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Deanne Day (Andrew Weatherall)

The Long First Friday / Hardly Breathe

Here we are again, in the company of the beautiful Deanne Day, who even is she anyway? We've asked about but nobody seems to know. Apparently all she left behind were these couple of absolutely incredible audio artefacts that Andrew Weatherall and the Emissions Audio Output family felt they should share with us. This all happened in the mid 1990's in London, and now, in 2019, the spotlight has swung back around on these beautiful nuggets of soul mined from the street corners of an East London long gone. Shifting, trippy, vocal driven and dubby minimal house jams are what's on offer here sir, sound good? You're in great company with this lot. Proper pre-millennium jams on this 12", contemporary classics. These tracks sound like they've just been beamed down earlier this week and will still do ultimate damage inna dance, guaranteed.

This, the second of 2 Deanne Day reissues, has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Emissions Audio Output and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original DAT tapes. 100% legit - 110% killer! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: Early Wevvers monikor delivering some rock solid electronic deep house action. Verging into techno territories, this is real deal old skool dance music. No frills, no bullshit. Mega.

Deanne Day (Andrew Weatherall)

The Day After EP

Deanne Day is the unlikely moniker of one Andrew Weatherall in collaboration with heavyweight keys man David Harrow. Although sounding like a long lost blitz era beauty or 1950's screen starlet, it's actually 2 blokes jamming in the studio well into the wee hours, to stunning effect! Rewind back to 1995, East London, a lot of people reading this weren't even born then, but believe you me 'deep house' was a real and actual thing and Lord Sabre and crew were at the forefront of it all. Originally released on the Emissions Lo-Fi label, an umbrella operation of the monstrous Emissions Audio Output empire, "The Day After EP" was like a bolt from the blue. Classy, grown up, accomplished even, but still seductive, narcotic and soulful as f*ck; the whole record was a wondrous collision of dubwise sensibilities, dark basement raves and that late night spark of energy we're all still chasing now, some 20 odd years later. House music, eh? Pretty potent stuff. You need this record in your collection, and the other Deanne Day one. More about that later though!

This, the first of 2 Deanne Day reissues, has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of Emissions Audio Output and all license holders for 2019 and remastered by Bristol's Optimum Mastering from the original DAT tapes. 100% legit - 110% killer!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Early Wevvers monikor delivering some rock solid electronic deep house action. Verging into techno territories, this is real deal old skool dance music. No frills, no bullshit. Mega.

100 Hz

Whisper / Funkin

Released in 2000 on London's cult Oblong label, 100HZ's sublime "Whisper / Funkin" is back via Mint Condition. If you were doing the rounds in Soho back in the day, you will have undoubtedly copped some fine records from Berwick Street's Vinyl Junkies shop. The Oblong label was heavily connected to the shop and to Bushwacka's equally cult Plank record label. 100HZ were one part of a pool producers connected to these crews and the burgeoning tech-house scene that was making waves at the turn of the millennium in the capital. Deep, sparse, taut and melodic production, strange sounds and left-field sonics, these were the ingredients of these extremely inventive and original UK sounds. Elements of breaks, garage, Detroit techno and more all fused to create a truly groundbreaking sound. Since '89, 100HZ's Lee Renacre and James Chapman managed to craft a few classics, "Whisper" and "Funkin" are just two of them! The A-side is a sleek, melodic cut with phased, AM-radio vox, an internal monologue touching on the stresses of modern city life and escapism. Side-B is some ultra hyper electronic funk. Stripped back production, killer drum programming and THAT bassline sequece: the sound of gliding through a futuristic metropolis in cruise control! Highly polished and progressive late-night house sounds right here. Essential all round! The real sound of London circa the millennium. Check it.

Dig in.... 7th Movement's 'Odyssey' is one of those mythical beasts, a record that transcended scenes and genres. 'Odyssey' obviously spoke to DJ's effortlessly as it's a track that continually shows up in the mixes and playlists of a whole host of different people, new and old, including - Derrick May, Masters At Work, Mike Huckaby, Doc Martin and more. It's a simple, yet devastating record, dubbed out Disco chopping Funk of the highest calibre! Built on a handful of carefully chosen (and well known!) samples and collaged in the most old-school way, it's a passionate hark back to the 70's and 80's mega-mix and edit techniques of yore with a healthy handful of swagger, dub and echo thrown in for good measure. 'Odyssey' still sounds amazing today, even after being out there for on the streets for over 20 years it still works, as appealing to the Disco crew as it is to the hardcore House heads. Originally released by the legendary Junior Boys Own crew on their highly coveted Jus Trax imprint this is some pure 1995 heat that will have heads rushing the booth asking for a track ID. Try it out. Also featured on this fine reissue is a 'lost' version, a previously unavailable mix / edit that flips the track into some pretty trippy territory, in fact, you may find that you might need x 2 copies of this monster so that you can blend them together in a truly old school manner, garage or block party style! Essential London business here from the heady, og days of 'Nu-Disco' & House. Snooze ye not! 'Odyssey' has been legitimately released with the full involvement of the rights holders for 2017 and remastered by London's Curve Pusher from the original DAT sources especially for this release. 100% legit, licensed and released. Dug, remastered, repackaged and brought to us by the caring folks at Mint Condition!

Detroit bred and Los Angeles based producer Kenny Larkin has long been a force to be reckoned with, both in the studio and in the DJ booth. Under his 'Dark Comedy' alias Larkin crafted some of the deepest and most soul-searching Detroit Techno sounds to grace human ears. 'Corbomite Manuever' was originally released in 1992 and is the complete epitome of a game changer, this was Techno at its most sensual, intelligent and human, the antithesis of a lot of what was masquerading as the real-deal at the time. These qualities are what have stood this record in it's evergreen good stead for all these years - decades, in fact. Truly genius music made by someone who lives and breathes Techno. A truly staggering collection of music that still dumbfounds today and inspires generations of producers and DJ's to this very day. The most essential of the essential, classic material from front to back.
Reissued for the first time across 2 x 12"s for pure sonic superiority.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: If you dig your techno drenched in Detroit sauce, this is for you. As good as it gets. a 1992 gem that was the precursor and inspiration for much techno released afterwards. Ahead of its time and definetely sounds as fresh as way back when. Reissue of the week for me.


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