Premiere: Mike Collins – Halfway House

Back in the days of the Paradise Garage, club nights weren’t defined by individual producers as much as they are now, but by the resident DJs who played, and the records that became associated with them. The late, great David Mancuso had a set of bona-fide ‘Loft classics’ that helped define the early period of club culture and dance music, laying the foundations for DJs like Larry Levan and Kenny Dope to follow. One of these anthems – ‘Rude Movements’ by Sun Palace – was produced by a little known English producer named Mike Collins. Having tirelessly spent the last 35 years studio mixing and producing for names like Cameo, Shannon and Richard Burgess, he is now releasing some of his archived music that has never seen the light of day, to launch new label MIC.

Produced around the same time as ‘Rude Movements’, ‘Halfway House’ can be pinpointed to the proto-dance sound of the 80s, with a spiritual organ synth solo and jackin’ 707 beat invoking the spirit of legendary Jersey club Zanzibar. The track has a very improvised feel to it and doesn’t quite feel finished, but as a tool it is extremely functional and carries a playful, free-flowing style all the way through.

Lost Tapes 1983 – 1989 is out 3rd Feb – pre-order from the MIC website or Juno.

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