That two headed camel!! I loved the way that CD cover looked when we were designing it in 1996. This DJ mix came out of nowhere with its fresh take on breakbeats, adding a trippy ethnic perspective with rare global tracks mixed with the fresh sounds of new-comers Fatboy Slim and Soulstice. Breakbeats was a new genre about to break out in full force, and this CD was a harbinger of things to come.
After selling 10,000 copies of the CD, we received a charge of seven copywrite infringements for using the camel without permission, and Hardkiss Music was forced to stop selling the CD. The images had been scanned from Rick Smolan’s book From Alice To Ocean, and he and his lawyer were not pleased. I thought it ironic that in years of sampling the likes of The Smiths, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, ELO, The Kinks and many other sources, we had never got into any legal mess. It was the damn camels!!
The release of this CD was a pivotal moment in my DJ career. I began to be hired as a headline DJ performing a thick sound of funky breaks. I still have an appetite for these sounds but continue to be fascinated by the newest permutations and mutant combinations of sounds and recording techniques.
What I like about this CD is the tempo. A house/disco tempo with a funky rhthym, that at the time, did more for me than the four on the floor that almost every other DJ was hammering.
1. Roots – Hooligan Food
2. Soulstice – Superfunkidiculous
3. Stepdisk – Jump Room
4. Leuroj – Rainchant
5. Tulku – Kupuri
6. Drain – Burma Slowdrive
7. Dissidenten – A Love Supreme
8. Bullitnuts – Piping
9. Snooze – The Chase
10. Irresistible Force – Waveform
11. Metro – Stone Skippin
12. TC 1995 – Just Get Up and Dance
13. Southside Reverb – Fuck You We’e From Texas
14. Fatboy Slim – Santa Cruz
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