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Pearsall presents Kariminology

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Pearsall presents Kariminology

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Mixed in London, December 2008
(76:34, 136.43 MB, V0 VBR MP3)

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Style: hard house (a tribute to Karim Lamouri)

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01. Karim – Demonik (Tuff Trax)
02. Karim – Flash (Do Not Bend)
03. Karim – Native (Tuff Trax)
04. TNT – Do It (Karim Mix) (Hard Trax)
05. Franko B – What Is Art? (Do Not Bend)
06. Karim & Phillip Walsh – Technomove 2 (Tuff Trax)
07. Karim – Rockin Ronnie (Do Not Bend Special Edition)
08. Karim & EJ Doubell – Heartless (Do Not Bend)
09. The Captain & Karim – Let The Groove Moov (Tinrib)
10. Karim – Clean & Heavy (DP Recordings)
11. Karim – Choupignolle (Do Not Bend)
12. Karim – Wet N’ Wild (Do Not Bend)
13. Karim – Begonia (Kaktai)
14. Karim – Don’t Fuck With Me (DP Recordings)
15. Paul Glazby – Here We Go (Karim Remix) (Vicious Circle)
16. Karim & Phillip Walsh – Technomove 3 (Tuff Trax)
17. Karim – Port Douglas (Do Not Bend)
18. NooNoo – Razors (Karim Remix) (Titanium Trax UK)
19. Karim – Columbia (Do Not Bend)
20. D.R. Base vs Karim – NWA ’98 (Tinrib)

This mix is a tribute to the mighty Karim Lamouri, the French-Moroccan hero of hard NRG music. It’s the first in a series of hard house mixes that I am planning on doing before I sell of most of my hard house via my Discogs account.

Karim has been one of the leading figures in Britain’s hard house/nu-nrg scene for over ten years. Long known for his hard-hitting style, he was absolutely one of my favourite dj/producers for all of the years that I was into hard house, and so I thought that if I am going to be liquidating my hard house collection, what better way to start than with a tribute to the almighty Karim?

I have to tell you something, the first time I was ‘labelled’ – there you go! – I think it was in 1995, someone said to me, “Oh, But Karim, your music is hard!” and I was a bit shocked! I said “What? Hard?” and they went “Yeah, you play hard music!”, and I was like “No, its normal music, its just good music!”

You know, I was a bit surprised, I didn’t realise people would label my music as hard. I never looked at my music as hard, I don’t want to be hard! It took me a year or two to get over the fact that people were labeling me over in England as ‘hard’, and I was thinking “What the fuck is wrong with them? Have they gone mad? Hard compared to what?”

Believe me, I can show you my CD collection at home and I’ve got pure gabba and I can show you what hard music is all about – 250 bpm with the words “Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck your mother! Fuck your sister! Suck my cock!” non-stop from the beginning until the end. I’m classical music compared with these people! So, no, I’ve never looked at my music as hard. I’ve always regarded my music as extremely clubby and dancey – I know it’s hard to believe for some people! #

Although I first came across him when he was working at Flip Records in Covent Garden in the mid-1990′s, I didn’t experience any of his sets until 1999, when I started going to Fish!, which was Tinrib’s monthly party at Crash in Vauxhall, where Karim was one of the residents and usually played the last set. These were not for the faint-hearted! Pure energy from start to finish, with sharp kicks and lazer bass overlaid with powerful riffs sampled from a kaleidoscopic range of classic and obscure dance tunes. Completely unwavering, composed largely of his own productions and remixes, I always found his sets to be journeys into sheer stomping bliss. Not uplifting in the classical hands-in-the-air sense, but enjoyable as a sheer physical exertion, a sort of explosion of power. Although not as technically gifted a mixer as some other dj’s on the scene, Karim’s knack for selecting the right tune at the right moment meant that he quickly became one of the most in-demand hard dj’s – a status he still has today.

Perhaps my fondest memory of hearing Karim was at the very first Superfish event at the Fridge in Brixton in September 2001. What a crazy night that was! That was the summer when hard house exploded in popularity, and so the Tinrib crew decided to throw a special party, which quickly became one of the most anticipated events of the year. My friends and I were so eager we bought tickets as soon as they came out. We weren’t the only ones, as advance tickets sold out probably three weeks before hand!

And when we got there … well, it was an absolute roadblock. I remember that when we went to a pub nearby at about 8pm the line was already around the block – two hours before the doors even opened! When we finally forced our way in at just after eleven the place was absolutely heaving and hotter than an inferno. The dancefloor was a solid mass of people. If anything, it was a bit uncomfortable since it was just so hot and so crowded, even though the atmosphere was amazing. Fortunately, by the time Karim came on at 4:30 for the last set the crowd had thinned out enough so that, even though it was still very busy there was space to really let go and stomp away to some properly banging set. Fortunately Karim delivered! I was up on the stage at the very front overlooking the dancefloor with my good friend Dan to my side hopping up and down like a maniac, completely soaked in sweat as Karim dropped banger after banger … ‘Begonia’, ’69A Paradise Passage’, the remix of ‘Tribal Church’ … phew! For his second to last track he played ‘Port Douglas’ and started fading it out during the breakdown before slamming the volume back in at full blast when it kicked back in while all the ravers roared like rutting stags. Amazing times!

