Category Archives: Big C

21st Century

Courtesy of Andrei: a vintage summer anthem to warm up your weekend. Play on!

ADICT116CD

01 21st Century (Radio Edit)
02 21st Century (Original Full Length Mix)
03 21st Century (Transfer Club Mix)
04 21st Century (François K Remix)
05 21st Century (Different Gear Mix)

INFO > Never stuck in one groove, Andy Cato (Beat Foundation / Groove Armada) enlisted vocalist Rachel Foster in 2001 for a new project: Weekend Players. The duo delivered a desirable dose of deep house and downtempo tunes on their album, “Pursuit Of Happiness.” Their debut single “21st Century” includes remixes from Mark Jolley & Andy Wright, François Kevorkian, and Gino Scaletti & Quinn Whalley.

Breakout

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01 Breakout (Radio Edit)
02 Breakout (London Connection Remix)
03 Breakout (Satellite Club Mix)
04 Breakout (Big C’s Flunkin’ Dub)

INFO > Andy Cato’s first foray into production was “Get The Music”, released as The System on a white label 12″ in 1992. The single was picked up by Rumour Records for a commercial release under the name Seventh Sense. Cato revived that alias six years later for a house cover of “Breakout”, originally recorded by Swing Out Sister. The German issue differs from its UK counterpart, replacing “Why Can’t You Love Me?” with Cato’s dub mix of “Breakout.”

Skinnymalinky Foundations

Skinnymalinky Foundations (Display)

01 Mothers Pride – Floribunda (Full Blossom Mix) 07:33
02 Alex Whitcombe – Ice Rain (Original Mix) 09:43
03 RAH Band – Living For The Nightlife (Main Disco Mix) 07:04
04 Yekuana – Canis Loopus (Thousand Rains) 07:25
05 Beat Foundation – Virginia (Golden Mix) 07:01
06 Vadis – Past And Present (The Past) 07:08
07 Beat Foundation – Foundations II (Main Mix) 07:23
08 Satellite – Early Bird (Original Mix) 06:40
09 Rumpus – Space Funk (The Caterpillar) 07:43
10 Beat Foundation – Save Me (Mike Monday Remix) 07:27

INFO > Andrew Cocup (aka Andy Cato aka Big C) founded Skinnymalinky Records in 1995; the progressive house label and its subsidiary Malinky Grooves issued 22 releases before folding in 1998. As Skinnymalinky was mainly a vinyl operation, compiled here are the few tracks from the imprint that were issued on CD.

I originally posted this custom collection in 2011, but was never quite happy with it—there was an error in one track, and it lacked artwork. However, “Skinnymalinky Foundations” is now a proper, finished product, thanks to the generous contributions of collaborators Harry3 and Andrei.

To begin the project, I re-ripped all of the tracks, each from a different source. Then audio wizard Andrei fixed a glitch in “Past And Present” and also carefully balanced the levels to achieve uniform volume. Last but certainly not least, Harry skillfully recreated Skinnymalinky’s generic 12″ sleeve and logo for the cover, and modified that design for the flipside, which includes circular tracklistings and some very clever and personal touches that firmly connect the compilation to this blog.

I’m well chuffed with this new version, and hoping it will delight old fans of the label, as well as convert some new followers. And thanks again to Harry3 and Andrei—I can’t praise you guys enough!

SKINNYMALINKY Discography

SMR00195 > Mothers Pride “Floribunda”
SMR00295 > Fatback Boogaloo “Wide Open Spaces”
SMR00395 > Beat Foundation “Save Me”
SMR00495 > Mothers Pride “Nightflight”
SMR00596 > Various “The Green EP”
SMR00696 > Rumpus “Feel Free”
SMR00796 > Big C “Daylight”
SMR00896 > Yekuana “Sarawak”
SMR00996 > Beat Foundation “Shelter EP” (Part 1)
SMR01096 > Beat Foundation “Shelter EP” (Part 2)
SMR01196 > Alex Whitcombe “Ice Rain”
SMR01296 > RAH Band “Living For The Nightlife”
SMR01396 > Dan Factory Spook “Same Old Acid, Same Old Lies”
SMR01496 > Sander Kleinenberg “Save The…”
SMR01597 > Rumpus “Atacama”
SMR01697 > Yekuana “Canis Loopus”
SMR01797 > Beat Foundation “Virginia”
SMR01897 > Vadis “Past And Present”
SMR01997 > Beat Foundation “Foundations II”
SMR02097 > Satellite “Early Bird”
SMR02198 > Rumpus “Spacefunk” [Unreleased]

MALINKY GROOVES Discography

MGR00196 > Malinky Grooves Volume 1 (6 Feet Under/Boomer)
MGR00296 > Malinky Grooves Volume 2 (Brainchild/Hide & Skin)
MGR00397 > Malinky Grooves Volume 3 (Life According To Bozo)

> SKINNYMALINKY FOUNDATIONS

Moodswings – Together As One

Moodswings
“Together As One (Luminous)”
1997 Arista Records (UK)
74321 46554 2 / SWING 02

01. Together As One (Radio Edit)
02. Together As One (Trip Hop Mix)
03. Together As One (Drum & Bass Mix)
04. Together As One (Ambient Mix)
05. Together As One (World Mix)
06. Together As One (Mad Mix)
07. Together As One (Glow In The Dark Mix)
08. Together As One (Infinity Dub)
09. Together As One (7th Level Mix)

INFO > Grant Cunliffe and James Hood formed Moodswings in 1990 and debuted with a Balearic cover of “State Of Independence”, originally recorded by Jon Anderson and Vangelis in 1981. “Together As One” is taken from the duo’s sophomore album, “Psychedelicatessen”; the uninspired Moodswing mixes are balanced by better offerings from Beat Foundation.

