Best Of The Represses – November 2015

This here round-up of my favourite represses of the month will be my last until the wonders of 2016 are ushered in. I won’t be doing one for December because, quite frankly, I’m hoping to be drunk for the entire Christmas and New Year period. I’ve enough on my plate, what with having to remember all sorts of flumph for the contractually obliged end of year round ups, without also having to run around listening to new releases of old records, you know. So for December you’re on your own. I recommend getting someone you love a sponsored goat or something instead of some represses; maybe a sponsored donkey, although when I got my mum a sponsored donkey thing a few years ago, and she went to visit it, it bit her. True story. Perhaps represses are the better option when you look at it like that. After all, the number of electronic musicians known for biting fans is pretty small. It’s mostly just ***** ******* and *** ********, and a couple of guys who used to make happy hardcore.

Anyway, here’s three of my favourites for this month. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Davina – Don’t You Want It (Underground Resistance)

First of a pair of UR represses in tonight’s round-up. Originally released in 1992, Don’t You Want It is one of those funky little numbers that gets right underneath the skin and is guaranteed to drag any failing party into the happy zone. It’s a wee bit of a Glasgow classic this one, and more than that you can here its influence on a whole bloody pile of contemporary house records. It was originally a four tracker on the little known UR offshoot Happy Records, a label that specialized in Detroit and deep house. It tends to be overlooked a bit (a lot, in fact; it’s barely remembered) but it’s well worth tracking down a few of the 12″s on Discogs if you have the time and money; there are some well cheeky little numbers on its roster. This version is a repress of the cut down two tracker put out by Underground Resistance proper about 2000 or so. It’s probably a fairly limited repress, so you had better get your skates on and get a copy, or don’t you want it? Ho, Ho, Ho!

Underground Resistance – Inspiration/Transition (Underground Resistance)

The second part of the UR’s mini repress run was originally released in 2002 and was a firm UR favourite for a lot of people. I personally wasn’t quite as crazy for it as others were, perhaps because I was still close to the absolute monster motherload of greatness UR had been responsible for only a couple of years earlier. Time has bestowed a little bit of clarity and objectivity, though, and while I still think they don’t quite have the same level of brilliance as the earlier material, I can get onboard with the vibe a lot more. Inspiration is a little gem of euphoric, playful techno chalk full of cute little touches, but the crowd favourite is Transition, a deep, building groove with some a slightly latin flare. A great track even if I have never been able to entirely shake the feeling it began life as a techno cover of Talking Heads’ Once In A Life Time. That’s probably techno blasphemy, but there you go.

K Alexi – The Classic K (Trax)

K Alexi is one of the true heroes of house music, turning out more bona-fide, heavy-duty bangers over the years than a Shanghai fireworks factory. Trax do us what seems to be the increasingly rare favour in repress land and give us all four tracks from the original 2003 release (although, as the name suggests, the tracks are themselves all culled from older records). The two big tunes here are My Medusa, a wonky, twisting, shufflingly grooving track that was originally on Transmat, and M.C.M Club a piece of deep, driving, burning techno rinsed out in its day by Derrick May, Jeff Mills and just about every DJ worth their salt. It’s one of those tunes for which the overworked adjective ‘classic’ is entirely justified, and anyone who is serious about the music and its history should have this somewhere in their collection. The other two tracks, Get The and Don’t You Want A Remix, are pretty damn good as well even if they’re maybe not quite in the same league as the first two bruisers.