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How we made Theme from S-Express | Musique Non Stop

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Monday, July 3, 2017

How we made Theme from S-Express

‘We launched UK house with just £500 – and a few cans of hairspray’

I was one of the first DJs in the UK to play house music, and I had this idea for a record made of a load of samples. At the time, the dance label Rhythm King had opened across the road from where I was living in London, so I was always hanging out there. They paired me up with Pascal Gabriel [co-writer of Bomb the Bass’s sample-heavy Beat Dis] and I played him all these bits off various records. We put them on to a cassette – taping 10 seconds of this record, three seconds of that one – and when Rhythm King heard it they said: “We’ll put you in the studio.”

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