Presented by Felix Moreno, Stuttgart-based DJ, and former Glow Bangkok resident, Mindtrax offers a DJ’s point of view on a selected track, once every two weeks. Here, Felix tells us a little about how he got into house, through Deepstate II’s 1990 track, ‘Everybody Get Down’.
This week’s track is a rather personal one, because it was one of the key tracks that drove me towards house music. But let me start at the beginning.
As was the case with many DJs of my generation, I started with a wild mix of music – some disco, some pop, some German music (‘Neue Deutsche Welle’, if you know what I mean) – and some Punk, even.
But my main focus was on hip hop – which was called rap at that time. And it was rap that became my first true music as a DJ: De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. & Rakim, and some harder stuff, like Public Enemy and NWA – the big players at that time.
Then, at the end of the 80s, some new music came onto the scene – a weird melange of upbeats and rap, labelled ‘hip house’. This music has nearly been forgotten today and, frankly, it’s a shame – ’cause there was quality in it. Not to mention the linkage to acid and Chicago house music.
This track is a fine example of how good this music can sound even today. It’s deep, it’s dark, the high hats rattle like hell. And, of course, the verses. Great music!
So, 2014 is over. I can’t say I’m sorry about it.
All the best for 2015.