Ok, just woke up from a week long blog coma. Sorry to keep all the Armand fanatics at bay. So next up we’ve got Armand’s first releases on Strictly Rhythm and Nervous Recs, both of which ironically are back in buisness. For those that didn’t know, Strictly partnered with Defected UK for a 2007 relaunch with new mixes of Wink’s Higher State of Conciousness and a new single from Todd Terry.
Anyways, back to AVH, who’s so rediculously diverse that we’re giving you a taste of deep, tribal and garage from ’94-’95.
Kim English – Nite Life (Retail Mix)
Ok first up, hot fire from 1994. Armands pass at Kim English‘s classic vocal anthem, which went even so far as to get picked up on Polydor UK. This tune is epic, rave stabs, resonating b-line and New Jersey garage shuffle. After Nervous Records closed down, Kenny Dope remixed and put out a version on Dopewax in 2006 as Nitelife(Encore), but this one’s the O.G!
Armand Van Helden – Nrongo Ra Morongo
Do you want to dance and be happy? Hell yeah, 1994 Strictly Rhythm Nrongo Ra Morongo is the tribal banana boat. I don’t know what language this is, but I know that Armand was feeling samples from Indonesia and Africa. It sounds like they’re saying Namaste which would be from India, i dunno fer sure. Anyways, if you peep the breakdown you might notice that its the same sample he used for 1994’s Zulu (Change Mix) under the Circle Children alias. This track totally flips into some naked percussion. So F*cking DOPE, plus there’s crickets homie, crickets!
The Mole People – Break Night
The Mole People, I definitely relate since Soul Clap has been living in the studio with no windows. I can’t really put my finger on exactly this sound but its deep, dubby, tribal and so freshly phasered out. Released on Strictly in 1995, can’t tell if its sampled or original, but anyone that knows get at us and set the record straight!