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I first heard Double Dutch Bus on the radio in Detroit during the mid-90’s, or at some sort of house party with a heavy dose of older, black house DJ’s.  I file this track in the same category of Din Dadda, or even Sharivari-unique cuts that carried some weight with the city’s DJ community.  At some point, you had to drop those kind of cuts, and at depending on the gig, you probably would hear all 3 and more of the same in one night.
Fortune brought me used copy of the album, although to this day I still have not listened to anything beyond Double Dutch Bus.  
Recently I bought the 12” version as it’s significantly louder than the album version.
http://www.discogs.com/Frankie-Smith-Double-Dutch-Bus/release/1837765

I first heard Double Dutch Bus on the radio in Detroit during the mid-90’s, or at some sort of house party with a heavy dose of older, black house DJ’s.  I file this track in the same category of Din Dadda, or even Sharivari-unique cuts that carried some weight with the city’s DJ community.  At some point, you had to drop those kind of cuts, and at depending on the gig, you probably would hear all 3 and more of the same in one night.

Fortune brought me used copy of the album, although to this day I still have not listened to anything beyond Double Dutch Bus.  

Recently I bought the 12” version as it’s significantly louder than the album version.

http://www.discogs.com/Frankie-Smith-Double-Dutch-Bus/release/1837765

I’m surprised that there isn’t more written about Legion Of Green Men.  At the very least, Time Tunnel is their first 12” and something that was played at the very first raves in Detroit.  This record never seems to be laying around used, and only until recently did I finally find this laying around at People’s Records in Detroit.
Time Tunnel could have been one of the first 12” to utilize lock grooves, as well as inscriptions that were etched into the interior groove of the record.
This would be the first of many limited-edition, numbered releases.The real track names on side B are from math equations, and all the tracks on B side end in closed loops.
http://www.discogs.com/Legion-Of-Green-Men-Time-Tunnel/release/43290

I’m surprised that there isn’t more written about Legion Of Green Men.  At the very least, Time Tunnel is their first 12” and something that was played at the very first raves in Detroit.  This record never seems to be laying around used, and only until recently did I finally find this laying around at People’s Records in Detroit.

Time Tunnel could have been one of the first 12” to utilize lock grooves, as well as inscriptions that were etched into the interior groove of the record.

This would be the first of many limited-edition, numbered releases.
The real track names on side B are from math equations, and all the tracks on B side end in closed loops.

http://www.discogs.com/Legion-Of-Green-Men-Time-Tunnel/release/43290

As someone (discogs user Lsdtab) stated on the discog entry for this record, the sconies were a street gang on the far west side of detroit in the 70’s.  I can at least confirm that statement, as sometime in 1997 Mike Huckaby had that exact response to my question-“Hey, what’s a scone Huck?”. 
I think this is easily one of the weirdest thing that Kenny has released, and it definitely was at the time.  The vinyl is loud and Kenny’s production was as solid as it was dense during this period-I’m assuming that this is completely sample-based and constructed with an MPC.  This is also my favorite period of Kenny’s productions-everything was super blunted back then!!  
I’ve shied away from playing this 12” as I honestly haven’t found a track to mix with Dem Young Sconies that will do it justice, which is kinda lame.
http://www.discogs.com/Moodymann-Dem-Young-Sconies-Bosconi/release/2517

As someone (discogs user Lsdtab) stated on the discog entry for this record, the sconies were a street gang on the far west side of detroit in the 70’s.  I can at least confirm that statement, as sometime in 1997 Mike Huckaby had that exact response to my question-“Hey, what’s a scone Huck?”. 

I think this is easily one of the weirdest thing that Kenny has released, and it definitely was at the time.  The vinyl is loud and Kenny’s production was as solid as it was dense during this period-I’m assuming that this is completely sample-based and constructed with an MPC.  This is also my favorite period of Kenny’s productions-everything was super blunted back then!!  

I’ve shied away from playing this 12” as I honestly haven’t found a track to mix with Dem Young Sconies that will do it justice, which is kinda lame.

http://www.discogs.com/Moodymann-Dem-Young-Sconies-Bosconi/release/2517

R Tyme - Use Me (Carl Craig Mix)

I believe R Tyme was supposed to be D. Wynn and Derrick May, although this 12” is possibly solely D. Wynn.

