DJ John Kelley* ‎– FunkyDesertBreaks

Moonshine Music ‎– mm 80054-2
CD, Compilation, Mixed

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1 Uberzone* Moondusted
Technician [Manufactured By] – Q (19)
2 Sedona Coast (Rhythm Electronica Mix)
Engineer – Paul GroganRemix – Dale Charles, Paul GroganWritten-By – Dale Charles, John Benshop
3 Tales From The Hardside Mental Beats
Producer, Mixed By, Written-By – Oh Oh Omar Santana*
4 DJ Voodoo & The Liquid Method Everybody Thinks I'm High The Remix '96 (DJ Voodoo And The Liquid Method 504 Mix)
Producer – DJ Voodoo & The Liquid MethodWritten-By – Frank Carlino, Michael Scott (18)
5 Bassbin Twins SF2UK
Producer, Mixed By – Bassbin Twins
6 Bassbin Twins A-1 Love Is A Superstar
Producer, Written-By – Peter Tall
7 Castle Trancelot* Indoctrinate
Producer, Mixed By, Arranged By, Written-By – Patrick Prins
8 DJ Inertia Vs. Speedy* Sunshine Trip
Producer – DJ Inertia, Speedy*
9 Electric Skychurch Dun Dun
Producer, Written-By – Electric Skychurch
10 Psychedelic Research Lab Keep On Climbin' (Original Mix)
Producer, Written-By – John Selway, Scott Richmond
11 The Crystal Method Dubeliscious Groove (Fly Spanish Version)
Producer, Written-By – Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland
12 Brother Grim Radiate
Producer, Written-By – M. Clayden*, T. Grimley*
13 Grooveyard Watch Me Now
Producer, Arranged By, Written-By – Jeroen Verheij
14 Dan Shay* The Warning
Producer, Written-By – Dan Shay*
15 DJ Sandy Notation Flotation (Force Of Habit Mix)
Producer – Chris HandProducer [Additional], Written-By – Chris MarcheseRemix – Force Of Habit



Track 1 incorrectly has song titled "Moondust"
Track 8 incorrectly has song titled "Hypnotica"
Track 11 incorrectly has song titled "Now Is The Time" (Olympic Mix)

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  • Barcode: 7 85688 00542 3
  • Matrix / Runout: RBO2358M80054 RAINBO •
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L124

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December 22, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

I just can't imagine listening to current electronic music when I heard this. It's two completely different worlds.
When I play the duo "SF2UK"/"A-1 Love Is A Superstar", my day is made. When I play the entire set, I definitely see reasons to enjoy life.

Thank you Moonshine Music ! Thank you Mr. Kelley !


September 6, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

I made a tribute mix to John Kelly's "Funky Desert Breaks".
Funky Forest Breakbeats. All vinyl mixed on 2 Technics 1200's and a Rane Empath mixer.
Big Ups John Kelly! Big ups Moontribe!!!


March 24, 2013

This is a very well-mixed sampler of a peak-hour West Coast sound that, like its close cousin Big Beat, seems to have been curated almost exclusively by California rave DJs. There were always a couple of these extremely busy breaks tracks bubbling up into other regional rave scenes, but the sound and vibe of "funky" breaks ("funky" being applied very loosely here) were never the focus of any party, or even of any one DJ's set, anywhere east of the Mississippi, as far as I know. But in the deserts of the American West, the genre was (and may still be), for many, the sound of rave music, the sound of "techno".

I can't say this CD has ever been in heavy rotation for me, but I'm obviously not the intended audience. I'm from the Midwest, which was, at that time, a melting pot of Detroit, Chicago, New York, and UK sounds. The West Coast scene was foreign to me, being all about long, seamless, in-key mixes of progressive house, trance, and breaks...and nothing else. Buildup, drop, mix, break...repeat ad infinitum. On the whole, the kids out there had zero exposure to Detroit techno, drum & bass, hardcore, hard house, etc., or relatively fast, schizophrenic mixing styles. Even the trance they were hearing out west was a different, milder flavor than what we were used to back east. They had none of the hard, edgy, dark, and raw vibes that permeated every other rave scene on the planet. And those kids loved it! They were all about it. Still are, probably.

Anyway, this CD is a good overview of the mid-'90s breaks scene. Things get deep around track 9, and then it starts getting into serious classics like "Keep on Climbin'" and "Watch Me Now". The mix isn't too long, either: just 55 minutes.


November 18, 2004
edited over 16 years ago

Hopefully this mix will not become part of the graveyard of forgotten releases. John Kelley was simply ahead of his time. The mix is a spiritual adventure which still sounds fresh in 2004, an intense 60 min build up of trip hop and early trance/break beat. Mixing is truly impeccable-john mixes in the next track in the background, drops it, then brings it in again, which produces a great build up effect.