As Fuse turns 25, here are some of our favourite sets from Belgium’s premier techno venue…
Legendary Brussels club Fuse opened its doors on this day (16 April) in 1994, establishing a techno legacy that is up there with Berlin’s Tresor and Paris’ Rex Club.
The legendary club hosts a 14-hour techno extravaganza at Paleis-Palais on 27 April, welcoming Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Dave Clarke, Len Faki, Mind Againt, Stephan Bodzin, Pierre and others for what promises to be a birthday party to remember.
Speaking to Red Bull Elektropedia last year, techno baron Dave Clarke (who held a milestone birthday of his own at Fuse last autumn), paid tribute to a club that has always stuck to its guns, despite meandering musical tastes.
“Fuse has become a constant success because it didn’t follow trends, something that’s very rare in this day and age”, he said. “Many have an initial plan, but follow the big bucks as soon as the opportunity passes by. This club just followed its own heart and soul.”
And so say all of us. To mark Fuse’s momentous milestone, we here at 909originals have delved into the archives to bring you five of the most stomping sets from the past quarter century.
Turn those volume controls to 11…
Laurent Garnier, 4 April 1995
Hot on the heels of the release of his Astral Dreams EP, Monsieur Garnier set Fuse alight with this storming set in the spring of 1995, featuring tracks from Hardfloor, Acid Warrior and others.
Umek, 2 November 2002
There was a time in the early part of the last decade that loopy, driving techno was the toast of the techno scene… and Uros Umek was arguably the master, as this set illustrates.
Luke Slater, 26 December 1997
The Planetary Assault Systems guru takes no prisoners at this post-Christmas party, with tracks from Robert Armani, Scan X, Underground Resistance helping burn off the turkey and stuffing.
Vitalic and Miss Kittin, 18 May 2002
Featuring seminal cuts like Speedy J’s Electric Deluxe, Der Dritte Raum’s Hale Bopp and Vitalic’s brain-melting La Rock 01, this set, recorded on a special Gigolo Night at the club, mixes electro and techno with technicolour aplomb.
Dave Clarke, 22 September 2018
The red baron turned 50 in dynamite fashion last September, with a storming voyage through techno history, blending classics such as T-Coy’s Carino and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love with some devastating techno cuts.
Here’s to the next 25 years..!
[Main picture taken from www.fuse.be by STYN.be]