Profile / Swaps:

Thanks for visiting my page and welcome. I am a (mainly) dance music collector and archivist. My collection is mostly up to date, and is a mix of 70/30 digital (the vast majority in lossless) vs physical. I like artwork, but I'm more concerned with having the actual music and am space constrained for physical items. The overwhelming majority of my vinyl I have digitally as well.

More than likely if you've come to this page I have something you want. I have no problem discussing trades (WAV/MP3) or sales (pretty much most things in my collection I'm happy to part with). However please have something in return.

If you like one of my comments or updates, and just want to chat please drop me a line! I love discussing it too, and am heavily delved into the history of the music I like. I have tried to update sample info, and background information wherever possible and most of my information comes direct from source. Maybe one day I'll write a book...

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Key Specialities:

I have extensive knowledge and history about all of the following, please send me any questions!

Michael Jackson - I own every single official MJ edit and remix. All vinyl only mixes have been digitally transferred
Masters At Work - HUGE MAW fan, and I am desperately trying to complete my collection of their official mixes. Click here for a MAW Spotify Remixography
Frankie Knuckles - RIP Frankie. I am trying to finish up collecting his work up to his hiatus in 2007. Here is a FK Remix Spotify playlist I've created
David Morales - The wider Def Mix crew produced some spectacular mixes, but it's hard to get through the voluminous amount of work they did. I am trying however...I think I have about 60%
Armand Van Helden - I know more than I care to about AVH's spectacular Garage mixes. The Tori Amos bassline came from the original DAT and his first Faithless Remix was rejected...
Thunderpuss - Thankfully most of Thunderpuss' Remixes are relatively easily obtainable thanks to a dedicated fanbase
Hex Hector - Hex Hector was a magician and has a body of early US Garage-led work that is extremely underrated
Nuyorican Soul - Kenny and Louie's fabulous (but short lived) jazz, broken beat project. My Spotify Remixography is here
Illicit - In particular, I'm an expert on their white labels, as well as the Avenue and Street series
Hani - I am lucky enough to consider Hani a good friend, and have access to the back catalogue as well as stories from his superb and underrated career
Moto Blanco - Well versed across their vast body of work. I have studio masters of the first 5 years of their work (including a number of unreleased remixes)
Freemasons - Again, well versed on their body of work including bootlegs and remixes

I also have a deep collection of the divas - Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson.

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Vinyl Rips:

My vinyl rips are done by professional restorers, who record them on gear often in excess of USD 10K+. The rips are then manually cleaned for pops and clicks, whilst maintaining the transients and structure of the track. This will give as close to a digital copy as possible, and be suitable for archiving. A lot of pop remixes and club music from the 90s and early 2000s are only available on vinyl. Given the degredation that is likely to occur, I am keen to ensure the music is preserved for years to come.

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Profile:

Firstly, I am a huge Michael Jackson fan, and I have (or should have) every single officially released edit and remix. I have contributed to this website which houses a list of all the official mixes, and where you can find them. I have a number of physical (rare) CD and vinyl Promos, and all have now been digitised. A list of the Vinyl Only Remixes can be found here.

I have a solid collection of the other divas, namely Madonna, Janet and Mariah. I have most - around 85% - (but not all) from these artists.

Else, my other passion is US House, Garage, UK Garage and Dance music. I love the "classic" sound from the mid 90's via David Morales, Frankie Knuckles (RIP), and Todd Terry. I am a huge collector of Masters At Work and am currently in the middle of collecting all of their work.

As 1998 emerged, I was obsessed by Armand Van Helden's Remixes which kickstarted the Speed Garage scene here in London, which in turn pushed me heavily into UK Garage. As UK Garage faded away, I started getting into a lot of the pop remixes done mainly by the US Producers - I love the work Thunderpuss, Hex Hector and Hani did during this time and slowly shifted towards a darker and harder sound.

As the TP/Hex reign came to an end, my attention switched to the Disco House scene coming up thanks to Freemasons and Moto Blanco. With both teams now largely defunkt, my interest has largely waned unfortunately for the current trends and sounds.

With dance music in particular being so disposable, a lot of the new music I listen to has little value outside of streaming. The majority of what I buy is older stuff for archival purposes.

