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I don’t know what is the rarest, most expensive or most obscure record among my modest record collection. But somewhere among the latter category lies Hotline by Black Lodge. If I had to give it a category it might be obscurest record I listen to regularly.

True, Hotline has a Discogs entry. But this hardly inspires confidence, claiming “Promo release only 2 copies pressed up”. It doesn’t even list the B side (it is Baby, in case anyone from Discogs is listening). Other than that, it draws an online blank.

Maybe that makes it sound like my CD promo of Hotline (picked up for 49p in a charity shop in Islington many years ago) could be worth something. But I don’t think so. For a start, CDs rarely command a high value. And for a second, no one seems to really care about Black Lodge. (They should do. But I’m coming to that.) In fact the only other person I know who likes them used to do Black Lodge’s press, many years ago. And even he was surprised that I had a copy.

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atavismePepe Bradock is one of the most endearingly underground producers on the house spectrum.

His 1999 track Deep Burnt may well be a classic of the deep house field, injecting a dose of mystery and class into what can be the dullest of all musical genres and inspiring a terrible commercial cover version by Joey Negro, but Bradock remains determinedly under the radar, with his music only available via sporadic 12 inches on his own Atavisme label.

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