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99th Floor Elevators

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The 99th Floor Elevators are the hard house and euro house music project started way back in the mid 90s in London, UK by Derby born ex-rock vocalist and freelance music journalist and fanzine editor, Adrian Fusiarski.

Ten years of Hooked. Hooked was originally a national hit in 1995 and has been hanging aroound in various versions ever since!

The first Elevators track, ‘Ice’ was spliced together on an Atari ST and Casio FZ-1 sampler at Beat Base studios in Wood Green, London with engineer/genius Aldwin Johnson pulling out all the stops to fit everything onto the massive four meg memory computer. ‘Ice’ was a veritable audio quilt of sonic theft, with half inched vocals, Miles Davis on horns and En Vogue on backing vocals amongst others! ‘Lead vocal’ was from house diva Rowetta (later of Happy Mondays/X Factor infamy).

The exact same ‘Soul On Ice’ vocal was used over ten years later in 2006 on Steve Lawler and King Unique’s much heralded ‘Souls On Ice’.

Signed to Production House , ‘Ice’ never got a full release (it was given the PNT 055 catalogue number which you will find scratched into the run out grooves) though gained the Elevators their first radio air play from Steve Jackson at Londons Kiss FM’s legendary ‘The House That Jack Built’ show, and a healthy buzz chart placing at DJ Magazine. The track re-appeared on Invader Records only to sink without trace along with its distributor Great Asset.

The original two versions of the follow up, (well before genius pairing Tony De Vit and Simon Parkes injected the track with magic dust !) and fledgling Trade anthem ‘Hooked’ were actually put together in a day in a tiny front room studio in Mitcham, South London.

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