THROWBACK THURSDAY: D-Tek – Drop The Rock [1993]

This week marks the 26th anniversary of the very first Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, which aired on 30 October 1993, thus setting the template for mix shows to follow.

While there are undoubted highs (Smokebelch II; the Fluke remix of Big Time Sensuality) and lows (Eternal, Kim Wilde?) about Pete Tong’s two-hour session, for this week’s Throwback Thursday, we turn our attention to a delightful, bouncy progressive house cut from D-Tek, Drop The Rock, which features about 15 minutes in.

Despite only releasing one single, D-Tek were a dance ‘supergroup’ of sorts, comprising John Gilpin and Raz Shamshad (formerly of the Fourth Wave record shop in Huddersfield, and latterly of Black Mojo on Warp Records), Nick Simpson (aka Rhythm Invention) and established producer Richard Brown, who would go on to remix artists including Moloko, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Groove Armada and Björk over the following years.

Borrowing its main riff from 1987 single The Morning After by Fallout (Lenny Dee and Tommy Musto), Drop The Rock was the first Positiva single to be released on vinyl-only – one for the purists, in other words. 🙂

Incidentally, if you’re wondering where you can listen to the full Essential Mix from that day, click here – be warned, the mixing ain’t the best, but the nostalgia trip is worth the effort. 🙂

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