TBC….

http://www.discogs.com/R-Tyme-Use-Me/master/1282

The Bucketheads - Little Louie Bonus

Being a huge Masters At Work fan as well as the Bucketheads, I naturally needed this 12” for my collection after the huge success of “The Bomb”.  I don’t think this was intended as a follow-up 12” (really, what could top The Bomb??), but “I Wanna Know” was another gem in their collection for me, especially Little Louie Bonus.
Little Louie Bonus is a somewhat track-ey, minimalist house record for MAW that I used as a transition track when playing a more percussive DJ set.   The best part of the record is the looping “little lou” vocal sample that filters up and down across the length of the cut.  I always thought it was so funny to make a simple cut like this with nothing but a vocal sample stating your name over and over.
We used to blurt this sample out to each other back in the day as I was always the one out of all my friends that would run this track.  I’ve heard Rick Wade and Mike Huckaby throw down with this cut too..Huck and I would spend a lot of time talking about MAW during work at Record Time.
My ears tell me this is more of a Kenny Dope affair-perhaps he made a little tool for his production partner Louie Vega to play??

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Bucketheads-Little-Louie-Bonus/release/84381

Roy Davis Jr. / DJ Sneak - Powerplant Revisited (Page One)

Deep cut alert!!
During the mid-90’s DJ Sneak was on a serious tear with his looping, filtered disco house-Roy Davis Jr. was just creeping up on my radar but he already had established himself with plenty of powerful cuts on various Chicago and NY labels.

Mike Huckaby threw this 12” at me one day during our shift at Record Time and told me to put all the copies we had in stock in the House Top Ten wall.  I must have sold 20-30 initially, giving them out to the select deep house jocks that came into the store that week.

The mix that we play is Welcome To The Club, although in my opinion the track starts to get a bit epic after 5 minutes-I would have appreciated a shorter, more DJ friendly exit than the quick fade…perhaps he could have revisited the Martin Circus drum loop introduced at the beginning of the track.  I never could figure out why that sample was introduced but never remained an integral element of this song-perhaps it would have taken away from the super melodic disco loop that essentially is the hook..

This definitely stayed in my crate for more than a few gigs-I do remember hearing Theo Parrish tear this 12” apart at some venue in Detroit, just working his isolater like a madman..

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Davis-Jr—DJ-Sneak-Powerplant-Revisited-Page-One/release/17801

Salt City Orchestra - That Pagan Thing

I haven’t bothered to research this, but I believe I first heard this 12” on a Derrick Carter mix cd he did for Pagan Records…
That Pagan Thing was released sometime in 1998, and during that time I was DJing quite regularly at the main Detroit hot spot of the time-Motor Lounge.  This cut was something that we used to sneak in when building up our sets for the main DJ’s of the night, even though it was pretty much go time from the start of the night until I left the decks.
This was also the era that we first started to hear the phrase “Tech-house”, and Pagan was heralded as one the front-runners of this new sound originating from mostly the UK and bits of Eastern Europe (from my perspective).  To me, this just sounds a very well produced house record for the first 3 minutes..after that the synth washes and filter modulations kinda turn this track into a turd..
What kills me about this track is a very simple sample trick-playing the looping bass sample up and down a few steps from the root note..it literally makes my the hair on my arms stand up every time I listen to this..

I suppose I got the most enjoyment out of hearing Plaslaiko play this at his Family night as we were living together then and shared most of our record collection(s). 

Maybe someday I’ll create a proper edit of this track..

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Salt-City-Orchestra-Pagan-Thing/master/96062

Rozzo - Into Your Heart (Into Your Space)

Holy ravetastic 12”.  I’m all types of plur over this record.
Chuck Hampton is one of my favorite and vastly under appreciated Detroit DJS, someone who I looked up to when I first began to play out.  I still look up to Chuck and he continues to destroy the room whenever he plays…and it was during an epic Chuck Hampton set, probably some Mid-90’s underground where I first heard him play this track. 
I can’t speak for all DJS, but in Detroit there were always certain records you could count on hearing a DJ play, and this was one of Chuck’s weapons.

Back then we were pretty big on trainspotting and I’m sure I wrote “Rozzo” on my hand a few different times, and as I got to know Chuck personally I would pester him about this record.  In the end, Chuck gave it to me as a gift-this wouldn’t be the first “gift” record from Chuck, nor the first time I’ve pestered a DJ to the point where I’ve received “gift” records-goes to show that a little bit of excitement and enthusiasm will go a long way..
I’ve since payed it forward and would gladly give out almost any 12” from my collection to a friend or fan..

