The 20/20 Vision Recordings record label has remained one of the best record labels in the UK for the last 20 years releasing hundreds of 12″ Singles and Albums from Artists all over the world. The general rule of thumb is to avoid anything cheesy, at all costs. Ralph Lawson maintains an excellent blog where he has been putting a lot of people out of their misery by recording mixes showcasing some of the records that were being played at the culturally defining nightclub that is Back to Basics in Leeds.
My take on Ralph through reading news articles and listening to interviews, is that he is always focused on the future, and seldom has time to discuss the past, especially if it relates to music, but for a great many of us, the world wasn’t what it is today where records could be consumed immediately by the entire world. For a great many people, you went to Basics and might find out about a record like ”We Are One” by D.J.Q., or “The Day We Lost The Soul / Tribute! (To The Soul We Lost)” by Moodymann, but for the most part, you just remember having the time of your life, even when Ralph was playing on KissFM in Yorkshire, he would start off with a track like Nothing-Stays-The-Same by MD-VS-LR-Feat-Mike-Dunn, fat chance you had of ever finding a copy in local record shops.
The first Ralph Lawson record I fell in love with was “I Remember Dance” by Chuggles, that you would hear on the pirate radio stations in London, as well as at the Ministry Of Sound. House music became quite confusing then, with all the Genres that the press kept coming out with e.g. Happy House, Hard House, Deep House, Handbag House, Piano House and so on but 20/20 Vision Recordings remained one of the most consistent labels just putting out quality releases. I worked with a bunch of DJ’s at the time when 20/20 Vision Recordings was gaining traction, it was very competitive, so if someone bought of copy of this 20/20 record you had to buy one that they didn’t have, so at one stage we had pretty much every release up till the mid noughties on Vinyl
This is just me trying to pick some 20/20 vision records that you probably have not heard that I still enjoy. Don’t forget that you can get both new and classic 20/20 Vision releases from their website or beatport or juno.