Debut release from Verve (March 1992) produced by Paul Schroeder. Full on psychedelic Rock. A bit Nirvana, a bit The Cure and very shoegaze.
McCabe’s guitar is the signature sound with a young Ashcroft tripping over his flares. It ebbs and flows in trippy guitar fuzz.
The B-side is a 7 min builder and is a definite Cure sound with those guitar effects and early James sprung to mind!
Hut Recordings – HUT 12
A All In The Mind B One Way To Go
From 1995 and getting into a bit of U2 territory. Wayne Hussey produced with longtime Mission studio members Steve Whitfield and Joe Gibb.
Taken from the album, “Neverland” with the line-up of Hussey on vocals and guitar, Bass – Andy Cousin (All About Eve), Drums – Mick Brown (Red Lorry Yellow Lorry), Guitar – Mark Gemini Thwaite and Keyboards – Rik Carter. (Pendragon, All About Eve)
As already mentioned, “Swoon” is quite melodic rock, the remix getting some Eastern sounds, a theme Hussey seem’s to go back to a lot. Builds slower than the regular track and keeps that Indian exotic theme.
“Whore” is dominated by fairground organ and crunchy guitar, quite glam.
“Wasting Away” is a sombre, piano ballad with some added atmospherics which gently gather momentum.
Dragnet Records – DRAGNET 70
1 Swoon 4:11 2 Whore 5:28 3 Wasting Away 3:36 4 Swoon (Reserection Mix) 7:08
A rare, early release from my favourite Manchester band, Puressence.
The jaw dropping moment of seeing them live for the first time at a Festival at Old Trafford’s Cricket Ground and getting a free CD whilst waiting in the queue to get in, genius bit of marketing! The voice of an angel surrounding by dense guitars and passionate choruses.
The line up was – Bass – Kevin Matthews, Drums – Anthony Szuminski, Guitar – Neil McDonald and Voice – James Mudriczki
It brings a couple of early singles, “Fire” and “I Suppose” together and added a couple of extra tracks.
“Fire” is like a primal scream, enveloped in swirling guitars. “I Suppose” delicate and powerful at the same time.
LP track , “You’re Only Trying To Twist My Arm” is quite Radiohead sounding. “Freefall” is quite majestic and appeared as a B-side of “I Suppose.” Enjoy!
Island Records – 854 505-2
1 Fire 2 I Suppose 3 You’re Only Trying To Twist My Arm 4 Freefall
From 1991 and before Fat Boy Slim, Norman Cook was getting into Dub and Dancehall. Using Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” and a bit corny Pop vocal, there’s a bit of 007 in the background.
Daddy Freddy takes over track 2, deep bass and plenty of toasting. “Inch By Inch” takes some retro Swing samples and turns them into jazzy instrumental.
Go! Beat – GODX 51
A Echo Chamber 5:58 B1 Daddy Freddy’s Echo Chamber 5:57 B2 Inch By Inch 4:03
Are We Dancing ?
A bit of a forgotten gem from Banderas from 1991 including a quality mix from Pete Heller and Terry Farley.
They were the British duo with vocalist Caroline Buckley and violinist/keyboardist Sally Herbert. This was originally produced by Stephen Hague.
Track 1 by Heller and Farley has plenty of House piano and is mid-tempo
Track 2 by Less Stress (Mike Slocombe and Spencer Weekes) is exactly that, very chilled, letting the lyrics and the song breathe. Ambient.
Mike Dignam provides the not too wacky final mix. Sounds very early 90’s with the sampled strings but some nice beats.
London Records – 869297-1
A This Is Your Life (Red Book Mix) 9:06 B1 This Is Your Life (Easy Life Mix) 6:07 B2 This Is Your Life (Slightly Wacky Mix) 4:58
Some Leftfield Beats from FSOL and a homage to Japanese electronica and just plain weirdness. Philip Pin provides the bass twang, there is random Jazz brass and space effects. The track was used quite a lot on TV.
Brian Dougans and Garry Cobain give us a mini-LP of broken beats and loops, Future Jazz and the tracks are in the original format not edited as they appeared on the LP, “ISDN”.
“Snake Hips” samples 23 Skidoo, light jazzy grooves over hip hop beats. John Williams is even sampled on “Smokin Japanese Babe”, ambient washes and the jazz kicks in.
