In 1991 I borrowed this tape of a friend Mark Nelson who lived in the next road to me. At the time this tape seemed very outdated being two years old, in fact even in 1991 we used to refer to 88, 89 music as Old Skool, quite bizarre really as it was only such a small amount of time that had passed, but in music terms seemed an age ago, as the hunt for upfront music was the main motivation to satisfy your hunger. The original tape had Pub Zinema, Ibiza written on the label, I have googled and found the Zinema Bar, San Antonio, so maybe the tape was mis-labled. In 1991 there was talk amongst us of visiting the White Island, but I remember being put off by a friend at the time called Paul, claiming that Ibiza was now full of piss heads and had all gone “mental mental” and was not worth going to anymore, the scene had changed. So that was it, crossed off the list, in retrospect a decision I now possibly regret, or maybe not. I guess for the original party goers prior to 1991 it would have been different, but life is like that, it moves on and progresses, better or worse is a matter of opinion. The scenes were changing rapidly at this point, towards the end of the summer of 1991 the marriage between house, breakbeat and techno were breaking down, and started to drift apart into there own separate scenes. Unlike the three years prior where different styles of dance music lived almost harmoniously together, as clearly apparent in this mix tape, from the classic house sounds of Frankie Knuckles and UK Acid house from A Guy Called Gerald, fused with the harder sound from Europe in the form of Belgian New Beat.
Can you ID the first track on side A?