Candi Staton

Kings Of Tomorrow

It's that voice. That sweetly roughened twang of Candi Staton's has captivated a new generation of music lovers just as it did when she first oooed and ahhed onto the music scene as a soul siren in the '70s. A sample of that voice distinguishes the American Triple A #1 radio smash "Kandi" by British rock band, One EskimO. The tune adroitly fetches the hook of Staton's 1971 hit "He Called Me Baby" to nail the delicious groove. "Kandi is beautiful" wrote a Los Angeles Times magazine scribe, "...catchy, ambient pop" wrote a Billboard magazine muse, and The Lefsetz Letter declared it: "A track so in the pocket that your body turned into Gumby, you were bending in places where angles were never created, you were infected with sound." Another Staton staple that has infected a generation is her club classic "You Got the Love" which was a UK Top Ten hit in 1991, 1997 and again in 2006 with various remixes - surely this is worthy of a Guinness Book of World Records entry? In the last couple of years, two young British pop stars have paid homage to the song and Staton with their own unique renditions..


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GTO

Larry Heard

Lee Newman and Michael Wells formed Greater Than One in London, circa 1985. The group was created to explore art through performance, recordings, and installations. They released albums on Graeme Revell's Side Effects label, WaxTrax! and ROIR in the USA, Torso in Europe, and their own imprint, K=K. In 1990, they started releasing singles as GTO (because it was easier to spell) and Tricky Disco (to explore more techno and house music). As the rave scene of 1991 exploded, Newman and Wells started releasing singles as John + Julie, Church of Extacy and Signs of Chaos. They would later release albums and singles as TD5, The Salami Brothers, and Technohead and ran the Dataflow Music label. In 1995, Technohead scored a massive worldwide hit single with "I Wanna Be A Hippy." In August however, Lee Newman passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Michael Wells continues to DJ occasionally and record music under various names including S.O.L.O. and The Man as well as many of the above.....


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Fierce Ruling Diva

Michael Delta

Fierce Ruling Diva is a Dutch house music duo from Amsterdam consisting of producers Jeroen Flamman and Jeff Porter. In the early nineties they charted three songs on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, the most of successful of which was "You Gotta Believe," a #4 hit in 1992. Ten years later that track was remixed and in 2002 it re-entered the dance chart and hit #1.








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Blu Peter

Kevin Yost

Known to his immediate family as Peter Harris, Blu Peter was a progenitor of the late '90s Nu-NRG subgenre and one of the first DJs to convince mainstream producers to wrestle dance culture towards progressive house and techno. Prior to the acclaim, Blu Peter began a full-time DJ career in 1992, clocking in residencies at British clubs like Heaven and Turnmills. From ever-widening DJ tours through Croatia, Amsterdam, Israel, Moscow, Japan, South Africa, and Ibiza, he turned his attention to producing, releasing a handful of singles under the Elevator, Quench, and Mass monikers. Harris eventually landed on the Blu Peter tag and before long his reputation for funky, positive, and short-tempered trance exploded, with a number of Reactivate compilations and a growing catalogue of progressive singles ratcheting up his credibility in all the right circles. In 1998, Blu Peter disappeared from view and returned a year later with the lauded but low-selling debut Widescreen & Digital. Fans accused the album's low sales on bad timing, the album's forward-looking blend of vivid trance and progressive beats simply ahead of its time, but Blu Peter spent much of the next two years back in the studio trying to figure out how to regain the momentum.

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Sharkey

Kings Of Tomorrow

Sharkey initially became known as an MC at "hardcore rave" events in Great Britain in 1993. In 1995, he moved into music production, teaming up with DJ Hixxy to release the track "Toytown", which proved one of the most significant signature tunes of the UK's happy hardcore style in the 1990s. This led both Sharkey and Hixxy to being signed by the UK's leading dance music label, React Music, and the pair released "Bonkers", the first in a series of albums which has become the best-selling hardcore compilation series of all time. "Revolutions", a release on React, reached 53 in the UK charts, and Sharkey consequently released the album "Hard Life" in 1998. Sharkey also produced mixes for Bonkers 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Volumes 4 and 5 achieved silver sales status in the UK with Bonkers 3 reaching gold status. In 2001 Sharkey made his first appearance on the eurodance compilation Dancemania series, at Speed 6, along with Hixxy. He was also invited to mix on BBC Radio 1 in 2003, performing John Peel's Essential Mix.



