your hands to St. Hedonism, the patron saint of dance music, CASS.
In a departure from the usual clichéd club compilation, Spundae's
exceptional new resident breaks his mix CD virginity with SPUNDAE
INTERPRETATIONS: CASS, a helter-skelter ride through deep, progressive
and tech-edged house, break beat and techno.
SPUNDAE INTERPRETATIONS III: CASS is
his first mix CD proper. "This mix is full of records that
I love," says CASS. "All have been played to death by
me. Personally, I think it's best thing I've done as a DJ and I'm
quite a harsh critic. CD one," reckons CASS, "is one that
you could make love to or have babies to. The second occupies darker,
harder territories, one that's good to listen to before you go clubbing
to get yourself up".
Sharel 'Time Condition' [Statra Recordings]
might be only on a little label from Brooklyn, but it's awesome.
There's a big difference between minimal and boring, but this is
minimal done very well. When the bass and kick drums come in it
makes me screw my face up and go 'Woah!'"
Blondel 'Restless' [Statra Recordings]
is probably my favourite record on the CD. I picked this record
cos it's the type of music that I dream of making. It's got these
great chords, these superb Detroit stabs and I absolutely love it."
'Makesome Breaksome' [Plank]
wonderful Matthew 'Bushwacka!' B at his finest. It's like a 4/4
breakbeat hybrid. Matthew's not like anyone else. He's so clever
and unusual, a true originator that no one seems able to copy. Really
'Panik Attak' [Mute]
strange record. Very weird and very dark. It shows that dance music
can be as innovative as classical music. There's this noise that
just repeats and gets quicker and quicker till the beats drop out,
and it seems like it's all in the wrong place. Clever."
Nu Mood Orchestra 'Aphrodisiac' [Statra Recordings]
my mind I've seen both CDs as a sine wave - like, yeah man! If this
was a four hour set then this would be the middle bit where I have
banged it with Plastikman and now I take my foot off the gas to
calm the intensity."
over tracks 3-5
Cass 'Future Sound of Pornography' [Fire]
track that will be on my solo album. It features an ex-girlfriend
- the very lovely Miss Kiss, which is her real name - talking
dirty to me. She had a bottle of wine in one hand and http://www.spundae.de. well,
we'll censor the rest. Obviously it's quite sexually charged by
now so you can build the tempo with this, rather in the way that
French Kiss did. It gives a quite trancey intensity to this section."
Junk 'Micro Groove' [Creative Records]
is a genuinely deep record. You might go through a lifetime and
never hear a bassline written like this one. To do something this
cool that does so little but is so innovative is awesome."
Burridge 'Found' [Fire]
record that Lee Burridge did with Redanka, aka Andy Holt. It's great
that Lee went into a studio and did something as good as this. It's
very representative of him DJ-wise, and here the bassline picks
up from the last track to put us back on the trail again."
Gus 'Lady Shave' [Megman Megaton mix] [4AD]
Gus are an Icelandic band who I love, but this mix of this track
has to be one of my top ten records of all time. I give credit to
Danny Howells for this cos he turned me on to it after I heard him
play it out."
record typifies Matthew B - the breakbeat section is just awesome.
When the beats drop it's just very phat, really dirty. With Matthew,
it's like when The Joker sees Batman in action and asks 'Where does
he get those wonderful toys?'. To me, I'm like 'Where does he get
those amazing beats?'."
C 'Because (?)' (Usual Suspects Mix) [The End]
it's Bushwacka! again, this time a remix done with Layo. This is
the sort of stuff I love to play; it's great breakbeat, with a soupçon
of house in there, which takes it out of the realms of normal breakbeat.
A very clever, very intelligent record."
Mangan 'Backwards' [Fire]
on my label and from the guy who does all the engineering on my
solo stuff. A very cool record. I loathe to use the word progressive
but it's very filthy and dirty and it sounds massive out."
feat. Marc Almond 'Stay With Me' (Roysköpp mix) [Wall of Sound]
of my absolute favourites of 2001. Roysköpp have really blown
up as remixers and producers since this came out. This has big Euro
riffs and it sounds like that wouldn't work but this is so full
of energy that it does. A smiley record."
May 'Behemoth' [Junior]
was one half of Spooky, one of the great progressive house acts
of the mid-1990s. He's kind of why I'm doing this so it's good to
doff my cap to him like this. This is a really epic progressive
record that is really now. Emotive but tough."
Globe 'Mondo Scurro' [Whole 9 Yards]
my favourite breakbeat record of all time which is saying a lot.
It is one of those records that I have battered to death and still
makes me screw my face up when I hear it. So phat and so clever."
Brad 'unknown' [Toko]
a very simple house record that sounds like it could have been done
by Circulation or DifferentGear. Just the sort of stuff I would
play on early on in a set."
Francis feat. Haris 'unknown' [Swag]
very down-to-earth house record. Terry is resident at the great
Fabric in London and Haris is a guy from Croatia that Terry has
championed. It's house with a touch of techno and dubby influences."
pres. Hydraulic Dogs 'Shake It' (Styles Kickin)
has recently been picked up by a major label in the UK and will
surely be massive. You can see why. It's all about the breakdown
here although you can't deny the rest of it is excellent. Like an
old-time ecstasy moment."
St Laurent 'Be With Me' [unknown]
is a great record, one of my favourites. Classic, quirky French
business is this. Disco-like house number with a terrific bassline
and a some mad French vocals saying 'Be with me', believe it or
Butter 'Locked In, Locked On' (Mr G mix) [Rogue/Hub 100]
techno, I suppose. Mr G is a member of techno gods, The Advent.
I'd like to thank this record for helping me move from the disco
groove of Ernest St Laurent to a much darker place."
Farfa 'The Search' (Weekend World mix) [Plastic Fantastic]
very nice record, really innovative. I love what Weekend World do,
as remixers. They've don't overuse the vocal, just employ some really
interesting sounds. Smooth stuff."
'Mind Rewind' [Fire]
know much about this guy. Hopefully will come out as a single, this.
There's people like Terry Francis and Jimmy van M who are making
these trippy records that are a bit like that West Coast sound that
Halo and Hipp-E do. I tried to make a big record that is also housey
and trippy. Like the DJ thing I want to have it all. I suppose I
look to records like Hipp-E's Future!, which is a record that crosses
Collins, who made this record, was originally a part owner of Fire
but now he just makes records for us. This is him on top form. I
love this. It's amazing breakbeat and when I play it I can't stop
dancing to it and surely that's a recommendation for any record."
& Slide 'All The Freaks' (Dark Globe mix) [Fire]
on from their Mondo Scurro record earlier, so this balances it
all nicely. We did a mix for them on a track they did with Boy
George so they returned the favor for us. Sits nicely between
Excession and the last track of all which is http://www.spundae.de."
'Atom Bomb' [Virgin]
put, one of my favourite progressive house records of ever. It's
the dark, Leftfield side of progressive that I am into. Big without
being cheesy and a record that I often play as my last tune That's
why it's here."