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Rennie Pilgrem

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Son of a jazz trumpeter, Rennie started life playing tenor saxophone and sitting with his Father’s various bands around Southern England. Later he formed various funk bands playing sax and keyboards… After making rudimentary House music on the wrong kind of drum machines with soon to be Rhythm Section members Ellis Dee, Richie T, and Nick Newton, they had interest from (amongst others) the new British house label Guerrilla. Preferring to release their own material they formed Rhythm Section Recordings and became part of the wave of breakbeat house that went on to become known as Hardcore in the early ‘90’s.

Their third release ‘Comin’ On Strong’ was a anthem and would have charted top 40 if they’d known about ‘bar codes’ on records. Rhythm Section played at pretty much every main party between ’90-92’ on the same bill as The Prodigy, Moby, Altern 8, Shades Of Rhythm and Bizzare Inc.

As the drugs sped up, so did the music. When the bpms reached a ridiculous 150, Rhythm Section decided to call it a day and separately went back to making music at House tempo.

In 1993 Rennie founded Thursday Club Recordings (TCR) as a medium for putting out his own material. Recording now as ‘Thursday Club’ he had a big tune with ‘Thursday Theme’ which was chased by Virgin.

A chance PA in Florida was another turning point in 1994. Hearing a thriving breaks scene at its original tempo galvanized Rennie into going back to pure breaks. ‘A Place Called Acid’ (1995) was one of the biggest breakbeat tunes around.

He also set up ‘Friction’ with Adam Freeland, Tayo and Ian Williams which pretty much kick-started the whole ‘Nu Skool’ scene. He also coined the term ‘Nu Skool’ along with his fellow Friction partners as a way of describing their music.

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  • ERIXWORX

    yeah, saw him open up for Uberzone- siiiick!

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gldavis

    Ok, Ive just signed up to this..just wondered how u actually played a tune?

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • termitescout

    Why isn't "The Rich Rule Us" on here any where? It's a hhhhooottt song!

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • willoz86

    saw this bloke at the empire in brisbane one sunday night he is wicked!

    7 May 2007 Reply

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