should note that it's actually from none other than the first Predator film. You'll also spot a very familiar vocal stab if you're a DJ Hype fan. Listen, do you hear it? It's getting closer...
Watchusnow - Hyper-On Experience - (Moving Shadow 1993)
A different E.P. this time, and yet another classy little offering by those demented Experience boys. This one has a bit of a double life going on, with an uplifting hardcore rave rollout during the intro, pulled off brilliantly I might add, soon followed by a darker, spooky, yet somehow quite funny second half, sounding like a ghost train or something! Simply wicked.
Different Strokes Essential Listening! - Isotonik - (FFRR 1991)
Surprisingly enough, two of the blokies from Isotonik were none other than Grooverider and DJ Hype if you didn't already know. The few releases which they put out under the Isotonik alias were all pure blinders too - I mean even the b-sides were classics! Loads of different sounds and breakdowns come together to provide plenty of variety in this one here, probably their most well known tune, and the sampling side of things is rather nicely done too. Victims include You Used to Salsa by Richie Rich, Joey Beltram's classic Mentasm, and Ten City's Whatever Makes You Happy. A real hardcore anthem in every sense of the word.
Everywhere I Go (Fizzy Orange mix) - Isotonik - (FFRREEDOM 1992)
Lush pianos and uplifting vocalism galore. Yep, another serious bit of damage from Hype and friends here, and just one of two top mixes, which, while not better or worse than its counterpart, managed to score a place in this archive due to its winning a coin toss! Features a sample from Public Enemy.
Let's Get Down - Isotonik - (FFRREEDOM 1992)
Let's Get Down, also pruned from the amazing Isotonik E.P. that the previous tune resides on, is probably my favourite track from these blokes I'd have to say, using that good old classic piano riff that DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer went on to nick for their Ganja Man anthem. The uplifting little vocals here, "Let's get down into the groove", were snatched from Big Fun by Inner City.
Total Feeling Essential Listening! - Jaz-E & Jaz-J - (Soapbar 1992)
Crikey, this was a good 12" wasn't it? Featuring two killer old skool classics from complete opposite ends of the hardcore style, this and then the more chilled Good Feeling, Jaz-E & Jaz-J gave a couple of all-time blinders to remember for a long time here. This is possibly the more popular of the two, but I wouldn't say it's better by any means.
Yeah Yeah Yeah - The Joker - (Mad House 1992)
Typical '92 breakbeat offering, utilising the same breakdown that Slipmatt later made famous with SMD #2, along with nice hard beats and "yeah yeah yeah" male vocals. A bit underplayed, and a diverting little roller it is too.
Hurt You So Essential Listening! - Jonny L - (Yo Yo 1992)
Arguably the very best "out there" hardcore tune from the early years, with a fantastic intelligent and highly melodic take on the standard hardcore style. Jonny's early electronic trance influences also pop up in the form of a throbbing 303 bassline and a solid 4-beat rhythm. The '97 speed garage re-lick couldn't touch it.
Illegal Subs (Krome & Time remix) - Kaotic Chemistry - (Moving Shadow 1992)
Fantastic rendition of the original Moving Shadow classic (which I'll also post one of these days if some kind chap will encode it for me), adding a host of new bits, including a bunch of wicked vocals and tons of brilliant riffs.
Lovebyte - Killerhertz - (FX Music 1992)
Unbelievable and much unplayed piano roller from 1992, with a very similar main hook to that of Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era's old classic Far Out, along with the usual selection of hoovers and "Does it feel good!" vocals.
The Slammer Essential Listening! - Krome & Time - (Suburban Base 1993)
A truly classic early happy hardcore anthem from the Krome & Time lads, and although not remembered quite as fondly as the track below, it still stands as another of those all-time greats without a doubt. Vocals here were nicked from Why Should I Cry? by Nona Hendryx, but I'll be damned if I can work out what they say!
This Sound is For the Underground Essential Listening! - Krome & Time - (Suburban Base 1992)
The very first of the Krome & Time classics, This Sound is For the Underground really is as good as they come, my friend, creating a dark and completely ruff old skool hardcore riff, so good that it instantly makes the tune the second that it kicks in. The flip side of this release, Manic Stampede, was also a bit of a blinder, and there was then a remix 12", from which the This Sound... remix was possibly better than the original. On the whole it all proved that DJ Krome & Mr Time, not to mention Surburban Base, were ones to watch.