Finally, a lot of my collection is thanks to hours and hours slaving in record shops or eBay. But I owe a massive debt to my fellow collectors who have helped me build out my collection: bertrandjp90, updj1, klubT

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Labels / Compilers:

My ultimate goal is to put my collection and knowledge to use. If you are a label or a consultant trying to put together compilations without the same tired tracks recycled multiple times, and/or are after quality WAV masters please contact me! I would be delighted to help (and if I can't I am 90% sure I can put you in touch with someone who can).
Recent Activity
posted a comment on Hyper Go-Go* - High. about 1 year ago
The (utterly brilliant) Rhythm Masters Remix interpolates a portion of Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life.
posted a comment on Emelee - Head Over Heels (Club Remixes). about 1 year ago
Josh Harris Remix is heavily based on Heather Headley "In My Mind" (Freemasons Club Mix).
posted a comment on Christina Aguilera - Candyman (Remixes). about 1 year ago
Christina rejected a series of Remixes for this track, before finally settling (and being extremely happy) with Offer Nissim's work.
posted a comment on Tuff Jam - Underground Frequencies Volume 2. about 1 year ago
This 2xCD Unmixed edition contains (otherwise vinyl only) digital masters of the following tracks on CD2:

- Ragga's Revenge - Back II Life (Andy Mowat Mix)
- ... See full review
posted a comment on Tuff Jam - Underground Frequencies Volume 1. about 1 year ago
This 3xCD Unmixed edition contains (otherwise vinyl only) digital masters of the following tracks:

- Todd Edwards - Push The Love
- ... See full review
posted a comment on K-Ci & JoJo - Tell Me It's Real. about 1 year ago
This disc carries a misprint of the track listing. The CD actually plays:

1. Tell Me It's Real (Club Asylum Full Vocal Edit) [3.38]
2. Tell Me It's Real (Club Asylum Steppers Edit) [3.26]
posted a comment on Tina Moore - Nobody Better. about 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful Remix by Dem 2 on "Nobody Better". Somewhat overlooked by both Tina Moore and Dem 2's breakout hits in Destiny and Never Gonna Let You Go respectively. Dem 2 build out their (often imitated and sampled) breakbeat 2-step rhythm and let Tina's ... See full review
posted a comment on K-Ci & JoJo - Crazy. about 1 year ago
This disc contains a mislabel on track 3. The mix is actually the Club Asylum Vocal Edit which can be found on the original CD Single for "Tell Me It's Real".

The actual Club ... See full review
posted a comment on DYNK - Vol 2. about 1 year ago
Confirmed by Danny Harrison (on Facebook) that the record label allowed them to remix 187 Lockdown Featuring D'Empress* - All 'N' All under the DYNK alias and release it as a bootleg, to "create some hype" ahead of the official release.
posted a comment on 187 Lockdown - 187. about 1 year ago
Given the magnificent body of work by Danny Harrison and Julian Jonah, the 187 Lockdown album falls surprisingly flat. It is extremly obvious that "Gunman" and "Kung-Fu" were created first, and an album deal was then floated on the back of the initial ... See full review
posted a comment on Craig David - Rendezvous. about 1 year ago
The Blacksmith R&B Rerub samples DJ Premier's production of Royce Da 5'9" "Boom" (which itself samples ... See full review
posted a comment on Mary J. Blige - Dance For Me. about 1 year ago
- No More Drama (Thunderpuss Remix) is the Thunderpuss Club Anthem Mix with the hip-hop breakdown
- He Think I Don't Know (HQ2 Club Mix) was specially done for this release
- ... See full review
posted a comment on Craig David - Fill Me In. about 1 year ago
"Artful Dodger's Bootleg Remix" is titled as such, due to 'replaying' the original melody line (that AF themselves produced) and using the original acapella from the Album Version. The main Artful Dodger Remix contains re-sung vocals - which Craig David ... See full review
submitted Ce Ce Peniston - Somebody Else's Guy (Tuff Jam Acetate). about 1 year ago
posted a comment on V Factory - Love Struck. about 1 year ago
The Dave Aude Remixes replay the bassline from Double 99 - Ripgroove (which itself is an interpolation of Soft Cell - Tainted Love).
posted a comment on EZ* - Pure Garage II. about 1 year ago
Pure Garage Volume II contains one of the most seminal and epic transitions by DJ EZ out of the whole series, cutting between 138 Trek and Shola Ama - Imagine to perfection, before bringing back both tracks after the drop. Incredible live mixing.
posted a comment on 13th Avenue - Jumping / Over For Me. about 1 year ago
Side A is based on the lesser known Rhythm Masters Vocal Mix of Todd Terry Feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown - Keep On Jumpin'.
posted a comment on Alicia Keys - Diary. about 1 year ago
The DFA Remixes of "Diary" were officially commissioned by J Records (A&R - Hosh Gureli), however were rejected by Alicia Keys herself. The only approved official remixes were done by Hani - Alicia Keys - Diary (Dance Vault Remixes).
posted a comment on Street Series. about 1 year ago
The Street Bootlegs is Illicit's sister series to the Avenue Collection, containing some of their best work.

