Hard To Find Mini-mix by New State
Hard To Find: Classic & Rare Remixes is a new compilation series from New State Music that’s focussed on remixes, some legendary and others unfairly overlooked, from 12″ and CD singles released largely during the house era.
It’s released on 2xCD and digital this week, with sleeve notes from DJHistory.com’s Bill Brewster.
‘With Hard To Find,” Brewster writes, “We’ve sent our vinyl archaeologists to sift through the wreckage of acid house, throwing aside the Alison Limerick double packs and long-forgotten Shamen promos to bring you the gold (the only fool’s gold we’d permit would be by Stone Roses). But not only are these the very best of the remixes from the most creative period of house music, we like to think they define it, too. As if that weren’t sufficient, many of them have never been made available on CD before.”
Artists featured include Stereo MCs, Sheena Easton, Sub Sub, Hall & Oates and A Certain Ratio, remixed by the likes of Renegade Soundwave, Underworld, Arthur Baker and Todd Terry. Highlights include Andrew Weatherall‘s legendary treatment of Saint Etienne‘s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ and The Chemical Brothers‘ mix of Leftfield and Lydon’s ‘Open Up’.
Most of the remixes are from the 90s, but there are some older cuts, like Trevor Horn‘s version of ABC‘s ‘The Look Of Love’, and some more recent, like The Glimmers’ undeniably brilliant take on Roxy Music’s ‘Same Old Scene’.
You can listen to a mini-mix of some of the album’s highlights via the Soundcloud player above, and find more information here.
01 William Orbit – Water From a Line Leaf (Underwater Mix Part One) (Remixed by Underworld)
02 It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Wicked Weather for Walking)
03 Beloved – The Sun Rising (Deeply Satisfying)
04 Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance (Nearly Neue Beat) (Remixed by Arthur Baker)
05 A Certain Ratio – Won’t Stop Loving You (Norman Cook Remix)
06 Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix Of Two Halves) (Remixed by Andrew Weatherall)
07 Bassomatic – Fascinating Rhythm (Claudio Caniggia Mix) (Remixed by Renegade Soundwave)
08 The Grid – Floatation (Sonic Swing Mix) (Remixed by Andrew Weatherall)
09 Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (Ben Liebrand Remix)
10 ABC – The Look of Love (US Remix) (Remixed by Trevor Horn)
01 A Tribe Called Quest – I Left My Wallet in El Segundo (Norman Cook Independence Mix)
02 Simply Red – Something Got Me Started (Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s Club Mix)
03 Definition of Sound – Moira Jane’s Café (E-Smoove’s Groovy Mix)
04 Sub Sub – Space Face Techno Todd Dub (Remixed by Todd Terry)
05 Leftfield Lydon – Open Up (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
06 Sheena Easton – 101 (Def House Mix) (Remixed by David Morales)
07 D:Ream – UR The Best Thing (Sasha Full Mix)
08 Stereo MC’S – Step It Up (Stereo Field Dub) (Remixed by Leftfield)
09 Roxy Music – Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix)
10 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome (Fruitness)