Better Daze (Full Steam Ahead mix) - L-Dopa - (Ark)
Blinding early breakbeat action that nabs a bit of scratchy scratchy bizness from Bomb Scare, along with that faithfull Some Justice break, some lovely deep strings, plenty of sad male lyrics, and some unbelivable melodics, including one riff that was snatched up by Rhythm Section if I've not mistaken. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it.
We Are I.E. Essential Listening! - Lennie de Ice - (I.E. 1989)
Highly regarded as the first drum 'n' bass tune by many, and an outstanding and original piece of breakbeat history it is too, with that famous and instantly recognisable vocal nicked out of Bomb the Bass' On the Cut. Despite a slightly strange title though (which we can only assume stands for "in effect"), these days there's not much to make this old classic stand out above the rest from the era. Indeed, many went on to do a much better job as time went by. It's still a masterpiece in my mind though.
Sweet Harmony Essential Listening! - Liquid - (XL 1992)
Everyone loves the good old Sweet Harmony tune with its irresistible piano chords and charming string melodies (inspired by Someday by Ce Ce Rogers, if you can remember that far back), so its place on Bassquake was always gonna be undeniable. A Naughty Naughty rip-off version also tore up the happy hardcore scene in '93, and a house remix E.P. released two years later gave us rehashes by Tall Paul and Liquid themselves, all of which probably go down as the best update jobs of a hardcore tune ever. Luckily the latter is still available at any HMV, so count yourself lucky.
Logical Progression (side aa) - L.T. Bukem - (VMR 1991)
Not to be confused with his more recent compilation album series of the same name, Logical Progression was actually Bukem's very first official release from years earlier (back before he changed his name to L.T.J.), and marked the beginning of a brilliant series of classics from the drum 'n' bass don. Samples that good old piano loop out of Sueño Latino to most pleasing effect.
Demon's Theme Essential Listening! - LTJ Bukem - (Good Looking 1991)
Lovely ambient stirrings meet rolling breakbeats and wicked stabs here, in what must surely be another one the first real hardcore drum 'n' bass tunes to make an appearance earlier this decade - it really is hard to believe that it was made back in 1990! After being officially released a year later, and managing to remain a solid jungle classic over the following 9 years without hesitation from anyone, Demon's Theme proves just what a pioneer the Bukem really was to our beloved scene.
I Feel This Way (Beefed Up mix) - M&M (featuring Rachel Wallace) - (Suburban Base 1992)
Lovely uplifting vocal piano hardcore, once again coming at you from the mighty Suburban Base Records, and although cheesy as anything, yeah, I've always simply adored this tune to death, nevertheless. The best of all the Rachel Wallace tracks in my opinion.
Alight Wid Me - Manix - (Reinforced 1992)
A gorgeous little Amen thing by the Reinforced hardcore hero, with typical cracking piano bits, and orgasm-inducing female lyrics. The vocals in this one are from the even more impressive house classic It's All Right (which naturally is somewhere else around here if you look for it).
Oblivion (Heads in the Cloud) - Manix - (Reinforced 1992)
The standout track from the Bad Attitude 12" without a doubt, here's yet another one of the absolute hardcore anthems of the generations, featuring that "I just want to walk with my head in the clouds" Baby D Daydreaming vocal, and lovely piano goings on once again by that old favourite Manix. Liked the remix too.
Try to Love Me - Manix - (Reinforced 1992)
Tucked away on the Rainbow People E.P. alongside another amazing classic, Hardcore Junglism, you'll wanna snatch up this 12" as soon as possible mate. I reckon Try to Love Me had to be Manix' finest ever release, even better than bigger anthems Feel Real Good and Oblivion. The female vocals here have been rehashed numerous times over the years, one such example is in Ray Keith's Terrorist from '94.
The Rave Digger (2 Bad Mice remix) Essential Listening! - MC Lethal - (Network 1992)
Can't get the original for you sadly, but this superb remix still does the bizness every time, being essentially an early drum 'n' bass tune at heart, miles ahead of a lot of other releases from its era. No cheesy pianos in site, instead we get a dark-tinged, yet subtly optimistic string work-out with deep rumbling basslines, and top notch breakbeat work in strong effect. One of my favourites out of the more original old skool tunes, and one that is sadly much under played these days.
