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Pearsall presents City Groove: A Quick Luca Lozano Tribute

Pearsall presents City Groove: A Quick Luca Lozano Tribute

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Mixed in Berlin, November 2022
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(46:03, 105 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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Tracklisting:

  1. Luca Lozano & Mr. Ho – Kush Groove [Klasse Wrecks]
  2. Luca Lozano – No Team in Lozano [Super Rhythm Tracks]
  3. Luca Lozano & DJ Fett Burger – Telegronn [Klasse Wrecks]
  4. Luca Lozano & DJ Fett Burger – Totally Tangerine [Sex Tags UFO]
  5. Luca Lozano – Breakbleep [Super Rhythm Trax]
  6. Luca Lozano – Outer Space [Super Rhythm Trax]
  7. Luca Lozano – Gun Fingers [Hypercolour]
  8. Luca Lozano – Come With Me [Unknown to the Unknown]
  9. Luca Lozano – Essential Elements [Running Back]
  10. Luca Lozano – Blabba [Klasse Wrecks]
  11. ADSR – Haunted (Luca Lozano 3rd Summer Of Love Remix) [Elegal]
  12. Hans Berg – A Floor Of Stars (Luca Lozano What’s Behind A Black Hole Remix) [Klasse Wrecks]
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Pearsall presents Stranger Beats [A Stranger Tribute]

Pearsall presents Stranger Beats

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Mixed in Berlin, July 2022
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(76:18, 174 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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http://sonicrampage.org/mixes/stranger/Pearsall-StrangerBeats.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Stranger – One Day [Self Reflektion]
  2. Tafkamp – Feel So Phree [Paling Trax]
  3. Tafkamp – Boy is Bangin [Paling Trax]
  4. Stranger – Warehouse Memoires (US Revival Mix) [Self Reflektion]
  5. Stranger – Energ-E-Body [Paling Trax]
  6. Tafkamp – Shake & Bounce [Paling Trax]
  7. Tafkamp – Binnenweg 2 [Revenge Techniques]
  8. Tafkamp – Can’t Stand It [Revenge Techniques]
  9. Stranger & Lenson – Paling Trax 001 (Side A2) [Paling Trax]
  10. Stranger – Thinner [Planet Rhythm]
  11. Stranger – Silent Frustration [Projekts]
  12. Jamie Haus – Broken Form (Stranger Remix) [Planet Rhythm]
  13. Tinfoil – Both Roads To Triogue (Stranger’s ‘Best Of Both Raves’ Mix) [Tinfoil]
  14. Tafkamp – Baldadig [TH Tar Hallow]
  15. Stranger – Granaatappel [Ressort Imprint]
  16. Stranger – Crossover [Perspektiv]
  17. Tafkamp – When Desires Turn Evil [Revenge Techniques]
  18. Stranger – Ommoord [Monnom Black]
  19. Remco Beekwilder & Stranger – No Limit [Clergy]
  20. Stranger – Threevided [Self Reflektion]
  21. Stranger – Nostalgica [Perspektiv]
  22. Remco Beekwilder & Stranger – Anybody Out There [Emerald]
  23. Stranger – Motief [Rave Or Die]
  24. Anetha – Interstellar (Stranger Remix) [Blocaus Series]
  25. Remco Beekwilder & Stranger – Another Life [Emerald]
  26. Program 1 – World’s Famous MF (Stranger Remix) [Planet Phuture]
  27. Stranger – Rok Da Place [Perspektiv]
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Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 005: 1997 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 005: 1997

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Mixed in Berlin, July 2022
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(50:56, 117 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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http://sonicrampage.org/mixes/75shadows/Pearsall-75Shadows005-1997.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Neo-Tech – Valves [Moving Shadow]
  2. Dom & Optical – Concrete Shoes [Moving Shadow]
  3. E-Z Rollers – 25 Alpha [Moving Shadow]
  4. Dom & Matrix – The Vandal [Moving Shadow]
  5. Dom & Optical – Rage Roll [Audio Couture]
  6. Technical Itch – The Dreamer (Future Forces Inc Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  7. Dom & Roland – Hydrolicks [Moving Shadow]
  8. Deep Blue & Blame – Transitions (Dom & Roland Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  9. Basic Unit – Silver Wolf [Moving Shadow]
  10. E-Z Rollers – Synesthesia [Moving Shadow]
  11. Technical Itch – Hidden Sound [Moving Shadow]
  12. Dom & Rob – Distorted Dreams (Desired State Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  13. Dom & Rob – Distorted Dreams [Moving Shadow]
  14. Technical Itch – Watch Out [Moving Shadow]
  15. Rob & Goldie – The Shadow (Process Mix) [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 004: 1996 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 004: 1996

