Minimal Man, Make A Move


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A collaborative project between Baby Ford and Ian “Eon” Loveday birthed way back in 1993, Minimal Man have released a dozen or so singles for such labels as Perlon, Trelik, Guerilla, and Vinyl Solution. But it’s been “Make A Move,” originally released in 2000, that has taken on a life of its own via mixes and DJ sets over the years, enough so to justify a welcome repressing eight years later. Never a big hit, “Make A Move” has proven to be more useful than jaw dropping, but you have to admire a DJ tool with this kind of longevity.

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On first listen, it’s easy to hear exactly how this track has become a secret weapon for so many DJs. A crisp, punishing breakbeat (always one of Loveday’s specialties) pushes along a circular, acidic bass riff, punctuated by a Chicago house vocal snippet to make a simple, direct and devastatingly effective track. Part 1 and Part 2 appear on opposite sides of the 12″, mirroring each other and allowing for those springing for two copies to have lots of extra fodder to extend the fun. Third track “Stay On” works in a Kraftwerk sample over a clattering electro break and some spacey textural backdrops, but “Make A Move” is the real star here. It’s rare that a record can effectively be mixed with deep house, techno, minimal, breakbeats and pretty much everything in between and still hold its own distinct identity; missing it a second time is inexcusable.

eric cloutier  on September 24, 2008 at 7:52 PM

my all time favourite record label is trelik. hands down some of the most timeless techno ever produced, and, obviously, it still holds its own today.

glad to see this got a review, as i’ve been jamming it since i first purchased it when it originally came out. “chicken store” and “coyote flux” are equally amazing.

jeremy  on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 PM

this is a legit record for sure

hutlock  on September 25, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Anyone (besides me) still play any of those really old Baby Ford records? I have a 10″ remix of “Beach Bump” that I think I’d still play out today. Dude’s got a knack for producing records that don’t date.

eric cloutier  on September 25, 2008 at 9:04 AM

i still play the “beach bump” 12″, “oochie coochie,” “children of the revolution” and “ford trax” to surprise people.

which “beach bump” remix are you referring to?

hutlock  on September 25, 2008 at 9:52 AM

I think it’s called the “Wildflower” mix? It was on a Rhythm King 10″, but I think it is also on the Sire US 12″ that came out later. I’m actually thinking it would mix pretty well with this Minimal Man!

eric cloutier  on September 25, 2008 at 9:56 AM

those are the two i beat the shit out, and yes, that “wildflower” mix is the one i play as well. small world!

Jason Rule (harpomarx42)  on September 27, 2008 at 9:18 AM

This is one of my all time classics in my virtubox.

Todd: I have a 12″ of Changes/Let’s Talk It Over that I enjoy caning. You are not alone.

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