|Ten Hidden Gems of 1998|
The Don 'The Horn Song' (Strictly Rhythm) DJ Pierre and a nagging horn sample are all it takes to reduce dancefloors to rubble.
Paul Jacobs 'Soul Grabber 3' (Stickman) A bit Hardfloor, a bit Josh Wink, massive in Ibiza. You might not know the name, but the bassline was laughing at you all summer.
Gus Gus 'Purple' (Sasha remix) (white label) Iceland's electro weirdos meet the man called Sasha. The result? An orgy of breakbeat trance that wowed trip hop kids and clubheads alike
Cricco Castelli 'Day In Copacabana' (JBO) Italian house genius Cricco whips up a looping slab of Brazilian carnival house. Like a driving underground version of 97's Heartists tune and just as great.
The Turning Point 'First Galactic Baptist Church' (Underground Resistance) Fierce minimal house from Detroit. Add a funky Hammond organ and vocals from the Galactic Diva, and you have yourself a party.
Da Mob 'Fun' (Basement Jaxx mix) (Subliminal/INCredible) Not so much a remix as an all-out assault. Crowd-detonating airhorns, belching sub-bass and a time-stretching vocal demolition all add up to the maddest dance record of 98.
E-Z Rollers 'Hang On' (DJ Addiction remix) (Moving Shadow) The Rollers weld the sound of big band jazz with rolling break-beats. The result? Da funk!
Brutal Bill 'Woman Of Angels' (white label) Thumping deep house bootleg sampling a great chunk of the Doors 'Riders On The Storm' without sounding cheesy.
Thomas Schumacher 'When I Rock' (Bush) What 'Renegade Master' would sound like if Satan remixed it. Bassbin-troubling techno onslaught combines distorted rapping with pounding beats to terrifying effect.
Bronx Dogs 'Tribute To Jazzy Jay' (Kontraband) Disco breaks cut-up pays respects to an original hip hop pioneer. A rampaging block party throwdown.
|The Weirdest Tunes of 1998|