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Mixed in Berlin, July 2022
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(57:39 139 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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http://sonicrampage.org/mixes/75shadows/Pearsall-75Shadows004-1996.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Technical Itch – Can’t You See (Funky Technicians Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  2. Pulse & Tango – Let The Hustlers Play (Peshay Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  3. PFM – Cruising Detroit [Moving Shadow]
  4. JMJ & Flytronix – Delusions [Moving Shadow]
  5. Cloud 9 – The Ultimate Seduction (Essence of Aura Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  6. Omni Trio – Soul Of Darkness (Promenade ’96 Rollout) [Moving Shadow]
  7. Higher Sense – Metallic FX [Moving Shadow]
  8. Current Affairs – Turbulence (Just Jungle Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  9. Tango – Fever [Moving Shadow]
  10. Dom & Roland – Dynamics [Moving Shadow]
  11. Tango & Fallout – Revelations (Fallout Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  12. Current Affairs – Cutting Edge [Moving Shadow]
  13. Dom & Roland – Interstella Jazz [Moving Shadow]
  14. Dom & Roland – The Storm [Moving Shadow]
  15. Technical Itch – The Dreamer [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 003: 1995 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 003: 1995

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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(54:01 130 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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https://sonicrampage.org/mixes/75shadows/Pearsall-75Shadows003-1995.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Dead Calm – Urban Style [Moving Shadow]
  2. DJ Pulse – Voyager [Moving Shadow]
  3. DJ Harmony – Let Me In (Adam F Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  4. Aquasky – Dezires (DJ Krust Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  5. Flytronix – Return to Intelligence [Moving Shadow]
  6. Omni Trio – Nu Birth of Cool [Moving Shadow]
  7. Foul Play – The Stepper [Moving Shadow]
  8. Higher Sense – People of the Universe (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  9. Flytronix – Shine a Rewind (DJ Harmony Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  10. Higher Sense – Bizarre (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  11. JMJ & Richie – Free La Funk (PFM Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  12. Cloud 9 – Snow [Moving Shadow]
  13. Essence of Aura – So This Is Love [Moving Shadow]
  14. Blame – Dreamfinder [Moving Shadow]
  15. Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP Mix) [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 002: 1994 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 002: 1994

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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(50:35, 116 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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https://sonicrampage.org/mixes/75shadows/Pearsall-75Shadows002-1994.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Foul Play – Music is the Key [Moving Shadow]
  2. E-Z Rollers – Rolled Into One (Droppin’ Science Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  3. Cloud 9 – Blissful Ignorance (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  4. The Alliance – Integration [Moving Shadow]
  5. Deep Blue – Fantasy #2 (JMJ & Richie Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  6. Foul Play – Cutting Loose [Moving Shadow]
  7. Nookie – I’ll Give It To You [Moving Shadow]
  8. Omni Trio – Rollin’ Heights [Moving Shadow]
  9. Omni Trio – Thru The Vibe (’94 Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  10. Tango – Think Twice [Moving Shadow]
  11. Hyper On Experience – Lords Of The Null Line (Foul Play Remix feat DJ Randall) [Moving Shadow]
  12. DJ Pulse – Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  13. After Dark – Reincarnation [Moving Shadow]
  14. Dead Dred – Dred Bass (Origin Unknown Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  15. Renegade – Terrorist [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 001: 1993 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 001: 1993

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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(47:57, 109 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

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http://sonicrampage.org/mixes/75shadows/Pearsall-75Shadows001-1993.mp3

Tracklisting:

  1. Hyper On Experience – Monarch of the Glen [Moving Shadow]
  2. Mixrace – Dance with the Devil [Moving Shadow]
  3. Cloud 9 – You Got Me Burnin (A.A.S Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  4. 2 Bad Mice – Underworld (DJ Hype Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  5. Oaysis – Open Secrets [Moving Shadow]
  6. JMJ & Richie – Case Reopened (Deep Blue Brought to Trial Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  7. 2 Bad Mice – Tribal Revival [Moving Shadow]
  8. Hyper On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  9. Foul Play – Open Your Mind (Tango Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  10. JMJ & Richie – Hall of Mirrors [Moving Shadow]
  11. Cloud 9 – Mr. Logic (Cloud 9 Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  12. Foul Play – Finest Illusion (Legal Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  13. Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune [Moving Shadow]
  14. Omni Trio – Mystic Stepper (Feel Better) [Moving Shadow]
  15. Hyper On Experience – Thunder Grip [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents Butterz is the Sound [Begrime 15.06.2022]

