Selected and compiled by original resident DJs Ralph Lawson & Tristan Da Cunha. All the tracks are cut to vinyl from the original master recordings and given enough time on high quality vinyl to ensure clean, loud pressings with original artwork by the godfather of punk design – Jamie Reid. The artwork spans across 4 records, which collected together paint the compete picture.
Basic Vision 001 features one of the greatest ever house music records - Lil Louis & The World’s ‘I Called You (The Story Continues), still a firm favourite of Ricardo Villalobos. The flip side boasts perhaps the rarest cut, first championed by DJ Harvey and still highly sought after today, M-I-Cara’s ‘Casa Beat’. While Mike Perras all time classic ‘Keep Movin’ completes the EP.
Basic Vision 002 features more gems for collectors including the highly sought after Mood II Swing Border Insanity dub of Crustation – Flame, still played by many respected DJs including Raresh and Apollonia. This stripped down cut was only found on the B side of the original release at a low pressing level. It has never been licensed for vinyl since as the original master has been lost for nearly 20 years. Lawson was determined to get this track onto the compilation as it is a bona fide back to basics bomb so he managed to trace down the master to a dusty DAT tape in a basement in New York and lovingly re-mastered from tape with a cut on one side to ensure a really loud pressing for DJ use. Flip the vinyl over and you will also get a treat in the shape of the eternal 51 Days – Paper Moon, originally recorded in 1994 this is still one of the best-produced house records ever made. It can live in a DJ box forever as the perfect warm up record. If that wasn’t enough the record is completed with Terence FM – Feelin’ Kinda High, another all time classic moment in time from Cajmere’s Chicago based imprint Cajual. Again used at the right time causes devastation on the dancefloor.
Basic Vision 003 heavily features the birthplace of house, Chicago, with a selection of rare cuts that always move the dance-floor. The highly sought after OG Freak mix of Cassio Ware – I Wanna See You Dance rocks the spot on the A side. This is the original Black House version and not the remixes or re-edits that can be found. Mark Grant and Cajmere only made one record together as The Chicago Connection and it was a true bomb. Mint copies go for £75 but Cajmere’s remix is included here and cut loud from the original master recording.
The flip side features a cheeky sneaky as we like to call them in the shape of a lost Johnny Fiasco remix of Armando – Don’t Take It. A Mint copy of that cut alone will cost £150. Basic Vision 003 is rounded off nicely with Da Rebels – House Nation Under a Groove, baby !
Basic Vision 004 features a selection of late night classics from the legendary dance-floor of back to basics. The club was one of the first in the UK to receive a late license in the mid 90s. This allowed DJs to play long late night sets. There was a glass roof at The Pleasure Rooms venue where these tracks were played, which in summer let the sunshine in, so there the last set became a sunrise session. All the cuts included on this record are bona fide early morning rare classics records from the club. There are also two previously unreleased edits. The first is a Rob Mellow extended version of the Masters at Work dub of Chris Cuevas – ‘Hip Hop’. Then there is the unreleased Lost in Time edit of Black Science Orchestra – New Jersey Deep. This track was often featured by Lawson as the last track of the night during the Pleasure Rooms years. Original Detroit techno pioneer Eddie Fowlkes’ highly sought after ‘Where Will I Be? is featured after years being deleted and will not be available digitally. The record is completed with Free Energy aka Joshua IZ - ‘Happiness’ from Guidance records, one of the all time great house music records from San Francisco.