To coincide with the tenth anniversary of Bedrock parties in London, UK and the fast approaching 10th anniversary of Bedrock Records, John Digweed releases the triple-disc mix Bedrock 10 Past present and Future through his own Bedrock Records. Compiling and mixing a stunning collection of remixes that shine new light on the label’s back catalogue alongside the cuts that are currently representing the distinguished Bedrock sound.
From its inception in Hastings during the mid-nineties and subsequent progression to Heaven on 8th October 1998 the Bedrock parties have consistently been a byword for forward-thinking, underground electronic music that attracted the absolute cream of national and international DJing talent (as well as THE industry hang out). The list is almost endless, but among those appearing over the years, Sasha, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Josh Wink, Danny Howells, James Zabiela, Deep Dish, Hernan Cattaneo, Darren Emerson, Basement Jaxx and Xpress 2 have all rocked the Bedrock dancefloor at one stage or another. Reaching far further than it’s UK-based home, Bedrock has touched down at festivals and club nights across the globe, with America, Japan, Ibiza, Romania, Australia and Dubai just a few of those countries lucky enough to absorb the full Bedrock experience.
Around the same time as those initial parties at Heaven, John set about creating a label that would fit the ethos of the club night’s innovative and cutting edge music policy and Bedrock Records was born. Even in it’s embryonic stage around 1999 the imprint seemed destined to set the dance music stratosphere ablaze with its maiden release ‘Heaven Scent’ garnering an almost unanimous ‘instant classic’ billing. The highlights to date have been almost innumerable but Science Department's ‘Persuasion/Repercussion’, Steve Lawler’s ‘Rise In’ and Saints and Sinners' ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ and Guy Gerber's ‘Stoppage Time’ as well as albums from Pole Folder and Suicide Sports Club have all provided some truly standout moments. More recently the future of the label has been masterfully entrusted to Israeli wonder-kid Guy J, who’s soon to be released debut artist album ‘Esperanza’ serves as a fantastic snapshot of where Bedrock Records is at in 2008.
So to Bedrock 10 Past present and Future and to honor this massive occasion John has drafted in a careful selection of remix heavyweights to shed new light on some of the labels biggest tracks along with a tidy fistful of the labels freshest output all blended to perfection in the inimitable John Digweed mixing style.
CD1 delves deep into the Bedrock mines and strikes gold with Tom Mangan giving his mind-blowing 2001 cut ‘Chutney’ a hefty face-lift, Steve Lawler re-interpreting his own ‘Rise In’ and Danny Howells doing a tasty number on Science Department’s ‘Repercussion’. The disc culminates in M.O.D.E. turning in a fine remix of Bedrock’s ‘Heaven Scent’ which is no mean feat given the track’s gargantuan standing.
CD2 More full on and peak time this CD faces forward whilst reflectively signaling a nod to past greats. Guy J makes his presence felt among his long-established, production contemporaries on ‘Lunar’, Bruce Aisher takes on and wins against Saints and Sinners ‘Pushin Too Hard’ and Christian Smith demonstrates a lesson in subtly destroying a dance floor with his summer-smash ‘Flyertalk’ and Josh Wink under his Size 9 moniker delivers an unreal remix of Chutney.
CD3 Unmixed and features original tracks from Funk D Void, Jim Rivers and Charlie May (Pindrop) and also features unreleased remixes from Guy Gerber making this not a bonus disc but a must have for Bedrock fans ‘Bedrock 10’ perfectly encapsulates the essence of one of the world’s leading labels by refusing to simply compile a ‘Greatest Hits’ CD and therefore continuing in the pioneering spirit on which the label is based.