Here it is! My tribute to the late, great John Rodgers aka DJ Gully. One of, if not THE pioneer of the breakbeat sound in Perth, He was kicking around long beforehand, but I first experienced his skills in the very early days (late 2000) of Ambar and I can honestly say that my love of breaks or breakbeat is a result of him displaying a unique blend of what at the time was an incredibly fresh, underground, yet dancefloor friendly sound.
Did I know that 13 years later I would still be obsessed and so heavily involved in this style of music? Most definitely not! So with his untimely passing I felt compelled to pay tribute to him and the musical education he instilled upon me that brought me to this time and place. His "Backbeat" night, initially at Ambar, and later at Bar Open played a pivotal role in the development of the scene and culture here in Perth and gave a break, pardon the pun, to many of the people who are now household names around town. Anyone that was there in those days holds those memories very close to their heart and the gift he gave us was, and is, priceless!
I've dusted off my records from that period, and put together a very special 3 hour mix. People talk about the "golden era" of breaks, but are usually referring to 2 or 3 years later. This mix focuses primarily on tunes from 1999-2002, so it's no surprise that Plump Djs and labels like Finger Lickin and TCR feature pretty heavily.
Please forgive me for what I would now consider fairly simple, and at times, somewhat rough mixing. All the tunes here except for few are played from (very well worn) vinyl as you can hear from that warm, fuzzy sound that you just don't really get to hear these days. I couldn't tell you the last time I pulled a 3 hour session on the Technics, am a little rusty, but hopefully I did it justice and conveyed it adequately and convincingly. At the end of the day, it's about the music and the connection and memories we all feel towards it, just bask in the rawness!
There was a big list compiled by friends and fans with close to 100 tunes that people associate with Gully, I obviously couldn't get through all of them. Some of the ones I didn't have, I tried to track down but remember we are talking about an era where not everyone had the internet, tunes weren't available as a 320, wav or aiff moments after they were finished and records took on average about 6 months to find their way to Australia. You then had to beg, steal and borrow to acquire them before anyone else did! To this day, finding some of those tracks that aren't just a shoddy 128kbps rip from vinyl proves almost impossible! I felt some of the suggestions put forward absolutely should've been in the mix but I just didn't have access to them and wanted to get this out there ASAP.
I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones, he was the sort of guy that noone had a bad word to say about and will be sorely missed by so many! So please, get comfortable, click play and raise a glass in honour of the man responsible for many a dancefloor memory and good time! Much love mate, may your legacy live on and you rest in peace!
Elektronauts - Bumper (Plump DJs remix)
Mekon feat. Roxanne Shante - What's Goin On
Stone Roses - Fools Gold (Grooverider Remix)
DJ Icey feat. Melanie Rev - Searching
PMT - Gyromancer (False Prophet remix)
Uberzone - Bounce (Rennie Pilgrem and BLIM secret mix)
Rennie Pilgrem & BLIM - Eskimo
BLIM and Rennie Pilgrem feat MC Chickaboo - 2 Freaks
Soul Of Man - Killa Brew
Quivver - One Last Time (Lee Coombs Remix)
Arc En Ciel - The Juice
Tsunami One & BT - Hip Hop Phenomenon
Orbital - Funny Break [One Is Enough] (Plump DJs remix)
Freq Nasty - Amped (Dub)
Vandal - Boom Stick
Shara Nelson & Kasha - U
Koma & Bones - Morpheus
JDS - Nine Ways (Plump DJs remix)
Josh Wink - Higher State Of Consciousness (V3 Tweakin Acid Funk)
Humanoid - Stakker Humanoid 2001 (Plump DJs 2001 Re Touch)
Electroliners - Loose Caboose
Soul Of Man - Dirty Waltzer
Uberzone & Rennie Pilgrem - Cous Cous (Royale mix)
Aquasky & Masterblaster - 777
Zero - Emit/Collect (Rennie Pilgrem's Agatha Stomp)
Plump DJs - Electric Disco
Dreadzone - Crazy Knowledge (Soul Of Man remix)
Lee Coombs - Future Sound Of Retro (remix)
Plump DJs - Scram
Nu Breed - Mutst
Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea (Hybrid Mix)
Freestylers_feat._Milion_Dan - Boom Blast (Deekline & Wizard feat. Yoland remix)
Propellerheads - Take California
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me