In the early to mid ’90s, buying the hip-hop I loved in any format – vinyl, cassette, CD, whatever – was a bit of an obsession … and an expensive one, at that. Still, all these years later, I’m pretty proud of the collection I’ve amassed, from cassingles to imports and everything in between.
I spent plenty of time and money at Swell Records back in the day, hoarding anything I could with those fancy dreams of being a DJ (haha … yeah, right). One vinyl gem I plucked – marked down to $10 from $18.99 (the price tag is still on it) – is a 1994 promo import from Pete Rock and CL Smooth, the Never Coming Out EP (1994).
It must have come out after the release of The Main Ingredient because it features one of the tracks from that album (In the House) and a remix of another (Take You There). Even better, it features a demo mix of the classic joint, They Reminisce Over You, from the 1992 debut Mecca and the Soul Brother.
Inspired by The Main Ingredient cafe/ale house in Phoenix, I finally got around to converting the EP to digital files. So check out the T.R.O.Y. demo mix below, and then head over to the Matador Records blog to hear a new Pete Rock remix of Yo La Tengo’s Here to Fall.