The series kicks off with some spoken word samples - the ... See full review
posted a comment on 25th Street - Needing / Lebanon. about 1 year ago
Extremely clever bootleg by Illicit, sourcing the original samples used in the infamous tracks and basing them on:

Side A - David Morales Presents The Face (3) - Needin' U
Side B - Armand Van Helden Presents Old School Junkies - The Funk Phenomena

Side A also incorporates additional samples of ... See full review
posted a comment on 26th Street - Make Me Scream / I Feel Love. about 1 year ago
Side A is an excellent bootleg mix of Praxis & Kathy Brown, which itself is heavily based on CJ Bolland/Armand Van Helden. The key part of the original Praxis Mix is of course AVH's maddening distorted bassline which he took from ... See full review
posted a comment on 11th Street - Plastic Love / Billy Dream. about 1 year ago
Side B - The backing track for Michael Jackson vs Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is clearly based on the Bushwacka! Remix of "Billie Jean".
posted a comment on Avenue Series. about 1 year ago
Fantastic bootleg series by Illicit (aka Dillon & Dickins). Generally slightly darker compared to it's sister series - Street. Part of the genius lied in the constant surprises of tracks and samples used, frequently avoiding the obvious acapellas ... See full review
posted a comment on Gat Decor - In The Head. about 1 year ago
In The Head (Armand's Hyper Cypher Mix) - samples drums from Todd Terry - Jumpin'
posted a comment on Juliet Roberts - So Good / Free Love 98. about 1 year ago
Free Love 98 (Bumpy Sunday Mix) - samples the drums/FX from Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar (Armand's Dark Garage Mix), the FX from CJ Bolland - Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand's Drum N Bass Mix).
posted a comment on Alison Limerick - Put Your Faith In Me. about 1 year ago
The Klubbheads Mix samples the drums from Todd Terry - Something Goin' On (Loop Da Loop Uptown Mix).
posted a comment on Todd Terry - Ready For A New Day. about 1 year ago
- Ready For A New Day (Rhythm Masters Thumpin' Mix) - samples AKB "Stand Up Sit Down"
- Ready For A New Day (Dillon & Dickins' Tribal Warfare Mix) - samples Michael Jackson "Beat It" and drums from Run-DMC vs Jason Nevins
- Original Version is included ... See full review
posted a comment on Simone - My Family Depends On Me. about 1 year ago
As is the case for so much of George Acosta's work 1997-98, the track is almost entirely built up of samples from Armand/UK Garage records. The G.A.'s Mongoloid Mix borrows heavily from:
Drums / FX: Reach & Spin - Hype (The Funk!) [which itself has the ... See full review
posted a comment that has since been deleted. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on 187 Lockdown - Gunman / Playin' Around. about 1 year ago
B - Playin' Around (Nu Birth Remix): This is based on Operator & Baffled - Things Are Never.
posted a comment on Charlotte - Be Mine (Nu Birth Mixes). about 1 year ago
The Nu-Birth Remixes contain a sample of Puff Daddy & The Family ‎– Been Around The World (Armand Van Helden Freakshow Mix).
posted a comment on Britney Spears - I'm A Slave 4 U. about 1 year ago
Spectacular Remixes by Thunderpuss, very much in their prime at this point. The Thunderpuss Club Mix was primarily directed by Chris Cox and Jody Den Broeder, whilst the Thunderpuss Dark Mix was driven by Barry Harris. The piano sound in the Club Mix was ... See full review
posted a comment on Richard Darbyshire - Wherever Love Is Found. about 1 year ago
The Julian Jonah Funky Love Dub became a Sunday Scene classic. Similar to the Tyanda situation, the track became frequently bootlegged leading to Julian Jonah and Danny Harrison forming the alias Nu-Birth and using the dub as the basis for the Garage ... See full review
posted a comment on Tyanda Featuring Grace Reid* - I Get A Rush. about 1 year ago
Julian Jonah's Dub which became a garage classic. Following frequently bootlegging of the mix on white label, Julian (along with his cohort Danny Harrison) formed the Gant alias and used the track to form the basis of future anthem "All Night Long".
posted a comment on R.I.P. Productions - The Chant (We R). about 1 year ago
The entire track is based on Armand Van Helden's Mongoloids In Space Remix for NuYorican Soul "Runaway", laced with vocal samples of Lennie De-Ice "We Are I E".
posted a comment on 12 Tree - Back In Town Again. about 1 year ago
The R.I.P. Mix contains samples of Armand Van Helden's Remix of Tori Amos "Professional Widow" and Sole Fusion "Bass Tone".
posted a comment on Solu Music - Fade / So High / Fade (Rewind Mix). about 1 year ago
Rather bizarre situation between Grant Nelson and Bimbo Jones. Grant initially created the more soulful house mix with the classic piano chords everyone now recognises the song by. When it came to Bimbo Jones to give it a commercial feel, they outright ... See full review
posted a comment on Wookie - Storm / Stargate. about 1 year ago
"Storm" created by Wookie in response to the success of DJ Zinc's "138 Trek" and out of a friendly rivalry/jealousy.
posted a review of Danny J Lewis - Spend The Night. about 1 year ago
Danny J Lewis (now an acerbic teacher for the Point Blank music school) likely owes an immense part of his success to the pure genius of Danny Harrison and Julian Jonah. The vocal, itself a sample of Joey Negro's Remix on Danni'elle Gaha "Secret Love", ... See full review
posted a comment on Tori Amos - Professional Widow. about 1 year ago
Armand's now classic mix was kickstarted by Atlantic A&R Johnny "D" De Mairo asking AVH to try something "different" with the Tori Amos parts. Armand often speaks of how he initially thought of the project as nothing important and indeed if it was worth ... See full review
posted a comment on Indo - Are U Sleeping. about 1 year ago
"R U Sleeping" defined by the now classic Bump & Flex Remixes by Grant Nelson. Grant Nelson originally did house remixes of the track back in 1996 for Azuli records.