His productions have often been controversial, because on pretty much all of his tunes he has sampled the main riff from another source, as opposed to producing them himself. You can see for yourself how strongly some people feel about this by visiting a thread I started on about what tunes Karim has sampled from. Some people see it as ‘theft’ and get very irate about it all. I am not one of them!

As far as I’m concerned, sampling has been an important part of dance music history, and Karim at least has the decency to sample good riffs from good tunes and do good things with them, even if it is a case of sticking a harder kick underneath along with a new vocal sample (such as he did with ‘Target Locked’, which is basically ‘Resistance Is Futile’ by Tony de Vit with a harder kick drum, slightly different bassline and a vocal sample saying “Locked On Target!”), or by using two different samples, like in ‘Wet n’ Wild’, where the acid line from ‘Neurodancer’ by Wippenberg intertwines beautifully with the trancey riff from ‘Jungle High (Our House Remix)’ by Juno Reactor. What he does is make music for dancefloors, and he does it very well. Dance music can be so overcome with preciousness at times – sometimes it doesn’t matter if the tune is ‘innovative’ or ‘forward-thinking’ if it works.

As Karim himself put it in an interview with HarderFaster back in 2003,

They are obvious samples that I use, but they work, and that’s what we want! We want people to dance. People in the music industry can make it very complicated, like DJ agencies. They want to turn the DJ thing into something more complicated.

You make music, you perform it, when you perform it you get paid and ‘Goodbye!’. That’s the way it should be. With a DJ agency I might have to fax an accountant at Tidy Trax on Monday morning – Oh my god, on Monday I can hardly walk! A DJ agency can turn it into a very complicated story, but I’m a very straight forward person. You do not need bureaucracy in this job.

This mix is my own personal tribute to his style as a producer and dj (I don’t know him personally, so have no idea what he is like as a man), and so I’ve not really bothered with my usual business of ‘taking the listener on a journey, maaan’.

This is wall-to-wall hard stuff.

No messing.

As I mentioned earlier, with the help of some members of the forum I made up a list of the tunes Karim has sampled on his various releases. Here’s an (incomplete) list:
’5 Spikes Is A Poof’ – Illuminatae ‘Tremorra Del Terra’
‘Begonia’ – unreleased OD404 remix of The Project ‘Meltdown’
‘Cheap Rent’ – House Pimps ‘Zulu Nation’
‘Clean & Heavy’ – Illuminatae ‘Brick House’
‘Columbia’ – Lunatic Asylum ‘The Meltdown’
‘Demonik’ – Demonic Emotions ‘Stuck On A Spacetrip’
‘Don’t Fuck With Me’ – DJ Edge ‘Crwd Cntrl’
‘Flash’ – Joey Beltram ‘Energy Flash’ plus ?
‘Here We Go Remix’ – Eufex ‘Sneaky’ (unreleased)
‘Kamagra’ – Commander Tom ‘Are Am Eye?’
‘Kinky’ – The Prodigy ‘No Good’
‘NWA ’98′ – Sperminator ‘No Women Allowed’ plus The Disciples ‘Underrave’
‘Pandora’ – Illuminatae ‘Tierra Del Fuego’
‘Paradise’ – Sourmash ‘Pilgrimage To Paradise’
‘Port Douglas’ – Renegade Legion ‘The Weeping Waste’
‘Razors Remix’ – Baby Doc ‘Yum Yum’ plus Phrenetic System ‘Wayfarer’
‘Release’ – DJ Edge ‘Compnded’
‘Rockin Ronnie’ – Nick Sentience ‘Ride The Groove (Turmoil Mix)’ plus ?
‘Show Them We Can Do This’ – Second Phase ‘Mentasm’ plus Frankie Bones ‘Show Them We Can Do This’
‘Taliban’ – D.A.V.E. The Drummer ‘Hydraulix 9′
‘Target Locked’ – TDV ‘Resistance Is Futile’
‘Technomove 3′ – Cosmo & Tom ‘Love Teknik’
‘Techno People’ – Dyewitness ‘Poison Ivy’
‘The Lawn’ – Tony de Vit ‘The Dawn (Paul Janes Remix)’
‘Up In The Air’ – DJ Bountyhunter ‘Demilitarized Zone’ plus ?
‘Wet n’ Wild’ – Wippenberg ‘Neurodancer’ plus Juno Reactor ‘Jungle High (Our House Remix)’

If you know any more don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments!

