Once again the Future Vintage is in danger, this time because of the wrath of nature. Although I live in a beautiful place with baroque arches, it is situated damn near the bank of Vltava river which seems to be flooding the neighborhood as I write this. I'm not really worried to see the river at my doorstep but as I happen to be in the town in a state of emergency, I can expect electricity shutdowns and other troubles pretty soon. The last time the town was flooded, about 11 years ago (see above), it took a month to get it back on track, so today's batch can as well be the last post for a while. Ok, so much for meteorology, now let's go back to more pleasant things.
Some time ago I was having an interesting skype conversation with a lady friend of mine who used to be my girlfriend for a while back in the daze. The thing was, I gave her access to my files to serve herself to some old music. Some days later she wrote she couldn't really remember listening to any of the stuff, which of course gave me some surprise.
Well, yeah, I had to admit that maybe I'm just too focused on late 90s and perhaps I'm just too much into music styles appreciated by men, which also explains why the majority of Future Vintage readers seems to be male.
Remember the days when a good mixtape was the smoothest way to get some? Would I really play this music to my girfriend 20 years ago? Of course not. Who was I kidding? So I took a deep dive to come up with some true pearls to please our female companion. Perhaps your better halves will feel it the same way. May we be forgiven for our noisy hobby. Have fun and good luck!
You probably know her as one of the Massive Attack vocalists, but back in the daze when we used to say rave instead of house party and vitamin E instead of ecstasy, Nicolette was a member of rave gang Shut Up & Dance and a voice of their early hits School Of The World and Single Minded People. The notorious couple PJ and Smiley of Shut Up & Dance also produced her solo debut Now Is Early, released on their own label. It was probably too early then, because the days had come for Nicolette after the Protection success. She was signed by Gilles Peterson and recorded Let No One Live Rent Free In Your Head for Talkin' Loud. Ironically, you can find the first version of No Government, the single that made her famous as a solo artist, here on Now Is Early. The album was remastered by Electrolux artist Chris Zippel and reissued with some bonus material by german label Studio !K7 in 1997.
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She is notable for providing the vocals on the Massive Attack song Unfinished Sympathy, discogs says, but I think there's a whole lot more to this lady with a voice that reminds me of the best days of Shirley Bassey. That's why I decided to dedicate a FVV collection to her collaborations and guest appearences sometimes soon. Her debut album What Silence Knows has Motown roots and head in acid jazz clouds. The music was written by wide spectrum of musicians including Prince Be (of PM Dawn), Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs (of Saint Etienne), John Coxon (of Spiritualized and later Spring Heel Jack), Howie B. and Style Scott (of On-U Sound fame), and produced by Michael Peden, the head of Zomba Management, but anyhow.. it's mostly the voice.
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I remember waking up to that wake up, wake up, wake up phrase from Sound System because the girl I used to live with twenty years ago had never failed to put this CD in my stereo to play as an alarm clock in the morning. So when I got to listen to it again these days, I was surprised how good the album actually is. Charlie Hall and Lol Hammond (who is also responsible for the brilliant Damage album with Roger Eno) started on Guerilla Records in 1992 with floorfiller single Alchemy and soon were signed for Butterfly label of Big Life Records, a home of intelligent electronica back then. The line-up for Everything Is Now includes Steve Hillage, Emma Anderson from Lush and Kate Holmes, who is also known to Future Vintage readers as Scuba and was, by the way, a wife of Creation Records head honcho Alan McGhee. The booklet includes pics by the late cult photographer Sally Harding. What else should I say about this album?
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...thanks to.. no, it wasn't you but our reader Tim whose generous donation made it possible for Future Vintage to push a little forward. And, of course, I also want to thank all you 1-dollar donors including my fav reader from Chahya Garden in Belize. But don't expect I'm done nagging about donations. I'm sure there's got to be some fun way to make you help me kick this can down the road. Otherwise we're going to face this blog closedown situation again sooner or later. As always, I'm open to your suggestions of all kinds.
So what's in the bucket? There will some more FVV releases, some of them already finished and ready for upload (which seems to be my weakness these days as my connection is still far from decent). Also get ready for more albums and compilations. Some of you may have experienced the situation when you were searching for something that used to be on this blog for sure and is no more. Well, there's been a shitstorm of complaints followed by takedowns recently, mostly Ninja Tune and ntone stuff, so in the future I'll have to stick to less classic labels, perhaps even create something I call Dead Labels Society for myself. Have no fears, I've got records for years.
Enjoy the new FVV compilation below and stay tuned!
