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Salford City Records treat us to a various artists EP of new originals that fall remarkably in line with the rest of the label's piano house and rave reissues that they've faithfully dished out to us over the last 12 months.

Featuring producer MiTM aka Eddie Taylor, and singer songwriter Shelby Carmel - both from Leeds - the EP features three original tracks plus a mash-up style remix of eurodance project JK vs. Nicole J McCloud cleverly entitled "You Make Me Rock The House".

MiTM opens with the rampant piano riifs and fruity vox of "Nasty'er" - which seems to combine Fantazia-era handbag house stylings and the fairground qualities of happy hardcore into a dizzying sugar rush of enjoyment.

Next up, MiTM is joined by James Sammon aka The Pianoman - responsible for Maxime's classics such as "Cast A Spell", and "Tribute To Asha" - for a ingenious mashup which features Nicole's "Rock The House" vocal over JK's "You Make Me Feel Good" instrumental - an instant piano house anthem and one of the crowning glories of the series so far!

Side B sees MiTM hit the accelerator with "Loving You" - utilizing JX's "Son Of A Gun" vocal to devastating effect whilst a jubilant and funky piano and bass groove ensure arms aloft and spirits high. Finally, Shelby Carmel concludes the EP in mighty fine style with an exceptional cover of True Faith's "Take Me Away" - singing the vocal herself, adding fizzy synth stabs and switching up the original's breakbeat for a more 4/4 pounder which flips into an cheeky bassline / 4X4 drop after the breakdown; adding her own personality onto this bona fide rave anthem.

Absolutely top drawer stuff from start to finish. Relive the feels of that golden 90s period with the Salford City Records massive! 


Matt says: One of my favourites from SCR - not least due to that amazing JK vs. Nicole mash-up. Although retrotastic in nature these are relatively new cuts from the crew - for those with a Maximes, Bowlers or Angles itch they need to scratch.


A1. MiTM - Nasty'er Original Mix
A2. JK VS Nicole - You Make Me Rock The House (Pianoman MITM Bootleg Mix)

B1. MiTM - Loving You Original Mix
B2. Shelby Carmel -Take Me Away

Yet another lost gem from the halcyon days of rave, hardcore and piano house gets reissued by the rigorous Salford City Records massive. The "Void EP" by Void (Paul Welding, Daniel Nolan & Dave McBurney) was originally released in 1991. Beginning with "Orcana" - a tough slice of swampy breakbeat, analogue fx swirls and occasional fog horn blasts - the kinda track that would make little sense until you were a double of Mitsubishi’s deep into the fun at Bowlers; whence it would transport you to a hellish rave utopia. As per the original release, it's the DJ Welly Warehouse mix featured here.

On the flip, "Addiction (The Tunnel Mix)" is a more celebratory and buoyant number than its darker cousin over on side A. Sugar-rushed female vox pairing beautifully with rising pads, flanging perx and frenetic arpeggios. A real fairground treat, with perfectly timed drops and breakdowns; pulsating with that day-glo ecstasy energy throughout.

Officially licensed, 180g vinyl pressing. 


Matt says: As we near the end of Salford City Records' frankly commendable and thoroughly extensive piano house reissue campaign there's still some gems to unearth. Void's tracks have featured previously in the series but now the label gift us the two most regarded mixes of "Orcana" and "Addiction". A huge one for the Angels / Bowlers / Thunderdome crowds of the 90s.


A. Orcana (Wellys Warehouse Mix)
B. Addiction (The Tunnel Mix)

Analysis were comprised of Andy Stoddon, A.Duckmanton and M.Bourne and sometime around '91 and '92 they made "Euphoria". Originally released on Creed, with a follow-up EP of remixes released on the Eastern Bloc-affiliated M.O.S Records (fueling the false speculation that they were 808 State, as back then the group co-owned the record shop).

As part of their extensive reissue campaign which documents the heady highs of the UK piano house / rave scene circa '92, Salford City Records have licensed and commissioned new remixes of this classic, 2nd Summer Of Love banger which keep true to the hedonistic spirit of the original. They've even included the '1991 Temple mix' which is arguably one of its finest incarnations with its layers of incessant, jubilant piano lines galloping over slamming 90s house beats and searing strings. Pressed on heavyweight white vinyl and kickin' like a mule - this is exactly what your 90s house party needs to get it firing!


