In the summer of 1989, when Trevor Miller’s ”Trip City” was first released with a five-track cassette EP by A Guy Called Gerald, there had been no other British novel like it. This was the down and dirty side of London nightclubs, dance music and the kind of hallucinogenic drug sub-culture that hadn’t really been explored since Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Maybe this is why Trip City is still known as “the acid house novel” and an underground literary landmark. For 2021, Trip City is back and the original soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald is also being reissued and all five tracks are available on vinyl for the first time.
Mint Condition is a reissue label focused on excavating the outer fringes of classic House and Techno. Unreleased mixes, classics and overlooked gems mined from the last 20+ of contemporary dance music are the order of the day. 1988, the second ‘summer of love’, the UK is in the grip of acid house fever, warehouses, sports halls, basements and nightclubs are reverberating to the new dance sounds emanating from Chicago and Detroit. Annette was built around vocalist Annette Dos Reis and it this was a veritable all-star group featuring Mike Pickering, A guy called Gerald, Simon Topping and Ritchie Close. ‘Dream 17’ was the group’s first outing on the newly minted DeConstruction label in 1988. Obviously it made perfect sense to draft in Detroit’s Derrick May to craft a stellar remix.
For the second installment of the Stallions saga, Bosconi Records entrusts the fate of the muscular thoroughbred Neged. The stallion is flanked by five stallions at an older age and with four tracks have a responsibility to drive the seductive ride, set synergy between Uk, bass and balearic sounds. The first maximum weight is A Guy Called Gerald, with a melodic and other times The Diehold Thu, following close behind Altered Natives that lay snares for between environments dreamy and epic of The Legend Of Neglect. The B-side turns on a wide range of positive feelings derived from spatial Testacorta melodies, written by Alex Picone and Mass Prod aka Brothers in Low, and Virata Rupa by Eduardo della Calle, who is a great travel companion for a ride reached only half of the final goal.
The oldskool hero A Guy Called Gerald with his first release on Bosconi Records. The release randomly arrives in coincidence with the definitive closing of another legend, the place in Berlin that has been a symbol for years of the cultural renaissance of the german capital after the wall, the Tacheles. When Gerald just moved to Berlin, he got his house and his studio inside that very inspiring and artistic place, and as a tribute and homage to his legendary figure, some mysterious writer draw G’s face on the right side of that building with the shamanic enigma above that giant mural “How Long Is Now”. A1 gives the title to the EP and it’s subliminal dark and psychedelic after-hours dope session, while on B1 there’s the shady and sexy atmosphere of “Groove of the Ghetto”, a driving and funky house tune sustained by an ultra fat synth bass and enriched by soulful vocals and deep pads, while on B2 the EP ends wih the brutal Uk bass bonus beats monster entitled “202”. In memory of Tacheles and the good old days.