The rough and ready early house sound (from the mid 80s to early 90s) has been creeping back in recently – seeing a bit of a rivival with artists like Omar S ditching modern equipment and quite simply getting back to the old school! Possibly a reaction to the polished and crisp production trends that came from the whole minimal buzz over the last few years, or maybe just music running it natural cycle of repetition… We’ve always been big fans and I thought I’d post up a few snippets. I’ve included are some genre defining tracks and a few lesser well known ones.
JESSE SAUNDERS – ON AND ONE
First up is ‘the original’ house tune. Jesse Saunders ran a vanity record label through which he released original dance music productions which emulated various popular styles of the day. In 1984, the label released, on 12-inch single, a song called “On and On”. Saunders composed the track with Vince Lawrence in order to replace a record which had been stolen from Saunders’ collection, the “On & On” bootleg disco megamix by Mach. That megamix, a pastiche of loops from several disco records, had been Saunders’ “signature” tune as a DJ; it was one that other DJs in the city didn’t have or didn’t play. The version by Saunders & Lawrence wasn’t a faithful cover, but had the same bassline, and added hypnotic lyrics and electronic percussion. In a 2010 interview, Saunders claimed the song sought to capture the essence of the style of disco that other local DJs were playing at the time, a style which he says was already known locally as “house”.
VOODOO DOLL – WOMEN BEAT THEIR MEN
The sample from this track will be highly recognizable to the techno heads after Ben Sim’s bootleg a few years ago stormed the scene with it’s loopy rhythms and haunting vocals. The original from 1989 is a proper weapon, chopping and changing it’s direction every few bars but always maintaining a seriously jackin’ beat and those huge Big-fun-esque stabs!
PANCAKE – DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON ME
No frills…no fuckin’ around, just solid nasty beats and bass. You can even hear a cheeky ‘The clash – rock the casbah’ percussion sample thrown in for good measure!
ARMAND VAN HELDEN PRESENTS JUNGLE JUICE – LOVES ECSTASY (SHAKE AND BREAK MIX)
Marching…bouncing…’raw as a 3rd degree burn’ house music from Armand on the legendary New York house label, Nervous recordings back in 1994 – He didn’t always make handbag house!