In anticipation of posting tracks from the new album “+++”, I though that I would post the first song that I ever made, which was released on vinyl in 1992 on the first Hardkiss Music release.
“I Feel It” was created in a shoe box apartment in the Lower Haight with Frank Genius. The Lower Haight was coming out of it’s post-industrial phase. The ravers, graffiti artists and djs had yet to set there print on the hood. There were still a lot of dog collars, metal chains, black leather jackets and stiff angry beats. We holed up in Frank’s apartment with a sampler and arpeggiator and made this track. Around the same time, Robbie, Scott and I were spending our hard earned cash in a basement studio beyond Twin Peaks, mapping out the other tracks which would round out this first Hardkiss release. A kind soul, Meru, showed up and offered to release the song on his Fabulous imprint in the UK. He gave us some cash to put out “San Francisco: The Magikal Sounds of the Underground” stateside.
You can buy an original copy of this record here.
Oh …. how neighborhoods change. During the 1990’s, with the explosion of dance music and dj culture, the Lower Haight would become a bastion for vinyl jukies, crate diggers and train spotters. At one point the area from Dividadero to Waller had the highest concentration of vinyl record stores in the world. Here’s a list off the top of my head – Tweekin, Groove Merchant, Open Mind, Rooky Ricardo’s Records, Faster Bamboo etc (help me … I know there are more!!)