One of Chicago legend Vincent Floyd’s most wanted records gets a classy reissue. Originally released on Gherkin sublabel ReSound Records in 1990, Cruising was notoriously bootlegged and notoriously bootlegged badly by people who wanted to cash in on DJs’ cravings for this sine qua non, the single best example of Vincent Floyd‘s deep, hypnotic and atmospheric sound. It was a fair irony for an artist who hung it up because he wasn’t entirely sure anyone was listening; so many were, in fact, listening that they would pay top dollar for a mediocre pressing.
The title track is about as epic as it gets — 12+ minutes of sizzling hats, sweeping chords and hypnotic vibes. This sound has leapt across the world, not least of all due to tracks like this one, but so few people were making anything like this in 1990; it was a quantum leap ahead of its time. “Isolation” is another smooth ride with what sounds like icy DX7 keys raiding the high ends like music intercepted from an alien jukebox. As time has gone on, Vincent Floyd’s sound has gone from unique to ubiquitous but the real deal retains an authenticity that’s impossible to counterfeit. It’s so good, so rich, and so rare.
Vincent Floyd: Cruising (Resound Records / July 2021 / 12″ Vinyl/Digital)
1. Vincent Floyd: Cruising (Long Ride) (12:09)
2. Vincent Floyd: Isolation (07:55)
3. Vincent Floyd: Silent Noise (06:09)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.