But maybe not this one from Chuck….:)

The mix you want is Into Your Space.

TBC….

http://www.discogs.com/Rozzo-Into-Your-Heart/release/344936

Company B - Fascinated

Wow-what a tune.  I’m not really sure who introduced me to this record or when-my guess would be from Record Time Dance Room employee John Kryston.  John managed the hi-energy section of the dance room and dealt mostly with the gay clientele of Detroit DJs, however I know this was a mid-80’s club crossover hit for many years before I even got hipped to this. 
It’s entirely possible I heard this on the radio growing up or during one my Friday nights spent at Teen Night at St. Andrew’s Hall or maybe at the Nectarine Ballroom in Ann Arbor.

This is definitely a dated sound, however a timeless record for those with a soft spot for 80s club music (I’m definitely that guy)..I’m not sure if I dropped this record before, but I do remember Derek Plaslaiko playing this at the end of our DJ set at Hyperdrive in Lansing, Michigan.

TBC..

http://www.discogs.com/Company-B-Fascinated/master/61030

Randy Crawford - Give Me The Night ( Mousse T Classic Club Mix )

Originally a George Benson tune, this cover by Randy Crawford was a huuuge deep house hit in Detroit in the mid-90’s.  There are plenty of remixes on this 12”, but where I’m from we go straight to the Mousse T Classic Club Mix.

This song got mega radio airplay from every top Detroit jock back in the day-I remember having this in the top ten Deep House picks in the Record Time Dance Room for months.  

When pulling up to parties to rave, we always were listening to House Night on WJLB ( I think???) and this always seemed to be in the rotation…a tune that definitely crossed over into all scenes in Detroit.  

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Randy-Crawford-Give-Me-The-Night/master/118086

I first heard Double Dutch Bus on the radio in Detroit during the mid-90’s, or at some sort of house party with a heavy dose of older, black house DJ’s.  I file this track in the same category of Din Dadda, or even Sharivari-unique cuts that carried some weight with the city’s DJ community.  At some point, you had to drop those kind of cuts, and at depending on the gig, you probably would hear all 3 and more of the same in one night.
Fortune brought me used copy of the album, although to this day I still have not listened to anything beyond Double Dutch Bus.  
Recently I bought the 12” version as it’s significantly louder than the album version.
http://www.discogs.com/Frankie-Smith-Double-Dutch-Bus/release/1837765

I first heard Double Dutch Bus on the radio in Detroit during the mid-90’s, or at some sort of house party with a heavy dose of older, black house DJ’s.  I file this track in the same category of Din Dadda, or even Sharivari-unique cuts that carried some weight with the city’s DJ community.  At some point, you had to drop those kind of cuts, and at depending on the gig, you probably would hear all 3 and more of the same in one night.

Fortune brought me used copy of the album, although to this day I still have not listened to anything beyond Double Dutch Bus.  

Recently I bought the 12” version as it’s significantly louder than the album version.

http://www.discogs.com/Frankie-Smith-Double-Dutch-Bus/release/1837765

I’m surprised that there isn’t more written about Legion Of Green Men.  At the very least, Time Tunnel is their first 12” and something that was played at the very first raves in Detroit.  This record never seems to be laying around used, and only until recently did I finally find this laying around at People’s Records in Detroit.
Time Tunnel could have been one of the first 12” to utilize lock grooves, as well as inscriptions that were etched into the interior groove of the record.
This would be the first of many limited-edition, numbered releases.The real track names on side B are from math equations, and all the tracks on B side end in closed loops.
http://www.discogs.com/Legion-Of-Green-Men-Time-Tunnel/release/43290

I’m surprised that there isn’t more written about Legion Of Green Men.  At the very least, Time Tunnel is their first 12” and something that was played at the very first raves in Detroit.  This record never seems to be laying around used, and only until recently did I finally find this laying around at People’s Records in Detroit.

Time Tunnel could have been one of the first 12” to utilize lock grooves, as well as inscriptions that were etched into the interior groove of the record.

