This is a look back 20 or so years ago, the time when superclubs were in their ascendancy, Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Cream, Slinky, Tall Trees and Back 2 Basics at the Pleasure Rooms on three floors.
I used to organise coach trips while at Bradford University to Cream in Liverpool. This really came about due to the number of Cream compilations we used to listen to in various Halls of Residence, listening to records like In the Trees by Faze Action or Keep on Groovin by DJ Sneak.
Sometimes you turn up at the turntables, this is one of those special mixes, though any mix with 51 Days by Paper Moon is likely a great one, Cream Live was the compilation back then, as was Cream’s Dance Anthems with David Morales and Paul Bleasdale , my favourite however is the triple CD by Darren Emmerson, Deep Dish, Les Ryder and Paul Bleasdale, below is a review by ecuadorian_bass on Discogs, January 16, 2010 that I think is more or less spot on, except for reasons I give at the end of this article – to be continued!
About 10 years ago I was working in a crappy factory where I had to put plastic injection moulded boxes into bigger cardboard boxes. It was dreadful, but it meant I had beer money for a while. Anyway I was chatting to a colleague one day and we got onto the subject of music and it became apparent that I liked that ‘electronic shite’ and he didn’t, and from there our relationship waned. A few weeks later out of the blue he came up to me and give me a cassette with the words, ‘This is probably up your effing street’, or words to that effect. The cassette was the Deep Dish mix from the Cream Separates box set and I managed to wear it thin.
So eventually, via that bidding behemoth Ebay, I managed to bag the 3xCD collection, and am very very chuffed to say that this mix has stood the test of time and still sounds as magical and uplifting (not in a Ferry Corsten at Gatecrasher, I’ve just boshed a load of Mitzis way).
The mix offers two sides of the Deep Dish duo with Dubfire mixing the first half and then Sharam finishing the next half.
In my opinion you can’t go wrong starting a mix with the sublime Rhythm & Sound, particularly ‘Never Tell You’, which was later immortalised on Richie Hawtin’s ‘Decks, EFX & 909′.
Dubfire then takes us on a mini tour of what feels like a template of Yoshitoshi – groovin'(Sandy Riviera), techy (The Horn), aquatic (Two Lone Swordsmen), funky (K.O.T.), epic (Mood II Swing) and the phasing synthy wonk of Basement Jaxx.
Sharam takes control through the Listenin’ Parlour a cappella that serves as a perfect transition between the duo before the violin (or fiddle?) laden Summer Madness is unfurled in all of its sunshine glory. ’20 Mins of Disco Glory’ follows like a throwback to Back to Basics before the dark ominous plodder ‘Tick-Tock’ swings into action – the mere fact that it has a ‘War of the Worlds mix’ gives it a dark edge I think. ‘Don’t Ever Stop’ bleeps and vocalises with gusto and funk whilst ‘Theme From The Blue Cucaracha’ has a quality piano/synth line in the break that is very reminiscent of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. ‘Samba Magic’ then rolls up with pure Carnival vibes – cowbells a-go-go; before ‘In Your Soul’ Deep Houses and smokes its way into a celestial groove that brings you back to reality.
I’ve heard mixes before and after this one by Deep Dish as a duo and as individuals, but I feel that they absolutely nailed it with this – hats off.
I should add that I haven’t even bothered to listen to the other two mixes on this CD as I feel Darren Emerson is a mediocre DJ at best, and as for Les Ryder and Paul Bleasdale – yawn.
equadorian_bass gives short-shrift to a compliation that contains many tracks highly rated by the brilliant Ralph Lawson owner of one of the best british record labels of the last quarter of a decade the phenomenal 20/20 Vision Recordings, the Darren Emmerson mix contains (amongst others) 51 Days by Paper Moon, Neal Howard’s Indulge, Virgo Four’s In A Vision and Sueño Latino’s Sueno Latino (The Paradise Version) (though Ralph opts for the original E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching) these are all records that Ralph Lawson loves (check his blog out) so this cannot be a mediocre mix – get rid of the confirmation bias my friend – Darren was prodigious then, and twenty years on this remains an outstanding compilation, I personaly love his (uber rare on vinyl) mix of Shakespear’s Sister Black’s Sky (dub extravaganza part 2) from 1992, Oneiro’s Warrior is a Back to Basics classic (the nightclub in Leeds), Derrick Carter in fine fettle.
With Paul Bleasdale what we misinterpreted at times was that he was a resident DJ, so tended not play all the big tunes, solid resident though, I remember the eruption when Armand Van Helden’s remix of Spin Spin Sugar was dropped for the first time, for me Carl Cox was amazing every time in the Annexe (on three decks), Mr C (again in the Annexe) and DJ Heaven (in the Annexe) dropping The Pet Shop Boys Alright as the last record. Truth is most of the nights there were Special and were the line-ups, being students were loved everyone from Graeme Park to Dave Seaman to LTJ Bukem (we would debate for 20 minutes what was the best, LTJ, LTJ Bukem, Bukem etc. definitely a God amongst us), an untold story is how well Cream looked after me with the massive concessions one got on the door for organising the coach trips, they really looked after me!