The Mole People ‎– Break Night / Ocean

Strictly Rhythm ‎– SR12357
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A Break Night 12:00
B Ocean 14:10

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Produced and mixed for Ya Mutha's House Productions.
Mastered for Europadisk Ltd.

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  • Barcode: 7 -3218-32357-1 8

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SR12357 The Mole People Break Night / Ocean(12", TP) Strictly Rhythm SR12357 US 1995 Sell This Version
DECKS CLASSIX 008 The Mole People Break Night / Ocean(12", RE, RM) Decks Classix DECKS CLASSIX 008 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
ZYX 7972-8 The Mole People Break Night(CD, Maxi) ZYX Music ZYX 7972-8 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
ZYX 7972-12 The Mole People Break Night / Ocean(12") ZYX Music ZYX 7972-12 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
SR12357D The Mole People Break Night / Ocean(2xFile, WAV) Strictly Rhythm SR12357D US Unknown


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September 10, 2017
This is getting a re-issue in 2017 due to be released in September


April 1, 2016
Both sides are VERY "techy" house (this would no doubt be called "tech house" if released in the last 15 years), definetly made for the late night warehouse grip.


November 9, 2015
House music isn't my cup of tea. Especially American House. My god, "Night Break" is such a fucking good track. Now, you would think that lasting this long it would start to get repetitive and / or boring. That is a problem I face with House music in general. Particularly with Dub versions that last for 10+ minutes. Producers tend to use a generic House drum for 3-4 minutes before it gets any good. Even though, I don't particularly enjoy Armand Van Helden's music, I have to give him props for "Break Night" because it manages to stay relevant during it's whole 12 minute duration despite being quite simplistic. Catchy minimalistic tribal drum with a very catchy house melody. Unlike some other House tracks which many people seem to massively praise and call "classic" "Break Night" is a no-brainer House classic. "Ocean" is very boring so I won't bother describing it.


May 25, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Ocean synth reminds me some notes of the synth of Model 500 - Neptune... And that was sampled from The Robots by Kraftwerk.
However I think those notes by Armand are original, just a little bit similar.


April 10, 2015

past, presence and future of music. one of the most "intelligent" and deep tracks in Strictly Rhythm history. "break night" it's like neverending story, i cannot push the stop buttom in my;s always from begining to the end...12 minutes of history of tech-house.


March 14, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
I'm surprised that no one has commented on this, but Break Night seems very much to be a variant of his Get Deep mix sans vocals of Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted... Anyway I filed this one away back then, because: 1) I actually got tired of Armand's hard kick drum sounds from the early-mid 90s; 2) it seemed too much of a jack from his IGL Get Deep mix (gosh I sure was annoyingly critical back then).

Anyway, I think this one comes back to visit in the mental radio and the groove winds its way back to the top. I am still at a yes or no on AVH, but I acknowledge he made some lasting and catching grooves, with this one being amongst his best.

My last memory of this (for the DC folks) was David Javate playing this on the back deck at Tracks long before the Nationals stadium got dropped on top of that location.


January 11, 2014
legendary peace of music


November 26, 2011
I heard this the other day for the first time on a Levon Vincent mix. Fucking-A, how did I miss this first time round? What a monster.


July 1, 2010
One of the best modern house riffs ever made (even though it is now 15 years old), I used to play this out all the time, AVH was cool then before it went silly and this alias produced such an infectious mixable house groove. It was always underrated until I last witnessed it at DC10 Ibiza in 2008 and was feckin ace! I hope Armand played it and not sampled it but if it was sampled would love to know where it came from. CLASSIC!


August 6, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
'The Mole People' is an alias that reflects the underground nature of the project and this release certainly justifies this.
I heard 'Break Night' just a week ago and OMG its an amazing track! The tune is based on a simple synth/bassline and is filled with so much soul! Clearly an epic; you get that classic feeling when you here it (it keeps ringing in your head). Proof of Armand's artistic genius. This is a must have in any house collection.