This would be the first of many limited-edition, numbered releases.
The real track names on side B are from math equations, and all the tracks on B side end in closed loops.

http://www.discogs.com/Legion-Of-Green-Men-Time-Tunnel/release/43290

As someone (discogs user Lsdtab) stated on the discog entry for this record, the sconies were a street gang on the far west side of detroit in the 70’s.  I can at least confirm that statement, as sometime in 1997 Mike Huckaby had that exact response to my question-“Hey, what’s a scone Huck?”. 
I think this is easily one of the weirdest thing that Kenny has released, and it definitely was at the time.  The vinyl is loud and Kenny’s production was as solid as it was dense during this period-I’m assuming that this is completely sample-based and constructed with an MPC.  This is also my favorite period of Kenny’s productions-everything was super blunted back then!!  
I’ve shied away from playing this 12” as I honestly haven’t found a track to mix with Dem Young Sconies that will do it justice, which is kinda lame.
http://www.discogs.com/Moodymann-Dem-Young-Sconies-Bosconi/release/2517

As someone (discogs user Lsdtab) stated on the discog entry for this record, the sconies were a street gang on the far west side of detroit in the 70’s.  I can at least confirm that statement, as sometime in 1997 Mike Huckaby had that exact response to my question-“Hey, what’s a scone Huck?”. 

I think this is easily one of the weirdest thing that Kenny has released, and it definitely was at the time.  The vinyl is loud and Kenny’s production was as solid as it was dense during this period-I’m assuming that this is completely sample-based and constructed with an MPC.  This is also my favorite period of Kenny’s productions-everything was super blunted back then!!  

I’ve shied away from playing this 12” as I honestly haven’t found a track to mix with Dem Young Sconies that will do it justice, which is kinda lame.

http://www.discogs.com/Moodymann-Dem-Young-Sconies-Bosconi/release/2517

R Tyme - Use Me (Carl Craig Mix)

I believe R Tyme was supposed to be D. Wynn and Derrick May, although this 12” is possibly solely D. Wynn.

TBC….

http://www.discogs.com/R-Tyme-Use-Me/master/1282

The Bucketheads - Little Louie Bonus

Being a huge Masters At Work fan as well as the Bucketheads, I naturally needed this 12” for my collection after the huge success of “The Bomb”.  I don’t think this was intended as a follow-up 12” (really, what could top The Bomb??), but “I Wanna Know” was another gem in their collection for me, especially Little Louie Bonus.
Little Louie Bonus is a somewhat track-ey, minimalist house record for MAW that I used as a transition track when playing a more percussive DJ set.   The best part of the record is the looping “little lou” vocal sample that filters up and down across the length of the cut.  I always thought it was so funny to make a simple cut like this with nothing but a vocal sample stating your name over and over.
We used to blurt this sample out to each other back in the day as I was always the one out of all my friends that would run this track.  I’ve heard Rick Wade and Mike Huckaby throw down with this cut too..Huck and I would spend a lot of time talking about MAW during work at Record Time.
My ears tell me this is more of a Kenny Dope affair-perhaps he made a little tool for his production partner Louie Vega to play??

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Bucketheads-Little-Louie-Bonus/release/84381

Roy Davis Jr. / DJ Sneak - Powerplant Revisited (Page One)

Deep cut alert!!
During the mid-90’s DJ Sneak was on a serious tear with his looping, filtered disco house-Roy Davis Jr. was just creeping up on my radar but he already had established himself with plenty of powerful cuts on various Chicago and NY labels.

Mike Huckaby threw this 12” at me one day during our shift at Record Time and told me to put all the copies we had in stock in the House Top Ten wall.  I must have sold 20-30 initially, giving them out to the select deep house jocks that came into the store that week.

The mix that we play is Welcome To The Club, although in my opinion the track starts to get a bit epic after 5 minutes-I would have appreciated a shorter, more DJ friendly exit than the quick fade…perhaps he could have revisited the Martin Circus drum loop introduced at the beginning of the track.  I never could figure out why that sample was introduced but never remained an integral element of this song-perhaps it would have taken away from the super melodic disco loop that essentially is the hook..

This definitely stayed in my crate for more than a few gigs-I do remember hearing Theo Parrish tear this 12” apart at some venue in Detroit, just working his isolater like a madman..