Move Your Feet - M.d.emm 2 - (Strictly Underground 1992)
Yes yes, more ruff melodies feature in this one, also layered with plenty of cool vocal samples, all battering away at your eardrums until they bleed - couldn't ask for more really! Get Down was another good tune for M.d.emm.
Temple of Dreams - Messiah - (Kickin 1992)
One for those who are likin' it cheesy, but Temple of Dreams is still a great tune though, with wicked samples going on nicked from Arnie's The Running Man, building up to a big huge vocal breakdown and very harsh stab patterns that always really gets the adrenaline rushing. The lyrics themselves are from This Mortal Coil's Song to the Siren, and there are additional Bronski Beat samples in there too, so I'm told.
Blue Sky Day - Mo Lester - (Zebra4 1992)
I'd advise anyone not heavily into their cheese to avoid this one. I can see early signs of the post-95 happy hardcore style evident in Blue Sky Day, something I'm not particularly into myself, but the reason I'm dropping this one for you now (in addition to the massive amounts of requests for it) is due to the fact it appeared in an ancient mix tape from my collection blended into the classic bit from Acen's Trip II the Moon, which was the first time I ever heard it. As a result, the tune's always sounded somewhat better to me than most!
Peace Maker - Nebula II - (Reinforced 1992)
Mmmm...what a tune. Brings back big memories for me to hear this one, as it was one of the very first pieces of vinyl I ever got my hands on. Then I foolishly gave it away and had to spend 5 years tracking it down in the second hand record shops like a twat. The b-side was the much darker X-Plore-H-Call - weird name, weird tune, but I love both of 'em.
Pennywise (Mickey Finn & Bay-B Kane remix) Essential Listening! - Neuromancer - (Symphony Sounds 1992)
Hehehe! How I love this one. I'm a pretty big fan of Stephen King's It, so to hear it sampled in a classic dark side 'ardcore mash-up such as this gives me the biggest smile, and I'd happily put up any version of it, as every single one is completely fab. They all float! Yep, they certainly do.
Get the Message (remix) - New Decade - (O.O.R. 1992)
This isn't really something I'd cain regularly myself, but someone requested it a while ago so here's your chance to sample it. To be honest it's rather interesting to hear wah wah style b-lines in a '92 hardcore tune though, and overall this is a nice enough, if slightly cheesy bit of tunage.
The Gun - Nino - (Production House 1992)
Ah, that unmistakable Production House style returns. This old track may too have a bit of a high cheddar factor in places, but it's got still some great ideas, and is pulled off nicely on the whole. Plus we'll always be fond of Nino after that Euphoria remix he did won't we!
Give a Little Love - Nookie - (Absolute 2 1992)
One of the most well loved Nookie releases yet, what makes Give a Little Love so great above all else is its simplicity. Wicked piano rolls and Think breaks meet nice little vocals, and that's pretty much your lot really, but man, what a class little tune all the same! As was the '94 remix put out on Reinforced.
Shining in da Darkness - Nookie - (Reinforced 1993)
Quite a bit deeper than your average hardcore offering now. With more nice piano stabs and uplifting strings, this one's another absolute classic though, and another one of the good old Nookie favourites, alongside the previous tune, and the sadly lacking Gonna Be Alright, which actually also features on this same E.P. in its Cloud Nine remix incarnation. Features the piano line from Digital Orgasm's Moog Eruption, an inferior tune.
I Need Your Lovin' Essential Listening! - NRG - (Chill 1991)
Well it seems the Naughty Naughty version just wasn't enough to satisfy those abnormally large appetites of my loyal viewers, hence I now present the original and unadulterated NRG version for your listening and downloading pleasure, although I do have to shatter your illusion and announce that it too is something of a rip-off tune, nicking the vocal and piano line from The Korgis' Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime. A classic tune indeed, however, sadly arsed up by Baby D as time went on.
Body Fusion (Drum & Bass mix) - Nu-Matic - (XL 1992)
Underrated XL-Recordings artist Nu-Matic had some great records out back in the day, and this one from his first XL release stands as one of the simplest, but also one of the best tracks we ever saw from him in my book. Uplifting keys and catchy breaks ahoy, along with token Public Enemy sampling of, "Bring the beat back!".
