Proud to welcome on board Rick Shiver, “a DJ, tropical dandy and honcho of Nose Job”. Recently, he expanded his legendary digger party with a label releasing 7″ and started from his own debut ‘Chili’. You can feel the chic musical taste of Rick in this selection of melancholic electronica, elegant low tempo disco in darker tones and other curiosities saved from obscurity.
Priväte Life – Gälädriel (Pirate Records, ?)
Sometimes you get lucky, found this private press in a 5€ bin. It looked intriguing, so I took it home without listening. A-side’s nothing, but then I flipped it over. Such a gorgeous, melancholic tune. Kept it on repeat for over an hour.
Jade 4 U – Rainbows (Midnight Mix) (Subway, 1988)
A reprise of a tune of the ‘Demonic Forces’ album by Shakti. Here it’s not Maurice singing, but Nikkie. Both had massive success later on with Lords Of Acid. But I prefer Shakti and this one, blending an unusual mixture of influences, into something more subtle, exotic and erotic.
Farida International – Security (Bitakhon) (Rashid Mix) (SSR, 1989 SSR)
Wicked Israeli acid-new beat. Farida International (Fortis Sakharof, Foreign Affairs) are two former Minimal Compact members, Fortis and Sakharof. Here with Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis under their Mr. Big Mouse moniker on the Crammed sublabel SSR.
Tech-Aluco – A1 / B1 (Wax Factory Productions, 1991)
Smooth & Simmonds set up Wax Factory back in 1990, one of the first UK independent dance labels. They had both left works and drove around the country selling their wax out of the boot of the car. The ‘Phuturistic Shokker EP’, the last WF I picked up, got two fresh tunes. Breaks, bass, bleeps, samples & square waves fun.
Divine Soma Experience – Music Is Magic / Ravi Shankar’s Bizarre Sitar (Dub) (Divine Records, 1994)
From the ‘Welcome to the Land of Dragons’ double LP. Sort of cosmic ambient trance space rock experimental psychedelic tribal dub… if that makes any sense. Just plenty of long, bonkers, tripped-out jams by some dude named Stef!
Words and pics Rick Shiver