02/04/2019: “Voodoo Ray” by A Guy Called Gerald

An interesting fact about this song: the sample used was originally “voodoo rage”, but the sampler used was quite old and didn’t have enough memory to store the whole thing.

It was the early days of the acid House scene in the U.K., and it was difficult to get records from the U.S.A. That meant that enterprising musicians like A Guy Called Gerald had to work it out from scratch…

The song sounds quite different to a lot of what would be called House music today. In many ways, it’s closer to Electro, with it’s old school drum machines and samples, truncated beats, and synthesised basslines.

Regardless of that, the song proved catchy enough to be a hit in the U.K., reaching number 12 on the U.K. singles chart. With the bell samples, and the vocals from Nicola Collier, it has enough melodies to justify that!

It’s actually quite a chilled out song, even though it is definitely dancefloor orientated.

The song was released in 1988 on Rham records.

Seminal acid house!

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