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The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 1
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
The first mix focuses on some all-time classic piano and vocal tracks from the late 80’s and early 90’s – starting off as it means to go along with massive tracks from Candi Staton and Kariya.
They come thick and fast as undisputed back-to-back classics weave in and out of the set from the likes of Orange Lemon, Chanelle, Ten City and Brand New Heavies to name but a few.
We then start the ‘throw-your-hands-in-the-air’ piano section of the set with one of the all-time Italian house piano classics, It’s A Moment In Time closely followed by huge grin-inducers from the likes of Unity, FPI Project and K-Klass. The Def Club Remix of Dreamlover adds a touch of class before the wonderful Jam The Dance by Asmo rounds off this section of the mix.
Things then go a bit ‘white label’ as we drop a couple of rare ones in the form of Colonel Abrahams and the amazing DMC remix of Tell Me Why before the unmistakable and uplifting Love Is the Message and 2 For Joy’s In A State add to the fun.
It keeps on going with one cracker after another as the set heads home, culminating with a sneaky trick using the Pamela Fernandez acapella over the 80’s classic Fascinated before Zoe wraps things up with one of those sit-on-the-stage-and-wish-you-could-do-it-all-again tracks.
Enjoy the memories…
You Got The Love – Candi Staton
Let Me Love You For Tonight (House Club Version) – Kariya
Dreams Of Santa Anna (Extended Club Mix) – Orange Lemon
Temptation – Corina
It’s Not Over Now (Classic Version) – Change Inc
Shelter Me (Helter Skelter Mix) – Circuit ft. Koffi
One Man (One Mix) – Chanelle
It’s Alright – Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge
That’s The Way Love Is (Acieed Mix) – Ten City
Back To Love (GP Remix) – Brand New Heavies
It’s A Moment In Time – 4 For Money
Unity (USA Mix) – Unity
Everybody All Over The World (Dance Version) – FPI Project
Rhythm Is A Mystery – K-Klass
Dream Lover (Def Club Remix) – Mariah Carey
Jam The Dance – Asmo
Trapped (White Label) – Colonel Abrahams
Tell Me Why (DMC Remix) – Expose
Love Is The Message – Love Inc
In A State (Juno Latino Mix) – 2 For Joy
Hold Me – Velvet
Is There Anybody Out There? – Bassheads
Let The Bit Hit ‘Em (Clivilles & Cole Remix) – Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam
Kickin’ In the Beat (Acapella) – Pamela Fernandez
Fascinated (Club Mix) – Company B
Sunshine On A Rainy Day (Extended 12” Mix) – Zoe
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 2
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
The second mix in the series follows on from where the first left off – keeping the tunes firmly in the big and classic category.
They don’t get much bigger than the Fingers Inc ‘My House’ acapella being used to kick things off and introduce the all-time classic Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick. It’s then piano heaven as back to back roof-raisers are dropped from Off Limits, Pierre Feroldi, The Badman and the infamous Techno Age / Young MC / Jinny trick – a real classic from back in the day – even if I say so myself!
They continue to come thick and fast as the Love 91 version of Playing With Knives does its thing followed by established old-skool anthems Found Love, JJ Tribute, Sounds of Eden and Anthem by N-Joi flow in and out of the set.
After the flashback inducing Insanity by Oceanic, the mix takes a step back in time via out-and-out party anthems from Don Pablo’s Animals, Bizz Nizz and the classic Acid Rock from Rhythm Device. Timeless hymns such as The Phantom and Al Naayifish do their gorgeous thing before the set heads firmly back to the Chicago house roots of where it all began with Lil Louis’ French Kiss and Joe Smooth’s Promised Land.
It’s not long before the DJ tricks return with the Hardcore Uproar / Rock The House trick that still gets the approving nod from those in the know.
After the wonderful Todd Terry mix of Loving You Like Crazy by Corina, the Sasha mix of Came Outa Nowhere signifies things are drawing to a close. The First Rhythm / Always There trick still sounds great today as proceedings are wrapped up with Kid N Play and their absolute monster 2 Hype.
Wow, that was fun…!
My House (Acapella) / Where Love Lives – Fingers Inc / Alison Limerick
Round & Round – Off Limits
Movin’ Now – Pierre Feroldi ft. Linda Ray
Higher Than Heaven (Vocal Mix) – The Badman pres. NDX
Moving On (Italian House Version) – Techno Age ft. DJ Phil Anthony
Know How – Young MC
Never Gonna Give You Up (Extended Mix) – Jinny
Playing With Knives (Love 91) – Bizarre Inc
Found Love (Full Version) – Double Dee ft. Dany
JJ Tribute (“?” Version) – A.S.H.A.
Sounds of Eden (Shadie Side) – Shades of Rhythm
Anthem (The Original Mix) – N-Joi
Insanity (Legendary Mix) – Oceanic
Venus – Don Pablo’s Animals
Don’t Miss The Party Line (Shea Stadium Mix) – Bizz Nizz
Acid Rock – Rhythm Device
The Phantom (It’s In There) – Renegade Soundwave
Al Naayifish (The Soul) – Hashim
French Kiss – Lil Louis
The Promised Land (Club Mix) – Joe Smooth Inc ft. Anthony Thomas
In Spirit (Techno Mix) – Dilemma
Hardcore Uproar / Rock The House (Acapella) – Together / Nicole
Loving You Like Crazy (The Todd Mix) – Corina
Came Outa Nowhere (Sasha Mix) – Evolution
First Rhythm / Always There (Acapella) – Pin Up Boys / Charvoni
2 Hype (House Instrumental) – Kid N Play
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 3
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
The third mix really does start with an absolute belting remix of Love Can’t Turn Around that is guaranteed to get the whole club’s attention. Quickly followed by some real stonkers from way, way back in the day – do they really get any better than Can U Dance by Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason & Fast Eddie Smith? Answers on a postcard…
The NY House Mix of (You’re My One And Only True Love) is a classic example of how to pull off a remix and bring real soul and energy to house music – it’s a big personal favourite that is quickly followed by the fantastic Gettin’ Out by SLD that will leave you singing about having the best time in your life without the Dirty Dancing soundtrack anywhere in sight!
After more classics from Degrees Of Motion, Last Rhythm and FPI Project to name a few, Different Story by Bowa and Movin’ by Marathon bring more of a timeless Garage feel to proceedings before a bunch of main-room piano anthems are dropped in the form of Such A Good Feeling, Touch Me and the ageless Brothers & Sisters by 2 Funky.
Things take a classy turn as the set is wrapped up by the fantastic Saturday Night, Sunday Morning by T-Empo and the original mix of How Can I love You More by a then unknown collective from Manchester known as M People.
Sticking with the Manchester theme, the final 2 tracks sum up the best of this period with the still amazing sounding Space Face by Sub Sub followed by the nailed-on classic from A Guy Called Gerald and the timeless Voodoo Ray – for those of you that were there, you’ll know that one really did sound good in the Haç.
Oooohh Aaaahhhh Yeah..!
Love Can’t Turn Around (Remix) – Farley Jackmaster Funk ft. Darryl Pandy
Beat Dis (Extended Dis) – Bomb The Bass
Numero Uno – Starlight Invention Group
Airport 89 (Club Mix) – Wood Allen
Can U Dance – Kenny ‘Jammin’ Jason & Fast Eddie Smith
(You’re My One and Only) True Love (NY House Mix) – Seduction
Gettin’ Out (Extended Version) – SLD
Do You Want It Right Now / Passion – Degrees of Motion / Gat Decor
Last Rhythm (Club Mix) – Last Rhythm ft. Silvie Carter
Rich In Paradise – FPI Project
1991 (Berry Paradise Version) – TC 1991
Funky Guitar (Lion Rock Inna Milanese Stylee) – TC 1992
Different Story – Bowa
Movin’ – Marathon
You Want My Love (Garage Mix) – Olimpia
Gangster Boogie – Tony Scott
Shock The Beat (Piano Mix) – Electric Choc
Progen ’91 (Move Any Mountain) – The Shamen
Such A Good Feeling (Inspirational Delight Mix) – Brothers In Rhythm
Touch Me (Sexual Version) – The 49rs
Brothers and Sisters (Big Bass Anthem Mix) – 2 Funky Starring Katheryn Dion
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – T-Empo
How Can I Love You More? (Classic Mix) – M People
Space Face – Sub Sub
Voodoo Ray – A Guy Called Gerald
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 4
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
Number four is about four words: Beats, Bass, Blips and Stabs.
