Crate Digging: Vitamins
Shaun Murphy and Sam Murray of the Glasgow party-shakers Vitamins share their soft-spot for old two-step and "ridiculously infectious keyboard riffs"
For two years, Shaun Murphy and Sam Murray have hosted parties around Glasgow as Vitamins, and with this year’s Waverley Riverboat Shuffle they share a bill with Optimo and Melting Pot. Here they give us a tour round some of the sounds that have helped shape the club
Houz’ Mon ‘Deep 2’ (Dance Mania) is a raw ghetto-house roller, a wee shoulder-popper and a joy to mix with despite the rough production values. I first heard Brandy & Monica ‘Boy Is Mine' (Y2K remix) (White Label) on Radio 1 during Daft Punk’s 1999 Essential Selection mixed into their remix of Gabrielle’s ‘Forget About the World’, one of the best mixtape switch-ups of all time. We’ve both got a massive soft spot for old two-step and this has the perfect UK garage beat pop vocal combo. Maybe skip the rapping though.
I put on a strictly ghetto-tech night recently and DJ Rashad's ‘Lick On The Dick’ (Juke Trax Online) caused a bigger riot than any of the classic ‘roof is on fire’, ‘shake that ass’ anthems. Basically a crude chantable vocal chopped up with a big distorted bass drum and rapid hi-hats never goes wrong in a club.
Desert Boots' ‘Nothin' Better’ (Desert Boots Records) has to be one of my favourite UK garage tracks ever, the vocal drops along with this ridiculously infectious keyboard riff. Blake Baxter's ‘The H-Factor’ (Disko B) is a pretty incredible ten-track techno EP, and it’s the title track I usually end up playing. It’s roof pounding nonsense, absolute destruction.
I’m a big sucker for funk from the late 70s and 80s. My favourite era has to be 85-86,when the sound had moved away from its disco roots and taken on its own personality: over-produced, crunchy synth sounds and big, whiney vocals. One song I always go back to is Marcia ‘If You Want My Lovin’ (Tawn & Tinique). She has such an incredible voice, complemented perfectly on this record by claps, cowbell a squelchy bass riff.
Vitamins play the Waverley Riverboat Shuffle with Optimo and Melting Pot, leaving from Glasgow Science Centre, Fri 22 Jun.