I wanted something special for this restart post so here it comes. The Remix According To Future Vintage contains 26 tracks produced or remixed by Future Vintage featured artists, or, in some cases, one Future Vintage artist remixed by another. None of the tracks appeared on previous FVV releases so don't sleep on it. Have fun!
101 Pauline Henry-Love Hangover (The 5AM Super Ministry Mix by Ashley Beedle) 102 Rinocerose-Le Mobilier (DJ Q Remix) 103 Silent Poets-Someday (Extended Spirit Remix) 104 Towa Tei-Let Me Know (Mighty Bop Remix) 105 Longineau Parsons-Funkin Around (Amalgamation Of Soundz Remix) 106 Visit Venus-Hurt Of A Nerd (Jimpster Rmx) 107 Rare-Killer (Mr.Scruff Mix) 108 Jay-Jay Johanson-Mana Mana Mana Mana (Bang Bang Remix) 109 Lightning Seeds-What You Say (Wiseguy Remix Instrumental) 110 Baby D-Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Cool Breeze Slow + Low Remix) 111 Bim Sherman-My Woman (Groove Corporation Mix) 112 The Aloof-One Night Stand (Baby Fox Remix) 113 Lewis Taylor-Lucky (Kruder & Dorfmeister Reprise)
201 Madonna-Nothing Really Matters (Kruder & Dorfmeister Mix) 202 Jhelisa-Freedom From Pity (The Amalgamation of Soundz Dub) 203 Ruby-The Whole Is Equal To The Sum Of It's Parts (Grantby Remix) 204 The Offspring-The Kids Aren't Alright (Wiseguys Instrumental) 205 Boom Boom Satellites-Push Eject (Howie B. Remix) 206 Psi Performer-1953 (Tom Tyler Remix) 207 Rare-Seems Like (Bang Bang Mix) 208 Sneaker Pimps-Ten To Twenty (Hefner Mix) 209 Lightning Seeds-What You Say (Psychedelic Beach Trip Part 3 by Ashley Beedle) 210 Trance Groove-Reebopped (Rmx By Karma) 211 Bim Sherman-Over The Rainbow (Coco & The Bean Mix) 212 Czech-I Do Believe (Wax Doctor Remix) 213 Aural Expansion-Vacuum Sucker (Remixed By Wagon Christ)
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Yes, I'm a lousy blogger and I'm not going to apologize or explain myself this time. I've spent the time since the last post on New Year's Eve wisely struggling for bare existence.
I always knew the time will come and Future Vintage will cease to exist, either for the lack of interest of the readers or by the hand of The Man. It's a miracle it took so long, with so little posts taken down (two, in fact). It was fun, wasn't it? Now it's time to say goodbye and thank you.
If you were wondering what's behind recent activity (see new posts below), it's because I decided to empty all the files left unposted in my RS account on you in one go. Grab it while you can (and you do - as I'm writing this, some of the new files were downloaded 10 - 25x). The account expires on April 25 and I'm not going to extend it simply because I'm even more broke than ever.
Don't worry, I'm not asking for donations this time. Last time I did, there happened to be no more than 3 (three) generous donors amongst thousands of you readers. You know who you are and I thank you again. No wonder I stopped believing that some miraculous sponsor will appear to help me cover the expenses.
Mission accomplished. The 500.000th happy visitor of Future Vintage is expected any minute now. Some stats: 458 files (53.25GB) were downloaded 264.209 times (yes, I counted it with my 1980's pocket Casio). You don't need a calculator to see that if there was 1 cent donated per file, this blog would go on forever.
I hope that that with the posts below I've fulfilled some of your request piling up in my email. Too bad the rest of the FVV collections will please noone but me and my friends. But life happens and who am I to oppose.
Compilations, compilations... There's never enough of them. Especially the good ones. When it comes to US artists and producers, you never can be wrong with those released on californian label Ubiquity. Since 1993 these guys from Costa Mesa were always the best, followed closely by long time gone Shadow / Instinct from NYC. The first two volumes of five-part No Categories series showcase the best of contemporary post-acid jazz and trip hop from the label's catalogue. Most of the tracks have passed the test of time incredibly well and even today they present more that just a snaphot from the glorious past of Ubiquity.
