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Caucasian Boy

"Northern Lights [Kevin McKay Remix]"

Label: Rhythm Graffiti

2017 Jul 08     
2 Bit Thugs

The Crispin J Glover creation is back on his own Rhythm Graffiti label

There's a bit of a story behind this one. So, are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin...

In 1993, Strictly Rhythm released Northern Lights by Caucasian Boy. It was something of a departure for the label, because at that time they very rarely licensed in tracks from other labels, or signed tracks by non-US artists, and Northern Lights ticked both boxes - the Crispin J Glover production had first been out on his own Matrix Records earlier that year. The squelching acid that is the track's defining characteristic was also a bit unusual for Strictly, but the track became a huge club hit all the same.

And now, nearly a quarter-century on, it's back - this time on Glover's own reissue-focused Rhythm Graffiti label, and as remixed by Kevin McKay. The Glasgow Underground boss has done a splendid job of updating it, too - smoothing out some of the rougher edges and giving it a warmer, bassier feel so it won't sound brash against today's more sumptuous productions, but otherwise letting that acid throb shine though in all its original glory.

A treat for house lovers (and dancefloors) young and old alike.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 7 July




Review Score: 8




Tags: Caucasian Boy, Crispin J Glover, Rhythm Graffiti, Strictly Rhythm, Matrix Records, Kevin McKay, Glasgow Underground, acid