The Unknown (2) ‎– Dreams Of Santa Anna

Hithouse Records ‎– HIT 6.005
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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Track A1 samples:
Beat from Man Parrish - Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)

Tracks A1 & A2 sample:
Vocal from Jellybean - The Mexican
Chant from Bad Boy Orchestra ‎- Do You Wanna Dance

Track B1 samples:
Dialogue from the film Total Recall

Track B2 samples:
Strings and dialogue from the film Psycho

Sides are mislabelled on some copies. Run-out groove on both sides reads "what's that noise? the sound of rotterdam!!!"

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June 20, 2017

This is the best 12" on Hithouse Records, and considering the competition, that's high recommendation! Every track is a gem in it's own way. "Dreams Of Santa Anna" is a dancefloor filler and one of the best examples of the techno/rap genre that the Dutch were so good at back in the early 90's. "Psycho" reminds me of the type of dark breakbeat techno that 4 Hero were so good at back then, and the amazing "Put Your Fucking Hands In The Air" is another floor destroyer, funky and hard as nails without being macho with it! All in all the best release on a fine label.


April 2, 2008
If you're only going to own one record on this fine fine label then this has got to be it... The Euro-rap "dreams of santa anna" does hold a certain dated charm, the beats are heavy with stacatto stabs, but can't help thinking that other more commercial 90's 'dance' acts with cringey rappers kind of ruined this sound for ever.. That said, the B side is where the gold lies.. the awesome 'put your f***n hands in the air' is a heavy tune with plenty enough funk to keep it going and 'psycho' is just a moment of inspiration , the dark vocals (from the film) and the rolling beats combine with the twisted psychotic rave noises.. Its a keeper.. A proper EP that isn't part of the trendy well known 'set' of old skool classics (thank god) Just buy it... before everyone else realises..


October 26, 2007
edited over 9 years ago

While the title track 'Dreams of Santa Anna' remains a reasonable example of the underground dance sound of the era, it's the B-side tracks that have the edge for me. Psycho - sinister breakbeat style with a basic, cello sound synth loop & horror film samples "cold & damp like a grave" "we all go a little mad sometimes" & "only way to die" - cheerful? Put Your F**king Hands In The Air - an absolute stormer of a tune. First heard this track dropped by DJ Aztec at a rave in Newquay, Cornwall. Starts with an irresistibly crispy breakbeat (sounds like live percussion) then bongos followed with snares, synth loop & rumbling bassline. Then the 'Open your mind to me' sample - as used by 808 state & by Usura. Hava listen...