Together As One (Luminous)
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Junkster – Slide (UK Promo)

Junkster
“Slide”
1997 BMG Entertainment (UK)
JUNK 001CD

01. Slide (Album Version)
02. Slide (TNT Radio Edit)
03. Slide (Skinnymalinky Vocal Mix)
04. Slide (Tee’s Alternative Club Mix)
05. Slide (Rennie Pilgrem’s Vocal Mix)
06. Slide (Beat Foundation’s Infinity Dub)

INFO > Dublin’s Junkster were among the scores of 90s-era alternative bands that never made it big. The group’s debut single, “Slide”, sounds a bit like Portishead or Sneaker Pimps; however, Junkster’s lone album is stylistically varied. Looking for crossover appeal, RCA/BMG had “Slide” reworked by Todd Terry, Rennie Pilgrem, Andrea Parker, and Big C/Beat Foundation.

Slide
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Art Of Silence – West 4

Art Of Silence
“West 4”
1996 Axiomattic Records
AXCDS1

01. West 4 (Radio Edit)
02. West 4 (Man From Tooting Mix)
03. Giant Above

INFO > Former Art Of Noise band member J.J. Jeczalik released one album and three singles in the mid-1990s under the cheeky alias Art Of Silence. Debut “West 4” includes Beat Foundation’s ‘Man From Tooting Mix’ and ‘Crowd Control Dub.’

WEST 4

Solid Ocean – Wave

Solid Ocean
“Wave”
1996 M & G Records (UK)
MAGCD 65

01. Wave (Original 7″ Mix)
02. Wave (Original 12″ Mix)
03. Wave (Yojo Razzamatazz Mix)
04. Wave (Beat Foundation’s Ocean Floor Mix)
05. Wave (Beat Foundation’s Infinity Dub)

INFO > Solid Ocean was a one-off project by musician/producer Mark Bhalla, who is also the proprietor of Ocean Studios in Battersea. Bhalla’s original version of “Wave” is decent mid-’90s vocal house; Beat Foundation take the track to the next level.

WAVE

Bizarre Inc – Surprise

Bizarre Inc
“Surprise”
1996 Mercury Records (UK)
MERCD 462

01. Surprise
02. Surprise (Bizarre Club Mix)
03. Surprise (Illinton’s Suprise Disco Dub)
04. Surprise (Dancing Divaz Club Mix)
05. Surprise (Beat Foundation’s Jack-in-the-Box Mix)

INFO > Bizarre Inc started in 1989 as a collaboration between DJs Dean Meredith and Mark Archer. After a couple of releases, Archer went on to form Nexus 21 and Altern 8 with Chris Peat, while Meredith continued Bizarre Inc as a trio with new members Andy Meecham and Carl Turner. 1991 single “Playing With Knives” was the act’s breakout hit; the addition of vocalist Angie Brown produced the chart topping “I’m Gonna Get You” the following year. The group signed with Some Bizarre in 1996 and released their third album and three singles before calling it quits. Meredith and Meecham still work together as Chicken Lips.

SURPRISE

Chris & James – Fox Force Five

Chris & James
“Fox Force Five”
1995 Stress Records (UK)
CD STR 61

01. Fox Force Five (Radio Edit)
02. Fox Force Five (Original Club Mix)
03. Fox Force Five (Play Boys Dub)
04. Fox Force Five (Big C’s Break Of Dawn Mix)

INFO > Chris Day and James Bradley produced some memorable singles and remixes in the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, “Fox Force Five” isn’t the duo’s finest moment, with its contrived sampling of Samuel L. Jackson’s dramatic delivery of Ezekiel 25:17 from “Pulp Fiction.” However, Andy Cato’s brilliant ‘Break Of Dawn’ revision handily salvages this release.

FOX FORCE FIVE

Various Artists – Skinnymalinky Records

Various Artists
“Skinnymalinky Records”
1995-1998 Skinnymalinky Records (UK)
2002 Gusto Records (UK)

01. Mothers Pride – Floribunda (Full Blossom Mix)
02. Alex Whitcombe – Ice Rain
03. The RAH Band – Living for the Nightlife (Main Disco Mix)
04. Yekuana – Canis Loopus (Thousand Rains)
05. Beat Foundation – Virginia (Golden Mix)
06. Vadis – Past And Present (The Present)
07. Beat Foundation – Foundations II (Main Mix)
08. Satellite – Early Bird (Original Mix)
09. Rumpus – Space Funk (The Caterpilla)
10. Beat Foundation – Save Me (Mike Monday Remix)

INFO > In 2002, Gusto Records acquired the back catalog of Andy Cato’s defunct Skinnymalinky imprint (refer to this earlier post for info about the label). While intending to reissue much of Skinny’s original material, Gusto only released one 12″ featuring remixes of Beat Foundation’s “Save Me.” In an effort to make up for Gusto’s disappointing failure, here’s my unofficial compilation of the few Skinnymalinky tracks ever available on CD.

UPDATE > I discovered an unreleased Skinnymalinky tune in my collection that I’d previously overlooked: Rumpus “Space Funk (The Caterpilla)” (now included as track 9 above). According to the source CD, only 50 copies were pressed and sent to select DJs in July 1998, right before the label closed up shop. Among the lucky recipients was DJ Keoki, who included “Space Funk” on his mix CD, “Inevitable Alien Nation.” Had “Space Funk” received a proper release, it would have been assigned catalog number SMR02198.