Old Skool tunes 1986-1994 circulating long before their full release dates or entered incorrectly on discogs.

Yes. I admit it. I probably have a preoccupation regarding release year dates - no not the fruity, chewy kind that some people mistake as prunes and not the oftentimes romantic type of dates either. Historical music release dates, those ones. Second to my taste in music and perhaps specific music styles. Release year dates rank up there quite highly. Not only are they important for accurately and chronologically cataloguing information in the correct sequence but also place a timeline or a reference to a historical musical journey. An evolution. A specific historical context. Well that's my excuse anyway!

Tunes included in this list are for various reasons. Perhaps it's because their corresponding release dates were entered into the database incorrectly in the first place without much thought or provenance or because their release years were taken for granted because maybe the tunes were big around a certain year.

Maybe they were being played long before their official full release date around the club circuit or radio and had become minor hits during that period. Or maybe the release dates on the release media itself is actually incorrect due to a manufacturing / distributing / publishing / administrative error.

Probably inspired by the thread below:
https://www.discogs.com/group/thread/480706#4713126

One more thing I need to mention is the dates you're likely to find on Acetate Pressings, Test Pressings, Promos and Press Release / Info sheets. These are very rarely the dates at which that specific pressing was released. It might be the full, commercial release date of the official release, but more than likely, the PROPOSED or PROJECTED date at which that release is PLANNED to be fully released.

Examples of inconsistencies of the release years noted above are welcome.
  1. 1
    The Spectrum Remixes
    Circulating and played both by UK DJs and continental DJs during late 1990.

    Can be found on at least two German Clubnight shows broadcast from late 1990 by the late Torsten Fenslau and Sven Vath.

    Also played by Grooverider etc at some late 1990 sets.
  2. 2
    The Remixes
    Circulating and played both by UK DJs and continental DJs during late 1990.

    Can be found on at least two German Clubnight shows broadcast from late 1990 by the late Torsten Fenslau and Sven Vath.

    Also played by Grooverider etc at some late 1990 sets.
  3. 3
    The Horn Track
    This one actually appears like the Phonographic Copyright year is incorrect. A mistake by the label itself. Needs verifying in any case. Please send all relevant and accurate info, with provenance, on a postcard to OCD headquarters!

    Personally can't remember this any earlier than 1992. Other anecdotal and circumstancial hearsay also points to above.
  4. 4
    Seance / Atheama (Remixes)
    Circulating on the DJ and underground circuit during late 1991. Heard them, especially Seance Remix, at many venues and on pirate radio.
  5. 5
    Scarlet Circus
    This one I've included purely because there never was actual verification when it was released, not even by the producers. The label owner stated that it was recorded some time in 1991. And was never officially, fully released on its own. Only a limited run existed which was given out to DJs. So it must've been played and circulating before the end of the year. Which DJ in their right mind would receive a record hot off the press without playing it ASAP to an eager crowd or on the radio?

    Also. The cat# sequencing doesn't make sense. Another release on the same record label with cat# WHITE 004 exists which was released in 1991, so it would be logical to assume that since this one's cat# is WHITE 003 that it was released or at least recorded earlier than the other one.

    I'm one of the lucky buggers who found a copy around March 1992 in the UK. But have no idea how long it was circulating for prior to reaching UK shores or when I purchased it.
  6. 6
    TZ 3
    Appeared on mixtapes from late 1991.
  7. 7
    TZ 4
    Appeared on mixtapes from late 1991. Also appeared on some DJ mixes which were broadcast via underground Techno DJs' radio shows.

    Can notably be found on a DJ Fabio Studio Recording Mixtape from December 1991. Also search for DJ Technos Kiss 100.0FM 1991 where this record was featured, you might come across it.

