The ReWind series exists as merely an aid in the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of the unintentionally forgotten, or the often overlooked tracks of yesteryear.
The site’s recent focus on progressive trance isn’t about to come to an end quite yet, as I’d like to put forth another progressive gem for you folks to enjoy. Calendars at the ready, we’re going back to the beginning of the millennium.
Created by Irishmen Chris Agnelli and Robbie Nelson under their Agnelli & Nelson moniker, Hudson Street was one of their most successful productions, reaching number 29 in the UK chart of that year. The August single outing on Xtravaganza Recordings was the second in line (after Embrace in June) to be released in anticipation of the duo’s debut album with the same name.
Included on the 12” were two versions: the New York Mix on the A side, joined by a shorter Dark Now Mix on the flip. The former is the one I decided to go with, hence its presence up there in the title.
As opposed to its AA sibling, this is a tad slower which, coupled with its longer run time, gives it plenty of space to unfold. Like many gems of that era, the New York Mix is one of those productions which nudges you to press the accelerator just a little bit more, making it perfect for the open road. Those acids near the beginning provide a nice ramp for the terrific baseline and subsequent weirdness that ensues.
To be honest, its lead synth wouldn’t be out of place on an alien space ship, but hey, who wouldn’t want to climb aboard a craft with this kind of soundtrack? The second break sounds even darker and other worldly, but I’ll let you discover that for yourselves. I’ve spoiled enough. 🙂
Until next time, go for a drive with the New York Mix of Agnelli & Nelson, Hudson Street:
Country: UK / Style: Progressive Trance / Year: 2000 / Label: Xtravaganza Recordings
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