Track: Push The Feeling On (The Dub Of Doom)
Label: Great Jones
More than any other of the hundreds of previously profiled songs, Marc Kinchen's remix(es) of Nightcrawlers' Push The Feeling On (PTFO), is the quintessential classic house track. Simply put, it's the best house track ever made. Not only does it serve as the gold standard for dubbing and vocal rearrangement, but - more importantly - it perfectly captures the ethos of the club scene during the golden era of house music. For me, it doesn't matter that the track was played to saturation back in the day or that the horn sample will forever be connected to Pitbull's zero-IQ song about a hotel room. PTFO is still the ultimate killer and the backstory of this track is more than worthy of a quick history lesson.
Firstly, Nightcrawlers was the name of Scottish songwriter/DJ/producer John Reid's musical project. He had some real enjoyable tracks, with a couple others also remixed by MK to success. John Reid is very much alive and keeping busy in the industry these days. You can check him out on Twitter if you're inclined.
Directly below is the original Nightcrawlers version of PTFO. Unless you bought this maxi CD, you've probably never heard this. This track is heavily influenced by Creative Source's Pass The Feelin' On, a 1975 soul slow jam - and a pretty darn good one (listen here).
So you're probably thinking: (1) That's a mid-tempo song and (2) The break around the one minute mark sounds most familiar. If you're familiar with some of the other MK mixes of PTFO, you'll recognize some of the other lyrics.
At some point in 1992, Marc Kinchen got the call to provide a dub remix for PTFO. In fact, Nightcrawlers' label insisted upon a dub (MK had made a name for himself as a skilled dubber by this point). Supplied with only the acapella, MK quickly knew the direction he wanted to take with the track and went to work. Exactly how long it took to crank out is unknown, but the whole process took just a matter of days. The 92 remixes were similar, but the Dub of Doom was the standout track:
Just a dope track. Unmistakable Korg M1 organ, the horn, the lyrics chopped to the point of incomprehension! It became an underground classic sometime in 1993 and a DJ staple for a couple years before catching mainstream fire in 1995 with the release of additional remixes. Nobody really knew what words they were hearing, but some nice guy on YouTube did the homework for us:
MK's 95 mixes incorporated more of the original vocals:
Back in the early 00s, I was told that the famous horn sample on PTFO came from a Mexican band and someone emailed me "proof". I lost that email long ago and can't find evidence for this. Whosampled.com lists La Hora de Bailar (made by Sandy y Papo, Dominican guys) sampling the horn in 1996 - so maybe that was what I was sent? Can't remember. Unless proven otherwise, Marc Kinchen is the originator of that horn sample.
Long live PTFO and check out some of the other MK tracks profiled if your new to this sound.