Tuesday, 10 September 2013

LTJ Bukem & Peshay - 19.5

LTJ Bukem & Peshay - 19.5 (Good Looking Records, 1994)

My Monday Retrospect column for DnB Blog this week looks at DJ Zinc's 2002 remix of his own 'Reach Out'. The main vocal on the track is sampled from 'Reach Out' by Sweet Mercy feat. Rowetta and that is also the source of the vocal on LTJ Bukem & Peshay's '19.5'.

This was Peshay's debut for the Good Looking stable and he followed it up with the imaginatively named solo tracks 'Piano Tune' and 'Vocal Tune'. The title of '19.5' is a bit more interesting though as it may derive from a theory of Richard Hoagland, a conspiracy theorist and pseudoscientist who is best known for stating that the 'Face on Mars' was constructed by extraterrestrials. His theory of "hyperdimensional physics" states that there are huge amounts of energy originating from other dimensions available at latitudes 19.5° both north and south on the Sun and every planet in the Solar System, pointing to solar flares, volcanoes and Jupiter's Great Red Spot as examples.

While clearly a load of old cobblers, it makes for an appropriate title for this spacey but energetic track. It opens with stabs of 808 kick bass and the Amen break before everything drops out for some ethereal synths sampled from the beginning of 'What Have You Got To Lose' by The Jammers, an early eighties disco/boogie group who recorded for Salsoul Records. This is joined by the "Mmmmmmmmmmmm, yeah" vocal from 'Reach Out' before the Amen and bassline come back in. The later portion of the tune brings in some gorgeous synthetic strings and percussion from Daydreamer's 'Happy Dreams', a 1991 Belgian techno tune. A deep cut from Bukem & Peshay with the 12" including the equally good '19.5 Reprisal' on the flipside.

'19.5' was included on the Good Looking compilation Point In Time 001. Check the tune out in this 'Peshay Works (1992-1997)' mix from J Rolla:

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