Once upon a time, in a London far away, long before house music made the whole world jump up and down like lunatics, underground djs played a rarified mix of funk & soul, hip hop & rap called "rare groove".
Strictly for the cogniscenti, supported by a select few clubs & sound-systems such as the Wag and Shake n' Fingerpop, it existed far from the mainstream.
Only a privileged few - a small network of those in-the-know - had access to the djs & rare vinyl that defined the sound.
This was music heard nowhere else.
Good mixtapes were much-cherished & deeply inspirational - copied from friends & fellow music lovers, stretched & worn out through constant listening; some reached almost legendary status, many are now lost to the ravages of time.
One such C90 was "Harley Sounds", made by Dominic Weaver [thanks Paul!] in a flat on Harley Street in 1988/9.
We played it to death, to the extent that our copy is now unlistenable.
So, as a tribute to those halycon days, we've attempted to faithfully recreate it, trying to adhere as close as can be to our battered original.
We hope you enjoy.
|1||got to be the music by litmus|
|2||guess who by doug fresh|
|3||apache by incredible bongo band|
|4||blow your head by fred wesley|
|5||jingo by candigo|
|6||lets dance to the drummers beat by herman kelly|
|7||good groove by derek b|
|8||strong island by jvc force|
|9||jack the ripper by ll cool j|
|10||keep rising by doug fresh|
|11||rising to the top by kenny burke|
|12||faith by wee papa girl rappers|
|13||i know you got soul by eric b and rakim|
|14||rock it takes two by rob base dj ez|
|15||think by lynn collins|
|16||hot pants im coming by bobby byrd|
|17||sock it to em soul brother by bill moss|
|18||black water gold by african music machine|
|19||sister janie by funk inc|
|20||cheeba cheeba by mighty tom cats|
|21||doing it in the park by the blackbyrds|
|22||express yourself by charles wright|
|23||do the funky penguin by rufus thomas|