Matt says: Another steamer from the 2nd summer of love gets the luxury re-treatment from Salford City Records. All new remixes, same original flavour!


Side A1 – K-klass Remix
Side A2 – Nickon Faith Remix
Side Aa1 – Steve Luigi & Rob Tissera Zoom Remix
Side Aa2 – 1991 Temple Mix

Licensed reissue of this massive piano house anthem from 1991. Originally released on Creed records and produced by the trio of Andy Stoddon, A.Duckmanton and M.Bourne - it was a particular highlight of that 2nd Summer of Love that would go on to inform a whole generation, leading many to believe it was produced by 808 State (it wasn't!).

On this version Salford City Records have commissioned a new mix from Analysis plus three tasty remixes by Terrorize, MITM and the Leeman Brothers. Relieve the hedonistic spirit of the early 90s with this stone cold classic of the era! Kangol beret and Eclipse jeans not included.. 


Matt says: Another lost classic from the 2nd Summer Of Love gets repackaged and repressed by the Salford City Records crew. They keep 'em comin' - and we keep on dancing!


A1 Euphoria (Analysis Euphoria 2021)
A2 Euphoria (Terrorize Remix)
AA1 Euphoria (MITM Remix)
AA2 Euphoria (Leeman Brothers Remix)

Before Nick Hussey & Julie McDermott released "Don't Go" under the Awesome 3 alias, they released a few records under the E-Motion monikor. "Release Yourself" was only ever released as a white label, on the label Rhythm Of Life in 1992. Here Salford City Records have licensed that killer, rousing original alongside "Never Give You Up", also released in 1992, and two other lesser known tracks from the duo. 

"Release Yourself" has to be up there in the top piano house tracks ever made. With a shirt-lifting chord progression, sugar rushing vox by Julie and just the right about of fairground energy (there's even a nod to Two Bad Mice's "Bombscare" in the breakdown!) it captures that high octane, endorphin rushing energy of the era perfectly. "Never Give You Up" is just as evocative - a sweet vocal part pairing perfectly with acid lines, strings and perc heavy beats. They don't make em like this anymore unfortunately!

On the flip "Your Mind" continues with the unrelenting euphoria of "Your Mind" which samples a well known disco vocal hook; plus a version of "Touch Me", released in '91 which is monstrously huge! 

Taking you right back to the waltzers and night clubs of northern England circa '92 - Salford City Records have scored an absolute doozy here - do not sleep! 


Matt says: Ya gotta give it Salford City Records - I don't think anyone has done the official repress thing of this era of music as well as them. This one's a particular coup - an early Nick Hussey (of Awesome 3 fame) joint that'd rock nightclubs of the North West. The whole series has been absolutely golden.


Release Yourself
Never Give You Up
Your Mind
Touch Me 91 (Piano Mix)

Another piano house classic from the early 90s is excavated from the vaults for our dancing delectation by the good folks at Salford City Records!

Originally released under the DJ Roy Silver moniker, the track is actually credited to one Nick Hussey - half of Awesome 3 who penned the bona fide hardcore classic - "Don't Go". The record was released on Rhythm Of Life and regular fetches over £50 2nd hand.

"Emotion" takes an eternity to drop; utilizing the first few minutes to create a shuddering proggy soundbed that really ratchets up the tension ahead of that huge piano line - which doesn't actually occur until halfway through the track. This has early Sasha written all over it. Hard electric dance music with that rushing euphoria tailor made for going right at it after a couple of garies.

"We're On The Move" is a tougher number, led by speaker-busting sub bass and plenty of hardcore tropes as it conjures up its frenetic electric groove. When the pianos start circling overhead it's the perfect moment of tension release; allowing serotonin to flow richly through our bodies and into the collective consciousness of the dancefloor..

Side B contains two mixes of a really nice downbeat number - perfect for keeping the vibe alive at the after party when energy levels have resided slightly. The original mix of "Promised Land" utilizes more of a hefty breakbeat while the ambient mix just hints at it - allowing the bass, vox, and twinkly synths to really hit home.

Killer reissue from the label - one of the best so far I reckon! 


Matt says: A lesser known alias of Awesome 3's Nick Hussey. Salford City Records continue to excavate choice moments of Northern 90s naughtiness.


A1. Emotion
A2.We’re On The Move
AA1. Promised Land Original Mix
AA2. Promised Land Ambient Mix

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