Monday, 15 September 2008

808 State / Monkey Mafia

Not the first time 808 State have featured on this blog, and I suspect it won't be the last time either to be honest. A band that were pretty far ahead of the competition in their early days, and responsible for more than a few early dance classics. Which brings us nicely to "Cubic".

Originally a B-Side on the "Extended Pleasure Of Dance" EP, it became obvious that the song deserved greater exposure thanks to it getting thoroughly rinsed as rave music turned away from the piano-driven rave anthems towards tougher beats and stabs. The music very much seemed to match the mood in the clubs at the time to an extent, and in many ways Cubic was a precursor to the harder techno that was to follow.

As with a lot of dance music, a re-release provided the opportunity for another remix. Thankfully John Carter in his Monkey Mafia guise was able to not only turn in a remix very much in keeping with his consistently high output, but also create a remix that captured the atmosphere that every DJ at the time knew to well - it's cheeky but accurate, but you'll know what I mean when you hear a punter half way through this remix.

And here's the video for the original version .....

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