Rhythm Doctor: Exclusive edit and interview

Candido Rhythm Doctor Edit

Very excited yesterday when Rhythm Doctor got in touch to offer the blog this exclusive, and historic, edit that he put together back in 1994. As you can see from the pic above, it was pressed up as an acetate after being hand-crafted on the home technology of the day (see below for more details).

Side 1 is a version of Candido’s classic Thousand Fingered Man (with new bass lines, kick drum & other assorted loops).  On side 2 – well, I’ll cover than in a future post but suffice to say it’s similarly ace.

I caught up with up the with good Doctor to find out more about this recording:

500 Miles High: Were many people doing re-edits back in 1994 ?

Rhythm Doctor: actually thinking about it no (well in the london house music scene)…for me it was a natural progression from the mashups i did with truelove -‘mister phuture’ & ‘give ’em the boot’. in the early 90’s lots of uk house dj’s used to cut dubplates of pre-released stuff (mostly from new york) myself included. so i thought i might as well be creative with some favourite tracks & mess with them & get them cut on acetate for dj play. back in 94 cd players in clubs were either non existent or just terrible. add to that the fact the burning a cd was almost as expensive as an acetate. later i got things released notably ‘isotonic chakra’ on discfunction.

What were the challenges of using “vintage” technology?

i made my dj edits & remixes at home on atari with cubase, casio fz1 sampler & various classic drum machines & modules. better stuff was avalable but this would have cost me studio & engineers time so i worked within a budget & with equipment i knew. these edits/reworks have added musical elements which are basic as i’m not a trained musician.

What venues/nights were you playing back then?

‘feel real’ at the gardening club in london was my weekly residency with, rob acteson, femi b, evil o & mc – emix. that lasted 2 or 3 years & virtually every major house dj played there as our guest. the south coast scene was really buzzing then & i had a residency at sterns in worthing, tonic in bognor regis & loads of work in portsmouth, bournemouth & the isle of wight. i played mos main room several times also.

What other tracks would this edit sit along side in a typical RD set from 94?

bloody hell you’re really testing my memory….well ‘feel real’ was heavy on the strictly rhythm, nervous, bottom line & 8 ball stuff. so from the harder edged dj pierre & dj duke stuff to vocals & maw productions.

Are you still knocking out the edits today?

yes as well original tracks but apart from personal play i don’t really feel the incentive to sell them on. in a month or so i will get more active on soundcloud. i’ve got lots of stuff to put up there.

Where can our readers see you DJ?

they would have to travel to estonia at the moment where i play 3 or 4 times a month. mutant disco is my regular night there which has been going now for almost 14 years every month. we bring a very varied slection of guest dj’s, last month it was todd terje, but previously we’ve had kode 9, actress, the bug & zomby for instance & going further back, moodyman, joe clausel, dj pierre & even bill brewster :-)

Rhythm Doctor in action

Download Candido – Thousand Fingered Man (Rhythm Doctor Edit) (right click)

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Idi, igraj!: Forgotten disco from ex-Yugoslavia

This (ahem) bootleg compilation – Idi, igraj!: Funk, soul, jazz funk & disco from ex-Yugoslavia 1969-1987 compiled by DJ Funky Junkie – blew me away when I found out about it from Slobodon Jovanavic’s blog, where it can be downloaded in full.

Like most people outside the former Yugoslavia, my knowledge of the local soul/funk/disco scene is limited to say the least. But on this showing, it produced some gems to rival the rest of Europe, or indeed the USA. Here (in English) are some words on the making of the compilation, presumably written by DJ Funky Junkie:

“At the beginning, I would like to emphasize that I am not getting any financial or other benefit out of this project. Inspired by the work of the great Željko Kerleta and DJ Chile who are pioneers of digging some forgotten and hard to find records from ex-Yugoslavia, I’ve decided to make this bootleg compilation. Beside Mr. Željko Kerleta’s Cosmic Sounds label no one from this area or else payed much attention to these gems. I think that funk, soul, jazz funk, fusion & disco funk records from this great period deserve to be presented to a much wider audience both in ex-YU countries and all around the world.”

As a taster, here’s a lovely – and slightly weird – slice of YU disco-funk:
Kim Band

Download Kim Band – Ljubi Me Brzo, žurim (right click)

I mentioned this comp to my other half – Lady Muck – and it turns out she went to Rovinj (on the Istrian peninsula) back in 1987. One evening she went to “a night club shaped like a pyramid” and danced the night away to what she remembers as being euro-popbut presumably was actually cutting-edge Yugo-Cosmic sounds. Or possibly euro-pop.

Anyway, lots of white jeans, ultra-violet lights and fibre-optics – but sadly no photographic evidence…

Ahoy Shipmates!

Pugwash 500 Miles High

Welcome to 500 Miles High: tracks, mixes, edits (and the like) from all points on the disco compass.

To kick things off here is a great disco-tinged track from the early 80’s LP, “Red Cloud in Dub” by Red Cloud (sometimes credited as The Red Cloud Band).  Sadly this selection is vaguely topical as the engineer, Sid Bucknor, passed away in May.

Nice one, Sid!

Red Cloud In Dub

Download Red Cloud – Check Out Your Mind (right click)

p.s. all tracks on this site are lovingly hand-ripped from vinyl by the author, unless otherwise stated.