And what a better way to start proceedings off than with the revered anthem that is Future FJP by Liaisons D – supported by its mate Mr Monday and the D-Shake crew. Yes people, we have bleep-inspired lift-off…
We go way back with Bizz Nizz and their huge warehouse track We’re Gonna Get You followed at pace with the KC Flightt and Planet E. The bangin’ beats and boomin’ basses continue with the sounds of Mental Cube, Mr Fingers and GTO before we hit the all-time classic Let It Roll by Doug Lazy – and I’m sure you’ll admit, it’s a nice DJ trick that see’s LFO form the basis for our man Lazy to do his thang…
The original of What Time Is Love blends seamlessly into another belter in the shape of Smokebelch II by the Sabres Of Paradise before things are raised another notch by the unforgettable sound of Jaydee and Plastic Dreamse.
Mooncat, Unit 93, LNR, Quartz, The Cutter and Black Riot offer a few delights to the aficionados out there before Technotronic hit us with the cross-over smash – Pump Up The Jam.
As things draw to a close, we drop a BPM or two to we celebrate those MC’s that love beats, basses, and blips with tracks from Silver Bullet, Sugar Bear, King Bee and MC Tunes.
The mix is taken home by the classic Keep It Up by Y.B.U. before Mantronix introduce us to Juliette James.
Take It Easy people…
Future FJP – Liaisons D
YAAAH! Techno Trance (Freestyle Club Mix) – D-Shake
Future – Mr. Monday
We’re Gonna Get You – Bizz Nizz
Planet E (Hip House Mix) – KC Flightt
Chile Of The Bass Generation – Mental Cube
Can You Feel It? – Mr Fingers
Pure (Pure Energy) – G.T.O.
Let It Roll – Doug Lazy
LFO (The Leeds Warehouse Mix) – LFO
What Time Is Love? (Original Mix) – The KLF
Smokebelch II (David Holmes Mix) – Sabres Of Paradise
Plastic Dreams (Original Mix) – Jaydee
The Shaker (Bonesy’s Hand & Spear Vocal Mix) – Mooncat
Trust No One (Full Length) – Unit 93
Work It To The Bone (The Original Classic) – LNR
Meltdown (Club Mix) – Quartz
Blow (Cutter Mix) – The Cutter
A Day In The Life (Club Mix) – Black Riot
Pump Up The Jam (Vocal Attack) – Technotronic
20 Seconds To Comply (The Final Conflict Mix) – Silver Bullet
Don’t Scandalize Mine (Vocal Mix) – Sugar Bear
Back By Dope Demand (Straight Up Mix) – King Bee
Tunes Splits The Atom (Original Rap) – MC Tunes Vs 808 State
Keep It Up (Steve Proctor Mix) – Y.B.U. ft. Anneli Marian Drecker
Got To Have Your Love – Mantronix
Take It Easy – Cedric Winkleburger And The Yellow Blueberrys ft. Juliette James
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 5
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
Number five remembers those nights where nothing but a hands-in-the-air piano would do – you might be able to tell that from its first track! But as you know this mix series is not about being that bleedin’ obvious, so number five also tips its baseball cap to those soulful and maybe lest well-known piano classics. Remember DJ Fopp and the underground anthem What You Gonna Do? If you do, you’re in the right place… And if not, open your ears – you’re still in the right place!
So after the bouncy I Say Yeah by Secchii, we drop the huge floor-filler A Deeper Love by Clivillés and Cole and their Music Factory. Things don’t get much bigger than Reachin’ by Phase II, or much bigger than Don’t You Want To Be Mine by Denise Lopez, or much bigger than Finally by Ce Ce Peniston, or having said that, much bigger than Faith In The Power Of Love by Rozalla – You get the idea, these are feel-good back-to-back piano choons at their very best.
The words ‘Thick’ and ‘Fast’ spring to mind as My Love by Collapse, You Used To Salsa by the legend that is Richie Rich and Elevation by Xpansions flow in and out of the mix.
As the set progresses things retain that uplifting piano vibe but wander a little off the beaten track with tracks you might not know but that still deserve their place in the mix from Hi Liner, Rodeo Jones, Neon Light, Mimmo Mix, the Rapino Brothers and Rebound amongst others.
The massive Kites by Ultraviolet should take you back to a place you’re familiar with, quickly followed by Urban Soul and the huge Sasha remix of Alright.
After the soulful Do What You Feel by Joey Negro and Do It by Oval Emotion the set is brought to a close by the beautiful Compulsion by Zenana and equally beautiful Follow Me by Aly-Us.
Heart of stone if you don’t enjoy this one – either that or you were born in 2001… 🙂
Tall & Handsome (Original Mix) – Outrage
What You Gonna Do (Extended Mix) – DJ Fopp
I Say Yeah (Curiosity Mix) – Secchi ft. Orlando Johnson
A Deeper Love (A Deeper Feeling Mix) – C&C Music Factory
Reachin’ (Brotherhood Mix) – Phase II
Don’t You Want To Be Mine – Denise Lopez
Finally (12” Mix) – Ce Ce Peniston
Faith In The Power Of Love – Rozalla
My Love (Ambient Drops) – Collapse
You Used To Salsa (Original Mix) – Richie Rich’s Salsa House
Elevation (Move Your Body) – Xpansions
Loving You – Hi Liner
Get Wise (Bumpin’ Mix) – Rodeo Jones
Keep On Dancing (Pumping Mix) – Neon Light ft. Fonda Rae
Risky – FPI Project
Feel It – 1st Team
All Your Love (Club Mix) – Mimmo Mix
Reach To The Top (Original Mix) – The Rapino Brothers
Love Is – Rebound
Take On Higher (Club Mix) – Jennifer Lucas
Kites – Ultraviolet
Alright (Sasha Mix) – Urban Soul
Do What You Feel (Expanded Mix) – Joey Negro
Do It (Prohibition Club Mix) – Oval Emotion
Compulsion – Zenana
Follow Me (Club Mix) – Aly-Us
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 6
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
Mix six can best be described as a ‘classy sandwich’ – Namely a bunch of huge old-skool bangers top-and-tailed with some truly wonderful slices of pure unadulterated elegant house music.
Things start with a little scratch intro and trick using Shaker Song as a background to Todd Terry’s classic Weekend followed immediately by the uplifting Some Kind Of Heaven by BBG. We build the classiness level with tracks by Degrees Of Motion, Juliette Roberts, Chicago Symphony and the monumental What Would We Do by DSK.
The classiness level is raised another significant notch as Someday by Ce Ce Rodgers does its thing, followed immediately by Strings Of Life by Rhythm is Rhythm and Break For Love by Raze – Seriously that’s one heck of a stylish 3-way…
Okay, meat in the sandwich time… This is it back to back: Colour Me, Back In The Time, Okay, Alright, Stand Up, Come On, Keep Warm, You Drive Me Wild, Party Children, I’m Alright, Peace And Harmony, Dance With Me, The Lover That You Are, Club Lonely, and finally Playing With Knives – with a sneaky Everybody’s Free DJ trick thrown on top… BOOM!
Returning to the final slice of classiness that tops this set off. I’m In Love by Sha’ Lor is a track that everybody in their lifetime should listen to. Take Me Away by True Faith is a track that everybody in their lifetime should shut their eyes and dance to. Move Your Body by Marshall Jefferson is a track that everybody in their lifetime should plain-out jump up and down to. And Better Days by Jimi Polo is a track that everybody in their lifetime should pay attention to.
Shaker Song / Weekend – Playtime Toons / Todd Terry
Some Kind Of Heaven (We Got Love) – BBG
Do You Want It Right Now (King Street Remix) – Degrees Of Motion
Caught In The Middle – Juliette Roberts
Everybody Reach – Chicago Symphony
What Would We Do (Hurley’s House Mix) – DSK
Someday (Club Mix) – Ce Ce Rodgers
Strings Of Life – Rhythm Is Rhythm
Break 4 Love (Drop The Panties) – Raze
Colour Me (Technicolour Mix) – Paradise Orchestra
Back In The Time (Techno Mix) – Kamera
Okay, Alright (Piano Mix) – Digital Boy
Stand Up (High Up 2 The Sky Mix) – Mackback
Come On – Solo
Keep Warm (Extended Mix) – Jinny
You Drive Me Wild (The One And Only Mix) – The End
Party Children – Mark Summers
I’m Alright (12” Original Mix) – Katherine E
Peace And Harmony (Italo’s Grand Finale) – Brothers In Rhythm
Dance With Me – Control ft. Jo-An
The Lover That You Are (Club Vox Mix) – Pulse
Club Lonely (Hairy 3 In 1 Mix) – Sam Ellis
Playing With Knives (Quadrant Mix) – Bizarre Inc
Everybody’s Free (Original Mix) – Rozalla
I’m In Love – Sha’Lor
Take Me Away (Original Mix) – True Faith
Move Your Body (89 Mix) – Marshall Jefferson
Better Days (Club Mix) – Jimi Polo
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 7
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
It might not be a sandwich but number seven follows on from where six left off – namely keeping things classy, soulful and rocking…
Things kick off with the wonderful Musical Freedom by Adeva, Joe Roberts and the K-Klass remix of Lover glides into the mix closely followed by a couple of silky Steve Hurley mixes for Jomanda and Martha Wash.
