Basic Vision is releasing a series of Vinyl EPs compiled into a full length album entitled ‘Back To Basics – Rare Classics’, selected and compiled by the man who played the first ever record at the club – Ralph Lawson.
Released on 7th December, the first vinyl part features a track that so often ended the night – Lil Louis & The World’s ‘I Called You (The Story Continues) alongside one that often kick-started proceedings – Mike Perras’ ‘Keep Movin’. The record is completed with a track first championed by DJ Harvey and still highly sought after today, M-I-Cara’s ‘Casa Beat’.
Other artists included on the forthcoming releases include Neal Howard, Cajmere, Cassio Ware, Mood II Swing, Eddie Fowlkes, Black Science Orchestra and Armando. All the tracks have been mastered from the original master studio recordings after Lawson hunted down dusty old DAT tapes from lost archives. A full 14-track album version is scheduled for March 2018 release.
“The series focuses on highly collectable classic records from the club’s long history that paints a true picture of the music played on the dancefloor. The aim has been to create an album that anyone can enjoy listening to but is a valuable series for the aficionados.” Ralph Lawson.
Ralph Lawson has been part of the bricks and mortar of Dave Beer’s Back To Basics since it’s inception, going on to become music director – Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter and Francois K all made trips to Basics for their earliest UK gigs. Ralph has also helped the club win 5 major industry awards so far for Best Club and has been personally nominated for Best Breakthrough, Best DJ and Lifetime Contribution.
Lawson then founded internationally acclaimed electronic music label 20/20 Vision. Alongside production partner Carl Finlow he produced a series of classics including ‘Raptures of The Deep’ by Wulf n Bear and ‘Lovelee Dae’ by Blaze. The 20/20 Vision record label has been influential in building careers for a multitude of international dance music luminaries including Maya Jane Coles, Crazy P, Huxley, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Paul Woolford and Audiojack. Lawson then became an integral founder of the pioneering live electronic project 2020Soundsystem, touring constantly around the world and hitting festivals from Sonar and Exit to Glastonbury and Burning Man.
Lawson has consistently been at the forefront of electronic music from his Leeds base and this insight into his record collection will bring back memories as well as inspire new minds eager to learn the true history of house music, as viewed from the North.
Ralph Lawson presents
Back To Basics Rare Classics
Cat No – basicvision001
A1 Lil Louis & The World – I Called You (The Story Continues)
B1 Mike Perras – Keep Movin’
B2 M-I-Cara – Casa Beat
Selected and compiled by Ralph Lawson with special thanks to Dave Beer at back to basics.