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Davis-Jr—DJ-Sneak-Powerplant-Revisited-Page-One/release/17801

Salt City Orchestra - That Pagan Thing

I haven’t bothered to research this, but I believe I first heard this 12” on a Derrick Carter mix cd he did for Pagan Records…
That Pagan Thing was released sometime in 1998, and during that time I was DJing quite regularly at the main Detroit hot spot of the time-Motor Lounge.  This cut was something that we used to sneak in when building up our sets for the main DJ’s of the night, even though it was pretty much go time from the start of the night until I left the decks.
This was also the era that we first started to hear the phrase “Tech-house”, and Pagan was heralded as one the front-runners of this new sound originating from mostly the UK and bits of Eastern Europe (from my perspective).  To me, this just sounds a very well produced house record for the first 3 minutes..after that the synth washes and filter modulations kinda turn this track into a turd..
What kills me about this track is a very simple sample trick-playing the looping bass sample up and down a few steps from the root note..it literally makes my the hair on my arms stand up every time I listen to this..

I suppose I got the most enjoyment out of hearing Plaslaiko play this at his Family night as we were living together then and shared most of our record collection(s). 

Maybe someday I’ll create a proper edit of this track..

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Salt-City-Orchestra-Pagan-Thing/master/96062

Rozzo - Into Your Heart (Into Your Space)

Holy ravetastic 12”.  I’m all types of plur over this record.
Chuck Hampton is one of my favorite and vastly under appreciated Detroit DJS, someone who I looked up to when I first began to play out.  I still look up to Chuck and he continues to destroy the room whenever he plays…and it was during an epic Chuck Hampton set, probably some Mid-90’s underground where I first heard him play this track. 
I can’t speak for all DJS, but in Detroit there were always certain records you could count on hearing a DJ play, and this was one of Chuck’s weapons.

Back then we were pretty big on trainspotting and I’m sure I wrote “Rozzo” on my hand a few different times, and as I got to know Chuck personally I would pester him about this record.  In the end, Chuck gave it to me as a gift-this wouldn’t be the first “gift” record from Chuck, nor the first time I’ve pestered a DJ to the point where I’ve received “gift” records-goes to show that a little bit of excitement and enthusiasm will go a long way..
I’ve since payed it forward and would gladly give out almost any 12” from my collection to a friend or fan..

But maybe not this one from Chuck….:)

The mix you want is Into Your Space.

TBC….

http://www.discogs.com/Rozzo-Into-Your-Heart/release/344936

Company B - Fascinated

Wow-what a tune.  I’m not really sure who introduced me to this record or when-my guess would be from Record Time Dance Room employee John Kryston.  John managed the hi-energy section of the dance room and dealt mostly with the gay clientele of Detroit DJs, however I know this was a mid-80’s club crossover hit for many years before I even got hipped to this. 
It’s entirely possible I heard this on the radio growing up or during one my Friday nights spent at Teen Night at St. Andrew’s Hall or maybe at the Nectarine Ballroom in Ann Arbor.

This is definitely a dated sound, however a timeless record for those with a soft spot for 80s club music (I’m definitely that guy)..I’m not sure if I dropped this record before, but I do remember Derek Plaslaiko playing this at the end of our DJ set at Hyperdrive in Lansing, Michigan.

TBC..

http://www.discogs.com/Company-B-Fascinated/master/61030

Randy Crawford - Give Me The Night ( Mousse T Classic Club Mix )

Originally a George Benson tune, this cover by Randy Crawford was a huuuge deep house hit in Detroit in the mid-90’s.  There are plenty of remixes on this 12”, but where I’m from we go straight to the Mousse T Classic Club Mix.

This song got mega radio airplay from every top Detroit jock back in the day-I remember having this in the top ten Deep House picks in the Record Time Dance Room for months.  

When pulling up to parties to rave, we always were listening to House Night on WJLB ( I think???) and this always seemed to be in the rotation…a tune that definitely crossed over into all scenes in Detroit.  

TBC…

http://www.discogs.com/Randy-Crawford-Give-Me-The-Night/master/118086

R Tyme - Use Me (Carl Craig Mix)
The Bucketheads - Little Louie Bonus
Roy Davis Jr. / DJ Sneak - Powerplant Revisited (Page One)
Salt City Orchestra - That Pagan Thing
Rozzo - Into Your Heart (Into Your Space)
Company B - Fascinated
Randy Crawford - Give Me The Night ( Mousse T Classic Club Mix )

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Vinyl is a fantastic medium for listening to music. It is a small investment you can make in art that will last forever.
I have always been into records and always will. I love that each and every record I have has a story attached to it: where I bought it, when I bought it, the best tracks and where it is on my shelves.
Small stories about my record collection, one 12" at a time.