Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1

Cat. No: BU006
UK release date: 19/08/1996
Formats: CD, LP, DIGITAL
Status: Out Now
  • Move Move Move Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
  • Delhi Discotheque Johnny Pearson
  • Snowman’s Stomp Steve Gray
  • Rocky Mountain Runabout Alan Hawkshaw
  • French Kick David Lindup
  • Beat Me ‘Til I’m Blue Alan Hawkshaw
  • Exclusive Blend Keith Mansfield
  • Tap Footer Alan Hawkshaw
  • The Zodiac David Lindup
  • Coast To Coast “Ray Cameron
  • Boogaloo Smith James Clarke
  • Step Forward Keith Mansfield
  • Mexican D.J. Keith Mansfield
  • Powerhouse Pop Keith Mansfield
  • Come Here Calcutta Johnny Pearson



Reissue of Volume 1 from the classic groundbreaking Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend music library series sees Paul Tunkin, DJ & founder of legendary Blow Up club, taking us on a journey deep into the vaults of the KPM music library.

Originally released in 1996, the Blow Up Exclusive Blend series were one of the first commercial introductions to Music Library and the twilight world of the session man. Volume 1 features the cream of the KPM Music Library writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker and Johnny Pearson, From the pounding up-tempo of ‘Move, Move, Move’ through the Hammond-heavy ‘Beat Me ‘Til I’m Blue’ and ‘Rocky Mountain Runabout’ (versions of both featuring on the legendary Mohawks ‘The Champ’ album) to the sitar 60s club sound of ‘Delhi Discotheque’ and ‘Come here Calcutta’. Most of these tracks had never been commercially available before this release.

Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 has been continuously repressed since its release and remains a ground-breaking introduction to the world of the music library, the first in a series that reflects the diverse music that can be heard at London’s legendary Blow Up club. Now available again on vinyl too and for the first time ever digitally. Essential for DJs and collectors alike.

Sleeve Notes

Exclusive Blend Volume 1 is the first in a series of compilations reflecting the eclecticism of London’s Blow Up club, featuring obscure traces that form an integral part of its musical make up. Volume 1 unearths recordings made for the KPM music library between 1968-1970. From 1965, KPM introduced writers from jazz and pop backgrounds into its writing stable, to contemporise its catalogue of theme tunes and incidental music. This album features the creme de la creme of these composers, including Keith Mansfield, Johnny Pearson and Alan Hawkshaw. For the trainspotters, an alternative take of Hawkshaw’s ‘Beat Me ‘Til I’m Blue’ (minus horns) to the version featured on The Mohowks’ L.P. ‘The Champ’ is of particular interest. For the sane among us, think of this album of just a little something to carry on the party in the afterhours.”
Paul Tunkin (Blow Up founder/Resident DJ.)

“Those of us who were port of the recording scene in the sixties con now look back and reflect on how lucky we were to be around at the time that English ‘Pop & Rock’ music would become such a success. So many great musicians, such good recording studios and so many artists from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones who would dominate the musical culture Of young people all over the world.
And so many of them are still with us today!- Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Robert Plant, Georgie Fame, The Love Affair, Marmalade and the Tremeloes- all of these artists that I worked with hove lasted the ‘test of time’. I hope that when you listen to Exclusive Blend, you will be taken back in time and con enjoy all the positive energy that was such a port of that era.”
Keith Mansfield (Composer for KPM)



“One of the most important achievements by Blow Up DJs was the rediscovery of rare Sixties library music. This album is packed with such rare and previously unheard music from the likes of easy listening masters as Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw of The Mohawks”

“A groundbreaking compilation - and one of the first sets to ever explore the rare treasure trove of grooves from the sound library scene! 16 sparkling grooves from the vaults of the KPM”

Dusty Groove



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