V/A – Warriors Dance After Midnight EP
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Label Warriors Dance
Format 12" Vinyl
Presenting a fully legit, remastered and repackaged reissue of this extremely sought after, cult 1991 EP. Brand new for 2018.
A1 Addis Posse - After Midnight
A2 Melancholy Man - Special Request
B1 Watt Noize - It's My Life
B2 No Smoke - Themes From Tin Star
London's Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80's acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous 'Addis Ababa' studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. A former reggae and soul studio that was instrumental to the output of influential artists like Soul II Soul and more, a steady diet of reggae, bass, hip-hop, house and techno kept their edgy, and diehard UK sound and style right at the cutting edge of the dance music underground across the globe with the top DJs and producers of the day celebrating the label. The studio, helmed by label owner Tony ‘Addis’, acted as an incubator for artists whose names would go down in the history books.
Some of the raw talent that passed through the legendary WD studios appear on this extremely rare various artists EP from the dawn of the 1990's - Addis Posse, Melancholy Man, Watt Noize & No Smoke all feature. Drawing on the breakbeat heavy, more Hip-Hop orientated style the crew were known for this one's packed full of pure London street sounds all fused with the Techno and House sensibilities that made the label so potent. Let's bear in mind all of this stuff pre-dates the incoming Jungle scene by a good few years, but the seeds and attitude are there for all to see. Brimming over with rough and tough left-field sounds 'Warriors Dance After Midnight' is a strong statement of intent, 4 blistering and obscure cuts from the depths of Harrow Road. Crucial and essential. This EP has always been one of the 'tougher' WD records to track down with used copies and white labels changing hands for big money, a must for any fans of this sound. If you like your music rough, tough, deep and no nonsense, then this one's for you!
The EP is presented again, in its full 1991 form with all 4 cuts intact. No edits, no remixes, just the pure unadulterated WD vibe, featuring original label artwork tweaked by Atelier Superplus and lovingly remastered by Optimum Mastering, Bristol, UK. Special thanks to Nicky Trax & Tony Addis. Proudly distributed by Above Board distribution. 2018.