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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Back On Track

As you can see, brand new look to this place. Since I've been away for so long, I figured it could do with a sprucing up. So, in the same stylee as Pearsall's Books (but with different colors), here it is.

Grooverider - United Dance @ The Rocket, London, 1994 (Side A, Side B)

The first item on the agenda is another tape rip, to go with yesterday's Andy C tape. This one is an absolutely awesome tape that I have absolutely no idea when I got it. As you can see from the image of the tape above, my actual physical copy is pretty badly beaten. All that I know for sure about this tape is that it was recorded sometime late in 1994 at a United Dance rave at The Rocket, which is the University of North London's student union on the Holloway Road in North London. This is probably one of my favorite tapes ever, and if you don't enjoy this, you need your head examined. It's Grooverider at the absolute height of his powers, dropping an absolute onslaught of hardstep classics, including 'Arsonist', 'The Angels Fell', 'Your Sound', 'Renegade Snares', and 'Lighter', amongst others. Awe-inspiring.

DJ SS - United (Grooverider Remix) - An absolute awesome remix by Groove of an SS tune. Rolling breaks, layers upon layers of them, undergird a solid rocking bass and spacey sounds, alternating snatches of incomprehensible female vocal interspersed with odd little sounds riding the gloriously choppy Amen breaks. Simple but superb.

Higher Sense - Cold Fresh Air (Remix) - Magical 1994 release from Moving Shadow. Sweetly sparkling melodies drop into deep sea bass pressure, the lightness giving way to an explosion of churning drum-led darkness, before switching back again (and back to the darkness again after that). One of the finest jungle records ever released. A truly inspirational record.

Dillinja - Brutal Bass - Always overshadowed by the two tunes it shared a release with, the all-time dancefloor classics 'Jah Know Ya Big' and 'The Angels Fell', this tune has held up remarkably well over the years. Far less immediate than the other two, this tune features some shuffly breaks and a few little sound effects, but nothing of the same dancefloor pummeling feel of the drums in the other two tracks featured tonight, but what it does have, in industrial quantities, is bass. This tune seems to be mostly about Dillinja testing out his ability to drop ridiculous basslines one after the other. If you have love bass (and you have understanding neighbors) you'll dig this tune.

|| RPH || 11:01 PM ||


what a tearout! big up yrself for this one pearsall. always used to go to the rocket for the innovations dances. the moody atmosphere were a bit of an eye-opener, but that was jungle back then and it was raw.

keep the tape rips coming. it's made me all fervent and sermonising. hearing is believing!
Anonymous nebbesh, at October 26, 2005 7:01 PM  
Glad you're liking 'em, dude. What do you think of the sound quality of the rips?
Blogger Pearsall Helms, at October 27, 2005 10:09 AM  
The rips sound good mate - great set from the Rider - "Rollidge" still sounds f**kin' great!.
Blogger Dom, at October 27, 2005 9:47 PM  
wow. truly jungle at it's best.

great job on the mastering too pearsall. quality sound good.

you know what I was wondering? you have to figure a lot of the old, great rave mixtapes were initially recorded on DAT. who do you think has these DATs? is this something that people trade / collect?

Blogger lucas_ny, at October 28, 2005 9:55 PM  
I dunno. That's a really good question. I'm guessing that those organizations that are still throwing parties (like Helter Skelter) probably still own their own DATs, but as for the promoters that have fallen by the wayside, it's pretty difficult to say. Maybe they are just moulding away quietly in lock-ups and attics?
Blogger Pearsall Helms, at October 28, 2005 10:31 PM  

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