It's Strange (Dances Are Changin') - Nu-Matic - (XL 1992)
I've only got one release from Nu-Matic myself though, a storming E.P. which came out a few releases on from the previous records, also on XL, back in 1992, and this wicked old breakbeat tune taken from that very E.P. uses a slightly similar riff to the one in The Prodigy's much heard Everybody in the Place (Fairground remix). No bad thing by any means.
Keep You Movin' (Break the Speakers mix) - Nu-Matic - (XL 1992)
The absolute anthem from the same E.P., you've all heard Keep You Movin' before I'm sure, in that crackin' SL2 set elsewhere on the site if nowhere else. As ruff as they come, this one, once again sampling Eric B & Rakim's I Know You Got Soul.
Spring in My Step (No Nigel mix) - Nu-Matic - (XL 1992)
Damn, I might as well just stick up every tune on the E.P., seeing how top it is! This one's a bit of a laff with its sampling of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons going on, inspired by the likes of Shut Up & Dance's classic The Green Man, and for some reason it actually works! The fourth tune on this release will, no doubt, be up soon too.
Feel Good (Original in Demand mix) - Omni Trio - (Moving Shadow 1993)
I lifted this one from Omni Trio's debut The Deepest Cut album, but it's more commonly found on the flip side to the Foul Play rendition of Omni's top slice of sublime early jungle known as Renegade Snares too, if I'm not mistaken. Feel Good also had a rolling '95 remix which tore up the drum 'n' bass dance floors in later years, but this earlier version from a few years before is also a bit of a classic, despite some saying that it too is more of a drum 'n' bass record than an 'ardcore one. You decide.
Chime (Mutation mix) - Orbital - (FFRR 1992)
Requests for Chime have dominated this site since day one, despite it already being featured with the House/Garage classics, therefore I figured you people must love it so much that you'd enjoy hearing this tight little remix by long-time jungle producer Ray Keith. What we have here is a slightly more modern rendition of the old house classic, which takes things down a hardcore-style path this time, and if you keep your ears open you'll even be able to spot the exact same vocals as used in The House Crew's impressive Keep the Fire Burning. This mix isn't as good as the Naughty Naughty version though if you ask me.
Future Sound (2 Bad Mice remix) - Phuture Assassins - (Suburban Base 1992)
Another great tune, completely massive on the old skool circuit, and remixed to perfection here by those terrible little mice in a classic merging of the Suburbs with the Shadows. What more can I say, eh?
PAC-MAN - POWER-PILL - (FFRREEDOM 1992)
Yes mate, a classic early Aphex Twin production, cashing in on the recent chart success of all the novelty Charly rip-offs that were invading the mainstream back then. Whilst obviously done as a joke more than anything, there are some very eerie undertones to the whole thing here, and the track shits me right up, let me tell you! It comes on a bright yellow coloured 12" and is pretty damn rare too.
Injected With a Poison - Praga Khan & Jade 4U - (Profile 1991)
Played out regularly by the likes of Carl Cox back in them days, the anthemic status of this one was down to its top piano roll, tough, mean hardcore stabs, and of course those big silly vocal samples. These days Praga Khan is more widely known for his Lords of Acid production outfit, with that really fit blonde bird!
Android - The Prodigy - (XL 1991)
One of the highlights from The Prodigy's much sought after debut E.P. from back in 1991, a record which I'm lucky enough to own I'm pleased to say. There's a rather amateurish feel to it here and there to be honest, but seeing as Liam was only a wee bit older than me when he did this it's hardly surprising is it! This is also the most expensive piece of vinyl I've ever splashed out on, costing me a whopping great £60 due to the band's immense success these days, coupled with the fact that there were only 7000 official pressings ever made. Not bad though considering I've seen it go for upwards of £140! Not too sure where any of the samples in this one came from unfortunately, but there's strong similarities to the vocals in Bizarre Inc's Playing With Knives, so perhaps they used the same sample CD.
Everybody in the Place - The Prodigy - (XL 1991)
This much unheard original version of Everybody in the Place also features on the Android E.P., and while undeniably underground in comparison, it isn't quite up the standards of the subsequent remix which Liam put out. It's worthy of a butchers nevertheless though, due to its overwhelming rawness!