One for the purists in the shape of I Gonna Get The Boy by G & V Jay is quickly followed by big hitters from Degrees Of Motion and Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson before we hear the subtle beauty that is If You Really Love Someone from Liberty City.
After the uplifting gospel sound of Joe T Vannelli, we’re blessed with the second track in the set from Jomanda with Make My Body Rock. Quickly followed by more classy tracks from Black Riot and Rhythm Of Life.
The mix then takes a ‘white label’ turn as the decks accommodate a bunch of rare 12”s and bootlegs including a great mix of Gonna Catch You and Not Forgotten by Lonnie Gordon and Leftfield. A super-rare one that we can only guess is called ‘Feeling’; the brilliant Always There bootleg by Cooking With Delia and the anonymous Hurry Make Love To Me all do their splendid and exclusive thing – and somewhere in the middle of that lot is the unforgettable Casanova by Jazz And The Brothers Grimm.
After a couple of floor-fillers from Digital Boy and Love Decade, the Spares remix of Never Change by MC Buzz B introduces us to the undisputed heavyweight from 808 State that is Pacific State. The stylish E-Lustrious bring a touch of quality with Dance No More perfectly complimented by Shades Of Rhythm and the titanic anthem that is Sweet Sensation.
The set concludes with the sound of People Of All Nations Dancing Together before New Atlantic brings us home with their end-of-night track I Know.
Now that’s what I call music…
Musical Freedom – Paul Simpson ft. Adeva
Lover (K-Klass Klub Mix) – Joe Roberts
Got A Love For You (Hurley’s House Mix) – Jomanda
I Don’t Know Anybody Else (Hurley’s House Mix) – Martha Wash
I Gonna Get The Boy (Soul Version) – G & V Jay ft. Marie Claire
Shine On (Original 12” Mix) – Degrees Of Motion ft. Biti
Another Sleepless Night (Original Mix) – Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson ft. Shawn Christopher
If You Really Love Someone (Murk Strikes Again Mix) – Liberty City
Sweetest Day Of May (Joe T. Vannelli Gospel Mix) – Joe T. Vannelli Project ft. Harembee
Make My Body Rock (Feel It) (The Basic Mix) – Jomanda
Just Make That Move (12” Club Mix) – Black Riot
Touch Me – Rhythm Of Life
Gonna Catch You / Not Forgotten – Lonnie Gordon / Leftfield
Feeling – White Label
Casanova (Passion Hero) – Jazz And The Brothers Grimm
Always There – Cooking with Delia Bootleg
Hurry Make Love To Me – White Label
Kokko (Piano Mix) – Digital Boy
Dream On (Is This A Dream) (High Resolution Mix) – Love Decade
Never Change (Spares) – MC Buzz B
Pacific State – 808 State
Dance No More (The Full On Mix) – E-Lustrious
Sweet Sensation (12” Mix) – Shades Of Rhythm
People Of All Nations Dancing Together – Smallage
I Know (Love Decade 12” Remix) – New Atlantic
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 8
Dj Mike Leavy
BRAND NEW MIX – Updated since original release!
Hands up. We know this mix is full of tracks before our 87-97 window. But as any wise man would tell you, we sometimes need to look backwards to understand the present. So, this mix is all about celebrating the foundations of our series by raising our adidas tracksuits and lino mats to those Electro and pioneering House B’Boys and B’Girls…
The influence these artists have had on our classic decade of house music is massive. They deserve their place in this series and we hope you agree when you hear the opening bars of Live On Stage by Roxanne Shante.
Old-Skool Hip Hop, Electro, House and Breakdance are the important words here. Mantronix, Man Parish, Jungle Crew, Jungle Brothers, S-Express, MARRS, Steve Silk Hurley, Jack ‘n’ Chill and the NYC Peach Boys are the important paragraphs in the history of the house music we love so much – and they deserve to be read.
The second half of the mix speaks for itself and aims to pay tribute to those Electro innovators and their booming beatboxes, energising spirit and eye-watering and groin-splitting moves. We’d expect at least a few Elbow-Spins, Jackhammers, and the odd Windmill whilst listening… Me? I’ll be pulling off a One-Handed Chair Flare (go on… look it up…!)
And one final word, those who know their history will understand why the final track in the mix is there. Quite simply this instrumental from 1979 underpinned a whole generation of house music.
Could this be the greatest history lesson of all time…?
Who knows, I’ve just split me kecks…
Live On Stage (Original Mix) – Roxanne Shante
King Of Beats (Original 12” Version) – Mantronix
Boogie Down Bronx – Man Parish
Elektric Dance – Jungle Crew
I’ll House You (Club Mix) – Jungle Brothers
Theme From S-Express – S-Express
Pump Up The Volume – MARRS
Jack Your Body (Original Mix) – Steve Silk Hurley
The House That Jack Built – Jack ‘n’ Chill
Jack To The Sound Of The Underground (Party Mix) – Hithouse
Don’t Make Me Wait (Extended Version) – NYC Peach Boys
Jam On It – Newcleus
Clear – Cybotron
Don’t Stop The Rock (Original 12” Version) – Freestyle
Play It At Your Own Risk – Planet Patrol
Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa
Rockit (Long/Album Version) – Herbie Hancock
Break Electric Pop Dance (Original Rare 12” Version) – West Street Mob
The Show – Doug E Fresh ft. Slick Rick
One For The Treble – Davy DMX
Needle To The Groove – Mantronix
Let The Music Play – Shannon
Street Dance – Break Machine
Supersonic (Vocal Remix) – JJ Fad
The Party’s Just Begun (Original 12” Version) – Freestyle
It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Go On Girl (Original 12” Version) – Roxanne Shante
Theme For Great Cities – Simple Minds
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 9
Dj Mike Leavy
In contrast to number eight, mix nine in the series takes a big step into the main-room with a full-on house set lifted from the dancefloors and balconies of the early/mid nineties mega-clubs.
After the goose-pimple inducing stab that introduces the set and the ageless It’s My Pleasure by My Friend Sam, they don’t get much bigger and soulful than the South Street Players with the Sure Is Pure mix of Who Keeps Changing Your Mind.
Classic after classic continues to drop until we hit the rare white label of Do that To Me by the Lisa Marie Experience. When you think things cannot get any more full-on, it all continues with (amongst others) the likes of George Morel and Alcatraz.
Then it’s heart-attack inducing time with unforgettable I Am Ready by Size 9, immediately followed by Love Tribe and the massive sound of Stand Up. A couple of bangers that you might not immediately know follow before restoring order with the likes of The Fog, Shawn Christopher, Chrissy Ward, De Lacy and Rhythm On The Loose to finally take us home.
You will want to go out after this one…!
It’s My Pleasure – My Friend Sam ft. Violla Wills
Who Keeps Changing Your Mind (Sure Is Pure Mix) – South Street Players
So In Love With You (Full Intention Mix) – Duke
Stay (Tonight) (Nu Energy Mix) – Isha D
Nite Life (Bump Edit) – Kim English
Space Cowboy (Morales Mix) – Jamiroquai
Music X-Press – X-Press 2
Do That To Me – The Lisa Marie Experience
The Mighty Ming – Brother Love Dubs
Let’s Groove (Original Mix) – George Morel
Hey Mr DJ (Stab Mix) – Screen II
Give Me Love – Alcatraz
I Am Ready (Size 9 Original Mix) – Size 9
Stand Up (Narcotic Mix) – Love Tribe
Evince – The Foot Club ft. Lewis
Move And Groove – Basement Of Sound
What You Need (Luv Dup’s Sat At Home Mix) – Soft House Co II
Let The Rhythm Flow (Club Mix) – Diva Rhythms
Been A Long Time (Vocal Mix) – The Fog
Don’t Lose The Magic (Morales 12”) – Shawn Christopher
Right & Exact (Stonebridge Club Mix) – Chrissy Ward
Hideaway (Dubfire Needs to Score Mix) – De Lacy
Break Of Dawn (Rhythm On The Loose) – Rhythm On The Loose
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 10
Dj Mike Leavy
Mix ten follows on from where nine left off. It’s hot in here, we’re happy, everybody’s cool and the room is bouncing.
