Fine Feline - The 9 Lives [2x12“]
For our sixth release Parallax Recordings is back with the repress of Fine Feline´s unbelievably rare '9 Lives EP’, which first came out on Cool Grooves in 1994 under the catalogue number COOL 001. Fine Feline went on to produce under the moniker Cool Breeze on labels like Labello Blanco, 24 Karat, Urban Guerilla, Inception, 2 Tuff, Based On Bass and Audio Maze, before he changed his name a second time to Deep Roots / Deep Rooted, under which he had releases on No U-Turn and Moving Shadow. But before all that, these were his very first productions, which found their way to vinyl on his own short-lived label. Today it´s nearly impossible to get hold of a copy of this release, even for dedicated collectors - if you check Discogs there sits a lonely copy for 250 pounds [and yes, it has sold for this price several times in the past] and only 55 people have it in their collection.
When we contacted Deep Roots he only had one copy himself but liked the idea of making this available again to the true oldskool connoisseurs as well as a new generation of jungle fans. Unfortunately, the masters were long lost and so this was professionally restored from a clean vinyl copy by Vienna’s Skunk Association, a deeply knowledgeable jungle enthusiast in his own right. As all samples were lost too, we had to figure out which ones were used in the creation of these tunes, with a massive assist along the way from some of the scene’s wisest beard strokers - big ups, you know who you are!
So! Parallax is therefore very proud to present to you the much anticipated re-release of the original ‘9 Lives EP’ on a double-pack with a second vinyl featuring fresh new takes from modern jungle heroes Kid Lib and Ricky Force, as well as Deep Roots himself. Kid Lib was over the moon to get his hands on an official remix and chose his fave 'Just For U' , while Ricky Force flipped the distinctive rare grooves of 'Weekend' into something that is uniquely his own. Deep Roots himself got his hands on his Junior Reid-sampling 'One Blood' and brought it bang up to date. We are very proud of the whole package and are happy to finally lift the secret - as this was a long time in the making - and bring you the '9 Lives EP’, properly (re-) mastered by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven Mastering and pressed by Optimal Records in Germany.
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