09/04/2019: “Deep Inside (The Dub)” by Hardrive

Hardrive’s most enduring hit is most probably “Deep Inside”. To me, it symbolises a golden age of garage house, where it seemed every tune was a classic.

The dub mix strips the song back a bit, and the vocals are a bit less pronounced. To be honest, there’s not a lot of difference between this mix and the original.

The vocal is from “Beautiful People” by Barbara Tucker, a softer house track released in 1994, a year after this. That might seem strange, but the house music legend “Little” Louie Vega is behind both tracks. Hardrive is one of his aliases, and the other tracks in the E.P. feature his long time collaborator Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez.

The song features that classic “deep down inside” vocal cut, and a mesmerisingly simple combination of soft bass and a little marimba type synth, which work together perfectly to create one of the catchiest melodies of all time. I really don’t think that’s too much of an overstatement!

The song was released on the famous Strictly Rhythm label in 1993, as 5 track E.P.

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