Grant Dell – Forever Bob – Including Remixes by Terry Francis – Mark Allister & Luke Holden and Faton Dolaku – Giant Records (GR005 )

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The Forever Bob EP

The Forever Bob EP is a requiem to Bob De Rosa by his long time close friends and collaborators Grant Dell, Terry Francis, Mark Allister and Faton Dolaku. These recordings draw on fond memories of their time spent with a man who lived for underground dance music and is rightly regarded as one of its true originators.

As resident DJ at Heart & Soul from 1993, Bob set the benchmark for sonic excellence, helping to define the sound of the underground – acid and Chicago house flawlessly fused with techno and electro. And it wasn’t just the music – the people that Bob helped to bring together, created a chemistry that kick started a whole movement. Whoop Whoop, Wiggle and countless other underground parties have grown an extended family tree.

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The Forever Bob EP

The Forever Bob EP is a requiem to Bob De Rosa by his long time close friends and collaborators Grant Dell, Terry Francis, Mark Allister and Faton Dolaku. These recordings draw on fond memories of their time spent with a man who lived for underground dance music and is rightly regarded as one of its true originators.

As resident DJ at Heart & Soul from 1993, Bob set the benchmark for sonic excellence, helping to define the sound of the underground – acid and Chicago house flawlessly fused with techno and electro. And it wasn’t just the music – the people that Bob helped to bring together, created a chemistry that kick started a whole movement. Whoop Whoop, Wiggle and countless other underground parties have grown an extended family tree.

Along with Terry, Mark Allister and Grant, Bob took the sound and the spirit of the underground across London and down the South Coast. Touring Australia with Mr. C and crossing the USA with DIY in the nineties, Bob’s deck talents won him the wider acclaim of an increasingly international audience. Gigs all over Europe followed, including regular appearances in Kosovo with Faton. A succession of releases with Grant on Uhuru Beats, Totem and Hooj Choons also brought recognition for his production skills.

Facing a terminal condition, Bob continued to play and attend many of the events he and his legacy had inspired. He was still there supporting his mates, spreading positive vibes, peace love and happiness with a big beaming smile. From the outset, right up to the end, Bob De Rosa resolutely remained the heart, the soul and the pure spirit of the party.

A1. Grant Dell’s mix references the early Chicago house of the wide-eyed nights they spent together at Bob’s Full House and Energy. It gets back to the kind of groove they championed through their many releases together as Uhuru Beats

A2. Terry Francis’ mix evokes the kind of dark, angular delights Bob pioneered as main resident at Heart and Soul. The spoken sample offers a few well chosen words. Bob and Terry also released an EP on Eye 4 Sound together as the Sweet Leaf Grinders.

AA1. Bognor’s finest Mark Alistair, who introduced Bob to more memorable South Coast weekenders than either could fully recall, navigates deeper and choppier waters for his mix with Luke Holden.

AA2. Faton Dolaku booked Bob to play Kosovo so many times; Bob met the love of his life, Arta there. Faton’s mix evokes sun-drenched sunrises and warm feelings of togetherness.

 All trax are Mastered to 1/2 tape before being cut to wax for that extra bit of juice.

Original front cover art by Sil Cunningham

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Chris Udoh (Various) 'Nice !!! Feeling Dell's Mix !! '

Carsten Schuchmann (Meat (Get Physical / Freebase)) 'Great traxxx!'

Tony Rodriguez (Brothers' Vibe) 'Super piece - thanks!'

Nils Lausund (Nils Noa / Lot49) 'good release. will play this for sure tonight.'

Tedd Patterson (Vibal) 'cool mix by Mark A & Luke H. Full support'

David Scuba (Superfreq) 'Nice work Terry ... will try '

Nathan G (Large Music) 'Swaying toward the MA & LH mix of this. Will test out this weekend in Sydney! Thx Nathan'

David Vendetta (Stealth/Ultra/Juicy) 'Good for me. Thanks.'

Robbie Akbal (Supernature Recordings / Akbal Music) 'Terry Francis remix is big !! massive support here!!'

Shane Watcha (Zombie Soundsystem) 'cool package! all remixes rock but francis remix is my fav!'

Alexi Delano (H Productions / Visionquest / M_Nus) 'The Grant Dell and Terry Francis remixes are more for me.'

Laurent Garnier (none) 'GRANT DELL MIX is great'

Rob Birch (Stereo MCs) 'Thanks Grant Dell mix for me '

Murray Richardson (East Village / Rebel Waltz Industries) 'great stuff from Giant, luvin Terry Francis mix, top intro!'

Eddie Richards (Evil Eddie Richards) 'nice tribute to bob well done all'

Julien Sandre (Morris Audio) 'TF remix'

Robert Owens 'Mark and Luke mix, great.'

Clive Henry (Peace Division / Circo Loco / NRK) 'Grant Dell remix for me'

Chris Fortier (Thoughtless / Sullivan Room / Balance) 'for sure love it. great stuff from grand and terry francis'

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) 'mark allister dmx is my fav '

Claire Ripley (Dessous / Phobic) 'I like all the mixes, Terrys probably the most of the 4 if I had to pick'

Colin Dale '.....killer E.P and a fitting tribute to Bob De Rosa. All killer tracks but Mark & Luke getting max rotation.'

Bee Shiver (Size Doesn't Matter) 'tight package rest in peace Bob'

Marcus Frankowski (Marcus Sur (MBF LTD / Noir / RESOPAL)) 'Excellent and outstanding release. Thanks'

Kirby (Lost My Dog, Loco Records, Nordic Trax) 'Mark Allister & Luke Holden mix sounds nice. All the best. '

Adam Curtain (Classic, Danse Club, NoFitState, Leftroom) 'Great EP, Grant Dell Mix and Mark & Luke Mixes for me, thanks! '

Light IDR (INfradig Records) 'For me Terry Francis remix and the original. thanks for the music'

Davide & Claudio Dzeta & Basile (1Trax/Plastic City/Real tone) 'Terry Francis and Mark Allister & Luke Holden are off the hook!'

Brian Ffar (Siteholder / Tic Tac Toe / Gourmet / Redline Sessions) 'Really like this release. Terry's remix is really cool - I love the mood and groove! Also a fan of the Allister and Holden remix.'

Demi (Deeper Substance) 'like grant dell mix'