30/01/2019: “Allright” by Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden is a DJ who has been influential in the both House and Speed Garage scenes, with some massive hits like the “Spin Spin Sugar” remix, and “Nitelife”.

“Allright” is more of a straight forward House tune, and encapsulates a certain classic style of the early 90s.

It’s sample based, with the bassline taken from “Running Away” by Roy Ayers, and other parts taken from “As” by Stevie Wonder.

That bassline is too good just to use once, in fairness!

The parts of the song come together beautifully, resulting in a loved up stew of grooviness!

It’s one of those that doesn’t so much ask for movement as demands it. The drums pound away relentlessly. In their wake, they lead along a dozy, soulful melody composed only of two or three simple notes, which ring out tantalisingly.

The track was released in 1994 on an E.P. called Armand Van Helden Presents Oldschool Junkies: Allright. 

A heavy jam!


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