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I remember picking up an early Drum'n'Bass CD called "History of our World" ... well, here's an important bit of history of my world, the beginnings of what would become MadameFLY's Nightlife ...

I had moved from DC to SW FLA in 1990 and by 1995 was suffering culture shock ... buying mostly trivial music at the local music store and making the occasional score based on a written review (e.g., Massive Attack's Blue Lines.) 1995, went to Key West on vacation, had dinner at a spot called Dim Sum and while perusing the menu, came to realize I was totally captivated by the background music ...asked the waiter who somewhat dismissively referred me to the DJ / bartender, who turned out to be a young guy from Ecuador by way of New Orleans, who was only too happy to talk to someone who had noticed the music ... What I was hearing turned out to be the Electric Hush album by a group called Heights of Abraham... before I left, the DJ (Donald Porter ... or "Tranceporter" as he chose to be known) had given me a list of "if you like that then you'll like these" albums to search out ... and before I'd left Key West, I'd spent a couple hundred dollars at Spec Music, grabbing up titles from the list ... but there was no copy of Electric Hush to be had.

FFWD to the following spring, when I got my first PC and an internet connection ... immediately out looking for cool music ... searching for Brian Eno gave me 100s of leads to similar stuff ... but most importantly, I found a source for Electric Hush ... and in the meantime established that the online world of music was an infinite playground ... by the end of the decade, I had stumbled into the next big influence in my life: thedownbeat.org, a community of downtempo heads who gave me a huge amount of leads on good music and where i forged some friendships that endure to this day, tho I have only met a few of the people in "real life" ....

Additionally online, i came across the MixMeister software (a gift from a guy who had to ditch his purchase because is soon-to-be-wife wasn't keen on him spending all his free time mixing music) ... having that software led me to the MM community and, in due course, a place in the internet radio effort.

All this while, I built and maintained a website (BeatConscious, where you're standing now) to memorialize my interest in this incredible music ... a small unadvertised site, BeatConscious received only a modest amount of visitors in the beginning (thankfully allowing me to make all the typical newbie webmaster mistakes mostly in private) but over the years I would hear from more and more people who stumbled onto the site while looking for whatever ... and very rarely, the folks I would hear from would be musicians who had, apparently, been idly trolling the web looking for references to themselves or their musical output ...

And ten years almost to the day from my original introduction to Heights of Abraham that night in Key West, I received an email from Sim Lister (sax player for HoA) who let me know that the band was preparing to release a new album after nearly 10 years of time off ...

So it is my distinct pleasure to advise you -- whoever you may be -- that the album Two Thousand and Six is out, the group sounds as wonderful as ever (when it comes to vocals, Jake Harries is the Chet Baker of Acid Jazz) and you can hear one of the tracks, As the Night Descended, on the latest BeatConscious show to stream from mmRadio, entitled Melt.

Update:  Another set featuring these guys has just been uploaded to mmRadio ... or listen here for a brief time....  I'm calling it: At the AcidLounge Tonite, and it features a couple of HoA tracks:  New World City from the latest album and Dolphins from their first release, Electric HushHeights of Abraham was my introduction into the world of acid jazz, it's only fitting they should star in this series ....  


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