Josh Wink shot to prominence in the mid-90s with Don’t Laugh, I’m Ready (as Size 9) and, of course, Higher State of Consciousness, and as this set from German festival Time Warp, recorded in November 1997, illustrates, the Philadelphia-born producer has long had a fondness for the tougher side of house music, as well as finding room for plenty of acid twerking along the way (such as Wink’s own mix of Fast Eddie’s Da Da Da Underground)…
Talking to Mixmag back in 1995, Wink demonstrated his fondness for the ‘stripped back’ sound – “The more minimal the better. That standard 909 kit, Chicago house and experimental acid house, a lot of weird raw tracky stuff” – as well as the importance of ‘hypnotising’ his audience.
“Most people think of trance as real fast stuff from Europe, but it doesn’t have to be like that. It can be slower and have the same effect,” he said. “It’s very minimal very hypnotic, very repetitive – so it acts like a trance. Just slow it down, so there’s more room for movement and interpretation on the dancefloor.”
Enjoy… [Thanks to House 2 House for the upload. Picture courtesy Creative Commons – José Carlos Cortizo Pérez]