002 Conor Thomas

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Conor Thomas c90 mixtape

Release date 13 Nov. 2016

“This mix is a tribute to a series of "free parties"/raves held in manchester over ten years ago. Records that were played there or that i used to cane during that era

Using the benefit of hindsight, this is a snapshot or perspective of the era after the '90s "Madchester" and “sulphuric soul” (gip) thing. of course there were other things happening, lots of techno/electro/breakcore/electronica and early dubstep, but for me, this was the sound of cracked warehouses and abandoned mental hospitals when i moved here in 2002, and it remained like that until dubstep really took a grip after 2007.

All tracks are from original records released between ’93 and ’04 (apart from the Leckey snippet), with particular focus on darkside late ‘90s flex, which bled into that era. I only found out years after that time that other people had nicknamed me The Smoking Man, probs cos i look a bit grey and tended to hang in the shadows with a big spliff when i wasn’t brukking and gurning. Not because i wore a flasher mac and had links to secret government agencies."

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Standing for "Mixed By Erry", the label takes its title from a mythical and somewhat anonymous pirate figure within Naples called Erry with no clear ties to music who issued a series of low-key cassette mixes in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Each of these cassettes came emblazoned with the phrase: “The ideal dimension for a clean listening”.
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