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9 of the best – sounds of 1993

A compilation treat for the May Day holiday. Looking back at 1993, the world of popular music was a-changing… Björk was doing her own thing at the crossroads, house music had grown up a little less exciting, and hip hop was showing temporary signs of sophistication…

Björk – Venus As A Boy

Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.

Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II

The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm

U2 – Lemon (Perfecto Mix)

Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy

David Bowie – The Wedding

Blur – For Tomorrow

Tindersticks – Marbles


Honourable mentions also go to: Jeru The Damaja for ‘Come Clean‘; Masters At Work for ‘The Buff Dance‘; George Morel for ‘Let’s Groove‘; A Tribe Called Quest for ‘Electric Relaxation‘ and not too much else. A quarter of a century after the annus mirabilis that was 1968, thin pickings were abound in 1993. That’s crossroads for you.

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Wilmoth Houdini – Black But Sweet (1931)


The Songs of Trinidad was a collection of calypso classics sung by Wilmoth Houdini, originally recorded by Brunswick in 1931 with Gerald Clark’s Night Owls as Houdini’s accompanying band. The song ‘Black But Sweet’ was brilliantly rediscovered and sampled in 1994 by Andy Weatherhall’s Sabres Of Paradise for the cult fave ‘Wilmot’. Have a great week.

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Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II (1993)

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Andrew Weatherall

I was chatting to a gent at a BBQ last month. No idea why, but we got talking about Andy Weatherhall and his mark on dance music. From the part he played on the production of Primal Scream’s legendary Screamadelica to his Sabres of Paradise output on Warp Records. And more specifically, we both agreed that his ‘Smokebelch II’ was one of the finest moments in 1990s house music.

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