THROWBACK THURSDAY: Artemnesia – Bits and Pieces [January 1995]

Released on Hooj Choons (one of the all time great labels) in early 1995, Artemnesia’s Bits and Pieces is arguably the best known track from the short-lived, delightfully-titled ‘hardbag house’ genre, which evolved out of ‘handbag house’ in the mid 1990s.

The track was the work of Dutchman Patrick Prins, who initially released Bits and Pieces on his own Movin Melodies Label a year earlier.

Kicking off with a jaunty 4/4, the track hits it’s stride at around the one minute 45 second mark, as the synth riff kicks in.

It’s been said that tracks like Bits and Pieces were key influences on the emerging Hard House scene, which would emerge barely two years later, at a more uptempo BPM. With this in mind, it’s notable that named among the remixers for the track is the late Tony De Vit, arguably the finest exponent of that latent genre.

[Kudos to RobMagic for the upload]

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