The legends that are Todd Terry, Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown start us of on this one before we hit the Ark Anthem Mix of Cry India. Things stay funky and vocal as the classic You Make The World Go Round from Sandy B washes over us before we hit the huge instrumental tracks from the Mighty Dub Catz and Direckt.
Arman Van Helden adds a touch of class through Tori Amos and Nuyorican Soul before the crowd-pleasers I Believe and 3 Is Family do their job. Kenny Dope adds his usual flair with The Bucketheads. We then hit the ceiling with the Lisa Marie Experience before the treasured sound of Bits & Pieces takes us one step further.
Things get twangy and funky before we hear More Kante and then the superb mash-up of Turn Me Out by Kathy Brown and Passion by Gat Decor. Josh Wink takes us over the edge before we are rescued by the gospel sounds of Judy Cheeks and the uplifting anthems that are Love Come Rescue Me and I Get Lifted.
The Fatboy Comes Alive mix of I’m Alright by Stretch and Vern finishes proceedings off with a bang. All you got to do now is get back to your mates’ flat to continue the party…
There’s Something Going On – Todd Terry ft. Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown
Cry India (Ark Anthem Mix) – Umboza
Make The World Go Round (Deep Dish Round The World Remix) – Sandy B
Magic Carpet Ride – The Mighty Dub Catz
Two Fatt Guitars (Babetastic Mix) – Direckt
Hold Your Head Up High – Borish Dlugosch & Booom!
Professional Widow (Arman Van Helden Remix) – Tori Amos
Runaway (Arman Van Helden Remix) – Nuyorican Soul
I Believe – Happy Clappers
3 Is Family (Dancing Divas Club Mix) – Dana Dawson
Get Into The Music – DJ’s Rule
The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) – Kenny Dope pres. The Bucketheads
Come Back To Me – The Lisa Marie Experience
Bits & Pieces – Artemesia
Dowatchawana – The Cotton Club Blue EP
All Funked Up – Mother
Bells Of New York – Slo Moshun
Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix) – More Kante
Turn Me Out / Passion – Kathy Brown / Gat Decor
Higher State Of Consciousness – Josh Wink
Reach (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix) – Judy Cheeks
Love Come Rescue Me – Lovestation
I Get Lifted – Barbera Tucker
I’m Alive (Fatboy Comes Alive Mix) – Stretch & Vern pres. Maddog
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 11
Dj Mike Leavy
Mix eleven sees the series take its first dip into the waters of the Techno/Breakbeat/Hardcore vibe of the early 90’s.
After the tone is set with The Project, there’s no hanging around as one of the genres all time classics is dropped in the form of Joey Beltram’s Energy Flash, quickly followed by The Vamp and Outlander. ‘Warm up’ completed the Live Version of Bazz’s H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. takes the stage and moves things onto a pulse raising new level – and yeah, we’re still only 20 minutes in…
After an acapella like mix of the gorgeous Narra Mine by Genaside II into the rare Get Into The Music by Pornography, classics from Cubic 22 and Mr Carl Cox keep things bouncing. Things continue to get even more hot and sticky as one after another, bangers from Utah Saints, The Future Sound Of London, Bug Kann, Fierce Ruling Diva, Faithless and 2 For Joy make their way in and out of the set.
To bring the mix home, a couple of ‘touch the ceiling if you’ve got that feeling’ pianos wrap things up nicely – some you will know , some on the rarer white/pink label side of things that you may have forgotten about…
The icing on the cake is provided by the Family Foundation with their anthem Express Yourself – which hopefully if your still with us at this point, you might have just done exactly that. Rave on…
Do That Dance (12”, Whi Side) – The Project
Energy Flash – Beltram
The Vamp – Outlander
H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. (The Live Version) – Bazz
Mentasm – Second Phase
Father Forgive Them (The Trends Mix) – Holy Noise
Rock The Place – Noise Engineer
Spice (Original Mix With Notes) – Eon
Narra Mine – Genaside II
Get Into The Music – Pornography
Night In Motion (Original Mix) – Cubic 22
I Want You (Forever) (Piano Version) – DJ Carl Cox
Something Good – Utah Saints
Papua New Guinea (12” Version) – The Future Sound Of London
Made In Two Minutes (Original Vocal Mix) – Bug Kann & The Plastic Jam
Spacetime (Goliath Mix) – Lewis Lovebump
Rubb It It (Frank De Wulf’s Air-Plain Mix) – Fierce Ruling Diva
Quadraphonia (Original Remix) – Quadraphonia
Insomnia – Faithless
Inssomniak – DJ PC
Let The Bass Kick (Original Mix) – 2 For Joy
Master Blaster (Matthew’s Master Mix) – Gongo
Sunshine – New Atlantic
I Will Love Only You – Pink Label
Feel So Real (Frenzy Mix) – Dream Frequency ft. Debbie Sharp
Music For The Masses (Part I) – The Floor Federation
Express Yourself (Original Don Mix) – The Family Foundation
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 12
Dj Mike Leavy
Mix twelve sees the series continue where eleven left off – enjoying a little more time in the warehouses and service-stations of the Techno/Breakbeat/Hardcore scene of the early 90’s.
Things kick off with those Electro B-Boys, World Class Wreckin’ Cru and their track We Call Him Yella played at 45 rather than 33 to introduce the Son’z Of A Loop Da Loop Era classic, Far Out – another one of those little tricks from back in the day!
After a little classic meeeoww action provided by the Prodigy, the first use of the title ‘On A Ragga Tip’ hits the mix and is provided by the E-Lustrious boys. SL2 also get their first outing with Way In My Brain and then the sound of DJ’s U-Nite’ing can be heard with their classic stab anthem of the same name.
Next it’s clean up time as we hit the ‘hoover’ section. Classics such as Dominator, Rave Alarm and God Of Abraham guarantees things are all nice and tidy before we return to our friends Slipmatt and Lime with their second track in the mix, DJ’s Take Control.
We continue to take control as the BPM creeps up and undisputed back-to-back heavyweights are dropped in the mix in the form of Sweet Harmony by Liquid, Don’t Go by The Awesome 3 and It’s Just A Feeling by Terrorize. The roots of D&B can be found in Jonny L’s classic ‘Hurt You So’ before the BPM continues its journey north as we visit SL2 for a third time and their take on the aforementioned song title ‘On A Ragga Tip’.
We then drop in on the likes of Elevation with their hands-in-the-air classic Can You Feel It, Tango with their heart-attack inducing Can’t Stop The Rush and the ground-breaking Dub War by Dance Conspiracy.
After a quick trip to outer space, things are wrapped-up by two of the era’s massive end-of-night vocal anthems – and just so we don’t finish on a predictable note, proceedings are concluded with the giants that are 808 State and their landmark track Cubik.
…Whose got the Vicks?
We Call Him Yella – World Class Wreckin’ Cru
Far Out (Original Scratchadelic Mix) – Son’z Of A Loop Da Loop Era
Beatstime (Original Mix) – Sonic Solution
Charly (Alley Cat Mix) – The Prodigy
On A Ragga Tip (Full On Mix) – E-Lustrious ft. Shine
Way In My Brain – SL2
DJ’s U-Nite Volume 1 – DJ’s U-Nite
Pure Pleasure – Digital Excitation
Dominator (Original Mix) – Human Resource
Do You Want To Party – Bass Value
Rave Alarm (Original Mix) – Praga Khan
God Of Abraham – M.N.O.
DJ’s Take Control – SL2
Nightmare – Kid Unknown
Spliffhead – The Ragga Twins
Activ8 (Come With Me) (Hardcore Holocaust Mix) – Altern8
Sweet Harmony (Original Mix) – Liquid
Don’t Go – The Awesome 3
Break (Techno Mix) – Turntable Terror
It’s Just A Feeling – Terrorize
Hurt You So (Alright) (The Full Mix) – Jonny L
On A Ragga Tip – SL2
Can You Feel It (Extended Mix) – Elevation
Can’t Stop The Rush – Tango
Dub War (Chapter 1) – Dance Conspiracy
Out Of Space – The Prodigy
Set You Free (Original Mix) – N-Trance
Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Original Mix) – Baby D
Cubik – 808 State
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 13
Dj Mike Leavy
After a couple trips back in time to the super-clubs and warehouses of the mid and early nineties in the last four mixes, number thirteen in the series takes us a little further back to those hot and sweaty basements and cellars of the late 80’s underground house scene.
