by Miles Raymer
[Phuture] took the tape-only recording to DJ Ron Hardy who loved the record so much that he immediately played it at his own club night but it's strangeness didn't initially strike a chord with the Music Box crowd where Ron Hardy was resident. Instead it left the dance floor empty.
A stubborn Ron Hardy did not take to this well and forced the clubbers to listen to the record again. This time some people made their way to the dance floor beginning to understand the bizarre melody pumping out of the speakers. Convinced this was the beginning of something new, Ron Hardy chose to play it a third time. This time the club embraced the record as they finally seemed to understand the point of this strange music and the track went down a storm, so Ron Hardy being Ron Hardy, decided before the night was over to give the record one final spin. It was on the fourth play of playing this record that the place truly erupted. Legend says, people were screaming hysterically whilst other were caught in a hypnotic track locked to the monotonous groove punctuated by it's cowbell percussion.
Maybe not the most elegant prose, but you get the point. Music and more after the jump:
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