    P.S. The following record was released in 1991: Basement Phil - Bachbeat / I Love You. The above record samples elements from Outlander - TZ 4 - A2 Untitled, which was supposedly released in 1992. How can a record which was released in 1991 sample a record which hadn't been released yet?
  8. 8
    Stairway To Heaven
    Appeared on mixtapes from late 1991.
  9. 9
    Melodic Vol 2
    Appeared in late 1991.
  10. 10
    Mix To The Max II
    Appeared in late 1991.
  11. 11
    Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion!) (Remix I) / Close Your Eyes (The Sequel) (Remix II)
    I need clarification for this one, but I'm modestly guessing that it was played in late 1991 as well as the original mixes. I think Grooverider played it in one of his late '91 sets. Albeit probably on Acetate / Dubplate.
  12. 12
    The 4th Sign
    Taking a chance with this one as the 'Springyard' track was played live by CJ Bolland himself around December 1991. Sounded like the exact version available on this release. Whether it was pressed on any physical media and was played by any DJs before the end of the year is another matter. Someone with more knowledge might be able to help there.
  13. 13
    The 4th Sign
    Taking a chance with this one as the 'Springyard' track was played live by CJ Bolland himself around December 1991. Sounded like the exact version available on this release. Whether it was pressed on any physical media and was played by any DJs before the end of the year is another matter. Someone with more knowledge might be able to help there.
  14. 14
    Origional Bad Boy / So Good
    Original style... Orginal badboy style... We called this tune 'Jungle' or 'Ragga style' back then. Well I and a few mates did anyway. It wasn't hardcore to us even though it branches directly from the hardcore scene. There was 'Jungle Techno' banded about as a term back then as well, but this was quite distinct from that. In my humble opinion anyway. This is the type of quite cheesy track that slowly steered the Hardcore scene away from Techno and all things underground to more of a cheap, cheerful, cheesy, happy, ragga style vibe. I'd like it more if it did away with the chipmunk ragga motifs and gunshots.

    First appeared around December 1991. Perhaps earlier.
  15. 15
    A London Sumtin'
    Circulating on various DJs' lists from late 1991. Started appearing on DJs' sets around November 1991. Search Grooverider at the Eclipse 1991 and you'll find it on a couple of sets. Also, DJ Randall or Top Buzz or DJ Remarc. Was also doing the rounds on pirate radio stations from late 1991.
  16. 16
    The Antwerp Anthems
    Appearing on European DJs' mixtapes and Club Nights from around December 1991.
  17. 17
    Frequency Test
    Appearing on European DJs' mixtapes and Club Nights from around December 1991.
  18. 18
    Cheeba E.P.
    Appeared from around November 1991. Crazy how it APPARENTLY took 7 or 8 months for the full release! It was already reaching anthem status in late '91!

    I can't believe the full release date on discogs states 22 June 1992. Having a laugh right? The full release itself was out way before then. Nevermind Dubplates, Test Pressings, White Labels, Promos etc

    Even Project One's later release 'Roughneck' was out on full release before June 1992! I remember well because I didn't even have to purchase it from a specialist 'house music/techno/hardcore' record store WAY before any summer months. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it in an 'Our Price' mainstream record shop FFS! in the spring :-)

    Update: General release date was eventually changed from June 1992 to February 1992. Of course the promo and white labels were out long before this.
  19. 19
    The Toytown E.P
    Circulating from late 1991. DJs such as Carl Cox, DJ SY and Grooverider played it in their sets.
  20. 20
    Oblivion (Head In The Clouds)
    DJs such as DJ SS, Randall, JJ frost and Grooverider were playing it in their sets in late 1991.

    The Remix of Oblivion is much better in my opinion but that's a 1992 release as far as I'm aware!
  21. 21
    Techmania
    European DJs, namely Dutch ones were playing it in their sets late in 1991.
  22. 22
    Mona Lisa OD
    Appeared in late 1990. Played in a few UK DJs' rave sets.

    Grooverider and DJ crews such as Top Buzz were always ahead of the curve with tunes like these. Very simple but very atmospheric.
  23. 23
    My Heart The Beat / Dance The Night Away
    Definitely appeared in late 1990. Played in a few UK DJs' and continental DJs' rave sets.
  24. 24
    More Than I Know And Not Forgotten (Hard Hands Mix)
    The remix (later named Hard Hands Mix) of Not Forgotten was being played as early as the second half of 1990. The original mix of Not Forgotten was played from at least February 1990.
  25. 25
    Bring It On Down
    Appeared from late 1990. Heard it in a DJ set from December 1990, I think it was December anyway. I'll need to confirm and come back to this one in due course.
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