There’s been some really cool downbeat doing the rounds recently which has led us to rediscovering a few of our all-time favourite records. Apart from the odd bar set, most of these are a tad too low on the bpms for us to play out much, but we’ll never forget dropping this one straight after a cheeseball nineties house DJ had finished (maybe just a wee bit for badness..). You can probably imagine the looks of horror we got, tasteless cretins.
Fern Kinney – Baby Let Me Kiss You
Timmy Stewart has been at the forefront of presenting quality house music in Belfast for nearly 20 years now (ouch, Timmy!). Back at the start of the noughties, in between hosting the best parties in the city, producing his own material and jet setting to gigs throughout Europe, he found time to record a truly special downtempo mix with long-time partner in crime Mark Bell – a kind of Back To Mine type thing, before the Back To Mine concept officially existed. It was a limited cd pressing (this was when you still had to get cds duplicated professionally!) and given away at one of his unforgettable Tsunami parties. This track in particular sucked me right in from the moment I heard it and has remained a stone cold favourite ever since. It also took us a freakin age to get hold of digitally – so enjoy!
Willis – Paper & Stone (Brooks’ Paper Cuts Remix)
We’ll not wax lyrical too much more about NYC’s Matthew Kyle – everything the man touches is gold. Here’s his amazing dub take on the classic that is Aaron Neville’s Hercules. Mint.
Aaron Neville – Hercules (Matthew Kyle Ain’t No Good Dub)
And a close from LESS Recordings’ essential Versionitis compilation, released earlier this year. This is sold out at Phonica and Piccadilly and we can’t even find it listed anywhere else – so if you managed to get a copy, hold on to it.. Think Andy Ash just gathered up as much percussion as he could find, threw it onto a lovely staccato kick and came up with this wee beaut of a number.
Andy Ash – Never Give You Up (Andy Ash Version)