Real Groovy, 438 Queen Street Auckland, 1010
Having talked about recent visits to Real Groovy spin-off stores (http://vinylology.blogspot.co.nz/2012/09/rpms-1st-birthday-01092012.html
and http://vinylology.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/vinyl-countdown.html), it was auspicious that a change in my companies preferred Auckland hotel, put me staying literally over the road from Real Groovy's old head office (and only
After work on Thursday 08th, I wandered down on the off-chance that they would be
open. What I actually found, is that yes, Real Groovy is open until 9pm on
Thursdays and Fridays and that the shop was actually the venue for a meet and
greet with The Lizard Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lizardman).
I actually slightly regret that I didn't have my photo taken with him. (It's
pretty unlikely that I'm ever going to meet him again, I think).
Anyways, I had a couple of hours to kill so had a bit of a dig and came away
with a few $2 bargains, as well as a couple of more pricey ($17 a piece) but
equally interesting bits.
Released as part of Moving Shadow’s 10th anniversary celebrations
in 2000, the colour covers show that these were part of the initial limited
release (2500 for each). I’ve also got the ’10.04’ and ’10.06’ releases and
absolutely loved the Rob Playford (Moving Shadow label owner aka Timecode) helmed
10th anniversary mix CD, which had 30 tracks (3 for each of the ten
years of Moving Shadow’s operations) crammed into a 60 minute mix. Top track on
‘10.01’ is ‘Oh, So Nice’ by Cosmo & Dibs, with ‘10.02’ being led by 2 Bad
Mice’s remix of ‘Music Takes You’ by Blame. Purchasing this has really made me
want to put together a breakbeat hardcore/jungle techno mix.
So, it’s not ‘Raving We’re Raving’, but I thought that this was a bit of a
bargain for $2.00. Still has an insert advertising SUAD merchandise (I’ve
managed to convince myself that a SUAD coach’s jacket is a good idea, which is
perhaps as interesting as the actual music. One for that hardcore mixtape.
I loved the original (non-vocalled) version of this when it came out but
wasn’t yet buying house. I did however buy the single sided Defected 12” drum
& bass remix, which was done by…..
I remember this coming out but didn’t buy it at the time. I particularly
enjoyed watching J Majik B2B with Wickaman at The Old Fire Station in Bristol.
During a particularly rinsing set, he turned off Skibadees’s (the world’s most
overrated drum & bass MC) microphone several times. Yeah, “Deal With Da
Matter”, Skibba, you douchebag. J Majik is/was best friends with:
I’ve got the 3 x 12” LP set of the Kaos: The Anti-Acoustic Warfare
album that this is off already, but y’know – it’s Adam F and it was $2.
Mathematics + Tactile ‘Chonga/Vibra Theme’ Social
Studies 12” Single
Mathematics are a
consistently strong liquid D&B act from New York and this is the first
release that I’ve bought off their own label. The centre label for Social
Studies is actually one of my favourites on any label.
I’ve got a bit of
history with Mathematics; having really liked their ‘Jersey Deep’ 12” on
Defunked, I bought ‘Black Jack/Sunday Morning’, a very early 12” on Critical
and then a Frontline promo 12” of ‘Funhouse/Brass Knuckles’, which I hammered
for a good eighteen months after it came out.
Dylan & Facs ‘Blowpipe/Pantsnake’ Fuze Promo
This was again $2 and
still has the response sheet in it. It’s very early Dylan (late ‘90’s, at a
guess). Facs I’ve never heard of, but Dylan I know from his millenial output on
Renegade Hardware and Outbreak, then later from his Therapy Sessions night in
Bristol. He later moved to Philadelphia, I believe.
Culprit ‘No Need To Ask’ Exceptional 12” Single
Strange, sort of dark
ambient/breakbeat. Bought almost solely for the Reso Remix on the B-Side. Worth
$2 for that alone.