Bill Brewster Presents:, Tribal Rites - Part 1  
Bill Brewster Presents:
Tribal Rites - Part 1
BEL 2xLP 
Label: Eskimo
Release Year: 2017
Style: Diverse
 
  Tracks  
  A1. Latin Breed - Maranatha
A2. Gaffa - Attitude Dancing (Land Of A 1000 Dunces)
A3. Little Reuben - (I Am) Drum
A4. Peter Accident - Turning Black
B1. General Crook - What Time It Is (Part II + Part I) (Bill Brewster Edit)
B2. Motion - Crazy Beat
B3. Deborah & The Puerto Ricans - Side A Side B Side
C1. Bobbie Gentry - Thunder In The Afternoon
C2. Surprize - Stavolta
C3. Curtis Green - I Just Gotta Get Down (Part I)
D1. Reggae Clinic 65 - Caravan (Dub Version)
D2. Urang Otan - Walking In The Jungle
D3. P!off? - Mein Walkman Ist Kaputt
 
  Spanning 41 tracks, 'Tribal Rites' is a musical autobiography of sorts from one of dance music's most dedicated historians, Bill Brewster. Released on 3 CDs and double vinyl via Belgium's Eskimo Recordings, the compilation takes us on a personal journey through Bill's 36 year long involvement in the music industry. Whether running DMC's New York offices or labels including Twisted UK and Forensic, being one of Fabric’s original residents, writing (with Frank Broughton) probably the definitive overview of DJ culture, the seminal ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ and the equally essential ‘How To DJ (Properly)’, running the DJhistory website or promoting their much loved Low Life parties, Bill’s fingerprints can be found all over dance music’s past few decades.

So whilst there are few people more qualified to compile such a thing, ‘Tribal Rites’ isn’t just a ‘House & Disco Greatest Hits’, instead we have the soundtrack to a life spent at the coalface of record collecting, of early mornings at car boot sales and late nights logged onto Discogs.

Split into three sections, the compilation begins in the post-punk period, and through tracks such as explores the influence of dub on bands of the time such as Orang Utan, General Strike and The Raincoats. The second section takes us into that mish-mash of sounds and styles best described as ‘Balearic’ where the likes of Bobbie Gentry and Final Edition can happily co-exist and a country and western cover of Hall & Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That’ seems like the most obvious thing in the world.
The final section then concentrates exclusively on house music, though again showcasing just what a broad church House is, able to accommodate both the spiritual yearnings of Mother Tongue’s ‘Message of Love’ and the precision tooled productions of Basic Channel’s Maurizio.

At a moment in time when dance music is more prominent than ever and DJs are treated like pop stars, ‘Tribal Rites’ is a vital reminder that there’s a lot more to DJing than just downloading the latest Beatport chart and waving your hands in the air.

"Everything I do now started with record collecting. It’s the foundation of my career, from writing about music, DJing in clubs, putting compilations together or spending many late-night hours, glass of red wine in hand, bidding on stupid records on eBay." - Bill Brewster
 
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