Catching up with 808 State in 1996… [July 1996]

In 1996, seven years on from Pacific State going massive, 808 State released their fifth album, Don Solaris. Featuring a giant cock (really) on the front, and released on ZTT,

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‘Dope’ on plastic – ‘The Bomb’, 23 years later… [March 1995]

For the record, the lyric is ‘Street sounds swirling through my mind’ and not ‘These sounds fall into my mind’… but given that this is a stone cold classic, I

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Injected With A Poison’s strange, ecumenical origins…

Injected With A Poison by Praga Khan is one of most frenetic rave tracks of the early 90s, packed with piano stabs, synth bursts, and a smattering of whoops and

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Hector and Cian go large… Ibiza 2001, Irish style [September 2001]

Fair play to Galway-based DJ Cian Ó Cíobháin for digging this one out and posting it on Facebook the other night… Back in September 2001, Clubbing.com magazine sent more than

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Egyptian Empire – The Horn Track [1991]

There are few one-hit wonders better than the absolute rave belter that is Egyptian Empire’s The Horn Track. Released in 1991, initially on Fokus Recordings and then on FFRR, The

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Check out Sasha rocking a castle party in County Louth back in 1993… [May 1993]

Bellingham Castle, in County Louth, Ireland, is, according to the official website, ‘an elegant and spacious 17th Century Irish castle bursting with rich history, splendour and old-world luxury’. For a

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Thunderdome’s early TV commercials underline just how insane the whole gabber scene was…

It’s testament to the hard work of ID&T founders Irfan van Ewijk, Duncan Stutterheim and Theo Lelie, that Thunderdome, the primary exponent of gabber in the Netherlands, celebrated its 25th

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Daft Punk’s Discovery, 17 years later… [February 2001]

Daft Punk released their second album, Discovery, on 26 February 2001, and while 17 years and two studio albums have passed (five if you count the soundtrack to Tron:Legacy and

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This video for Carl Cox’s I Want You (Forever) is so 1991 it hurts…

Back in 1991, legendary DJ Carl Cox dipped his toe into the production game, with the release of I Want You (Forever), arguably the great man’s finest solo work. With

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Check out this video from the opening party of The Kitchen nightclub in Dublin… [February 1994]

Despite operating for just over eight years (I had the pleasure of working there for three of them), The Kitchen Nightclub was arguably the best purpose-built venue in Dublin’s clubbing

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