Everybody in the Place (Fairground remix) Essential Listening! - The Prodigy - (XL 1992)
The most popular of all the pre-Firestarter tracks from The Prodigy, this ever so catchy Everybody in the Place mix went all the way up to #2 in the national charts! Not bad at all for a hardcore record. In my opinion it's vastly superior to the original version, turning a very underground rave tune into a bit of a classic.
Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2) - The Prodigy - (XL 1992)
Second only to the totally mental Weather Experience, this one ranks up there as one of Liam Howlett's killer tracks from the '92 Experience album without a doubt. Cool N.A.S.A. samples set the scene during the intro here, shortly followed by wicked spacey dropout bits and ruff Captain Rock sampled vocal hip hop lines. The initial instalment of G-Force, found on the Everybody in the Place E.P., was the dog's dangly bits too.
Out of Space Essential Listening! - The Prodigy - (XL 1992)
As with a lot of Liam's tracks, Out of Space is considered pure cheddar and just plain shite by some of the underground elitists simply because it was in the national charts, but this is actually a bit of a bastard good tune if you ask me, featuring top scratching, lovely breakdowns, good production, and best of all, loads of funny little bleeps! You've also gotta appreciate the rather superb sampling in this one, victimising the likes of the Ultramagnetic MCs, and an old reggae track entitled Chase the Devil by Max Romeo for that bit after the classy intro.
What Evil Lurks - The Prodigy - (XL 1991)
Along with Android, this is perhaps the only other classic from the first Prodigy release I reckon. He may have only been 19 years old when it came out, but Mr Howlett's talent still shines through in this early bad boy, above all else due to its mad, mad bassline! Curiously enough, Liam shares the same birthday as me. Does this mean I'll become the next Prodigy?
Your Love Essential Listening! - The Prodigy - (XL 1991)
Your Love is the reason why a lot of people bought the Charly single as it goes, as it was featured on the flip side - Lordy knows why Liam never released it as a single itself! Yep, another one of the all-time greats, and I don't care what anyone says, the album mix was shit in comparison. On the downside, Scary Spice once said this was her favourite record ever! Oh no.
Roughneck - Project One (featuring Nanisha) - (Rising High 1992)
A cute and highly demented little tune from the E.P. of the same name, utilising a mad crazy breakdown sounding rather like a merry-go-round! Very big, at least at the time it was released, therefore this'll be another one all the true old skoolers recognise instantly.
Hypnosis (SL2 remix) Essential Listening! - Psychotropic - (Pulse 8 1992)
Sorry Psychotropic, while the original house track may have been ace, the SL2 remix featured here is even better I have to say, using a cracking original bit in the middle along with the familiar Bomb Scare style noises, thus creating a bit of a hardcore classic in the process. Blinding, 'init!
Captain of the Ship - Ratpack - (Ratpack 1992)
Big time old skool DJs Ratpack used to dabble in the production side of things to great avail back in the early years, producing two major anthems among other things. In particular they also well into sampling bits from older tunes and MCing on top of them, thus creating new tracks in the process, which this is a perfect example of.
Searching For My Rizla - Ratpack - (Big Giant 1992)
Searching For My Rizla is another one of many to sample that famous old Bizarre Inc keyboard riff, this time using some additional, and rather funny reworked pop lyrics, naturally with marijuana references thrown in for good measure. You all know the one don't you!
Time to Make the Floor Burn (The Reckless Hypermix) - Reckless - (Pulse-8 1992)
Another engaging 1992 delivery with all the good hardcore sounds and beats needed to make it a bit of a classic. This is one of those tunes that maximises its potential by using a superb combination of melody and vocal sounds overlayed perfectly, and with that "give the drummer some!" break going off in the background as well, it's dead hard to fault this one.
The Remix Essential Listening! - (white label 1993) - Yes indeed, rather than stick the regular old and much overplayed Compnded tune up here, otherwise known as Edge Records*1, I've opted for the slightly less, but still much overplayed '93 white label version instead! Pretty much the same thing all round though, with a slight shift in tempo and some cut up beats here and there, but it'll always be my fave.
Resistor New! - Resistor - (RSR)
Mad hyper jungle tekno antics from the Rhythm Section stable, and right up my alley I must say. Chaotic riffs fire off one after another over the Demon's Theme break, in turn dropping into that spooky intelligent breakout a few minutes in. Splendid stuff.