Mix thirteen focuses on the joy of the head-nodding dub and the sheer out-and-out groovetasticness of the old-skool MC. Africa Business with their track In Zaire and Psychotropic with their classic Hypnosis sum both styles up perfectly and point us down the stairs to the humid and hip place we’ll be heading for the next couple of hours.
Before getting stuck into the meat of the mix and whilst we’re in the ‘warm-up’ phase, a little nod to the Electro B-Boys and Girls who started this whole scene with a spin of Hip Hop Be Bop by Man Parrish and Don’t Make Me Wait by Bomb the Bass. Twin Hype provide the mid-point between the dub and the MC with their track For Those Who Like To Groove, followed immediately by a big time rare pink-label in the shape of Twisted Tambourine by Hibrid – one for the sample spotters out there!
The head-nodding dub section kicks off in earnest with Think Tank followed by a whole host of original basement classics from amongst others Reese, Neon, Landlord, Robin Want Revenge and The Night Writers. No need to write any more about them here – absolute classics of their generation. End of.
Using Not Forgotten by the legends that are Leftfield as a transition track we head into the MC section of the set and straight away it’s time to get funky with tracks from both Royal House and Fast Eddie asking us to do exactly that. Thanks to our MC’s we’re then wiggling things, pumping things, getting jazzy, getting busy, not being held back, and rocking with the rest of the party people – those alphabet kings from A to Z have us in the palm of their mics.
Haylom Halib by Capella and pioneering tracks from Corporation Of One and Acts Of Madmen take us towards our conclusion. With the lights coming on and with sweat dripping from pipes on the ceiling, the mix is topped off by Turntable Orchestra and their track You’re Gonna Miss Me; the party anthem that is Got To Keep On by the Cookie Crew and the original and much sampled Don’t Wanna Go by Sterling Void.
Who says thirteen is unlucky?
In Zaire – Africa Business
Hypnosis (Original Mix) – Psychotropic
Hip Hop Be Bop (12” Mix) – Man Parrish
Don’t Make Me Wait – Bomb The Bass ft. Lorraine
For Those Who Like To Groove – Twin Hype
Twisted Tambourine – Hibrid
Hack One – Think Tank
Let’s Get Busy (Pump It Up) – Clubland ft. Quartz
Rock To The Beat (Hitman Mix) – Reese
Don’t Mess With This Beat (Instrumental) – Neon
I Like It (Blow Out Dub Mix) – Landlord
It’s Just A ! ! ! – House Without A Home
Well (Franklie) My Son – Robin Wants Revenge
Let The Music Use You (Club Mix) – The Night Writers
Not Forgotten – Leftfield
Get Funky (Club Mix) – Royal House
Yo Yo Get Funky (Original Mix) – Fast Eddie
Wiggle It (Club Mix) – 2 in A Room
Let The Rhythm Pump (12“ Pump Mix) – Doug Lazy
Let’s Get Jazzy (Unreleased Mix) – KC Flightt
Get Busy (Club Mix) – Mr Lee
Hold Me Back – WestBam
Party People (The Freak Mix) – The Mackenzie
Haylom Halib – Capella
The Real Life – Corporation Of One
The Dream (Mallorca Mix) – Acts Of Madmen
You’re Gonna Miss Me (12” Extended Version) – Turntable Orchestra
Got To Keep On (12” Version) – Cookie Crew
Don’t Wanna Go (Mike Dunn’s Vocal Mix) – Sterling Void
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 14
Dj Mike Leavy
Mix fourteen sees us go deep into the record box – and when we say deep, we mean it.
The mix sees us pulling out some of those rare white, blue and pink vinyl pressings, along with those more ‘warm-up’ tracks that were the stable of any good set back in the day. To be up-front about it, we don’t think this one will be for everyone. Having said that though, if you love this period we think you’ll still have more than a few grin-laden flashbacks…
Things kick off with one of those ‘start-of-the-set’ tracks from the Vision Masters featuring some obscure Ozzie songstress that didn’t really make it. The next 4 or 5 get things going and are all about that funky feel-good, hands-on-the-air ‘where’s that sample from?’ feeling.
Things then go a bit groovy and ‘disco’ as we hear from the BBR Streetgang, D.O.P., Freaky Baby, Hustlers Convention, Disco Citizens and the Men From Mars – all of them rockin’ and groovy beats…
As you know any good DJ will take you on a journey. They will play with energy and in doing so they’ll bring things up and take them down. This section of the set focuses on those tracks that take things down just a notch, but that still do their own thang. Tracks that bring groove and harmony to the night and the kind of tracks that underpin any great set. In this section we’re funkin’ things, drivin’ things, droppin’ things, swingin’ things – You name it, anything to build that wonderful vibe…
As we progress through the set, things are wrapped up with a couple of big-ones in the shape of the Pascal Bongo Massive and their track Pere Cochon, Maria Van-Rooy with the Sasha remix of Let You Go and Love Decade with their undisputed classic I Feel You.
If you’re reading this you must be a connoisseur – we salute you.
Enjoy the mix!
Keep On Pumpin’ It Up (Angelic Remix) – Vision Masters and Tony King ft. Kylie Minogue
No Matter What You Do (The Corporation Express Dub Mix) – The Flavour
The Gabber – The Cotton Club
Juice – Fantastic
Jump The Party – The Farmer
Love The Way You Move (Woods Inc Mix) – BBR Streetgang
Groovy Beat (The Rock-It Mix) – D.O.P.
I Got Ya – Freaky Baby
Dance To The Music (Chris & James Remix) – Hustlers Convention
Right Here, Right Now (Original Mix) – Disco Citizens
Get Down Tonight – Men From Mars
Funk & Drive (Non Stop Top Floor Edit) – Elevatorman
House Is A Feeling (Main Room Mix) – UMI
Funky Sugar – Baby Bumps
Make It Funky – Rebound
Drop The Rock (Original Version) – D-Tek
Gotta Release It – Elixir Vitae
Um-Owe-Eye-Ya – Movement 16
Swing Thing – Ruby Rockers
Le Dormeur (Remix) – Pleasure Game
Dropping Science – Carlos Bendekos and Chinco Franco
Got The Music (Larry’s Bread Knife Mix) – Happy Larry’s Big Beat Orchestra
I’ll Nostra Tempo De La Vita (Free Party Mix) – Torfinn
Pere Cochon – Pascal Bongo Massive
Let You Go (Sasha Remix) – Maria Van-Rooy
I Feel You (Naked Club Mix) – Love Decade
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 15
Dj Mike Leavy
Mix fifteen picks up where fourteen left off – that’s deep inside the record box and rewarding the listener with some classy slightly less-obvious belters.
Things kick off with one of those ‘if you were there’ tracks that when played back in the day simply spread a smile across the entire dance-floor. After Bertha and her Butt Sisters have done their thang, things get groovy with a bunch of funky gems including the staggering jazz remix of Let The Bass Kick by 2 For Joy.
We then go a bit ‘vocal’ as tracks from Shay Jones, Korda and Love It Forever weave in and out of the set. The mix then takes a classy turn as it demands you shut your eyes, listen and sway to subtle but undisputed classics from Love Revolution, BBG, Epoch 90 and Mental Cube – You won’t hear these beauties on your bog-standard old-skool mix tape!
Spiritual cleansing over, things pick up with some good old piano classics from amongst others Doug Willis, Love Drops and the fantastic ‘Walking’ by Elevation 4th.
As the set heads home, we get chunky and funky with tracks from Krinkle Cut Grooves, Dogtrax, Nasa and D-Tek with their foot-tapping Chunkafunk.
The mix is wrapped-up on an undeniable high with feel-good anthems from The Sound Foundation with their track ‘I Believe’, Sound Environment with ‘Had Enough’, ‘Only You’ by Talizman and the when-you-first-heard-it rush-inducing Peace by Sabrina Johnson.