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Sundance

Kevin Yost

Sundance is the snappy moniker for the London based Duo consisting of Mark Shimmon & Nick Woolfson. In 1997 they got to together and wrote the Chart bothering eponymous "Sundance". It went top 20 in the UK.



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John “00” Flemming

John Fleming is from Worthing, West Sussex. He has had releases on record labels such as Ministry of Sound, Deconstruction Records, Logic Records, and 3 Beat Music. He also owns and runs Joof Recordings. He has performed at many clubs including Cream, Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, and Godskitchen. Fleming was originally involved in goa music, but changed over to harder trance music before shifting to psychedelic trance. He traces his influences back to early 1990s acts such as Astral Projection and Juno Reactor.

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Simon Eve

Hard dance and trance DJ / Producer Simon Eve is without doubt one of the busiest men in dance music and a familiar and popular name to clubbers and the music industry the world over. His DJing has taken him from UK club's to 90,000 people at Dance Valley festival in Holland, plus numerous tours of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and bey ond. As a producer, Simon'studio productions and remixes are released on leading labels such as Vicious Circle, Dataless, Recover, Tinrib and Tripoli Trax, gracing the decks of DJs as diverse as Lisa Lashes, Judge Jules and Above & Beyond, also finding their way onto numerous best selling compilation CDs such as Euphoria, Tidy Weekender and Hard House Anthems. Simon is also A&R and owner of the leading hard dance label Recharge, head of Tidy Management looking after 10 top DJ / producers, as well as writing fortnightly for DJ Magazine. Clearly a man with his finger on the pulse of all things good in hard dance and trance today, Simon's tireless work at the forefront of the dance scene ensures he has upfront CD - Rs and Test Presses in his record box from leading producers from around the globe every weekend, guaranteeing his unique, cutting edge sound that's in demand from the public and virtually untouchable by other DJs until months later!

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Kitachi

Kevin Yost

BKitachi was formed in 1993 and comprises Mark Iration, Dennis Rootical and Jack Rubles. Iration had various projects signed to Basic and Rhythm King Records, Rootical played bass with several reggae luminaries including Benjamin Zephaniah and worked with Acid Jazz Records as Hazardous Dub Company. Their debut A Strong Unit appeared on React Music’s Dope On Plastic imprint.

The album fused elements of hip-hop, trip hop, house, roots and dub, and they supported its release with a European tour. Their range of influences is unlimited ? as Iration has said, their sound is about ‘the vibe’. They remixed the track ‘Heroes’ for Roni Size and Reprazent. Their second album, Stay Of Execution was released in May 1999, supported by the single ‘Boost Dem’.



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Mrs Wood

Michael Delta

Mrs Wood (born Jane Rolink) is a female DJ and record producer involved in the hardbag and UK techno scene. Mrs Wood first came to prominence via her output on the React record label. Her first single "Whodunnit?" was issued in 1994, shortly followed by one of her best known releases, "Calamity Jane". In Autumn 1995 Mrs Wood enjoyed crossover success with "Joanna'", largely considered as one of the defining tracks of the hardbag era. Featuring a tradestyle remix from Tony De Vit as well as her own more minimal version, "Joanna" became one of the first hardbag releases to reach the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and was at this juncture one of the biggest selling tracks to have been output on React. Further success ensued with "Heartbreak", which featured vocals from Cleveland City signing Eve Gallagher, another artist who became synonymous with the house music and hardbag scene of the mid 1990s. "Heartbreak" charted at #44 in the UK and featured remixes from former Happy Clappers producer C J Scott, as well as a technoid variation from Wood herself, co-produced by long time cohort, Kevin White.


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