10. DubTribe – Mother Earth (Oringinal / Remix / Sunshine Mix) (1993)
yeah, some say we don’t deserve this earth we walk upon
some say we don’t deserve to breathe the air we pull into our lungs, yeah
carbon monoxide, acid rain, hate, greed, and selfishness destroy our precious skies of our mother earth
you people better rise up together and join hands with one heart and one mind
good people better rise up soon
cuz this planet is mine
this planet is ours and we have got to live together
i want my planet back
9. Flipped Out – Everybody is Somebody (Just Beliv Mix) (1993)
8. Lords of Acid – I Sit On Acid (1988)
Darling, come here… fuck me up the…
Ok, I’m cheating here a little bit. This song was technically released in 1988 on a 12″ under Kaos Dance Records. But honestly, I never heard the tune until 1991 when they released it on the full length CD entitled “Lust”. This was pretty much my first real exposure to alternative dance music – before this time I was listening to Miami bass music (2 Live Crew, Magic Mike, A.D.E, etc), Miami freestyle (Stevie B, Trinere, Debbie Deb, etc), and whatever pop the radio was giving us (probably Madonna or something). When I first heard Lust I was completely intrigued. This is why 1991 was a great year in music for me – not only was there a rock revolution with the likes of Nirvana, and an industrial revolution with Ministry and Nine Inch Nails, but I was being exposed to all of this great electronic music like Moby, Eon, and LOA in clubs and on college radio.
Anyway, I’m getting off track – I Sit On Acid not only assaults you right away with it’s political incorrectness (singer Nikkie Van Lierop (Jade 4 U) not being shy about her sexual fetishes – giving screams of orgasms throughout the song, with exclamations of “I want to sit on your face”) but it’s a perfect example of early acid house and what they used to call the New Beat. The song (and the album) was unique in that it crossed boundaries when it came to fans – rock lovers were just as likely to like it as club-goers. The New Beat style didn’t last, but this song does. LOA later went the industrial route, and the results were not as satisfying.
7. The Prodigy – Everybody in the Place (Fairground Remix) / Charly / Fire / Out of Space (1991-1992)
I’ll take your brain to another dimension
Pay close attention
What can be said about The Prodigy other than the fact that they are probably one of the most popular techno/rave groups ever. Before they came out with Firestarter (‘twisted firestarter’) and even before Poison (‘i got the poison/i got the remedy’), they were releasing incredible records. “Everybody in the Place” is one of their earliest and a classic in its own right. I’m talking about the so-called Fairground Remix, because it sounds like you’re at an actual fair. The only things missing are the roller coasters and the cotton candy. It says “Fairground Remix” but I’ll be damned if they even released any other mixes of this song (I have yet to find any). No matter – it’s a wonderful early dance tune and the use of the fairground music is really clever. Charly is a cool breakbeat item with some really weird stuff in it. First there’s this sample of this cartoon cat named Charley from some kids safety advertisement back in the early 70s (England). (Heh – It sounds like Charley is sick) and the kid says “Charly says always tell your mummy before you go somewhere”. I like how the cat’s strang meow is used as a springboard into this crazy drawn-out 303 squelch. Fire continues the breakbeat phenomenon with a sample “I Am the God of Hellfire, and I bring you…”
Then they dropped “Out of Space” which is really crazy. Of all things, it samples “Chase the Devil” from Max Romeo and the Upsetters (I’m gonna send him to outer space/ To find another race) and even Kool Keith (I’ll take your brain to another dimension/ Pay close attention). What these songs all have in common is that they are extremely catchy and are good examples of what you can do with breakbeat music.
6. Acen – Trip II The Moon / Close Your Eyes (Optokonfusion) (1992)
Close Your Eyes
Forget Your Name
Forget the world
Forget the people
Acen Razvi’s stuff is crazy. It’s rave music at it’s most bizarre, for sure. He loves using speed up vocal samples, so the end result sounds like rave anthems as sung by the Chipmunks! Strangely enough, it works. I can imagine that if you are rolling at a rave you’re probably already speeded up, so the vocals will sound normal to you. He released a few tunes of the Production Label, my favorites being Trip II The Moon and Close Your Eyes. Both songs come in different remixed flavors and all different versions have their advantages. Trip II The Moon actually came out in 3 parts, with Part 2 starting off with a classic piano riff accompanied by a chipmunk vocal “Take Me Higher”. Then the hardcore breakbeat comes in alongside a deep bass note sure to blow a few woofers. There’s even samples from a few James Bond films in it. Close Your Eyes has interesting lyrics (Just Close Your Eyes/Forget Your Name…Go Insane) which are sampled from Jim Morrison and the Optokonfusion mix of the song is some kind of huge rave breakbeat masterpiece.
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