As the lady says…
Looove (Piano House Mix) – The Ya Ya’s
Ride The Rhythm – The Young Braves
Untitled (Ma Foom Bey) [Remix] (The Ram Raid EP) – Chicago Symphony
Let The Bass Kick (Jazz Mix) – 2 For Joy
Return To The Groove – 1st Team
When Love Calls (Original Mix) – Shay Jones
Move Your Body (To The Sound) (Club Mix) – Korda
Love It – Love it Forever
Love Park (Orbital Remix) – Marathon
Give It To Me Baby (Pumped Down Mix) – Love Revolution
Inspiration (Fortissimo) – BBG
VLSI Heaven (Zone Mix) – Epoch 90
Q – Mental Cube
Spread Love (Expanded Mix) – Doug Willis
Feel (1st Impression Mix) – Love Drops
Walking (Club Mix) – Elevation 4th
Straight Up House – The Underground Posse
Krinkle Cut Grooves (Deeper Dub) – Krinkle Cut Grooves
Stoneage – Floorjam
Raider$!!! (Original Switchstance Mix) – Dogtrax
Secret (Funky Nasa) – Nasa
Chunkafunk – D-Tek
I Believe (Sweet As A…! Mix) – The Sound Foundation Avec Philip Gordon
Had Enough (Deep State Of Shock) – Sound Environment
Only You (Chris & James Mix) – Talizman
Peace (In The Valley) (Brothers In Rhythm Mix) – Sabrina Johnson
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 16
Dj Mike Leavy
Fourteen and Fifteen went ‘deep’ into the record box. Sixteen sticks with the theme of ‘deep’ but from a different angle as we venture into the world of ‘deep-house’, diva vocals and some massive main-room choons! And of course we’re keeping sixteen sweet all the way…
The extremely rare and exquisite ‘Sacred’ mix of Everything by Sarah Washington kicks things off with the soulful vibe that underpins the tone of the set. This is followed quickly by a bunch of amazing vocalists in Shawn Christopher, Jomanda, Shiva, Eve Gallagher and Latanza Waters – If you don’t know then all yet, you will grow to love them. Trust me.
The mix then heads into the main room with truly massive floor-fillers from Harddrive, Lil’ Mo’ Yin Tang, Heller and Farley, Liberty City, Amos, Ken Doh, Nush and Sara Parker – A glamorous line-up for glamorous times.
As the set develops a couple more obscure tracks are dropped in the mix from Paterson & Price and Rhyme Time Productions before the set hits you with undisputed heavyweights in the shape of Tin Tin Out and their track ‘The Feeling’ and Atlantic Ocean with the their undisputed world champion, ‘Waterfall’.
Returning to our soulful vibe that started things off, the mix is wrapped up with the undeniable global anthem that is ‘Your Loving Arms’ by Billie Ray Martin and the jaw-dropping and simply beautiful Boys Own mix of Perfect Motion by Sunscreem.
If rhythm’s a drug, I’m hooked on you…
Everything (Sacred Mix) – Sarah Washington
Make My Love (Stone’s Main Mix) – Shawn Christopher
I Cried The Tears (Ralphi’s Extended Vocal) – Jomanda
Work It Out (Morale’s Classic Club Mix) – Shiva
You Can Have It All (Rhyme Time Club Mix) – Eve Gallagher
Insatiable (Vocal 12” Mix) – Thick D
Deep Inside (Original Mix) – Harddrive
Reach (Little ‘More’ Miix) – Lil’ Mo’ Yin Tang
Ultra Flava (12” Club Mix) – Heller And Farley Project
Some Lovin’ (Vocal Mix) – Liberty City
Let Love Live (Cleveland City Dub Mix) – Amos
Nakasaki (I Need A Lover Tonight) (12” Version) – Ken Doh
U Girls Look So Sexy (Original Nush Mix) – Nush
My Love Is Deep (Nush Club Mix) – Sara Parker
Love, Love, Love, Here I Come (Big Mix) – Rollo Goes Mystic
Hells’ Party (DJ Ricci & DFC Team Mix) – Glam
Voices Inside My Handbag – Paterson & Price
You And Me (Hard) – Rhyme Time Productions
The Feeling (Tin Tin Out 12” Mix) – Tin Tin Out
Waterfall (Original Mix) – Atlantic Ocean
Feel It (Alex Party Mix) – Carol Bailey
Lover (Original Club Mix) – Rachel McFarlane
Let The Music (Lift You Up) (Full On Vocal Mix) – Loveland ft. Rachel McFarlane
Your Loving Arms (Soundfactory Vocal) – Billie Ray Martin
Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix) – Sunscreem
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 17
Dj Mike Leavy
One word probably sums up Seventeen and that word in Piano. Almost every track has that big old uplifting classic piano sound that defined this generation of house music – and there’s no better example of this, or way of kicking any party off – with a sneaky taste of Dino Lenny’s Cocaine…
Chica Boom from SBAM, the Oceana remix of Do It, Boom by The Grid and Piano Please by T.N.T. tell you all you need to know about the set and its uplifting intentions.
After dropping Ralphie Rosario’s classic An Instrumental Need we introduce a vocal section into the mix as huge tracks from Jomanda, Kym Sims, Black Box and Adeva are only slightly interrupted by the fantastic Atomic House by DJ Atomico “Herbie”.
The pianos continue to come thick and fast before Free from Catch provides a slight bleep-inspired contrast. The acapella of It’s On You by MC SAR draws us nicely away from the bleeps and takes us into stomping territory with tracks from S Moore and the fantastic P.K.A. remix of Nasty Rhythm by Creative Thieves.
There’s no let up as huge vocal piano tracks continue to drive the set forward as Donna Giles and the monster Loveland mix of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going followed closely by Staxx, Eddy and the fantastic U by Loni Clark all do their uplifting and inspiring thing.
Proceedings are drawn to a conclusion as we appreciate the power of friendship through Robert Owens and the craving to spread love with the fantastic World Series Of Life collective. The classic that is That Piano Anthem wraps and sums things up before the Shanice version of Loving You leaves us all in a better place…
Maybe piano teachers were pretty cool after all?
Cocaine (This Has To Be Stopped) – Dino Lenny
Chica Boom – SBAM
Do It (Oceana Remix) – Disco Brothers Present Nu-Luv
Boom (Freestyle Mix) – The Grid
Piano Please (12” Mix) – T.N.T.
An Instrumental Need (Club Need) – Ralphie Rosario
Don’t You Want My Love? (Club Mix) – Jomanda
Too Blind To See It (Original Mix) – Kym Sims
Atomic House – DJ Atomico “Herbie”
Everybody Everybody – Black Box
I Thank You – Adeva
Let Your Body Be Free (Vocal Mix) – Volcano
Piano Tune – Piano Tune
Free (C’Mon) (To The Point Mix) – Catch
It’s On You (Acapella) – MC SAR
Touch Me (Summer Mix) – S Moore ft. MC Rockk
Nasty Rhythm (P.K.A. Mix) – Creative Thieves
And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going (Loveland Full On Vocal Mix) – Donna Giles
Joy (Original 12” Mix) – Staxx
Someday (Diesel And Ether Live And Direct Remix) – Eddy
U (Club Mix) – Loni Clark
Love Themes (Piano Luv Mix) – Be Noir
I’ll Be Your Friend (Original Def Mix) – Robert Owens
Spread Love (Club Version) – World Series Of Life
That Piano Anthem (Summer Madness Mix) – The Two Amigos
Loving You – Shanice
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 18
Dj Mike Leavy
Eighteen takes a leap back to where it all started – in those illegal warehouses full of delinquent, criminal, law-breaking ravers – I think that means us and did somebody say Acieeeed?
– Damn Right!
But before the set takes you back to those early ‘ravin’ days, a little bit of a warm-up section is in order to help create that famous smiley face…
So the mix starts with THAT anthem from Patti Day followed quickly by classics from Art Science Technology, Confusion Club, Royal House, Plaza and Technotronic to name but a few.
Warm up firmly completed and smiley faces now painted, it’d be rude not to kick off an Acid section with D-Mob and their monster cross-over We Call It Acieed. They come thick and fast with absolute belters from Mr. Lee, Maurice, Fast Eddie, Stakker, Adonis, Da Posse and Tyree – the 303 squelch is in full effect!
The set then introduces our old-skool Hip House MC’s as Kyze, Lee Marrow, M&M and back-to-back tracks from Fast Eddie do their bleep inspired thang.
The massive feel good anthem, Keep Groovin’ from T.D.C. gets us all rockin’ before Queen Latifah chills us out and that enormous Bassline from Mantronix takes the set home.
