1. Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
“What amazing beats and such a epic bass line! One of my favourite electro tracks of all time”.
2. Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew – The Show / La Di Da Di
“I remember playing both sides of this record over and over on 7″ vinyl which I still have! Also ‘The Show’ was featured on Street Sounds Electro 9 one of my favourites in the series which I had on cassette tape”.
3. T-La Rock – Breaking Bells
“This was one of the first 12″ records that I remember owning. It Really secured my future love of Mantronik as a producer. I bought this from Impulse Records in Croydon, South London took it back home on the 130 bus to New Addington feeling like one of the happiest kids in the world!”
4. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill
“Thinking of the iconic album cover from this brings back great memories. I played the whole album back to back so many times. Love all the obvious tracks on here but ‘Paul Revere’ with the reverse 808 beats still extra special to this day”.
5. Soul II Soul – Back to Life
“What a timeless classic record, this takes me back to the Summer of 1989 every time I hear it”.
6. Baby Ford – Oochy Koochy
“Early British Acid House at its best, killer sub bass on this I hear it broke the cutting lathe”.
7. Frankie Knuckles feat. Robert Owens – Tears
“A jaw dropping vocal house classic that is so full of emotion. Now many years later I’m privileged to have worked with Robert lending his unique vocals and collaborating together on ‘Escape from The Madness”.
8. Rhythim Is Rhythim – Nude Photo
“One of Derrick May’s finest in my opinion, such a strong production and amazing synth riffs on here”
9. The Ragga Twins – Hooligan 69
“Taking a huge intro sample from Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ and then journeying into all out breakbeat and bassline mayhems”
10. The KLF – Chill Out
“Seeing as it’s ‘Back To Mine’ what better way to round things off than with one of the best come down albums ever made”
Rob Pearson – Deep Feeling (Bombis Records May)
As the great Bombis label hits release number 40, they continue to serve up exciting beats with the latest transmission from Rob Pearson complete with fine mixes by Dave Brennan and The Maersk Project.
Rob has been a busy boy as of late, not only with his own unique productions and remix requests, but also with his collaborations with Bombis main man Paul Donton. In addition, he has been busy with the release schedules of his own labels (Evasive Records and Drugsex Recordings) and once again here serves up an infectious house masterpiece.
Entitled ‘Deep Feeling’ it is a brilliantly broody and slow burning cut that is deep and warm and builds and builds to have you in raptures. Tumbling toms, a great vocal and smeared synths all flesh out the groove and give it plenty of weight. It’s an inti- mate cut that really sucks you in and keeps you locked for eight minutes. The Deeper Dub strips things back to a fat, dubby groove that is super inviting and has a great bassline that is funky and captivating. Swirling pads also add a cosmic feel and carry you off late into the night.
Then comes scene veteran DJ, producer and co-label manager of Bombis Records, Dave Brennan. He has secured underground hits before now as well as playing clubs all over the globe. His version is more electronic and laced with acid riffs. Full of late night freakiness and unhinged synths, it’s ripe for the afterparty.
Last but by no means least, regular Bombis remixers The Maersk Project step up. With music on Stark Futures and a new label setup called Konform the duo take a break from their busy schedule to deliver this fine remix. Their version is a creeping, unsettling tech tune with nicely jumbled drums, clipped vocal sounds and plenty of intergalactic vibes.
Rob Pearson Deep Feeling Bombis Records May 22nd 2017 Bombis040