THE RADIO MIXES
Out of the ashes of primitive and crude prototypes obtained and sourced through outright extortion;
in the midst of a near-lycanthropic lifestyle dominated by personal and professional chaos, social
hecticism, emotional upheaval, and insomnia tending towards self-destruction and professional burnout,
the invention of the Cyberia compilations attempted to capture and absorb that kiss of fresh
air that had appeared to have re-awakened the slumbering dance music scene.
Not unlike Cher,
Madonna, it was the time to explore
a re-birth and the re-invention of one's self and one's musical direction. It was a time of maturity
and age, a time of wisdom steering us into a new beginning and a new frame of mind racing towards the
uncertainty of the next millennium. Through
the observation of fellow carbon-based life forms whose sexual perversions had affected
our own ravenous appetite, it was pounding music
that again provided the escape tunnel through which the state of Cyberia could be reached -- whether voluntarily or not!
Indeed, many a girl has removed her clothes to the sounds of Cyberia.
If you heard this album your life could be better.
Although The Radio Mixes consists of primarily radio- and consumer-friendly material along
with external samples and similar acts of audio piracy, it provided a training ground plus the fanbase
for possible future editions. Thus started a time when entire albums were purchased for mere 1.2-second
snippets. The three featured medleys (crude mash-ups) reminded of previous projects, and by virtue of the type
of material presented, "mixing" was as crude and amateurish as current skills allowed then.
Intro: Every self-respecting dance compilation album has an introduction of some sorts.
It's a law cast in vinyl, and it's exactly 14 seconds of that you hear first.
"We have begun."
Blurb: "Cyberia (The Radio Mixes) represents the first in what we expect to be a series of scorching
mixes, featuring the best club music doing its rounds at the time of its compilation. This album is
complemented by Version 2.01, a collection of the more hardcore stuff.
Included here are versions of and excerpts from..."
||If you could read my mind - Stars on 54
||Ray of light - Madonna
||These boots are made for walking (stompin' toecap metalzone maxi mix) - Foot-C Foot-C
||Rain (radio mix) - Brainbug
||If you buy this record your life will be better (extended mix) - The Tamperer featuring Maya
||Broken bones (groove station radio mix) - Love Inc.
||Believe (almighty definitive mix) - Cher
||Da ya think I'm sexy? - N-Trance featuring Rod Stewart
||NYCC DMC Medley, featuring:
- It's like that (drop the break radio edit) - Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins
- Fight for your right (to party) (extended version) - N.Y.C.C.
- Highway to hell - N.Y.C.C.
- Feel it - N.Y.C.C.
||Pop Muzik (radio version) - Discorama
||Somebody scream (radio edit) / Ma Baker (extended radio edit) - Horny United vs Boney M vs Sash!
||The Sleepless DJ Medley, featuring:
- Insomnia (moody mix) - Faithless
- God is a DJ (album version) - Faithless
||YaNaUmShayin' (woman 2 woman mix) - The Gillmaniacs
||Big big girl (TNT's big phat radio edit) - Emilia
||Breathe (Tee's radio edit) - Kylie Minogue
||Plastic dreams (vinyl version) - Jaydee
The first final product's covers and labels were
kept relatively simple due to schedule pressure, a disappointing Lexmark printer, and lack of any existing
basis to build on -- commonly referred to as "experience". Not much thought and effort were exhausted on this
aspect of the product... yet!
Total Running Time: 71:55
Released: March 31st, 1999
Recordable Media: Verbatim
There was no pre-determined or finite production run. Additional copies were made as and when requests
poured in, with around 30 official discs having been produced.
How many of the originals remain in existence or pirate copies have since been made is anybody's guess.