Best Of The Represses – July Edition

Three more represses for your entertainment. Usual terms and conditions apply, EG: I like them and think you might too. Only caveat here is that I’m writing this in the past before I go on holiday, so if by the time this gets posted any of these are out of stock, I apologise. Actually, I don’t. I’m in Milan and I’ve drunk about 40 tiny coffees in the blazing sunshine so, you know….

Da Posse – It’s My Life (Clone Classic Cuts)

Enormous slabs of underground Chicago funk from Hula, Maurice Joshua, Martell and others which goes some distance to reducing the gap between Chicago and Detroit by simple dint of nicking some of Derrick May’s moves and slinking them up a bit in a house-ier setting. While the strings and chords are Mayday-tastic (to the point that the first time I ever heard Strings I thought it was a remix) the soul is pure Chi-town. First released on Future Records in 1988 as Detroit techno was getting its first wave of true exposure, it provides and intriguing counterpoint to the mass of more conventional Chicago music of the era. The two stompers, Strings and It’s My Life , are backed here by The Groove, an acid house tune of true blissfulness that contains a bassline so heavy it’ll turn your insides to liquid on contact. Some records are labelled classic in order to drum up sales. This one, though, is a pure blood thoroughbred with a pedigree second to none. Essential.

Test Pilot Volume 1 (Viewlexx)

We covered Test Pilot Volume 2 recently and while it was a very good record, it didn’t really come close to this first volume which dates from way back in 1996 and covers some of label main man and Dutch electro messiah I-F’s earliest and best work. What makes it so good all these years on? Well, simply put this is a collection of some of the most warped electro ever committed to vinyl. It’s a record that just smashes it out of the park. Complex, dense rhythms, serrated, churning basslines and weird, fractured soundscapes that sound, in turn, like 70’s European art house soundtracks rewritten by smacked up aliens, and the desolate echoes of a midnight run through a bleak northern housing estate. A genuinely stunning mix of the funky and the terrifying, very few electro records have managed to so totally divorce themselves from the genre’s heritage as this one does and still come out the other end as a defining moment. Quite, quite brilliant and completely unhinged. Buy it or don’t come around here no more.

DJ Richard – Leech2 (White Material)

Ok, so maybe not a re-release in the same sense as the two above records, and the jury is still definitely out on whether the output of White Material has matched some of the acclaim they have received, but I’m covering this because Leech2 is probably the best of the slim back catalogue so far. DJ Richard’s début on his own label is a classy take on New York’s contemporary techno scene. Divorced from the harder material of some of his peers Leech2 is replete with ghostly melodies, stomping beats and the slight suspicion he might have been into goth in an earlier incarnation. We won’t hold that against him. Well, we will, but not too much. What sets it apart from the rest of the label’s releases is the fact it’s surprisingly heavy. M.D.W.B rolls with odd touches of drawn out eastern melodies and a delicious little hook, like a straightened up Vatican Shadows. Leech2 sounds like a rabble-rouser for the unsure. A worthy and timely repress, although one does wonder whether the best way to respond to the accusations of bumped up Discogs prices for the originals is to comment on it on blogs and then limit the repress to a similarly tiny run (300 apparently.) Oh well. If you’re after it, you’d better move quick. Again.

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