Pearsall presents Butterz is the Sound

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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(68:14, 101 MB, V0 VBR MP3)

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Tracklisting:

  1. Swindle & Silkie – Unlimited [Butterz]
  2. Terror Danjah – Bipolar [Butterz]
  3. TRC – Oo Aa Ee (VIP Mix) [Butterz]
  4. D.O.K. – Chemical Planet [Butterz]
  5. Swindle – Airmiles (20,000 Miles Later) [Butterz]
  6. Mr. Mitch – Skittles [Butterz]
  7. Swindle – Connecta ft Ricardo China [Butterz]
  8. S-X – Woooo Riddim [Butterz]
  9. Newham Generals – Humpty Dumpty [Butterz]
  10. Flava D – Robot [Flava D White Label]
  11. Rapid – License [Butterz]
  12. Flava D – Plate [Flava D White Label]
  13. Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Starkey Remix) [Butterz]
  14. Terror Danjah – Let Me Be The One feat Ruby Lee Ryder [Butterz]
  15. Swindle – Mood Swings [Butterz]
  16. D.O.K. – Keep Making Grime [Butterz]
  17. S-X – Bricks [Butterz]
  18. Royal T – Music Please (Devil Mix) [Butterz]
  19. Rapid – Rebore [Butterz]
  20. Royal T – Shotta (Kahn & Neek Remix) [Butterz]
  21. Royal T – Hot Ones Remix [Butterz]
  22. Trim – I Am (LV Remix) [Butterz]
  23. Royal T – Orangeade VIP [Butterz]
  24. P Money & Blacks – Boo You [Butterz]
  25. Royal T – Cool Down [Rinse]
  26. Champion – Speed [Butterz]
  27. Rebound X – Rhythm & Gash (Flava D Remix) [Flava D White Label]
  28. Flava D – Home [Butterz]
  29. tqd – Day & Night (Day Mix) [Butterz]
  30. Swindle – Global Dance ft Flowdan & Mungo’s Hi-Fi [Butterz]
  31. Royal T – Glacier (Angel Mix) [Butterz]

This is a mix I did recently for Begrime, featuring some of my favorite tracks from the Butterz label. Enjoy!

Pearsall presents Keysound Recordings Special (Begrime 23-03-2022)

Pearsall presents Keysound Recordings Special (Begrime 23-03-2022)

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Mixed in Berlin, March 2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) [Keysound Recordings]
  2. Sully – Let You [Keysound Recordings]
  3. Wen – In [Keysound Recordings]
  4. Wen – Road [Keysound Recordings]
  5. JT the Goon – Oil on Ice (Version 2) [Keysound Recordings]
  6. Walton – Cool It VIP [Keysound Recordings]
  7. Kellen303 – WHB [Keysound Recordings]
  8. Detboi – Give Love [Keysound Recordings]
  9. Wen – Play Your Corner ft Riko (Walton Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  10. Dusk + Blackdown – High Road [Keysound Recordings]
  11. Blackdown – Crackle Blues (Burial Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  12. Dusk + Blackdown – The Bits ft. Trim [Keysound Recordings]
  13. Logos – King Mob VIP [Keysound Recordings]
  14. Visionist – From A Place [Keysound Recordings]
  15. dlvry – Guilt [Keysound Recordings]
  16. Sully – Casablanca ft Jendor [Keysound Recordings]
  17. Skream – Sweetz (2005 Flex) [Keysound Recordings]
  18. Blackdown – Concrete Streets ft. Durrty Goodz [Keysound Recordings]
  19. Dusk + Blackdown – Kuri Pataka (The Firecracker Girl) [Keysound Recordings]
  20. Geeneus – Knife & Gun ft. Riko, Wiley & Breeze [Keysound Recordings]
  21. Starkey – Gutter Music ft Durrty Goodz [Keysound Recordings]
  22. DVA – Bullet A Go Fly Feat. Badness, Riko, Flow Dan & Killa P (Dusk & Blackdown Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  23. DJ Sinclair – Gunman What [Keysound Recordings]
  24. Sully – Charms [Keysound Recordings]
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Pearsall presents Downtown Sound: Armand van Helden in the 90’s

Pearsall presents Downtown Sound: Armand van Helden in the 90’s

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Mixed in Berlin, November 2021
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Tracklisting:

  1. Circle Children – Indonesia (Sambal Badjak Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  2. Jungle Juice – Egyptian Magician (Ethnic Mix) [Nervous]
  3. Deep Creed – Warrior’s Dance (Armand’s Circle Mix) [Eastern Bloc]
  4. The Mole People – Break Night [Strictly Rhythm]
  5. Hardhead – New York Express [Strictly Rhythm]
  6. Sagat – Luvstuff (Armand van Helden Ghetto House Dub) [Maxi]
  7. Reality – Wanna Get Busy (Armand’s Prime Time Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean – Tu No Sabe [Strictly Rhythm]
  9. Circle Children – Zulu (Ndako Gboya Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  10. Veda Simpson – Oohhh Baby (Armand’s Club Mix) [Hi Life]
  11. Armand van Helden – Witch Doktor [Strictly Rhythm]
  12. Kim English – Nite Life (Retail Club Mix) [Nervous]
  13. Armand van Helden – Break da 80’s [Strictly Rhythm]
  14. 2 in a Room – Carnival (Armand van Helden Kokonut Killa Mix) [Cutting]
  15. Capella – Tell Me the Way (Armand van Helden Mix) [Systematic]
  16. Sara Parker – My Love is Deep (Armand’s Dub of Doom) [Dream Beat]
  17. Vanessa Williams – The Way That You Love (Armand’s Funky Foam Mix) [Mercury]
  18. Armand van Helden – Work Me Gadamit ’96 [Henry Street]
  19. Chupacabra – Aw Yeah (125th Street Bootleg Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  20. Subspecies – From Da East [Strictly Rhythm]
  21. Armand van Helden & DJ Sneak – Futuristic Cipher [Relief]
  22. Trancesetters – The Search (Armand’s Pu-Tang Mix) [Sm:)e Communications]
  23. Da Mongoloids – Spark Da Meth (Bangin Like A Benzi Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  24. Daft Punk – Da Funk (Armand’s 10 Minutes of Funk Mix) [Soma]
  25. Armand van Helden & DJ Sneak – Psychic Bounty Killaz Pt. 2 [Armed]
  26. CJ Bolland – Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand’s Drum And Bass Mix) [ffRR]
  27. Goldie – Digital ft KRS-One (Armand van Helden Mix) [ffRR]
  28. Genaside II – Narra Mine (Armand Van Helden’s East Coast Mix) [ffRR]
  29. Nuyorican Soul – It’s Alright, I Feel It (Armand Van Helden Remix) [Talkin’ Loud]
  30. Armand van Helden – U Don’t Know Me Feat. Duane Harden [Armed]

2021 … some year, huh?

I guess it was a strange one for many people, at times it felt almost normal, and then at other times it didn’t really … a bit of a weird one! On the musical front it’s been a fun one, released a record and made some cool mixes, even played out a couple times, and to close out the year here’s a very special mix that I’m quite excited to share with you.

No need for suspense, you had to scroll down to get here, so you know exactly what I’m talking about … the mix in question is my tribute to legendary house producer Armand van Helden!

To be honest, it’s a mix many people might not expect from me, and sure, it’s pretty rare for me to do a house mix, but, well, I’ve been a big fan of Armand van Helden’s productions ever since I first encountered them in the mid-90’s.

So why not, eh?

OK, I guess I could stop there, but that would be a pretty lame blog post, so I’m going to have to give a bit of a longer explanation about just what is going on here …

I like house music, I can vibe to it, but it’s not my go-to and it never has been – it just has never been something that I have felt deeply passionate about, not in the same way that dedicated househeads do. I recognize that for many, many people house music is something that has played a key role in their lives. This is especially true for the deeper side of house, which has offered community, self-expression, joy and a quasi-spiritual sense of release to hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions.

I’m not one of those people, and that’s OK!

But I do like some of it, and amongst the dozens (hundreds?) of house music sub-genres and little scenes, probably my favorite moment in time is that classic mid-90’s New York City house sound, that vast flood of music that emerged from that last moment when NYC was unquestionably one of the global capitals of club culture.

The sound of labels like Henry Street, Eightball, Nervous, Tribal, King Street, Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm, amongst others.

The sound that boomed through clubs like Sound Factory, the Limelight, Twilo, the Tunnel, Roxy, the Palladium, Club USA, and more.