After hearing the Kelly G Mix of Tina Moore "Never Gonna Let You Go" and the emergence ... See full review
submitted Marvin Gaye - Sugar. over 5 years ago
posted a review of Towa Tei - Luv Connection. over 6 years ago
As is so often the case with Masters At Work, they used the Dub as the basis for one of their own Productions. The drum kit here eventually becoming the base of the seminal "To Be In Love".
posted a review of Incognito - Everyday. over 6 years ago
This release contains a mispress. The mix entitled 'Everyday (Masters At Work Everydub)' is actually the 'Everyday (Masters At Work Mel's Dub)' from the rarer 12" Promo [TLKDJ 090]. A bit of a bonus for collectors as the 'Everydub' is widely available on ... See full review
posted a review that has since been deleted. over 6 years ago
posted a review of Hardrive - Deep Inside. over 6 years ago
I’ve always found it hard to understand the obsession with this track. Strangely obtaining a cult-like obsession in the UK, particularly with Garage DJ’s.

Perhaps one of the most un-Louie Vega tracks I can think of, that he put his name to. Made more ... See full review
posted a review of Simply Red - Thrill Me. over 6 years ago
One of the first instances of a Remix of a pop artist, by Masters At Work. Transforming a typically lackluster frothy pop track from Mick Hucknall into a club banger. Kenny’s drum programming is something to behold, having multiple kicks hitting at ... See full review
posted a review of Faithless - Insomnia. over 6 years ago
Seminal Remixes by Armand Van Helden.

The Mission To Mars Mix carried his more standard Speed Garage sound, with an absolutely menacing bassline. What's more notable about this mix is that it proved to be the template for which all Speed Garage ... See full review
posted a review of Maria Nayler - Naked And Sacred. over 6 years ago
The R.I.P. Wah-Wah Dub really encapsulates the Speed Garage era. Like so much of this sound, incredibly soulless and with little respect paid to the original song. Furthermore, it contains the almost obligatory Armand Van Helden samples which are ... See full review
posted a review of Double 99 - Ripgroove. over 6 years ago
Along with 187 Lockdown's "Gun Man", one of the seminal Speed Garage anthems. Tim Deluxe and Omar Adimora took drums from Kenny "Dope" Gonzales (listen to The Underground Mix of "I Get Lifted"), a synth sample from Armand Van Helden's CJ Bolland Remix, ... See full review