Download Side A – 47:59, 87.8 MB
Download Side B – 35:29, 64.9 MB (incomplete)
256kbps, 44.1kHz stereo
Perceived peak independent channels normalized
When you leave a Toronto nightclub any time after midnight you’re pretty well guaranteed to be bombarded with a flurry of fliers for other events and parties. In the 90’s it was rare to see any event with house music without the names Peter and Tyrone written near or at the top. These guys are some of Toronto’s most prolific, consistently booked resident DJs, and for good reason as this mixtape indicates.
The title is a bit of a misnomer as I personally wouldn’t classify most of the songs as hard house per se – the A side is mostly melodic and the B side is chiefly tech and Chicago style post-disco house.Â However, there are some truly banging tracks that will not disappoint the most dangerous housers. The mixing is spot-on and obviously handled by a couple of pairs of delicate, skilled hands. These guys get a lot of practise and it shows.
I was optimistic about the great quality of the audio on this tape, but unfortunately I believe the casing is damaged and squeezes inward a bit. This makes the reels very difficult to turn about 3/4 of the way through side B – so much so that my tape player stopped in the same place the 3 times I tried to record it. One time while trying to tighten up the tape by fast-forwarding and rewinding it all the way the tape didn’t disengage from the head and got barfed all over my floor. It’s a darn good thing I have experience with this as it took me a good 10 minutes to gingerly unhook it from the head and respool it with a pencil. The tape is a bit wrinkled but luckily it sounded pristine when I recorded it.
This is one of few tapes that includes a track list. Here it is. Please leave a comment to let me whether you enjoyed this tape and what your favourite track is. Mine is Paco Di Bango by Playboy!
Side A (“Hard Side”)
Daft Punk – Around The World (RMX)
Dave Angel – Tokyo Stealth Fighter
Jark Prongo – D.M.S.
Junkheadz – Work On Me Baby
Yello – To The Sea
Peace Division – Back To Back
DJ Sneak – Keep On Groovin (RMX)
Le Patron – Est Devenu Fou
Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground (RMX)
Side B (“Harder Side”)
Studio 54 – Le Sample House
Basement Jaxx – Samba Magic (RMX)
Special Agents – The Slut
Playboy – Paco Di Bango
Rozzo – You Know
Joel Mull – Lusk 001
Music First – Stellarium
Green Flame & Mr. G – Who Knows Dub
Green Velvet – Answering Machine
Svek – What Is The Time