Friday Flashback: The Legend of Perfecto & The Goa Mix

| Friday, May 7th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

So I was sitting around with our good friend @Smuncky, having a pint and talking shop, and we got onto walking about the legendary Paul Oakenfold.  The topic came up because we were talking about the age of some of the more legendary record slingers (We discovered that Oakie was actually born in ’63, which makes him 47.)

After a bit of research to settle the debate of Oakie’s age, we found out some pretty cool stuff about Perfecto:

  • His first career goal was to be a professional chef
  • He started spinning in the late 1970s, playing soul in a Covent Garden wine bar.
  • In 1984 he was living in Harlem, and actually spun hip-hop (crazy!)
  • He began breaking into the mainstream as he was working as an A&R man for Champion Records. At that time, he signed DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, as well as Salt-n-Pepa
  • In 1985 he headed to Ibiza to celebrate his birthday, and that’s kind of where the Paul Oakenfold we know was born
  • 1988 Paul wanted to help new artists develop their careers, forming Perfecto Records
  • In 1992, when U2 released their song “Even Better Than the Real Thing”, the Perfecto remix reached a higher charted position than the original song.
  • He began using Goa music, something he discovered on the beaches of Goa in India, fusing it with similar sounding European tracks to create his own distinct sound.  He took this to the mainstream in 1994 he created a two-hour set for BBC Radio 1′s Essential Mix.

And this is where we find ourselves for the Friday Flashback:

1994, Paul Oakenfold’s legendary Goa Mix.  It was originally a 2 hour mix (we’ve got the first hour ready for download/listening below).

Producer Eddie Gorden called on Oakie to do the mix, which was voted the “Best Essential Mix Ever” by the BBC Radio 1 listeners and also won a Silver Award in the Specialist Music Programme category at the 1997 Sony Radio Awards.

This set is really a flashback to a different musical time and style.  There’s a tonne of musical surprises inside and has that true underground feel to it.  For those who are relatively new to Electronic Music, prepare for something a little different – but I know that if you give it a chance, you’ll appreciate the value of a true classic set like this one. Its Goa. Its Oldschool. Its Oakie. Its the Friday Flashback. Enjoy!

Paul Oakenfold Goa Mix – Hour 1 Tracklist:
01. Mr. V – Give Me Life
02. Grace – Skin On Skin (Orange Mix)
03. Li Kwan – Point Zero
04. The Disco Evangelists – De Niro (Spaceflight Mix)
05. Virtual Symmetry – The V.S.
06. Vangelis – Tears In Rain
07. Salt Tank – Eugina (Pacific Diva)
08. Hallucinogen (featuring Ben Kempton) – LSD
09. Saint Etienne (featuring Moira Lambert) – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
10. Wojciech Kilar – Vampire Hunters
11. Electrotete – Alcatraz
12. Vangelis – Bladerunner Main Titles
13. Man With No Name – Floor Essence
14. Scorpio Rising (3) – Dubcatcher
15. Man With No Name – Evolution

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