This Creation rave took place 15 years ago today… what I wouldn’t give to be back there again… [May 2003]

One of Ireland’s best rave crews, Creation, held what was to be one of their last parties on this day (31 May) in 2003, at Devil’s Glen in County Wicklow.

As you can see from the (unfortunately short) video below, the music (and craic) was relentless until well into the following day…

Around the 0:12 mark, if you look closely, you can even see a young 909originals strutting his stuff. 🙂

On the lineup were Irish techno legends such as Sunil Sharpe, Ron O’Ciosog and Joe McGrath, among others.

As I wrote at the time (with just a hint of embellishment):

“The bus driver had told us it was only a 20 minute walk up a short hill. But for the 500 or so weary ravers, clubbers and general well wishers who trudged for over an hour to join countless others at a ‘secret location’ in the Wicklow mountains on a clammy summer night, we could forgive his poor estimate. At least just this one time.

“Drawn closer by the rumbling bass and flashes of light amongst the trees, our eventual emergence into the party site itself, a huge natural amphitheatre in a forest clearing (which I believe operates as a car park 364 days a year) is one of those uniquely memorable experiences which dance music should be about…”

Read the full review here (thanks to Archive.org).

[And SERIOUS kudos to Cozzy for some legendary parties]

Check out this video of Dublin’s ‘hottest dance club’, Sides DC, back in 1987…

Sides nightclub, or Sides DC to give it its official title (the DC standing for ‘Dance Club’), was a historic venue in the history of Dublin clubbing, from its early days emulating the nightspots of New York, to its later incarnation as a house and techno-infused den of iniquity.

The club opened in 1986. One year on from that, on 29 May 1987 (31 years ago today!), RTE Evening Extra reporter Shay Healy ventured to the Dame Lane venue.

The video can be found by clicking on the image below.

As club owner John Nolan puts it, “We don’t consider ourselves alternative as such. We consider ourselves to be doing our own thing.

“We like to dance, we like to dress in a certain fashion but to us it’s not alternative. It’s just being ourselves.”

Later, Virgin Prunes star (and Bono’s best mate) Gavin Friday chips in to suggest that while Sides is a “great addition” to the city’s nightlife, it’s still not a patch on London or Berlin. To be fair, even more than three decades on, he still has a point.

Remind us to try out Shay’s excellent ‘robot’ dance moves next time we’re on the floor at Berghain…

[Video and screengrabs taken from RTE Archives]

 

How Jeff Mills influenced Daft Punk’s ‘Rollin and Scratchin’

Forget Get Lucky, One More Time, or even Da Funk. For me, the quintessential Daft Punk track is Rollin and Scratchin.

I remember a big name DJ telling me about 15 years ago that Daft Punk’s first album was the “sound of two people enjoying themselves through music”, and this is no more the case on the album’s eighth track, which builds and builds over screeching synths and laser-sharp beats.

It’s seven and a half minutes of unadulterated rawness; an essential track in the self-styled robots’ back catalogue.

And what’s more, it appears to have been influenced by Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills.

In 2001, Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo gave an interview to DJ Times, in which they were asked about their influences. For both, it seems one name rises far above the rest.

Interviewer: “Who are some of your favourite DJs?”

Bangalter: “I think my favourite DJ is Jeff Mills. It’s cool the way he combines innovation, energy and minimalism, taking something that could appear to be really repetitive and dumb and make it very intelligent and radical, and also very entertaining – and especially more entertaining than the records themselves, than if they were taken separately. It’s a situation where the difference between the original material and the outcome is higher, which is sometimes easier with techno because there’s no harmony.”

De Homem-Christo: “There’s many really good DJs, so it’s hard to say just one, but every time I’ve seen Jeff Mills play, he’s taken me to a new dimension where he’s throwing records away. This is not just DJing. There’s lots of great DJs, but every time you see him, he’s doing something special every time.”

Bangalter: “The interesting thing is the fact that he has become one of the most important musicians in electronic music, maybe one of the most important producers of techno music ever. People tend to often confuse the difference between DJs and live shows and maybe he is part of that confusion because when he spins it’s almost like he is making music live with three turntables.

“He represents an important statement that we were trying to do with tracks like “Rolling and Scratching” that were harder edged, that these noises are music and it’s not just noise and can be accessible and experimental.”

Five years on from Random Access Memories, I wonder can we convince Jeff to collaborate on Daft Punk’s next album?

[Article snippet taken from DJ Times, May 2001]

It’s Friday… which means it’s time for the Graeme Park Radio Show!