Long live those deep basslines and magnificent squelches – the Roland TB-303 we salute you…
Right Before My Eyes (Extended Club Mix) – Patti Day
A.S.T. – Art Science Technology
Move! – Confusion Club
Can You Party (Club Mix) – Royal House
The Breezy Breeze (Club Mix) – Two Without Hats
Take Me Back (Bass Head Mix) – Rhythmatic
Yo Yo (Dance Version) – Plaza
Get Up – Technotronic
We Call It Acieed (The Matey Mix) – D-Mob ft. Gary Haisman
Pump Up London (Club Mix) – Mr. Lee
This Is Acid (Original Mix) – Maurice
Acid Thunder (Smooth Thunder – Joe Smooth Mix) – Fast Eddie
Humanoid (12” Original) – Stakker
Lack Of Love (Summer Of 88 – Extended Re-Play) – Adonis Presents Charles B
Acid Rain (Rain Dance U.K. Mix) – Victor Romeo
We’re Rocking Down The House (Original 12” Version) – Adonis
In The Heat Of The Night (Acid Mix) – Da Posse
Acid Over (Original Mix) – Tyree
Stomp Move Jump Jack Your Body – Kyze
Let’s Go (Don’t “U” Want Some More) – Fast Eddie
Hip House (LP Version) – Fast Eddie
Pain (Dangerous Mix) – Lee Marrow
Get Off Your Butt – M&M
Keep Groovin’ (Get Funky Mix) – T.D.C.
Slam (Hip House Mix) – Humanoid
Come Into My House – Queen Latifah
Bassline (Club Version) – Mantronix
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 19
Dj Mike Leavy
Nineteen is unashamed, unabashed and unrepentant old-skool stomping chunkiness. It’s noisy; it’s a little bit trancey; it rocks; it’s feel-good and it has energy. It is also rather plump, somewhat meaty and very, very tasty…
Things kick off with how slim people can turn into fatboys with a visit from the Pizzaman and the massive Trippin’ On Sunshine. Homeboy’s, Hippies and Funki Dredds dominate the mix and dominate track two of the set with the legendary Total Confusion. The Project, Dirty Mind, Hardfloor, Opal and Piece Of Mind raise the temperature with builds, crescendos and drops that’ll make your eyes water and your jaw tremble.
One of two tracks in the mix proving that artists and producers of the time had a sense of humour comes in the shape of The Badman and their take on The Magic Roundabout with Magic Style. Zebedee and friends would be ‘on it’ as the set continues to bounce, jump and stomp with tracks from Escrima, Empirion, Nostalgia Freaks and New Atlantic to name but a few.
The mix then takes more of a ‘mainstream’ route with huge anthems from DJ Supreme, The Ethics, Love Revolution and DJ Flavours – ‘mainstream’ in this collection meaning huge goosebump inducing classic floor-fillers – oh yeah!
To bring the mix home the BPM is cranked up as massive tracks from Manix, Dream Frequency, Subliminal Cuts, Hyperlogic and Dharma Burms draw things to a close. The set is then wrapped up by our second less serious toon in the shape of Rainbow from Solo.
I think we all met a few Zippy’s, George’s and Bungle’s back in the day…
Enjoy the flashbacks kids…
Trippin’ On Sunshine (Pizzaman Mix) – Pizzaman
Total Confusion (Confusion Mix) – A Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd
Kick The House (Housemix) – The Project
The Killer (Killer Mix) – Dirty Mind
Acperience – Hardfloor
The Snake (12” Mix) – Opal
Infatuated (Real Touch Concept Mix) – Piece Of Mind
Magic Style (Aroundabout Mix) – The Badman
Control (Double Zero’s Won For The Wireless Mix) – Time Of The Mumph
See If You Can Dance – Oz
Train Of Thought (12” Mix) – Escrima
Narcotic Influence 1 – Empirion
Beat Beat – Nostalgia Freaks
Stir The Pulses (Siren Touch) – Circus of Sphere
Rude – New Atlantic
Tha Wild Style – DJ Supreme
To The Beat Of The Drum (La Luna) (Full Version) – The Ethics
PCP No 1 – White Label
Give It To Me Baby (Original Mix) – Love Revolution
Your Caress (All I Need) – DJ Flavours
Feel Real Good – Manix
Take Me (Anthem Mix) – Dream Frequency ft. Debbie Sharp
Le Voie Le Soleil (Original Mix) – Subliminal Cuts
Only Me – Hyperlogic
Dharma Means Truth – Dharma Burms
Rainbow (Sample Free) – Solo
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 20
Dj Mike Leavy
Twenty continues from where Nineteen left off – that’s firmly in Stomppping territory – and yes that was stomppping with 3 p’s…
Proceedings are kicked off with the massive Espiral by Dunne, the huge Bass Bins at Dawn mix of Let Me Hear You Say Yeah by PKA and the sound of Wood Allen and Co-Imperial – and that’s all before the Italian techno crew Cappella take us all away with the legendary Loleatta Holloway – Ladies and Gents we can confirm Stomppping has begun…
Tracks from Rhythm Section, Pink Noise and Bedrock do their thing and lift energy levels of the set before we drop into a bunch of uplifting hands-in-the-air nailed-on classics – Such A Feeling from Bizarre Inc, So Real from Love Decade, Temperature Rising from PKA and Never Let Go by Hyper Go Go surely need no introduction for any aficionado of the period!
After such highs, the mix then takes a little bit of darker, dubbier and trancey path as sacred head-nodders from Usura, Moonchild, Taiko, Modular Expansion and Age of Love all do their spiritual thing before one of the absolute classics of the period drops into the mix in the shape of Energy 52 and their Three ‘n’ One Remix of Cafe Del Mar. And if that wasn’t enough, to round this section of the set off, the Mooncat theme tune that is Get Up, Go Insane will surely require the purchase of some new stomppping shoes…
As the mix draws to a close and the BPM slowly increases we head back into uplifting piano territory with the legendary Liberation by Liberation, Closer To All Your Dreams by Rhythm Quest, LA Rock 01 by Vitalic and Perfect Day by Visions of Shiva to name but a few.
To close the set, the Chill Mix of Come On by Solo seems an appropriate antidote to over 2 hours of stomppping.
You might just loose a few pounds to this one…
Espiral (Original Mix) – Dunne
Let Me Hear You Say Yeah (Bass Bins At Dawn Mix) – PKA
Co-Imperial (Lelewel Mix) – Wood Allen ft. Hard Noise
Take Me Away (12” Mix) – Cappella ft. Loleatta Holloway
Laser Nation – Rhythm Section
Gimme Some More (Energy) – Pink Noise
For What You Dream Of (Full On Renaissance Mix) – Bedrock ft. KYO
Such A Feeling – Bizarre Inc
So Real (Massive Mix) – Love Decade
Temperature Rising (Music For The Masses) – PKA
Never Let Go (Piano Mix) – Hyper Go Go
Open Your Mind – Usura
V.A.O.T. (Variation On A Theme) (Original Version) – Moonchild
Echo Drop (Hard) – Taiko
Cubes – Modular Expansion – Unit 1
The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix) – Age Of Love
Cafe Del Mar (Three ‘n’ One Remix) – Energy 52
Get Up, Go Insane (Moonmens Theme) – Mooncat
Liberation (Freedom) – Liberation
Kushinada (Dream Frequency Meets Rob Tissera Mix)– Dream Frequency
Closer To All Your Dreams (Piano Mix) – Rhythm Quest
Steppin’ To The Sound – Flammable
LA Rock 01 – Vitalic
Only Me (Red Jerry Mix) – Hyperlogic
Perfect Day – Visions of Shiva
Come On (Chill Mix) – Solo
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 21
Dj Mike Leavy
Twenty-one should be considered the companion and linking piece between our last two stomping mixes in Nineteen and Twenty, and the obscure deep-in-the-record-box sessions that were Fourteen and Fifteen. This one is somewhere in the middle and closes the loop on this chapter of the series. So, Twenty-one is all about beefy drums, big drops, and the beauty of the raised decibel – crank it up loud and come with us on this journey through beats and bass…
And what better way to start this journey than jumping on board the Last Train To Trancentral with those inspiring conductors, The KLF. Once aboard, the journey will quietly drop one of the all-time house classics in the shape of Chime by Orbital as early as its second stop, before whisking you off through a cacophony of beautiful beats and big bold drums from the likes of The Boss, The Goodmen, The Ethics and Supereal…
As well as tribal beats, the set also aims to celebrate those stylish instrumentals with the short and snappy vocal hit that drops just at the right moment. Tracks from Carlos Bendekos, The R, Beat Syndicate, The Delorme, and Escubar all fit that bill perfectly.
