I’ve been very slowly digitizing my vinyl, as have many of my peers. But rather than a bulk slog through my whole collection, I encode rare, key pieces. Here are a few of them.
It was 1999 and I’m visiting Toronto. This was back in the day when the top priority for planning a visit to a new city was mapping out all the record stores. Sometimes I’d go digging straight off the plane before even hitting the hotel.
I’d never heard anything like it. The sales associate didn’t even know what to call it but I purchased it on the spot. I wouldn’t discover broken beat until a year later while visiting London and hearing LTJ Bukem playing stuff that decidedly was NOT the drum-n-bass he was known for but which captivated me. The night of the Bukem set, my host explained that what he was playing was called “future funk”. But I digress.
So I’m geeking over Jazzanova but I didn’t yet know who they were. The vocal on this remix was handled by Julie Dexter, another Brit that I would get to know very well. It wouldn’t be until the following year that “Ketch A Vibe” would catch on once Dexter made her way stateside.
I paid C$14.99 for one song, really, because I never turned the record over to hear the original and reggae dub mixes on the A-side. As Chuck D said, B-side wins again.
I don’t think Chris Franck dropped another release under the Tate’s Place name but I’m glad this 12-inch found its way to me.