Flowers Blooming (Remixes)

From Sasha thru Harvey … You’re at a Hardkiss Party in the ’90s

In middle ’90s, the Winter Music Conference in Miami was a hit and run affair. One chance in the year to party with all the hot labels, djs, journalists and lovers of dance music who made the pilgrimage to the scuzzy sex n sun of South Beach to get some white label vinyl love and shake the hand of heroes. Hardkiss parties were a fixture. Intimate and away from the glitz, at a dive bar or out-of-fashion dumpy venue. We hit Miami WMC seven years in a row without cameras or iPhones. Just records and a few friends who conveniently loved music and wanted to stay up all night with us.

I remember who was in the jacuzzi as the sun rose. Between the fits of laughter, it wasn’t very flattering. Hallucination kids from Tampa, DJs from Back to Basics in Leeds and LA label honchos of the Moonshine varietal. I left a piece of my heart in Miami and Miami stayed in my tonsils for weeks after returning to California.

Couldn’t tell you who came to any of our parties. But I’m prepared to bet that it was a cross breed of early electronic music and house fanatics from around the world some of whom are now household names.

Here’s a vinyl DJ mix that I put together that brings me back to those times. This is something like what you would have heard at a Hardkiss Party at Miami WMC in the ’90s. Featuring Future Sound of London, Hawke, Rabbit in the Moon, Prefab Sprout, Electrotete, Tony Senghore and Chicken Lips.

California Saved My Heart (DJ Mix)

Data Transmissions in the UK posted this DJ mix that I put together in January.

They say nice things like: “One of our favourite labels to appear in the early 90’s San Francisco label Hardkiss, which were totally unlike the banging techno and trouser-napalming proto-trance mayhem sprouting at the time.”

Track List:

!!! – Californiyeah (Patrick Ford Mix)
Ooft – Make U Mine
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agboju Logun
Hardkiss – Flowers Blooming (Megamixx)
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Jesse Rose Re-Fix)
Hardkiss – It’s Right(Hawke Mix)
Prophets of the South – Ek Maak Julie Dance
Kruse & Nuernberg – Off Course (Stefano Ritteri Remix)
Culoe De Song – Lovin’ Marvin (feat. Happy)
Roy Rosenfeld – Soulship
Amtrac – How Can She (Original Mix)
Perseus – Seychelles
Shall Ocin – Forgive Me (Original Mix)
Hardkiss – Revolution (Scott Hardkiss Mix)

Flowers Blooming (Megamixx)

Flowers Blooming started life as a cover of Changes – Glow of Love and then became it’s own beautiful beast. Taking the lyrics from the verses, Robbie Hardkiss recorded vocals that sum up the mood in San Francisco during the early ’90s.

There was a convergence of people from all around the world. Something magical drew us to the City by The Bay at this time in a similar way to a generation before. Love was in the air and there was a tangible feeling that anything could happen. Park, beach and warehouse parties were magnetic in how they drew thousands of ravers. The music was a cross pollination of disco, house and funk. Glow of Love was an anthem of the times.

I thought it would be fun to grab pieces of the original Change’s version of Glow of Love and merge with another classic Inner City – Good life. Voila!! Here’s the Megamixx.

RetroactiveFuturisticPsychedelicFunkBump

Our friends at the Whiskey Pickle label in Austin TX have released a new single – RetroactiveFuturisticPsychedelicFunkBump. With Austin’s Tameca Jones on spaced out vocals and Q-Burns Abstract Message and James Curd on remix duty plus a balaeric Hawke mix, this is one giant leap for mankind. Super funky and sexy with a retro-futuristic vibe that each version delivers in different capacity.

I had fun producing the Hawke mix. There’s a tempo change in the middle that drifts towards the Mo Wax trip-hop-chill-out-zone and then jumps back into a lazy house groove.

Afro Punk Explosion (DJ Mix)

This is one of my favorite mixes. Created earlier in the century when DFA was rising with The Rapture’s House of Jealous Lovers and mash ups and edits were just starting to enter the scene. You’ll find some Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donna Summer amongst some of my favorite San Francisco cohorts including Spun (Rong) and Garth (Wicked, Greyhound). Also, East Coast cohort King Britt (FiveSIx) who used to sell Scott Hardkiss and I vinyl at Tower Records when we were at college in Philadelphia in the ’80s.  And the prolific Tony Senghore who contributed so much to the San Francisco label Panhandle.

Having spent my youth in Africa, I have a strong affection for repetitive grooves and call and response vocals. Before we had modern electric instruments all we had where voices and drums. Punk music appropriated the whole call and response thing. House perfected the drum groove and simple repeating vocal line.

This DJ mix is a bit of a history lesson on the afro-punk-dance explosion that has had us dancing our socks off since we were kids.

West Cirque (Original)

This track was originally released on vinyl by Sunburn Recordings in 2002. Co-produced by Jaeson Lee, it was recorded in San Anselmo in Marin County California under a dubious haze of fog. Some say San Anselmo is the rainiest place in California. I attest to that.

Merging from mist and clouds, the track is a slimy cruise through tribal beats and Middle Eastern fanfare.

During the 1990′s Jaeson and Pedro used to bring me up to Ottowa for Halloween. I have fond memories playing in tents below ski slopes and in basements below snowy streets with a tribe of fire starters and flamethrowers dancing to similar beats.

Sad and Blue

Originally released on Six Degrees Record’s Torch Song compilation, this was a one off collaboration with The Lady.  Who is the Lady?  No one really knows (except for me and that’s a well kept secret.)

I met her perched on a speaker at The Trocadero Transfer in San Francisco in 1996.  We danced until the sun came up, then parted ways with the plan to meet on the sunny side of Haight Street at 11:15am.  We both arrived on time in that spot where the sun shines and have been great friends ever since.

This song was recorded in Calistoga amongst the olive groves where Love Won Another was birthed.  “Sad and Blue” samples heavily from Mexican composer Fernando Fernandez.  My father-in-law tells me that he worked as a musician at a bordello in the 1950s where he began to compose.  This particular song is about a lonely prostitute

To get to know this era a little better, check out this video or this video.

Sunset Campout 2013 DJ Set

Djing on the beach with Robbie Hardkiss at the Sunset Campout has been a highlight of the summer. A homecoming of sorts and a chance to pay respect to our SF roots as well as an opportunity to play some emotional sounds in a tribute to our bro Scott.

This is for all those souls floating around with an open heart.

Revolution

The mailman dropped off a few slices of the new record this morning. White vinyl with an extended version of the original and remixes by Sleazy McQueen, Atnarko and DJ Spun. So thrilled to have this record in hand!

Robbie and I have a few more surprise remixes that we’re finishing off. Here comes an avalanche of new Hardkiss sounds.

Thanks to Bert at Siesta Records for going the extra mileage to make this record a true collectible. And unwavering support to the remixers including DirtyHertz and Adam Warped for their contribution. All the mixes will be available for digital download in July.

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