2002 release. Born in Glasgow during the 1960s, Howard Bernstein grew up in an unenviable position; a Jewish child within the west of Scotland's sectarian divide. Rejecting all forms of bigotry and division, he found solace in music. Invigorated by John Peel's scattershot broadcasts, he began collecting '70s vinyl from the likes of John McLaughlin, Santana and Gong. After moving to London, he gained production skills with a 3-year stint at Lilley Yard in Fulham, manning the controls for Swing Out Sister and the Banshees. By the mid-'80s, he was part of Soul II Soul's "weekend posse" and reinforced the connection with Nellee Hooper and Jazzy B with contributions to the first Soul II Soul album. During the '90s he worked with Massive Attack and a pre-jungle Goldie, began releasing Howie B Inc 12"s on James Lavelle's Mo' Wax label and helped to program Tricky's Island-deal securing demos. 1993 saw the launch of his own imprint, Pussyfoot, and two years later he collaborated on and co-produced U2's Pop album. He was invited to produce the live sound for its accompanying world tour, and the project went far beyond previous attempts in merging rock spectacle and electronic ingenuity. This mix showcases the adventure and spirit of Howie B's non-compromising DJ sets. Merging breakbeat, electro, house, techno and reggae, he uses cross cuts, blends and quick-trick mixes to construct a sub-bass soaked, heavy-hitting mix. There's the freeform beats of his own Skelf project, Exile's wired rhythm, excerpts of confrontational artist Lydia Lunch and Medicine's stutterfunk re-think of I Monster's "Daydream in Blue." Elsewhere, his two-note trip through Garbage's "Cherry Lips" meets Bombing F's wildpitch grooves; Lemonescent's tribal breaks crash into DJ Llopis' Chi-town inspired bass; and the mainline electro hit of San Fran's Jackyl And Hyde splits Big Hair And Earl Gateshead's gloriously O.T.T. "Hindoo's and Hairdoo's" and Prince Far I's sweet roots vibe. Other artists include: Dope Smugglerz, Blame, and Meat Katie.