Heading out this Friday? The latest instalment of the Graeme Park Radio Show is here to get you ready for the weekend!

This week’s two hour mix features Mark Funk, DJ James Ingram, Todd Terry, Seamus Haji, Kevin McKay, Angelo Ferreri, Joe T Vanelli, Harry Romero, ATFC, Riva Starr and more.

Hour 1:
Hour 2: 

Turn it up… loud!

Tracklisting, 25 May 2018: [Title (Mix), Artist]

The Learning Process, T. Williams & James Jacob
Pleasure Project (Seamus Haji Re-Loved Edit), C. Da Afro
Superlovin’ (Original Mix), Mark Funk & Danny Cruz
House Biscuits (Original Mix), DJ James Ingram
Something Goin’ On (Sonny Wharton Remix), Todd Terry feat. Jocelyn Brown, Martha Wash & Roland Clark
Dimensions (I’m Happy) (Richard Earnshaw Revibe Radio Edit), Seamus Haji presents Mekkah
Sweetest Pain (John Morales M+M Vocal Mix), S.E.L. & Gary Hudgins
Run & Hide (Original Mix), Kevin McKay
Just A Little Bit (Sean McCabe Moody Remix), Detroit Rising
Love On My Mind (Original Mix), Kevin McKay & CASSIMM
Live Ur Life (Escalade Radio Edit), Ant La Rock & Michael Moog
See You Soon, Angelo Ferreri & Tete De La Course
Sweetest Day Of May, Joe T Vanelli Project feat. Harambee
Walking On Sunshine, Rockers Revenge
Jackie’s Groove, Shane D
Back, Harry Romero feat. Robert Owens
Something Going On, Todd Terry feat. Jocelyn Brown, Martha wash & Roland Clark
I Feel The Earth Move, ATFC
In Arms, Ferrick Dawn & Robosonic
Schoolyard Daze, Kevin McKay
All That Dancin’, Danny Howard & Guz
I Feel Love, MYNC & Rhythm Masters
Housepital, Riva Star & Dajae
Keep On Jumpin’, Todd Terry feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Carl Craig – At Les [1997]

Given that this week marked techno legend Carl Craig’s 49th birthday – happy belated tidings Carl! – this week’s Throwback Thursday highlights one of the jewels in the maestro’s back catalogue.

Nestled midway through his 1997 album, More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art, released on Planet E, At Les is classic Detroit: mellow, melodic synths weave and sway over a raw 909 beat.

One of the undisputed highlights of the so-called ‘second wave‘ of Detroit techno.

In a 2017 interview with XLR8R, Carl explained why At Les continues to retain its allure, more than 20 years after its initial release.

“At Les is a track that has been able to live for a long time because it is easy to cover it,” he explained.

“There is a musical aspect of it, there is the sound, and there is a sonic characteristic that comes not only from the recordings but how it is arranged. It just emotes a feeling that, at least in versions that I have been involved in, has transpired through the music.”

Here at 909originals, we’re inclined to agree.

[Kudos to JC Frequency for the YouTube upload]

Reporting on the early 90s US rave scene… [November 1992]

While the European dance scene of the early 90s can be said to have influenced popular culture as we know it today, the same cannot be said in the US, where the rave scene remained largely underground right up until the end of the decade… barring the occasional appearance of the ‘Club Kids’ on daytime chat shows.

In November 1992, the Associated Press published a report on the emerging scene, where kids from various States across the country gathered week-in, week-out to lose themselves to the music.

“Every week, we’ll travel to Baltimore, Rhode Island, DC, Long Island; anywhere there’s a rave,” one 19 year old is quoted as saying. “It’s the best place to meet great people who are into the same thing you are: music and positive energy It’s like we’re part of the Travelling Techno Rainbow Family.”

There’s an adorable innocence about the article, too, as if the generation of 90s ravers are simply ploughing the same furrow as their parents did, back in the 60s.

“Raves are an escape, it’s an adrenaline rush,” says an interviewee. “My mom was a hippie, a Deadhead. I figure this is the equivalent of what she was doing. Mini Woodstocks.”

[Article taken from Daily News, November 25, 1992, archived by Google]

Castlemorton: How a field in rural Worcestershire changed the free party scene forever… [May 1992]

On Friday 22 May 1992, 26 years ago today, the Castlemorton Common Festival kicked off, running pretty much non-stop for six days before eventually being shut down.

