Category Archives: COWBOY

The Aloof – On A Mission

The Aloof
“On A Mission”
1992 Cowboy Records (UK)
RODEO SD5

01. On A Mission (7″ Edit) 03:14
02. On A Mission (Livingstone Mix) 06:47
03. On A Mission (Stanley Mix) 06:54
04. On A Mission (Fabio Paras Remix) 12:08

INFO > Ricky Barrow, Gary Burns, Jagz Kooner, Richard Thair, and Dean Thatcher recorded as The Aloof throughout the 1990s. The collective’s third single, “On A Mission”, features vocals by Ricardo Nicolia, and includes a brilliant percussive rework by Fabio Paras.

ON A MISSION

Pizzaman – Gottaman

Pizzaman
“Gottaman”
1997 Cowboy Records (UK)
RODEO 956 CD

01. Gottaman (Eat Me Edit)
02. Gottaman (Pizzaman Mix)
03. Gottaman (Distant Drums Mix)
04. Gottaman (Gregorio Mix)

INFO > Produced by Play Boys and Norman Cook, “Gottaman” was Cowboy’s last commercial release (a DJ promo remix pack of William Pitt’s “City Lights” bears the label’s final catalog number, RODEO 957 12DJ). The Distant Drums duo of Simeon Friend and Mike Mukhopadhyay (also in Beat Foundation) provide a progressive house rework.

GOTTAMAN

Various Artists – The Very Best Of Cowboy Records

Various Artists
“The Very Best Of Cowboy Records”
2000 Eagle Records (UK)
EDMCD111

01. Secret Life – Love So Strong (Brothers In Rhythm Edit)
02. Suzi Carr – All Over Me (The Delorme Radio Edit)
03. Pizzaman – Trippin’ On Sunshine (Radio Edit)
04. Deja Vu – Why Why Why (Deja Vu’s From Belfast To Bosnia Edit)
05. Perks Of Living Society – 2 Damn Free (P.L.S. Arena Edit)
06. Talizman – Only You (Chris & James Old Skool Edit)
07. Rejoice – Peace, Love & Harmony (Love To Infinity’s Radio Mix)
08. Secret Life – As Always (Junior Style Edit)
09. Suzi Carr – Love Me For Life (Loveland’s Ballroom Radio Edit)
10. Deja Vu – Deja Vu (Original Edit)
11. William Pitt – City Lights (Qattara 7″ Mix)
12. Sono Lakota – Ice & Acid (The Aloof Remix)

01. Forthright – How Sweet The Sound (How Sweet The Sound Mix)
02. Secret Life – As Always (Gospel Mix)
03. Talizman – Only You (Grinstretcher Club Mix)
04. Pizzaman – Trippin’ On Sunshine (Play Boys Fully Loaded Dub)
05. Deja Vu – Gangsters, Tarts & Wannabees
06. The Aloof – On A Mission (Stanley Mix)

INFO > A couple of years after Cowboy folded, Eagle Records licensed some of that label’s finest tunes for a best of compilation. While the track selection is decent enough, unfortunately neither CD comes close to maximum capacity. There are a couple of digital exclusives on this collection, including a previously unreleased Qattara edit of William Pitt’s Balearic classic, “City Lights.”

THE VERY BEST OF COWBOY RECORDS (CD 1)
THE VERY BEST OF COWBOY RECORDS (CD 2)

Various Artists – Cowboy Records The Album Vol. 1

Various Artists
“Cowboy Records The Album Vol. 1”
1993 Cowboy Records (UK)
RODEO CD 1

1.01. Secret Life – As Always (Old School House Mix)
1.02. Well Hung Parliament – We Can Be (S1000 Mix)
1.03. Serotonin – Pleasure Boy (Full Circle Mix)
1.04. Soundscape – Do They Mean Us?
1.05. Faith Department – Initiation (Full Circle Mix)
1.06. Deja Vu – Never Knew The Devil (Kazoo Mix)
1.07. The Aloof – Excursion
1.08. Smells Like Heaven – Londres Strutt

2.01. Talizman – Only You (Original Boot Knock Mix)
2.02. Boomshanka – Do What You Wanna Do (Snake Dub)
2.03. Smells Like Heaven – Rhythm De Londres
2.04. Balouga Boys – Iceni (Remix)
2.05. The Aloof – On A Mission (Stanley Mix)
2.06. Sono Lakota – Ice & Acid (The Remix)
2.07. Secret Life – As Always (Gospel Mix)
2.08. Charas – Lunar Musique (Full Moon Mix)

INFO > Founded by club promoter Charlie Chester and The Aloof’s Dean Thatcher, Cowboy wrangled some mighty fine tunes between 1991 and 1997. Giddy up, house heads!

COWBOY RECORDS VOL. 1 (CD 1)
COWBOY RECORDS VOL. 1 (CD 2)

The Aloof – Purity

The Aloof
“Purity”
1992 Cowboy Records (UK)
CD RODEO 12

01. Purity (7″ Edit)
02. Purity (Full Vocal Mix)
03. Purity (Junior Style Remix)
04. Purity (Oh Dear Mix)
05. Purity (The D.O.P. Deep Mix)*

*Bonus track

INFO > Prior to developing their familiar downtempo sound, The Aloof maintained a more housey, Balearic vibe on early singles. Farley and Heller polish up “Purity” in their distinctive style, while D.O.P. take the tune on a dark, throbbing, electronic excursion.

Purity
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