Rhythim Is Rhythim ‎– The Beginning

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The Beginning (Aztec Mix) 8:48
Emanon 3:29
Drama 6:52
Salsa Life (Forefather Mix) 5:31

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS-15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12") Transmat MS-15 US 1990 Sell This Version
KOOL T 600, KOOLT600 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12") Kool Kat, Kool Kat KOOL T 600, KOOLT600 UK 1990 Sell This Version
MS-15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12") Transmat MS-15 US 1990 Sell This Version
KOOL T 600, KOOLT600, KDLP - 2 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", MP) Kool Kat, Kool Kat, Kongo Dance KOOL T 600, KOOLT600, KDLP - 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
KOOL T600 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", Promo) Kool Kat KOOL T600 UK 1990 Sell This Version
MS-15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", W/Lbl) Transmat MS-15 US 1990 Sell This Version
MS 15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", RE) Transmat MS 15 US 1992 Sell This Version
MS-15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", RE) Transmat MS-15 US Unknown Sell This Version
MS-15 Rhythim Is Rhythim The Beginning(12", RE, TP) Transmat MS-15 US Unknown Sell This Version

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meltdog

meltdog

July 10, 2020
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
Salsa Life does it for me, did not realise until recently it was written by Carl Craig
tranzyd

tranzyd

May 3, 2020
referencing The Beginning, 12", Promo, KOOL T600
Nice UK pressing, absolute monster classic techno must have, always loved this one Especially Salsa Live, they dont make like these anymore
Dodgymusicboy

Dodgymusicboy

September 2, 2016
referencing The Beginning, 12", RE, MS-15
anyone know if the "limitless" mix of The Beginning listed here is different from the "aztec" mix on the original?
djxray

djxray

February 4, 2016
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
'The Beginning' is a masterpiece.

Random fact:The track Emanon, is noname spelt backwards.

Peace out.
funk_wid_it

funk_wid_it

March 17, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing The Beginning, 12", KOOL T 600, KOOLT600

'Emanon' (aka 'Untitled Track' on the US Transmat release) wasn't included on this UK Kool Kat pressing, but a better, different and longer mix did appear later on in the year on Kool Kat's new Network label.
Technogenic

Technogenic

March 26, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
In keeping with some other comments here, I also feel this marked the peak of May's powers, the Beginning was simply like no other track at that time, it brought so many influences together, and went on to influence countless producers in the "intelligent techno" scene. Unfortunately, it went over most DJs heads, they didn't have a clue what to do with it, but, 23 years later, it still blows the majority of new techno releases away. Overall, easily my favorite Rhythim Is Rhythim release, Emanon and Drama are classics, and the quirky Latin infused Salsa Life offers a fresh perspective on "Strings."
digimaton

digimaton

February 25, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
'The Beginning' was, unfortunately, the last of the May inovations, but what a track, I honestly don't think any Detroit producer has pushed further since, even after all these years, it kind of marked the end of an era for me, things started getting predicatable after this. People need to appreciate how fucking whacked out that tune was on release, relative to other techno at the time it was from another dimension - a lot guys couldn't even figure out how to get into it from another record, "uhh, exactly where is the downbeat?"
jacderida

jacderida

January 15, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
For me 'Drama' is one of the most amazing and emotional pieces of techno that I've ever heard. Those synth & bass lines are just so soulful, and the perfectly produced 4/4 beats are just the icing on the cake. I must have listened to this tune about 30 or 40 times the day that I discovered it, and to me, even 17 years on it still doesn't sound the least bit dated. Just a shame that I'll probably never have the opportunity to hear it played in any clubs in my area.

I want this tune played at my funeral!
ne-plus-ultra

ne-plus-ultra

September 23, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15
The Beginning was a new direction for Derrick and didn't receive the credit it should have. This was because people weren't use to big intro's and consequently Derrick released no new material until the Buzz releases in '92..The Promo release with the blue label and blank gold label on side B (apart from the matrix no. MS-15) is an elusive record and highly sought after. A 15 minute version of Emanon (which wasn't included on the tracklisting) was also written and appears on an unreleased Derrick may tape along with a completley different mix of Salsa Life.
the-jaguar

the-jaguar

August 8, 2003
referencing The Beginning, 12", MS-15

Truly innovative. After that amazing techno, swirling intro comes a thudding bass-line with a real dynamic rhythim. Things get even better. The second bass-line stands on its own even today. I don't think there's anything else like it anywhere. 'Bugging' is the only word I can give as a description; you'll just have to listen to it. It closes with a real piece of frenzied beats. Derrick was way ahead of his time.