One On One Vol. III: Kim English – Nite Life (Armand Van Helden Retail Mix)

A seamless mélange of new and old that can be offered up by more well-versed DJs is a skill only accrued through years of dedication to their craft. We’re lucky to currently have so many DJs that are ready and able to share with us their favourite selections from the musical era that keeps on giving, for those of us who aren’t as familiar with the 90s for whichever reason. This Kim English jingle is one that we’ve heard many many times on countless Rinse streams but failed to seek out, until one day we couldn’t take it anymore – it’s such a staple that it’d be a crime for us to go on without appreciating it and sharing it through our newly revived “One On One” series. We most recently heard this bit during Jackmaster’s Numbers show last Tuesday, then traced it back to his untouchable Fabriclive mix. Along with being superbly catchy and upbeat, it’s a shining example of mid-90s house music, as it was released in 1994. This Armand Van Helden remix is a far cry from songs like “Barbra Streisand” that he’s guilty of putting out as one half of Duck Sauce today. Shortly after releasing this 123bpm belter back in the day, he ended up inspiring the evolution of “speed garage” by putting out other remixes like “Sugar is Sweeter” by CJ Bolland or “Professional Widow” by Tori Amos. Between every aspect of the remix, you can tell why it’s just as good today sandwiched between artists like Mosca and DJ Q as it would’ve been when it was brand new in ’94. If you’re in disbelief that 2012’s Van Helden could be behind such a garagey classic, you can stream it below, and you can download the Numbers episode from Rinse just below that to hear Jackmaster let it loose along with a host of other old favourites and many, many new things that we’re excited for to come.

Stream: Kim English – Nite Life (Armand Van Helden Retail Mix)

Download: Numbers on Rinse.FM (May 15 2012) (128kbps)

Cayley MacArthur

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