Foul Play Productions* ‎– Finest Illusion / Screwface

Label:
Section 5 ‎– SECTION 4
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Country:
Released:
Genre:
Style:

Tracklist

A Finest Illusion
AA Screwface

Companies, etc.

Credits

Notes

Original pressing of Finest Illusion with Section 5 labels, keeping intact the unlicensed vocal samples.

Withdrawn for sample clearance reasons.

Track A samples:
Vocal from The S.O.S. Band - The Finest
Synth from R-Tyme - Illusion
Synth from The S.O.S. Band - No One's Gonna Love You

Track AA samples:
Dialogue from the film Marked For Death.

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SECTION 4 Foul Play Finest Illusion / Screwface(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Section 5 SECTION 4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SECTION 4 Foul Play Finest Illusion / Screwface(12", Promo) Section 5 SECTION 4 UK 1993 Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 10 Reviews

Add Review

d-widdy

d-widdy

October 24, 2015
Classic breakbeat hardcore at its 'finest' ***
artrecs

artrecs

January 24, 2015
just had a look the 4 track boot has shot up to £40 i paid £20 for mine twice the price in a year blimmy
artrecs

artrecs

January 24, 2015
If your just a dj & want a cheeper copy to play out or mix with try - up your bum / code he 001 // Its a realy good 4 track white boot ep, with orig mix of this banger plus - ecology - time to make the floor burn - d.s.k.f.] top track from [new science e.p./ & acen - trip to the moon part 4 [10" version.. To buy all thos 12" on there would be well over £200's.
DeepGarageHead

DeepGarageHead

June 24, 2014
Original was so raw. It took a little over a year for it to reach us. When it hit it was keyspot.

I heard ways back that there was a law suit (samples) that pressed them to do the alternate version of finest illusion (substantiated?). Not sure if that's true or not, but why would it get changed otherwise? Both versions are great, sure, but the original is the original and was the big first experience in the face, and is super raw. 92 / 93 jungle is it, and maybe 94. But 92 / 93, it was true origin.
ian_s

ian_s

January 14, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
Steve Gurley wrote and produced this tune himself, mixing the accapella of The Finest live over the finished instrumental. Rob Playford wanted them to release this under a new artist name, they chose Foul Play Productions, which didn't hide their identity too well.
ArdcorE

ArdcorE

October 9, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
Probably the most well known Northampton tune I was on mushrooms for a month during the release of this and Northampton general could tell you something to make you wet your pants laughing blinding tunes! 5/5 Ater this Foul play moved to London to record with the big boys @ moving shadow but didn't ever get back to their roots, thanks Rob ya ruined their style.
leec

leec

July 29, 2010
edited over 5 years ago

good tune this
steve_j

steve_j

November 5, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
Not that this tune really needs any introduction.

The original promo that did the rounds during the summer of 1993 remains a hardcore classic - it was everywhere, having been cained by the likes of London's Kool FM, Don FM and Pulse.

Foul Play put out a 'legit' version of Finest Illusion later that year, but its the ruffness and energy of the original with its unmistakeable chipmunk SOS Band vocals that is its overriding quality. The flip side often gets overlooked, however Screwface with its tough b-lines, stabs and repeated title vocal-line is also an exceptional tune.

Stuck_In_1992

Stuck_In_1992

January 15, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Probaby the most elusive 1993 'ardkore tune ever and the most expensive on ebay! Its so elusive and expensive that I don't have a copy myself.

The title track, Finest Illusion is a super lo-fi "happyhardcore" track that has a hissy amen break, a mad hands in the air breakdown backed by bass, full on chipmonk vocals, rising and falling sine wave bass, and excellent edits. While the sound quality is piss poor its clear that the composition is solid and well thought out. Its my guess that it was made on an Amiga computer or some other kind of low tech set up.

The flip side "Screw Face" sounds like it was done in a professional studio as it sounds fairly crisp and clean in comparison. While it sounds polished, the composition bores me as its not all that inspiring.

The myth surrounding this tune is that it was not widely released because the owners of the chipmonks, the SOS Band caught wind of this tune and went after Moving Shadow. I'm not sure how true this is because there were many 'ardkore tunes that sampled SOS Band's "The Finest" and theres no drama surrounding those releases that I'm aware of. Perhaps Moving Shadow was simply embarrased of this tune because it came out during a phase when everything had to be serious, dark, and gangster.

Which ever the case, unless Vinyl Connection does a proper repress of this, or if someone gives me a copy, the closest thing I'll get to it is a CDR which stinks.