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Friday Flashback: D.Ramirez & Mark Knight – Colombian Soul (Gabriel & Dresden Tuscan Soul Reconstruction)Mahan Javadi | March 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
He’s been a dance music icon since his first album “Movin’ Melodies” hit in 1999. Even if you’re laughing at this post now, in the trendy year of 2010, I guarantee that when you hear the 10 iconic notes of the melody in 9PM (Till I Come) [lol - you just counted on your fingers!] you know who the producer is. We’re talking, of course, about the legendary ATB.
“Dance”, André Tanneberger’s first single as Sequential One, was finally released in February 1993 and this was followed by other, Techno-oriented releases. André was slowly setting up his own little studio.
André, however, did not make his real breakthrough until “9 PM (Till I Come)”, which was released under the name ATB on Kontor Records. This explosive mix of lively dance beats and the unique, characteristic ATB guitar became a massive hit throughout the world. André also entered all important international charts with his follow-up singles “Don’t Stop” and “Killer”, a cover of the Adamski classic, and the success of the three hits inspired him to record his first album “Movin’ Melodies”. André, however, has had a great deal of success not only as a producer but also as a remixer, making tracks by artists such as Moby, William Orbit and A-HA fit for the dance floor..
Here are a few of my favourite ATB tracks from the past 10 years.
Above and Beyond. Their name is iconic in the dance music world. Ever since the term “New Millenium” became a buzz word, Above and Beyond have been making their mark in the scene. Their very first remix, a trancey take of Chakra’s ‘Home’ became an A-side feature, and shortly thereafter made their Dj-ing debut in Japan in front of 8,000 of Tokyo’s finest party people. Not a bad way to start a music career.
In 2004, Pete Tong dubbed the Above & Beyond trio “the UK’s new trance superstars”, just after the release of their massive single No One on Earth.
As a music lover, I’d say that 2005 was the year for these music masterminds. They put together their album Tri-State which included anthems like Air For Life (with Andy Moor), Can’t Sleep, Good For me, and Alone Tonight. The album was so good, it was stuck in my CD player for all of the car rides in 2005 (and most of 06 as well).
In the summer of 2005, Above and Beyond perfomed at the 10 year anniversary party of BBC Radio 1’s live broadcasts from Space, Ibiza. This set can be found on download sites, torrent directories, and hard drives all across the digital world, but we’ve got it right here for direct download.
Bringing you one of the best live Trance sets of the last 10 years, this is Above and Beyond, live from Space.
(Full, direct download link is below this post)
Tracklist: Above and Beyond Live @ Space Ibiza (14-8-2005)
1. Maor Levi – Lital
2. David West Featuring Andreas Hermansson – Larry Mountains 54
3. 2 Devine – Black Is The Colour (Above & Beyond Remix)
4. Above & Beyond vs. Andy Moor – Air For Life
5. Armin Van Buuren – Birth Of An Angel w/ Angelic – It’s My Turn (Acapella)
6. Eye Wall – Bad Deal (Remy & Roland Klinkenberg Remix)
7. Super8 vs. DJ Tab – Helsinki Scordini
8. Above & Beyond – Alone Tonight
9. Petter – These Days (Sasha”s Involver Mix)
10. Mike Foyle vs. The Signalrunners – Love Theme Dusk (Mike’s Broken Record Mix)
This week’s Friday flashback brings us all the way back to 1990 and is one of the first hits from one of house music’s legendary players – DJ Pierre.
DJ Pierre is the stage name of Nathaniel Pierre Jones, a Chicago born DJ and performer of house music. He helped to develop the house music subgenre of Acid House as member of Phuture, whose 1987 E.P. Acid Tracks, which has been called the first Acid House recording of all time.
Dj Pierre is a crucial DJ and party responsible for the development of Chicago acid-house.
Jones has recorded under the names DJ Pierre, Phuture, Phuture Phantasy Club, Pierre’s Pfantasy Club, and Photon Inc. He formed the group Phuture with his friends Spanky (Earl Smith Jr. –founder/technical producer) and Herb J (Herbert R Jackson Jr. – keyboards). During the mid-1980s, the trio began using the “squelch” sound that became common in Acid House recordings after their initial experiments with a Roland TB-303 bass line synthesizer produced these “squelch” sounds. Living in the Chicago area, they were exposed to many house artists, such as Hot Mix 5 artists (Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Ralphi “The Razz” Rosario, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Mickey “Mixin” Oliver and Scott “Smokin” Seals) who were producing many tapes and vinyl recordings. Frankie Knuckles was DJing and the Warehouse club (where House Music may have derived its name).
Pierre and Spanky had been to Chicago DJ Ron Hardy’s club called “Muzic Box.” The first Acid House track they recorded was ‘Acid Tracks’ (renamed by Ron Hardy from its original title ‘In Your Mind’), which had a slow burning, bassy, heavy, deep sound, and which was over eleven minutes long. Their first track was put on tape and first played in the Music Box club in the mid-1980s. Ron Hardy played it several times on its first night. It was rerecorded at Trax Records (produced by Marshall Jefferson) and released in 1986.
DJ Pierre went on to record many of the early Acid House tracks on Trax Records under the names Phuture, Phuture Pfantasy Club, Pierre’s Pfantasy Club (with Felix Da Housecat), Phortune with songs such as Your Only Friend (Cocaine), The Creator, String Free, Got The Bug, Box Energy, Dream Girl, Mystery Girl, Fantasy Girl, We Are Phuture, Slam and Spank Spank. One of the tracks has a voiceover proclaiming “We are The Creator of Acid Music and we’re back.” DJ Pierre’s track ‘Your Only Friend’ has an anti-drug message.
In 1990, DJ Pierre moved away from Chicago, where the House Music scene was slowing down and joined Strictly Rhythm records, where he was also briefly the A&R manager. One of the problems that DJ Pierre and other Chicago House music artists faced was that they did not usually own their own copyrights; the music they produced was sometimes exported and licensed overseas, and they were not able to share in these revenues. Other hits he released since leaving Chicago include Generate Power by Photon Inc, Follow Me by Aly Us, and The Horn Song (featuring Barbara Tucker).
Hailing from the Netherlands, Hardsoul consists of brothers Rogier (DJ Roog) and Greg van Bueren.
Founded in 1997, Hardsoul began releasing music on Soulfuric Recordings, a label owned by Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert. This led to another release on Soulfuric, “Sweatshop”, in 2003, before graduating to Defected Records’ sublabel ITH Records, where they released Back Together, a vocal anthem sung by Ron Carroll, in 2003. It received airplay on mainstream radios and topped at #60 in the UK Singles Charts.
They have also remixed tracks for Black & White Brothers, Todd Terry, Blaze, King Britt and Africanism.
In 2004 Roog and Greg launched their own label, Hardsoul Pressings, under the Soulfuric umbrella. In 2006 Roog and Greg launched their second label, R&G Electronics, which is meant to be a platform for the less well known cutting edge in house music.
HUGE remix by none other than our man Trentemoller! Back in 2005, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing this track. It still sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it at good ol’ Release Records! Turn it up and enjoy!