No Categories 1
101 Automator with Kool Keith-A Better Tomorrow (Molasses Spaced Out) 102 Slide Five-KC Doppler (Thievery Corporation Remix) 103 Bobby Matos-Guiro Electro (Rainer Truby Trio Remix) 104 Longineu Parsons-Funkin Around 105 Bugs-The Oracle (Extended Instrumental Remix) 106 Skyjuice-A.D.I.D.A.S. 107 Bobby Matos-The Creator Has A Master Plan (Mr. Scruff Remix 1)
201 Bugs with Joefinite The I.S.-Midnight Session 202 DJ's Wally & Swingsett-Tell Me Something (Beautiful Remix) 203 Live And Direkt-Why 204 Skyjuice-The Rope-A-Dope 205 DJ's Wally & Swingsett-Righteous Like A Brother (Remix) 206 Dave Pike-Nita 207 Bugs-About You (Up, Bustle & Out Remix) 208 Bobby Matos-The Creator Has A Master Plan (Mr. Scruff Remix 2) 209 Pucho And The Group-Let's Get It On (Part 2)
No Categories 2
101 Derf Reklaw-It's Hot As Haiti (Modaji (Voodoo Sun Edit) Remix) 102 DJ Greyboy-Hold Your Weight feat. AG 103 Wisdom-Nefertiti 104 Bugs-Novo Junction 105 Francisco Aguabella-Dajomey Blue 106 Mike James Kirkland-Got To Do It Right 107 Nobody-Outbreak 108 Beatless-Latinaire (Capsule 150 Remix) 109 Derf Reklaw-It's Hot As Haiti (Modaji Reprise)
201 Karry Walker-On The Roof 202 Skyjuice-Key Movement 203-Nobody-Planets Ain't Aligned feat. Freestyle Fellowship 204 T-Cisco-Outer Limits 205 Papo Vázquez-Baila Plena 206 Snowboy-Mambo For Max 207 Automator-A Better Tomorrow (DJ Z-Trip Final Mix feat. Kool Keith)
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Bastard Tracks was the first label compilation released on Different Drummer, a label founded by Rockers HiFi members back in 1993. What started as a reaction on growing popularity of ambient dub style in the early 90's, resulted in about 30 great albums and compilations eleven years later, some of which I truly miss until today. If you liked the legendary four-part Ambient Dub compendium (released on Beyond between 1992 and 1995), Bastard Tracks is a sure shot for you.
01 Templeroy-Dubometer (Rockers Remix) 02 Templeroy-Dubometer (Dub On Trial Mix) 03 Templeroy-Core Of The Earth (Anna Morphic Mix) 04 Templeroy-Core Of The Earth (Rockers Remix) 05 Waveform-Earth, Beat, Heart (The Poem) 06 Neotropic-Bubble Dub 07 Waveform-Reverse Mystery 08 Villa America-Highway (Rockers Remix) 09 Waveform-Earth, Beat, Heart (Omega Mix By Templeroy) 10 Airgoose-Electric Earth Herb
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This second album by German project Pre Fade Listening is the best Different Drummer release I own. Contains 14 atmospheric dubs including my fav Mr. Medicine Man (with vocals by Tikiman) and a remix of Dub Syndicate's Struggle. Pre Fade Listening changed their name to PFL later and their Blue Dubsessions Pt.1 (released on Electrolux in 2003) is recommended listening.
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While the original Ponga production is pretty hard-to-swallow free jazz improvisation, this remix collection puts their squeeking and screetching galore on more audible wheels of breakbeats. I'm sure the Future Vintage readers will enjoy the tracks by Amon Tobin, Fila Brazillia and Spacetime Continuum, to name a few.
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The Dutch producer Alex Cortiz is better known for his nu jazz releases after 2000 but his early tracks are definitely worth listening. Volume 1 contains a dozen of atmospheric grooves so good that it became my bedside favourite when I got it as a homemade demo CD from some Dutch DJ. Some of the tracks appeared on Cortiz debut album Moodfood in 2000.
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I can't say much about this album as it came in plastic bag with no details. The discogs won't say much about it either. Apparently it was produced by certain Davide Arcoleo so don't mix it with the Beaumont Hannant project of the same name. Anyway, it's a collection of jazzy breakbeats with some live instruments that will do no harm and maybe even please some of you.
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Lounge meets IDM on this great album by Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq, released on Clear, one of the best overlooked electronic labels of the 90's. Unlike the usual µ-Ziq production, Makesaracket shows the funkier side of knob-twiddling. There's also a sequel to this, released on Warp one year later, but it's just too warp-ish to me.
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Back in the daze, when I posted Kosmosis In Dub, a remix collection of Mr. Electric Triangle, I failed to recognize that some of the mixes were in fact produced by Urchin under the Red Rum moniker. Well, I offer my apologies and also this sweet album which will please fans of the deep trip hop sound from The Prunes to Portishead.
