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.
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.
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 turntable...it;s always from begining to the end...12 minutes of history of tech-house.
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.