This record has a gatefold sleeve, and one of the fun things in the centre-spread is a "Hip Hop & House Speak" glossary. Some of those imported words and phrases (like 'chillin', 'illin' and 'dissing') have since become part of the everyday language of the generations that followed, whilst others have faded from use or never caught on (I can't recall ever using the word 'bussing' to describe 'pumping up the volume'). James Horrocks' short essay provides us with some background on da scene's development:
"...While Hip Hop and House battled side by side for floor space in London - the north of England had adopted the up-tempo rhythm of House, replacing the Motown-inspired northern Soul scene as the north of Watford sound".
The 'North Of Watford Sound'? So the divide was already in place in '88, with the North eschewing Hip Hop's influence for a purer sound that would shortly develop into the homegrown 'Bleep' scene (in 1990, Original Clique actually released an EP called "North Of Watford"), whilst the Capital kept the Hip Hop connection running from early 'ardcore and ultimately through to jungle. A neat view of history, but then how do you explain Bradford's Unique 3 with their schizophrenic mix of UK rap/breakbeat and minimalist bleep-house or DJ Hype bringing the hip hop flavas to the early Warp catalogue? Clearly the battle lines couldn't be quite so neatly drawn on the map.
On the subject of Hip-House, how about a drop of the hard stuff...
Found this double-vinyl set for £3 in a charity shop recently. He's one of those characters I'd almost forgotten about, but Fast Eddie (along with fellow Chicagoan Tyree) was up there with Todd Terry for a time - a prime exponent of export-strength acid-hip-house ruffage. I liked the brutality of his sound (compared to the more precision-tooled UK copyists) the raw breakbeats and rare groove samples looping over tuff 808 house beats and 303 squiggles, best exemplified on tracks like "Acid Thunder", "Yo Yo Get Funky" and of course the genre-naming "Hip House". This Radical Records compilation came out in 1989, just at the peak of the Hip House phenomenon. I would've almost certainly bought it back then if I'd known of it's existence, but now it's nice to reacquaint myself with him 20 years on.
Side 4 is one of those 'megamix' things that were so common back then - all Eddie's best bits edited together by Double Trouble in an exhausting 10 minute collage that's surely ripe for a bit of mp-freakery...
THE DJ FAST EDDIE - THE MAN, THE MUSIC, MASTER MIX