Archive for December, 2009

Jimmy J

trance induced state malik x side 1

In the months previous to his rave retirement Malik was hard at work in his studio producing this impressive tape. Once completed he personalized copies for friends and gave it those he knew would appreciate it. It was never mass produced, each copy was dubbed by him, with a custom metallic spray painted label. It’s a shame these tracks were never immortalized on vinyl and distributed on a larger scale. But then again, that may not have been what Malik wanted. Thankfully we were able to track down this tape and expose one of his lessor known talents.

It is rumoured that Dr. No and Captain B. Mental collaborated on some of these tracks – actually, Captain B. told me personally that he had been in Malik’s studio. Given the two are the first listed under “People Profound to”, I believe it to be true.

This music reflects Malik’s muscial tastes at the time with both 1991 techno, rare groove and acid jazz influences throughout. I think Malik put his best foot forward with the first track, it’s catchy jazzy flavor is one of the tightest productions on the entire tape. Top one.

The second track jolts us around a bit in the early goings but once it picks up steams the various samples combine for a really hard hitting brilliant tune. Note the Joey Beltram inspired bassline. Nice one.

The first two entries on the tape both fall under one genre, the first acid jazz and the second techno.  The tracks that follow are more a combination of both genres. The third carries an acid jazz tempo fused with techno samples while the last track has acid jazz samples but a faster techno inspired beat. Sorted.

Enjoy.

Jimmy J

Welcome to the 6th and final tape in our series of Radio London recordings. It’s true, all good things must come to an end. Recorded sometime in December of 1991, this snippet of Malik’s CKLN pledge drive holds a couple of very significant details.

During one of the first few broadcasts in December Malik announced that he would no longer be DJing at Exodus. Actually, any raves for that matter with the first Chemistry party fast approaching – he was billed on the flyer. Unfortunately we don’t have a recording of his announcement, but given his comments during this broadcast it’s obviously post retirement. Malik does send a shout-out to the “sections” and plugs the rave that evening, but he doesn’t attach himself to the event. Later on in the recording it’s evident that he had shifted focus to a Saturday night at The Cameron House called Beatnik Beats, announcing he was there the week previous.

Now for the good news. There are two songs played during this recording, both of them were actually made by Malik and appeared on his tape, A Trance Induced State – Mental Frequency.

I’ve had this recording for 18 years never realizing they were Malik’s tunes until I recently managed to track down his full tape (thanks Robert). All eight of Malik’s tracks have since been converted to mp3 and I must say they’re quite nice.

Track List:

  • The Blue Man of the Desert – Malik X
  • Percarout (Life in Balance) – Malik X
Jimmy J

Exodus Productions T-Shirt

The Exodus crew had a small number of these t-shirts printed and gave them to select members of their posse. This badboy was given to Ben Ferguson and it has always been the most closely guarded t-shirt he owns. It’s in ridiculously rough shape. You can’t tell from the photograph, but it’s riddled with hundreds of holes, many seams have separated and every hem is hacked. I have never seen a shirt in such rough shape and I speak from experience having examined thousands of vintage t-shirts via Defunkd.

This speaks volumes for its priceless sentimental value. A true relic of Toronto raving.

Jimmy J

Welcome to the 5th installment in our series of Radio London recordings. This was another special broadcast made possible because of extra time provided by Shannon. Amongst other guests, Malik invited the Techno Twins on air to showcase their tunes. Brothers Richard and Neville Blackman made up the duo and spun techno around the city, most commonly Saturday’s at Bar 222 located on Richmond Street West.

In 1992 they would split, Neville changed his name to PhD, subsequently Jungle PhD then carved out a legacy in the early days of breakbeat and jungle along side Dr. No. Richard was known as The Stinger and specialized in genres other than techno. The two then combined forces again years later to start a record store called Bees Wax on Queen Street West.

During their set they call out a few legendary events, venues and promoters. Edward & Basil’s party at Latvian House located at 491 College, a Smarties party at The Claremont and another event at 19 Charlotte Street.

There’s also a rare cameo by none other than Captain Brainstorm Mental at 22:45.

Malik makes an appearance in between their set to play a rare piece of techno history, a tune titled Riot in Lagos by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The track is credited as being pioneering techno tune and a regular during Afrika Bambaataa’s sets.

We also learn the CKLN studios were packed for this recording, with no rave that evening the Exodus posse was in full effect.

Track List:

  • Noise Factory – Noise Factory
  • Holocaust (sonic mix) – After Dark
  • B Line From Hell – G Double E
  • Stress – Forgemasters (Black Steel EP)
  • The Savage and Beyond – Tronikhouse
  • 3 Phase 415v – The Original Clique
  • Riot in Lagos – Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • I Get High – Austin
  • Pacemaker – Automation
  • Le Rabotaux Chant – Luxury
  • Revolution Of The Heart (Lao Tzu House Mix) – Chosen Few
Jimmy J

Clash of the Techno - Mark Oliver

Here’s the final portion of the legendary, “Clash of the Techno” Radio London CKLN show. The four members of the Booming System Collective had roughly 25 minutes of air time to showcase their choons.

Mark Oliver takes over following Malik‘s set. Shuggy comes in cool and “collective” to calm things down with some pre-hardcore era techno. Evidence that he’s been an aficionado of techno since the 1980s. He plugs his Record Peddler purchases and shouts out Brian Taylor who was the frontman in the Toronto punk outfit known as Youth Youth Youth. After a little classic acid Mark riles us back up with some ’91 hardcore before passing the reins back to Malik. Just prior it’s brought to our attention that not only could Anthony throw one heck of a party, but he was also a very talented tap dancer.

Track List:

  • Siberia – Highrise
  • The Scheme – F X U
  • Techno Prisoners – Ubik
  • Past, Present, and Future – Tomoaki
  • Get Funky – Return of the Living Acid
  • Trip Switch – N.R.G.
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