It also gave rise to this somewhat amusing interview for ITN Central News:

The gathering, the biggest the UK had seen at the time, welcomed soundsystems from crews including Spiral Tribe, Bedlam, DiY, Adrenalin and Circus Warp, for an event that arguably changed the face of the free party scene – within months, legislation prohibiting similar parties was drawn up and inserted into the Criminal Justice Bill, which was introduced in 1994.

Not that the rave scene was finished, of course. As The Face’s Sheryl Garratt put it in her 1998 book, Adventures in Wonderland, “The tabloids portrayed the Castlemorton flare-up as a problem caused by dirty, dole-scrounging travellers, rather than clubbers up for a party.

“In the summer of 1992, The Sun, in its new incarnation as the ravers’ best friend, covered a Fantazia rave for well over 25,000 people in glowingly positive terms.”

[Kudos to Spiff Monk and discodelinquent for the YouTube uploads, and also to the Free Party People blog for their excellent write up here]

Olivier Abbeloos’ ‘New Beat’ series of mixes are essential listening for anyone into early house and techno…

The ‘New Beat’ genre, which emerged out of the EBM and New Wave scene in the mid- to late-80s is arguably one of the most important, yet under-appreciated, in the history of electronic music.

While Chicago and Detroit clearly played an important role in shaping the future of dance music, New Beat was a distinctly darker, slower tempo hybrid of industrial beats and pulsing synth lines, mainly produced between 1986 and 1989, which earned a new legion of fans with the emergence of electroclash a decade later.

A few months ago, Belgian producer Olivier Abbeloos, of T99 and Quadrophonia fame, produced a series of six hour-long mixes, exploring this genre in more detail, which are getting repeated airplay at 909originals HQ.

As Abbeloos explains on his Soundcloud page, New Beat “started with rare instrumental B-sides and album tracks of electro, EBM and new wave in the 80’s . Because of the attention it got in some famous Belgian clubs producers started to transform it. They created instrumental tracks based around hypnotic jams with less vocals.”

These productions would then get airings on less popular nights, such as Sundays, or early in the morning.

“There was no theory involved,” Abbeloos says. “All was created around jams with the atmospheres for those clubs. Mostly [built around a] minor or diminished scale: ‘the dark factor’. The press gave it the tittle ‘New Beat’ when the commercial acts came at the end of this scene.”

Once you start listening, like us, you’ll be hooked.

A Brief History Of The New Beat Culture Part 01 (87 – 89)

Yello – Live At The Roxy N.Y. Dec 83 (1984)
Arbeid Adelt! – Death Disco (Todd Terje Edit) (1983)
Dirty Harry – D’Bop (1988)
Shakti – The Awakening (1988)
Spiritual Sky – Sky My House Band (1989)
La Rolls – Sure Is (24 Tracks Mix) (1988)
Neon – Voices (1988)
Erotic Dissidents – Move Your Ass And Feel The Beat (1988)
The Maxx – Cocaine (1988)
Fad Gadget – Lady Shave (1981)
A Split Second – Rigor Mortis (1987)
Space Opera – Mandate My Ass (1988)
In-D – Virgin In D-Sky’s (1988)
Acts Of Madmen – The Dream (1987)
16 Bit – Where Are You (1986)
Major Problem – Acid Queen (1988)
Taste Of Sugar – Hmm, Hmm (1988)
HNo3 – Doughnut Dollies (1988)
N.0.i.A. – Stranger In A Strange Land (1983)
Public Relations – Eighty Eight (1988)
A Split Second – The Colosseum Crash (1989)
Snowy Red – Euroshima (War Dance) (1982)
Moments Of Ecstasy – You And Me (1988)
Spectrum – Total Recall (1988)

A Brief History Of The New Beat Culture Part 02 (87 – 89)

Fred Brown – Roman Days (1987)
Spectrum – Total Recall (1988)
Real Man – Fashion Victims (1988)
Rhythm Kings – A La Recherche Du Temps Perdue (1989)
Westbam – Back To The Future (1989)
Sister Movie – Hold Me (1989)
Reject 707 – Brainkiller (1988)
Signal Aout 42 – Carnaval (Plastic Acid Mix) (1988)
Miss Nicky Trax – Acid In The House (1988)
Shriekback – Mistah Linn He Dead (1984)
Front 242 – Commando Mix (1984)
Zsa Zsa La Boum – Something Scary (1988)
Boy Toy – Touch My Body (1989)
The Caravan – The World Beat (1987)
B.A.D. – In Full Effect (1989)
101 – Saigon Nightmare (1988)
Klangwerk – Klangwerk (1989)
Bazz – The Drop Deal (1988)
Major Problem – I Stll Have A Dream (1989)
Traxx – Malfunction (1989)
808 State – Narcossa (1988)

