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The Todd Terry Project ‎- Bango (To The Batmobile) (1988)

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Before we leave the wonderful world of Arthur Russell, my real introduction to his work was at the skilful hands of Todd Terry. In 1988, as a compliment to the classic Russell single ‘Go Bang’ by Dinosaur L, Terry mixed and released the seminal house track ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ on Fresh Records.

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Masters At Work – The Buff Dance (1993)

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It was Todd Terry who nicknamed the remix team of “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez as the Masters At Work. As house music flourished during the early 90s, the NYC duo MAW stood out for their heady mix of latin rhythms and deep soul. ‘The Buff Dance’ features on the aptly named ‘The Album’ from 1993. They were flying high. Have a great weekend.

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Coco Steel & Lovebomb – Feel It (1992)

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The UK had quickly become the main market for the pioneering house music coming out of Chicago and Detroit. But there was no sense in the audience standing still. Club nights, DJs and record labels sprung up everywhere pushing the genre. Leeds played its part, with the city giving birth to its own Warehouse Club and Warp Records. The latter’s initial bleepy successes via Forgemasters, Nightmares on Wax, Unique 3 and LFO gave the label great confidence to blossom. CS & Lovebomb captured this intoxicating spirit. Just as Todd Terry’s Royal House was a eulogy to Mr. Fingers, ‘Feel It’ would use a Peech Boys sample as a tribute to Todd. Don’t Jerk It! Work It!

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Black Riot – A Day In The Life (1988)

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Todd Terry was prolific in 1988: The Todd Terry Project’s ‘To The Batmobile Let’s Go’ and their ‘Weekend’, plus Orange Lemon’s ‘Dreams Of Santa Anna’, Royal House’s ‘Can You Party’ and its hip house reworking, Jungle Brothers’ ‘I’ll House You’. But the pick of the year was Black Riot’s ‘A Day In The Life’. His use of fragments of Yello, Manu Dibango, Sequal and Peech Boys pressings demonstrated his supreme ear and technique. And then throw in that much copied synth riff and you have a bona fide classic. ‘Todd The God’ put the track out on Fourth Floor Records which was licensed in the UK on the beloved Champion Records.

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Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite (2014)

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I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. Norwegian DJ Terje Olsen took his stage moniker from a legendary house producer Todd Terry. In ‘Delorean Dynamite’ he takes his cue from an earlier influence. He mixes the sound of an 1970s ARP synth with Nile Rodgers-like guitar riff to create an electronic disco odyssey.

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Babe Ruth – The Mexican (1972)

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Babe Ruth are a rock music group from Hatfield, but their track ‘The Mexican’ is so much more. Off their 1972 album First Base, the delicate introduction of a Spanish guitar belies what follows. Firstly, Janita Haan blasts out her rock vocals to a fantastic drum break. And then, that guitar rendition of Ennio Morricone’s theme for ‘For A Few Dollars More’. ‘The Mexican’ keeps on giving and became an unlikely inspiration for a number of breakbeat DJs.  In 1988, Todd Terry would acknowledge its influence with his house anthem version ‘Dreams Of Santa Anna’.

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Class Action – Weekend (1983)

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Written by James Calloway and Leroy Burgess, ‘Weekend’ was a single for musical projects Phreek (1978) and Class Action (1983). Featuring the original Phreek vocalist Christine Wiltshire, Class Action’s ‘Weekend’ was organised by the one and only Larry Levan, who had been a DJ advocate of the original. The result was classic and would do the full Disco-Garage house-House transformation when The Todd Terry Project gave it an overhaul another five years later. To the batmobile, it’s the weekend.

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