The Grand National (Tango remix) - Rhythm For Reasons - (Formation 1992)
Massive early remixed anthem from DJ SS out on Formation Records, a label which has been there since the beginning and is still going strong these days. Scratched up "bad boy come again" hip hop vocals kickstart things here, in turn leading on to massive hardcore dropouts, and a subtle hint of what would go on to be called happy hardcore in the years to come.
Closer to All Your Dreams (Hibrid remix) - Rhythm Quest - (Network 1992)
House fans will always swear by the original version of this one, but the breakbeat hardcore remix here has always been the one us old skoolers continue to rinse out to this day. It's that bassline which does it for me.
Feel the Rhythm (Coming On Strong) - Rhythm Section - (Rhythm Section 1991)
A hugely requested bad boy from Ellis Dee and nu skool breaker Rennie Pilgrim here, along with Richie T and Nick Newton, and one of the best tunes to mix with ever in my opinion. Hard, varied stabs and classic hardcore vocals build up to a slightly reworked take on that classic Isotonik piano line in the second half. However I could have very easily picked any of the 3 other offerings from this E.P., especially the spectacular Nu Generation.
Sounds Superior - Ruff With the Smooth - (Basement 1993)
Something quite uncharacteristically elevating from the Basement crew here, but a lovely piece anyway, using all the same keyboard sounds that a lot of their old tunes used, in a rolling, intelligent, 4-beat uplifter. However it has to be said, it sounds 99% identical to another of Jack Smooth's later releases, Tek Trak.
Second Rush - Rush Till Dawn - (Basement 1992)
One off the highly acclaimed Hedgehog Affair series, this one summarises the 1992 Basement style to perfection - that unstoppable blend of hardcore breaks, intelligent strings, and absolutely slammin' breakdowns. The best tune put out under Rush Till Dawn was arguably We Told You, off the same E.P. as this, which you can ponce a listen to in the Dreamscape mix over in the Classic DJ Sets page.
The Bee - The Scientist - (Kickin' 1991)
Deep bassline rumblings from early DJ Hype outfit The Scientist, and minus the usual endless scratchy scratch breakdowns, everything else you'd expect from a Hype record is present and correct. The hip hop beats and vocals, the jump-up bassline, the spooky keyboard bits - it's all stunning stuff that really goes to show that the old boy really knew where he was heading right from the start. Bzzzzzzz!
Extacy - Shades of Rhythm - (ZTT 1991)
The best track from the Extacy E.P., although the rather good Everybody certainly comes in a close second, this one should have been up since day one, deservedly. Along with Bizarre Inc's fantastic Playing With Knives, this was one of the very early uplifting rave anthems, and most all helped contribute to Shades of Rhythm's immense success, along with the next track.
The Sound of Eden (Every Time I See Her) Essential Listening! - Shades of Rhythm - (ZTT 1991)
"Here's another chance for you to dance with me", and that's exactly what you wanna do whenever someone sticks this baby on! Another one of my current favourites, and although I say that way more often than I should, I really mean it this time! Probably the best sing-along tracks of all-time actually, and one of the original hardcore house records to use proper breakbeats, helping do its bit to invent the style in the first place. Naturally, there were then lots of obligatory rip-offs, including two '94 happy hardcore versions, one by the Slammin' Vinyl boys and one by Dougal & Vibes, yet none really did it for me as much as this original mix, due to their lack of full vocals.
Sweet Sensation Essential Listening! - Shades of Rhythm - (ZTT 1991)
Sweet Sensation had a couple of nice renditions over the years too, but once again it's this original version which is really the classic, with some saying it's the best of all the Shades of Rhythm releases. The loveliest strings you'll ever find meet some beautiful laid back old skool house stabs in this one, and that good old screaming vocal that Blame went on to use in Music Takes You even makes a prominent appearance.
Roobarb & Custard (Dr. Trip & Bob Bolts mix) - Shaft - (FFRR 1991)
One of 1992's many so called cheesy "toy-town" records, obviously spawned from The Prodigy's Charly, although I do find these tunes a bit of a laff in all honesty. And admittedly, there is an instrumental cartoon sample-less version on the flip side of this one. I hear Shaft actually approached The Prodigy's Liam Howlett at a party at one point after Roobarb & Custard had reached #1 in the charts, and admitted how this tune was a simple cash-in job!