A Brief History Of The New Beat Culture Part 03 (87 – 89)

Apocalypse Now – Even The Jungle Wanted Him Dead
Body Count – Trax (1987)
Public Relations – Wakhif (1988)
La Strada – L.S. Beat (1988)
JC Project – Andromedia (1989)
Nasty Thoughts – Acid Sex (Acid Version) (1988)
BX 8017 – Take An Acid (1988)
Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Ninos Del Parque (1981)
Signal Aout 42 – Pleasure And Crime (Instr.) (1988)
Zerocks – You Too (1988)
Pericles – Fly Woman (1989)
Blind Vision – Bestialic Beat (1989)
Depeche Mode – Shout (Rio Edit) (1981)
Chico Crew – Acid Pages (Church Mix) (1988)
Off – Electrica Salsa (Dub) (1986)
Ac Fax – Eventide (1989)
Edwards & Armani – Up Your Bum (1988)
Bozz – Hot Traxx (Master Mix) (1988)
Robotiko Rejekto – Rejekto (Perfekto Mix) (1987)
Double I.D. – Communicate (New Beat Night Mix) (1989)
Phantasia – Welcome To My Acid House (1988)
Sound Squad – Access Denied (1988)

A Brief History Of The New Beat Culture Part 04 (87 – 89)

Edwards & Armani – Acid Drill (1989)
In-D – Bastion In-D Stress (1988)
Zsa Zsa La Boum – Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas (1989)
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise (1988)
The Beat Club – Security (1988)
White House White – Ouverture (1988)
Laibach – Panorama (1984)
Micro X – Red Velvet (1989)
Klangwerk – Wollt Ihr (1989)
Bazz – Rrrock It ! (1988)
Frankie Bones – Call It Techno (1989)
Liaisons D – Future FJP (1989)
Pulse 8 – Radio Morocco (Youth Remix) (1989)
Mohamed – Ham Safar (808 state Remix) (1988)
Two D.J.’s – The Creation (1989)
Lhasa – Acetatechno V 2.3 (1989)
The Concrete Beat – It’s Not The Way To Do It (1989)

An Early History Of The New Beat Culture Part 05

Fadela – N’sel Fik (1987)
The Caravan – Somewhere In Arabia (1987)
Zazou Bikaye – Dju Ya Feza (Simon Boswell Remix) (1984)
Explorers Of The Nile – We Are All Egyptians (1988)
Chairmen Of The Board – Life & Death (1974)
T.O.D. – Badabou (1987)
Ei Mori – Vetettem Violat (Razormaid Mix) (1988)
Chayell – Beach (1987)
Logic System – Unit (1981)
Neon Judgement – Please, Release Me, Let Me Go-Go (1985)
Takenoko – Trans Amor Express (Dub Mix) (1988)
Will Powers – Adventures In Success (Dub Mix) (1983)
Chris & Cosey – He’s An Arabian (1985)
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Regiment (1981)
Shriekback – Into Method (Planet Mix) (1983)
KMFDM – Zip (1986)
Simple Minds – This Fear of Gods (1980)
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now (1985)
The Normal – Warm Leatherette (1978)
Liaisons Dangereuses – Etre Assis Ou Danser (1981)
Saga – Take A Chance (Dub Mix) (1985)

An Early History Of The New Beat Culture Part 06

Code 61 – Drop The Deal (1988)
Alan Rankine – Rumours Of War (1986)
Severed Heads – The Ant Can See Legs (1985)
Vicious pink – The Spaceship is Over There (1986)
Escape from New York – Fire in My Heart (Instrumental Dub) (1984)
Telex – The Voice (1988)
Max Berlin – Elle Et Moi (1978)
Stereo Crew – She’s A Skag (instr.) (1986)
Sly Fox – Let’s Go All The Way (Diamond Dub Mix) (1986)
Nitzer Ebb – Let Your Body Learn (1987)
Boytronic – Brilliant (1986)
Rhythm From Zaire – Afrikan Dream (1987)
Renegade Soundwave – cocaine sex (sub aqua overdrive dub) (1987)
Flesh & Fell – The Wind (1985)
The Human League – being boiled (fast version) (1978)
Sly & Robbie – Boops (Here To Go) (1987)
Carlos Peron – Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted (1984)
Fad Gadget – Back To Nature (1979)
Material – Don’t Lose Control (1982)
Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem Pour Un Con (1968)
Devo – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1977)

Artificial Life Begins At 40: Why Kraftwerk’s The Man-Machine is more relevant now than ever… [May 1978]

“We’re charging our battery, and now we’re full of energy. We are the robots.”

