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Despatches 1995-2003

January 13, 2012

hidden agenda – the metalheadz singles 1995-2003 album

Regular readers of Club Cortez have been able to suss out that I was big on drum ‘n bass between 1995 and 2000 – pretty much my whole record budget was spent trawling various stores for the latest white labels and promos, and the weekends saw me play out in Holland, Belgium, London, Ireland and Egypt alongside people like Matrix, Aphrodite and Dutch DJ’s like Roscoe and Pan (now known as Martyn).

My interest faded when the music took a turn for the uber-masculine: the continuous onslaught of frantic drums, hoover basslines and jittery synths made for an increasingly cold atmosphere, and ladies on the dancefloor became few and far between. Over the last few months I’ve been revisiting tracks and artists I used to love. It’s been a (re)discovery of sorts: some old favorites sound angular and repetitive, while stuff I remembered as lightweight sounded surprisingly fresh. Time + evolving tastes will do that…

While trawling my archives and listening to artists like Boymerang, Adam F, Calibre, Photek and Bill Riley one duo stood  out: Hidden Agenda. The five 12″ singles they released on the Metalheadz label between 1995 and 2003 combine crystal clear production values with a jazzy approach, are melodic and manage to surprise at every turn. I’ve recorded them and zipped them up in a single folder – are you ready to take the plunge?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012 12:29 pm

    Bedankt, Hidden agenda was altijd al een favoriet, samen met de Bristol posse en de namen die jij noemt, heb nog eens samen met Hidden Agenda op de planken gestaan. Ben het volledig eens met je visie op hoe het mis ging met die muziek, ik was er zeer vroeg bij en al mijn tijd en geld ging er aan op en wilde van niets anders weten, tot die Bad Company sound de norm werd en iedereen de laatste trends achterna rende, ipv hun eigen ding te doen, zoals in de begin dagen. Als ik nu nog eens wat nieuwe dnb luister kan ik wel huilen..

  2. nail permalink
    January 13, 2012 2:20 pm

    Je verhaaltje maakt me bijna melanchonisch. Die goeie ouwe tijd. Ik was natuurlijk een van die meisjes. En soms mis ik die uitlaatklep..
    Deze gaat vlug op mijn muziekdoosje, thanx!


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