It’s been too long. It’s been ten years, maybe even more, since I’ve moved to California,” says Harvey Bassett of his return to the UK. “Basically I overstayed my Green Card; I was having such a nice time that I forgot to leave. So when you do that it puts you in a kind of self imposed exile, or to put it politely a undocumented immigrant.” What he left behind was a famous residency at Ministry Of Sound, and what he took with him was the auteur night - one DJ, one event, one collective mentality.
He also left the legacy of revising the disco edit. “I had an Atari Mega Four. Four megabytes of RAM, and had this hard drive by Cottage Industries, I think, that could store six minutes of music. I remember I couldn’t often get the whole track onto the hard drive. The computer made it, not any quicker, but made it quite a bit easier to splice together these edits, and [my label] Black Cock was born off the back of that. It so happened that no-one had done that for ten years. We were just on the crest of the wave that has become the disco re-edit phenomenon.”
There’s even more talk of more Locussolus on the way following their 12” earlier this year. He’s one of our finest exports, welcome back Harvey.
LOCUSSOLUS - ‘BERGHAIN’ (INTERNATIONAL FEEL)
BLACK COCK - ‘SHINE ON’ (BLACK ON BLACK)
MAP OF AFRICA - ‘BLACK SKINNED BLUE EYED BOYS’ (WHATEVER WE WANT)