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Aqua Regia – NYC Smile on me – DFC Records

Aqua Regia aka Akin Fernandez was the first exponent of what could now be called “breakbeat disco”, Aqua Regia was at the center of what was known as “Ambient House” and was licenced by several labels, including Hillbilly House Records and the Italian DFC. The Acid pattern remind me some curiosity behind the ultra cloned Synth: the TB-303 was designed as an accompaniment machine for keyboardists and guitarists, promoting it alongside the TR-606 drum machine. It was advertised by Roland as offering ‘true bass technique capabilities’ (Keyboard Magazine, 1992), however due to its difficult method of programming and because the sound was too dissimilar to a real bass guitar, it failed to sell to its target market. Its was withdrawn from the market in 1984, however this would be just the start of an incredible rise to iconic status within ‘house music’. Enjoy and take...
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Rodney Bakerr – RH019 (The Lost Tracks)

The last couple of years have brought home countless represses of coveted classics. With vinyls being sold at an whole time high in a plethora of musical avenues; the dusty delta blues all along the waves to the caverns of experimental noise tracks. So it only makes sense that an undeniable Chicago legend and his gems of Acid House come back to play. Having already made the Clone’s classic cuts short list, Rodney Baker’s RH019 (the Lost tracks) is a piece of must have Acid history, considering that many of the Rockin’ House white labels were topping up to around $100. Now if you didn’t know, Rodney Bakerr is one of the most underrated forward thinking pioneers of the Golden age House period. He even wrote the original drum machine patterns for Roland and was probably even one of the first to actually add live...
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