“Amoeba” hardens the beats with background choral effects. The whole thing is very chilled.
Virgin – VST 1540
A1 Far-Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman A2 Snake Hips B3 Smokin Japanese Babe B4 Amoeba
More Trip Hop from Bristol and a one-off release by Tactica. From 1995 and written and produced by the band with a release of just 500 copies.
A much rawer sound with some rockier guitars, deep bass and female vocals. The dub reveals the loops and guitar arrangement.
The beats and psychedelia blend really well on the final two tracks. French samples and jazz breaks give it a cool vibe. The 3rd track has the vocals which keep it on the after hours vibe.
Nyeeve Records – NY 9501
A1 Premonition A2 Premonition (Instrumental) B1 Forecast Mauvais B2 The Forecast Was For Storms
Another classic bit of Trip Hop from March 1995. Produced with Nellee Hooper
*Warning” the album version goes very wobbly (You’ll have this already ? Right ?)
Portishead provide a mix, creating a bleak soundscape with plenty of vocal fx and an electric bass and guitar.
Massive Attack studio bod, Ben Young features Almamegretta, a Napoli collective, as guests on vocals. This gives it an exotic flavour and takes it on a different level.
“Daydreaming” has a livelier version, quicker and bigger drums.
Wild Bunch Records – wbrdxe 7
1 Karmacoma (Album) 5:15 2 Karmacoma (Portishead Experience) 3:57 3 Karmacoma (The Napoli Trip) 6:04 4 Blacksmith/Daydreaming 5:22
Andreas has kindly provided some more mixes from CD 1 and
The Radio version has very loud film samples. Mad Professor gets to the grips with a dubby version of his own.
DJ Shadow joins Unkle on the most radical of the mixes. A different arrangement and bassline with plenty of turntablism.
Mad Professor returns to deliver another deep dub on theVentom Dub Special. Yes, very Mad!
Some rare mixes on this US CD of Portishead’s “Sour Times” from 1994.
Beth Orton’s distinctive voice floats over the jazzy breaks and piano. The original sampling heavilyfrom Lalo Schifrin’s “Danube Incident.”
“Numb” gets a deep mix on track 2 and crops up again in the middle of track 3, after the jazzy electronic viibes. louder horns and drums make this a punchy mix
Really enjoyed ” Theme From “To Kill A Dead Man” another soundtrack to a film yet to be made, building up with full strings and the signature guitar sound.
The final track is a deliberately “grunged up” version done by the band, all rock guitars and shouting.
Go! Discs – 422-857 817-2
1 Sour Times 3:24 2 Numb (Numbed In Moscow) 3:53 3 A Tribute To Monk & Canatella 10:59 4 Sour Times (Lot More) 4:20 5 Theme From “To Kill A Dead Man” 4:24 6 Sour Times (Airbus Reconstruction 5:08
A bit of a Bristol Day !!!
The perfect start is this poignant track from ’95 featuring Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn.
Four versions. All very different.
Brian Eno adds ambience and space effects to his long mix, enveloping Thorn’s great vocals. Beats skitter in heightening the emotions. A fantastic mix for night time listening.
Mad Professor dubs it up, as you’d expect! The bass drop probably doesn’t fit and it rattles around a bit too much. Bass bin rattling!
The final mix by Juan (John) Manuel Martinez (Pharcyde producer),is different again. A Jazzy Hip Hop groove with scratchy samples. A bit repetitive in terms of the backing.
Wild Bunch Records – wbrdf6
1 Protection (7″ Edit) 4:56 2 Protection (The Eno Mix) 9:12 3 Protection (Radiation For The Nation Mix) 8:35 4 Protection (J Sw!ft Mix) 7:12
Andreas has chipped in again with the UK CD 2 release which included the Underdog (Trevor Jackson) remix, a quicker Trip Hop vibe with double layered vocals
Dom T takes the album track “Three” and adds some House beats and chops up Nicolette Suwoton’s vocals. Grandmaster Flash over a funky bass.
Wild Bunch Records – WBRDX 6
1 Protection (Album Version) 7:52 2 Protection (Underdog’s Angel Dust Mix) 7:36 3 Three (Dom T’s House Of Fortune Mix) 7:16