OK, for various reasons, it’s repost time. First up, a track that up to yesterday, I did not have in any more than the truncated version that JP played: but, thanks to the mighty sun god Eduardo of 17 Seconds, a blog I cannot recommend highly enough, the FULL 7 minute version of a track I know little about, but is none the less enjoyable for that.
Burning Love Jumpsuit, Cheerleader
Secondly, this is the third outing for H Foundation. The first time I posted it, I had only an edited down version from a mixtape: then I posted the full version recorded from the 1994 Festive Fifty, but in mono: and now again, that same version, but remastered by me using Adobe Audition, in glorious stereo. (Let’s hope this is the last time I have to do this…!!!)
H Foundation, Laika
Thirdly, a similar occurrence with Safe Deposit’s You Can’t. The available tapes missed the beginning of the song: now here it is in all its glory. For this and the previous track, I have Brian from the Yahoo Peel group to thank, who very kindly sent me a CD of his own FF recordings, all the way to South Korea.
Safe Deposit, You Can’t
Finally, a careful listening to the 1983 Festive Fifty revealed that two Smiths tracks I posted previously were not the versions played in the show. That omission is now corrected. This Charming Man appeared in what JP called ‘the 12 inch version’, a full glorious 5 and a half minutes. This is also known as the ‘New York vocal version’. Moreover, instead of the LP version of Handsome Devil, he played the only recording then available, the B-side of Hand In Glove, recorded live at the Hacienda on 4 Feb 1983 (RT 131).
(Rowen Smith from Oxford…this one goes out to you.)
The history of house music has followed a long and convoluted path. By the mid 90s, it had started to incorporate elements of music and style that seemed to clash with the original drive and direction yet ended up by furthering it. The track posted today, H Foundation’s Laika (FF 1994 #11), takes what sounds like an urgent piece of John Barry Bond-like film music and pushes it against a pounding beat, producing something ear-tickling and yet reassuringly familiar (or as Smash Hits would probably have put it, ‘a drongling jambusting shuffling jabbly joggler at 102 bpm’ or something like it). About the band itself (the Chicago/San Diego duo of Brian ‘Halo’ Vargas and Eric ‘Hip-E’ Galaviz), it’s perhaps best if I let their website tell you their story:
(They) joined forces through their mutual admiration and passion for house music. One of their earliest productions, the seminal “Here Dis Sound”, on the respected San Diego based Siesta Recordings, has become the blueprint for much of the current wave of dub-influenced house music, a sound that has been picked up in the UK and Europe by scene stalwarts such as Pete Tong and Carl Cox. Both Halo & Hipp-e have also carved their own niches with solo productions, including Halo’s huge underground hit “My Sound” on Siesta and Hipp-e’s work with Tony (Tango Recordings) on labels such as Grayhound and Tango. Other producers from the West Coast scene to collaborate with Halo & Hipp-e include DJ Dan, Onionz, Master D, Terry Mullan and Angel Alanis. Collectively, this crop of producers have formed the 6400 crew for releases on Yoshitoshi, Electrik Soul, Shaboom & Siesta.