The sound of swooping diva vocals, uplifting pianos, rumbling tribal drum sessions, disco loops filtered to oblivion and back. Pumping kickdrums, funky basslines. Sirens, stabs, crisp percussion. Mellow keys, sweeping strings, every now and then a slinky saxophone. Snatches of hip-hop vocals, gospel choirs, inspirational speeches, catty queens, lilting Caribbean Spanish. Luscious pads, tinny horns. Samples from disco, soul, funk, salsa, rock, samba … the whole spectrum of modern music repurposed for dark dancefloors and endless nights.

And behind it all, the relentless pulse of the kickdrum.

The sound of Masters at Work, Todd Terry, Mood II Swing, Francois K, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Roger Sanchez, Mateo & Matos, Junior Vasquez, Victor Simonelli, and a cast of literally thousands of dj’s and producers operating across all five boroughs and throughout the whole Tri-State Area. A sort of collective genius in action.

But my favorite?

Always, always, always Armand van Helden.

The boshing kickdrums, the unapologetic diva theatrics, the application of killer samples, the hip-hop attitude, and above all, the sheer genius for bassline magic Shit, he’s a guy who churned out a small mountain of house remixes of terrible 90’s pop acts (Capella? Ace of Base? Vanessa Williams?) and rarely dropped a clunker … he could have just taken the cash and ran, but somehow we managed the rare feat of polishing some particularly pungent turds. And not just once or twice, but over and over and over!

To me, there’s something so distinctly, so quintessentially New York about his music. It’s just New York to the core, in the attitude, the grit leavened by a refusal to get too serious, the joyous abandon and the intensity.

Sure, he might actually be from Boston originally, but let’s not let that get in the way of this theory.

And it’s completely fitting that it’s not until he moved to New York in 1994 that he really found his audience and his success.

So as someone who bough my first Armand van Helden record all the way back in 1996 (it was this one, if you’re asking), you could say that this mix was literally decades in the making.

As with many of my mix projects, this one has been slowly germinating for a while as I built up a little collection of his tunes. This year, finally, I hit a critical mass of tunes, and it was time to make it happen!

But how?

With all of my mixes I start with the question: “What do I do with this big pile of records?”

Sometimes I just hit record and see what happens, but in this case I wanted to put a little more thought into it, so I pulled out my stack of Armand van Helden tunes and started listening to them, and what really struck me was that he did all kinds of stuff through the course of the 90’s. Maybe that’s kind of an obvious point (‘musician doesn’t stand still’) but when I sat and listened to about thirty AvH records it became pretty obvious that the story of the mix would be to highlight this career progression and make it explicable to the listener.

The solution was, in the end, pretty straightforward … organize the records by year (more or less) and that would tell the story very clearly. The mix thus covers van Helden’s output from 1994 to 1997, roughly (there’s I think one record from 1993 and one from 1998), and this approach provides a very interesting overview. Just from listening you can hear in it house music’s transformation from a sound for underground clubs to the soundtrack to the rising super-clubs and dance music’s emergence as a genuine global phenomenon.

The early tracks have that classic New York tribal sound, all relentless pumping rhythms, whereas by the end of the mix we are encountering a very different sound, much bigger and more ambitious, epic in scope and precise in execution. Gone is the charming roughness of only a few years before, replaced with a deep confidence that, fuck yeah, I can make some big motherfucking ANTHEMS.

Like this one, one of the biggest house records of all time. I didn’t use it though! (It’s not one of my favorites)

In those last few tracks you can hear Armand van Helden at the absolute peak of his commercial and critical success, dropping bassline monsters that helped spark London’s emerging ‘speed garage’ scene into life, while also raiding the disco archives for the samples that helped him to vaporize dancefloors worldwide and cause an entirely new generation to reconsider the much-maligned 1970’s and its signature music style.

It must have been a wild ride for him!

The sheer speed at which his sound progressed in the mid-90’s brought to mind a parallel process in a scene that van Helden was deeply influenced by – the UK breakbeat scene, which in mere years progressed from hardcore to jungle to drum n’ bass. This music had a huge impact on van Helden’s work, altering his own house productions in the late 90’s, which in turn sent shockwaves through the world of house as jungle-style basslines were introduced to dancefloors that just weren’t expecting them. It’s also worth mentioning that he even made an amazing Monica-sampling white label drum n’ bass classic called ‘Ain’t Armand‘.

This gave me the hook for the mix – once I sorted the records by year the pattern was obvious. Just as with my Amen Promo Mix, the best way to tell the story of Armand van Helden in the mid-90’s was to do it chronologically, starting in 1994 and ending in 1997, and allowing the listener to hear the transformation over time.

I hope you enjoy listening to the mix as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

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