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The debut album by Harlem born and bred slam poet Carl Hancock Rux, whose pefrormance always reminded me of somehow twisted Gil Scott-Heron. The music side of this collection was produced by The Dust Brothers (the American project of Fight Club fame, not The Chemical Brothers). For more Rux check older albums by David Holmes,Yukihiro Fukutomi and DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid.
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So, here comes the last Future Vintage Vaults collection for this year, dedicated this time to Aquasky. These 11 remixes represent the best in the tradition of atmospheric drum'n'bass. This was my favourite music for dreaming, and we used to dream a lot back then, remember that? May this collection be a medicine to your hangover headz. Have fun and stay tuned in the Year 13.
01 Omni Trio-Who Are You (Aqua Sky mix) 02 Outside-Moodswings (Aquasky Remix) 03 Larceny-Who Are You (Aquasky Mix) 04 Hunch-Visible From Space (Aquasky Mix) 05 Art Of Noise-Crusoe (Remixed by Aquasky) 06 Galliano-Slack Hands (Aquasky Remix) 07 Skindivers-Enclosed Areas (Aquasky Remix) 08 Terranova-Precipice (Aquasky remix) 09 A Guy Called Gerald-So Many Dreams (Aquasky Full Mix) 10 Cold Mission-Guest Spots (Aquasky Remix) 11 Aquasky-Images (Aquasky Remix)
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Jean-Yves Prieur AKA Kid Loco is one of the Future Vintage most frequent artists so let's skip the intro. This fine Future Vintage Vaults compilation contains 15 great remixes that originate mostly from his pre-Darlings period. Stay tuned!
01 Kid Loco-She's My Lover (A Revolution Sitting Stoned In A Field) 02 Stereolab-Contronatura (Prelude To The Autumn Of A Faun Mix) 03 Dimitri From Paris-Une Very Stylish Fille (Belleville B Boy Meets The Royal Rockers Uptown) 04 Takako Minekawa-Black Forest (Kid Loco Remix) 05 Luis Bacalov-La Seduzione (Kid Loco Remix) 06 Piero Umiliani-Lady Magnolia (Belleville B-Boy Mix) 07 Daddylonglegs-When Betty Comes To Town (Real Men Don't Eat Coyote Mix) 08 Hooverphonic-Eden (Cobble Stone Garden Mix) 09 Piero Piccioni-Magic (A New Experience Mix by Kid Loco) 10 Polar-Bipolar Dream (Kid Loco Hip Hop Mix) 11 DJ Cam-He's Gone (Kid Loco Remix) 12 Bang Bang-Believe (The Handsome But Stoned Dub Mix) 13 Morwell Unlimited meets King Tubby-Morpheus Special (Kid Loco The One Arm DJ Block Party Mix) 14 Shinju Gumi-Innerscar (Belleville Meditation Blues Mix) 15 Waldeck-I Talk To The Wind (Kid Loco Meets Orpheus Uptown Mix)
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Over the last 18 years, this USSR-born London resident with connections in Paris and NYC has become a white B-boy icon, and not just for being the whitest of them all. It's not only his career of a DJ, producer and a head of (sadly deceased) Jazz Fudge abstract hip hop label, that had created his rep, but also his remix works. This Future Vintage Vaults compilation brings you a dozen of his coolest reworks. Enjoy and if you like the shit and feel like a little Christmas charity, use the Donate button.
01 Silent Poets-Prisons (DJ Vadim Remix) 02 Yoko Kanno-Fe (DJ Vadim Remix) 03 GusGus-Why (Remixed by DJ Vadim for Jazz Fudge Delicacies) 04 Low-Laugh (DJ Vadim's Vox-Reverse Tele Remix) 05 Sugizo-Replicant Lucifer (Avantgarde Lucifer) 06 Faultline-Partyline Honey (DJ Vadim Remix) 07 DJ Cam-Innervisions (DJ Vadim Remix) 08 Spectre-Hidden Gods (DJ Vadim Remix) 09 DJ Vadim-I Wonder Why feat. A-Cyde, SLI Poetry (DJ Vadim Remix) 10 DJ Food-B Boy (DJ Vadim Remix) 11 The Herbaliser-Forty Winks (No Sleep Vadim! Mix) 12 DJ Vadim-I Wonder Why (DJ Vadim Remix Instrumental)
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Goodies from dusty cardboard box containing relics of my 1990's career as music journalist, dj, promoter and graphic designer. Mostly promo items, free compilations and stuff that didn't fit anywhere else. Ever been thinking what will be the rare groove twenty years from now?