Monsieur Seb’s Daily Musical Suggestion: The Good Life


There are some records one feels lucky and grateful to own.

One such record, for me, is the double vinyl entitled Testament 93 by Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City.

There’s no debate on how influential Kevin Saunderson’s been for House Music and electronic music in general, as much in his solo productions as with Inner City or even as a label owner.

Released (as the title implies) in 1993, this beautifully packaged double 12″ was, at the time, and it sill is, very near a collector’s item.

First because CJ Mackintosh’s remix is absolutely first class, adding just what’s needed to the original production of the “other” Inner City classic, Good Life (Big Fun being THE classic), to make it sound even better on a dancefloor, but without hijacking the track.

Good Life (Cj Mackintosh’s Living Good Club Mix) – Inner City
Good Life

It sounds like it could very well be the orginal, to someone who hasn’t heard it in a while.

Second, the lot of producers invited to remix some of Inner City’s best songs is quite impressive, even now: the aforementionned Mackintosh, Unity, Brothers In Rhythm, Leftfield, Saunderson himself, as well as The Future Sound Of London, doing a 15 minutes-long version of Praise that sounds like a close relative of Papua New Guinea.

Praise (The Future Sound Of London Concept Dub) – Inner City

Nowadays, Testament 93 is not that hard to find in digital version (download or CD), and I’ve seen a few vinyl copies available from online retailers and eBay. If you go for vinyl, make sure you get a mint copy, because although the pressing was very nice, it was also very fragile.

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