Kraftwerk’s The Man-Machine was released 40 years ago this week (May 19, 1978), and while the group’s earlier works such as Autobahn and Trans-Europe Express set the template for the Düsseldorf-based band’s ‘sound’, their fourth studio album was arguably their most accessible, indicating that as well as symphonic arrangements, the self-styled ‘robots’ could also do pop.

While The Model would go on to be the group’s most-recognisable track (released as a single in September of that year in Germany, it wouldn’t see a single release in Ireland and the UK until 1981), the album skirts between space exploration (Spacelab), city nightlife (Neon Lights) and, of course, robotics, via The Robots and The Man Machine, which bookend the album.

Reviews at the time of release were positive, however many critics didn’t know where to place it – according to Wikipedia, the NME said that The Man-Machine stands as “one of the pinnacles of 1970s rock music,” adding that “the sparsity of the lyrics leaves the emphasis squarely on those robot rhythms, chilling tones and exquisite melodies.”

It’s also, arguably, the band’s most prescient work.

While forty years ago, the idea of ‘Singularity’, that moment when machines become cognisant and are able to think for themselves, seemed like science fiction, Ralf, Florian and the boys appeared to be all too aware of what was coming.

The Man-Machine has often been viewed as a ‘concept’ album, and in many ways this is true – the robots that are ‘born’ at the start of Side A experience the trappings of everyday life before evolving into ‘man machines’ by the album’s close.

And we’re starting to see this creep into everyday life.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Google launched its new ‘Duplex’ AI technology, as part of its Assistant platform, which is able to book appointments and arrange meetings over the phone on behalf of its ‘owner’, with the person on the other end of the line completely unaware that they are speaking to a robot.

Reading about this, my mind was instantly drawn to the eerie spoken word snippet that features in The Robots, spoken in Russian.

“Я твой слуга, Я твой работник”, or “I am your slave, I am your worker”.

If and when Singularity happens, The Man-Machine could be a watershed moment.

[Kudos to fritz51341 and Jeffrey Grubb for the YouTube upload]

The latest edition of the Graeme Park Radio Show is here… turn it up loud!

Something for the weekend? The latest instalment of the weekly Graeme Park Radio Show  has just landed and it’s a good un…

This week’s two hour mix features Klein & MBO, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Maze, Joe T Vannelli, Sister Sledge, Blondie, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Jamiroquai and much more.

Hour 1:
Hour 2: 

Turn it up… loud!

Tracklisting, 18 May 2018: [Title (Mix), Artist]

Dirty Talk (European Connection), Klein & MBO
Les Oxalis (Alan Braxe Remix), Charlotte Gainsbourg
Dimensions (I’m Happy) (Richard Earnshaw Revibe), Seamus Haji presents Mekkah
Cascade, Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks
Dust (Dimitri From Paris vs Cotonete Discomix), Gizelle Smith
Twilight (The Sybarites New Dawn Remix), Maze
Dreamcatcher, Dario D’Attis & Definition feat. Jinadu
Live Ur Life (Escalade Edit), Ant La Rock & Michael Moog
Uncontrollable (Stolen Soul Remix), Andy Lakey, John Steel & Ian Campbell
Sweetest Day Of May (Neapolitan Soul Phunky Mix Remastered 2018), Joe T Vannelli Project feat. Harambee
He’s The Greatest Dancer (Changbang Edit), Sister Sledge
Heart Of Glass, Blondie
Superstition (Nolan Rehash), Stevie Wonder
What Have You Done For Me Lately?, Janet Jackson
Lost In Music (Special 1984 Nile Rogers Remix), Sister Sledge
Encore (Extended Vocal Mix), Cheryl Lynn
Space Cowboy (Morales Classic Club Mix), Jamiroquai
Make The World Go ‘Round (Deep Dish Round The World Mix), Sandy B
Do You Want It Right Now? (King Street Mix), Degrees Of Motion feat. Biti
Groove Is In The Heart (Original Mix), Deee-Lite
Know How (Soulboy Edit), Young MC
Rich In Paradise (Original Mix), FPI Project
U Sure Do (Guest List Mix), Strike