Update July 23, 2009: Having just purchased Karim’s excellent Tinrib mix cd Fish Tales 2 via Discogs, I thought I would share the bio bit from the cd inlay. Check this out for some 1998 flavour:


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December 24th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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  1. Hi pearsall, Not sure whether Im having a blond moment or just suffering after going Xmas shopping on Xmas Eve… but I cant download this the Karim Mix from your site from a Mac. Can you let me know if its poss or not please, would LOVE to hear it. Not on harderfaster (find it alarmingly cliquey!) so if you could let me know via my email would be VERY chuffed. Happy Christmas, look forward to hearing from you – David


    24 Dec 08 at 6:02 pm

  2. not a blond moment on your part but on mine! I messed up the link. try it again now by clicking on ‘Pearsall presents Kariminology’ under the cover. it should work


    24 Dec 08 at 6:36 pm

  3. I don’t seem to be able to d/l this either, wants to save as a “firefox Document” when right clicked save as is chosen. Any ideas ??


    27 Dec 08 at 6:44 pm

  4. are you on Vista? I know that some people have had problems downloading the files using Vista.

    here’s a direct link:

    Copy and paste that in your browser and let me know if that works.


    27 Dec 08 at 7:35 pm

  5. Hi, that new link works fine, thanks. I’m on a XP pc using Firefox. Looking forward to listening to it.


    28 Dec 08 at 5:08 pm

  6. Finally downloaded this mix. Love it! Thanks very much.


    8 Jan 09 at 5:00 pm

  7. [...] devoted to heroes of hard house/nu-nrg. The first was a tribute to Karim and can be downloaded here. I am doing these mixes because I am in the process of selling off (almost all) of my collection of [...]

  8. Great mix.

    N.W.A. has samples from “Sperminator – No Women Allowed” in it and a rave track I have but can’t think of the name.

    “Show Them We Can Do This” has samples from “Second Phase – Mentasm”, “Frankie Bones – Show Them We Can Do This”

    That’s for the list.


    25 Jan 09 at 7:57 pm

  9. Thanks! ‘NWA ’98′ also uses the hoover sample from The Disciples ‘Underrave’ that Tony de Vit used on ‘Are You All Ready?’


    26 Jan 09 at 10:39 am

  10. [...] is the first in a series of three hard house mixes that I am doing. Unlike the tributes to Karim and Dom Sweeten that I did several months ago, these are general hard house/nu-nrg mixes, featuring [...]

  11. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Technomove Pt. 2 on mp3?? I only have it on 12″ and I have desperately searched everywhere for the mp3!! Cheers


    21 May 09 at 9:18 pm

  12. not sure, maybe you could try contacting Karim directly?

    his website is located here


    22 May 09 at 9:58 am

  13. [...] I have done to celebrate some of the leading figures in the scene (the first two were tributes to Karim and Dom [...]

  14. [...] just scanned a bio section on Karim from an old Tinrib cd and added it to the page for my Kariminology mix. Check it [...]

  15. [...] tributes to leading lights of the hard house scene (and if you like this, you should check out my Karim, Dom Sweeten, and Baby Doc [...]

  16. Took about 2 hours to download with my crap connection but definitely well worth the wait. Love it.


    6 Jan 10 at 10:37 pm

  17. glad you enjoy it mate, and I hope your crap connection doesn’t prevent you from enjoying the other hard house tributes I’ve done! :)


    8 Jan 10 at 11:38 am

  18. [...] Eurotrash 2 02. Kariminology 03. Squat Rocking 3 04. Forever Fierce 05. Squat Rocking 1 06. Wobble City 07. The One True [...]

  19. [...] tribute to the Franco-Moroccan lord of the hard stuff, Karim? Without further ado, here it is: Pearsall presents Kariminology click to visit my site and download the mix Mixed in London, December 2008 (76:34, 136.43, V0 [...]

  20. Great mix and great to have the names and info on so many tracks I love.

    Love your RR Fierce one too. Top stuff.

    :o )

    John Drury

    10 Jun 10 at 3:16 pm

  21. hi John,

    Thanks for your comments, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the mixes!


    14 Jun 10 at 2:03 pm

  22. Obviously this is quite old now, but I only found this site a few weeks ago, lol.

    Download of the week for me, apart from the Ant & DDR “Live vs Turntables” mix, which is a totally different style anyway :)

    Are you sure you didn’t actually get Karim to mix this? ;)

    No, seriously… this takes me right back to those amazing Karim sets at Fish/Superfish etc, back in the day – the intensity is the same. Great stuff :D


    11 Nov 10 at 7:41 pm

  23. no, it was definitely me! glad you liked the mix mate :D

    how was that Ant vs DDR mix? I saw it on the SUF mailout but didn’t bother to download it


    12 Nov 10 at 9:25 am

  24. Definitely worth a download. It takes a while to really get going, but it builds and builds, and suddenly it’s all over and you want more – a bit like your “Acid Test” mix actually! lol :D


    13 Nov 10 at 11:07 am

  25. nice one, will definitely go grab it now


    13 Nov 10 at 6:31 pm

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