As the journey develops it’s time for the Drops (and yes, that was a capital D). At this point it is all about cranking up those decibel levels and asking your gran to give you her best old-skool MC voice – ‘If you’ve got that feeling, touch the ceiling!’ Tracks from Big House Payback, and back-to-backs from both The Cotton Club and Harskey & Stutch boys will surely inspire a few ‘yeah-man’ flashbacks and the odd approving nod here and there.
Proceeding continue on that front for a while as the BPM gradually increases until the mix concludes with a series of bona-fide hardcore rave classics. Bombscare, Your Love, Nothing Is Forever and Liquid is Liquid need no introduction. And remember DJ’s out there, you’ve always got to play Your Love until the end of the piano solo – anything else would be heresy.
There we have it, journey concluded. Until the next trip travellers…
Last Train To Trancentral (1989 Pure Trance Original) – The KLF
Chime – Orbital
Congo (D Max Mix) – The Boss
Give It Up (Batacuda Refrescante) – The Goodmen
LA Luna (Full Mix) – The Ethics
Body Medusa (The Leftfield Remix) – Supereal
Latinos On Parade – Carlos Bendekos and Chinco Franco
Meditation – The R
Dancing Daffodils (Platform 12 Remix) – Beat Syndicate
Beatnicks (Original 12”) – The Delorme
Get Down – Escubar
Payback (Paid In Full 12”) – Big House Payback
Mad Badger – The Cotton Club
In My House – The Cotton Club
Harskey Gets Brutal – Harskey & Stutch
Can Stutch Dance? – Harskey & Stutch
Spicy Guacamole – The Shopifters
Everybody Party – D’Enrico
More Fool U – Mack
Do Dat Dance – AFC Botswana
Don’t Breathe – D-Tek
Indulge (Club House Mix) – Neal Howard
Bombscare (94 Remix) – 2 Bad Mice
Your Love – The Prodigy
Nothing Is Forever (Original Mix) – Ultracynic
Liquid Is Liquid – Liquid
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 22
Dj Mike Leavy
Twenty-two is all about celebrating those big cross-over tracks that we’re not only massive in the cooler establishments of the time, but tracks that were doing their thing and converting the mainstream to this thing we call house…
As you’d expect they’re all big-hitters and you’ve probably heard them a million times, but it’s nice to hear them together and of course, there’ll be a few surprises along the way… (Including a pesky scratch on Ride Like The Wind – proving this is done from old-skool vinyl folks!)
The track listing should tell you everything you need to know about the first hour of the mix and there’s no real need to introduce the tracks here. Suffice to say that after this hour things start getting a little less obvious with the arrival of Wildchild, and a couple featuring Armand Van Helden sandwiching the fantastic Skankin’ mix of Two Fatt Guitars by Direkt.
A pair of instrumental classics from Pete Heller and George Morel take us into that spiritual, happy place – and, when finally picked up a couple of years after initial release, did that cross-over thing and became massively popular.
Having earned a few stripes, it’d be rude not to drop a couple of tracks into the set that pick up on the instrumental theme and build energy until we culminate in one of the biggest cross-over tracks of all time. Yep, Moby’s supreme classic, Go – which peaked in the official UK Singles chart at number 10 folks!
And just so we don’t scare everybody off, the set finishes with an unsurpassed piano classic that reminds us where the mix started, and one that’s about letting The Whole World Know (which weirdly, I think is the point of the whole cross-over thing…)
Anyway, we hope you enjoyed crossing-over to the other side people.
Groove Is In The Heart (Meeting Of The Minds Mix) – Deee-Lite
Ride On Time (The Original) – Black Box
Keep On Pumpin’ It Up (Acapella) – Freestyle Orchestra
Free (Mood II Swing Extended Vocal Mix) – Ultra Nate
I Love You Baby (Dancing Divaz Club Mix) – The Original
Dreamer (Original Club Mix) – Livin’ Joy
Show Me Love (Stonebridge Club Mix) – Robin S
The Real Thing – Toni Di Bart
Ain’t No Man (Club Mix) – Dina Carroll
Ride Like The Wind (Extended Mix) – East Side Beat
Baby Baby – Joy & Joyce
Read My Lips (Saturday Night Party) – Alex Party
Keep On Jumpin’ (Bizarre Inc Remix) – The Lisa Marie Experience
U Sure Do (Guest List Mix) – Strike
Renegade Master (Original Mix) – Wildchild
The Funk Phenomena (Original) – Armand Van Helden Presents Old School Junkies
Two Fatt Guitars (Skankin’ Mix) – Direckt
You Don’t Know Me – Armand Van Helden ft. Duane Harden
Big Love – Pete Heller’s Big Love
Let’s Groove (Morel’s Grooves Part 4) – George Morel
Testament One – Chubby Chunks
Kinetic (Frank De Wulf Remix) – Golden Girls
20Hz – Capricorn
London X-Press (The Journey Continues) – X-Press 2
Positive Education – Slam
Horsepower (Original Mix) – CJ Bolland
Go – Moby
Let The Whole World Know – Rhythm Foundation
The Weekender – 48 Hours in the History of House: 87-97 – Mix 23
Dj Mike Leavy
As the Weekender mission draws to its close with the penultimate mix, we realised something had been keeping us awake at night… How can we have something called the History of House from 87-97 without the legends that are Masters At Work so far in the series? Well, 23 fixes that with a set that dons its cap to the soulful vibe of New York City and the influence those pioneers had on us over here in Old Blighty…
We know that not everyone understands House music, and that it’s a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing – and as the bassline from To Be In Love drops into Eddie Amador’s House Music, we think you’ll get it. Yep, we’re up and running people.
Nobody surely can complain with back-to-back vocals from India, and MAW’s remix of River Ocean’s, Love & Happiness is testament to this. Three tracks in and two Master At Work productions down see us lay the foundations for a run of back-to-back deep-house anthems from Ideal, Roach Motel, Underground Solution and Inner City to name a few. A little burst of energy is injected by the fantastic Serial Diva Paris Is Burning Club Mix of Inner City’s, Your Love followed by Barbara Tucker’s Beautiful People, and Ruffneck’s Everybody Be Somebody – deep house at its foundations…
As the set progresses, Tears by Frankie Knuckles surely has to stand out as a bona-fide all-time classic, with the third Masters At Work production, I Can’t Get No Sleep not far behind. And yes, that paragraph did miss out classic and rare tracks from the likes of Ladycop, Funky Green Dogs, C&C Music Factory and our second track from Inner City…
As the set heads to its conclusion the pace and energy is picked up with absolute vocal belters from Future Force, Judy Cheeks and Sarah Washington, as well as instrumental crackers from Sueno Latino, Alfredo; and somewhere in the middle, the excellent Fever Called Love by Rising High Collective.
The set closes with a couple of real classics; the first from Farley Jackmaster Funk; the second the On The House classic, Pleasure Control…
But as Grace told us a couple of tracks ago, It’s Not Over Yet.
And it isn’t – One more to go folks…
House Music (Message Mix) – Eddie Amador
To Be In Love (MAW 12”) – Masters At Work ft. India
Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochun) (MAW Remix) – River Ocean ft. India
Hot – Ideal
Movin’ On (Correct House Mix) – Roach Motel
Luv Dancin’ (In Deep Mix) – Underground Solution
Feels So Right (Original Mix) – Solution
Your Love (Serial Diva Paris Is Burning Club Mix) – Inner City
Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix) – Barbara Tucker
Everybody Be Somebody (Original Vocal Mix) – Ruffneck ft. Yavahn
To Be Real (12” Club Vox) – Ladycop
Tears (Classic Vocal) – Frankie Knuckles Pres. Satoshi Tomiie
Fired Up (Mark’s Original Groove) – Funky Green Dogs
Kimana Tana (Original Mix) – Lifeforce
I Can’t Get No Sleep (Ken/Lou 12” Version) – Masters At Work ft. India
I Found Love (C&C Underground Club Mix) – C&C Music Factory
Pennies From Heaven (Kevin’s Tunnel Mix) – Inner City
Ride On The Rhythm (Masters At Work Dub) – ‘Little‘ Louie & Marc Anthony
What You Want (Mark’s Epic Vocal) – Future Force
As Long As You’re Good To Me (Love To Infinity’s Club Mix) – Judy Cheeks
Heaven (Serial Diva Heavenly Club) – Sarah Washington
Sueno Latino (Paradise Version) – Sueno Latino
Action! (Piano Mix) – Alfredo
Fever Called Love (Original Mix) – Rising High Collective
Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix) – State of Grace
As Always – Farley Jackmaster Funk Pres. Ricky Dillard
Pleasure Control (Long) – On The House
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