Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Gromit, Feb 8, 2017.
I had forgotten about those!
I bought this at the time:
Various - Trance
I've got the second one, not a bad selection
Just the kind of stuff you heard at WU sometimes!
For the last 20 years trance has been so rigidly formulaic and insular that if it doesn't sound exactly like a euro-trance or psytrance or hard trance tune, then nobody considers it trance. But that doesn't mean there hasn't been plenty of decent trancey tunes scattered in the techno, house, electro, disco, synth or minimal genres. People tend not to think of them as trance because they don't sound like Eric Van Titso or Cyber Mushroom, but all these sound well trancey to me:
Rita Furstenhof - Hadron Collider
Lindstrom - I Feel Space
Slam - Azure (The Black Dog's Corn Beffy Mix)
Visonia - Phantoms
Zombies In Miami - This Is Not The End
Exactly, the 'commerical' form that took elements from a number of sources and fused them - but in doing so perhaps provided an entry point for some unaware of the deeper history involved. It has happened with many musical forms and genres - and for those lucky enough to have heard or experienced the earlier expressions it can be infuriating. But that record was legitimate pop music.
As for the wider genealogy - let us not forget Renegade Soundwave.
What about RSW? Fuck are you on about.
No one has said it wasn't legitimate pop music, just that it wasn't seen as part of the underground scene.
Ozora and dark squat parties in London
Y'see, that sounds just like the music you used to get on Amiga megademo's. In 1991.
Best trance mix ever:
Andrew Souter - Abduction (Mix)
Was listening to some Trance Europe Express comps yesterday which were good to hear again. Keeping it strictly pre-95
I agree, and I had not suggested that it was part of the 'underground' scene of the time.
Some great tracks on there - shame it's not the actual mix you linked to!
I still got those I think (and some of the booklets that came with them).
The first one is great.
Some of these tracks (Trance Europe and the Andrew Souter one) reminded me of this, which I love dearly.
Oddly enough I interviewed Dick O'Dell, who ran Guerilla Records with William Orbit, a few months ago for a compilation project related to another label he ran. He was a lovely bloke and told me the story of setting up the label. He really disliked the term 'Progressive House', being a lover of punk/funk stuff, which is why he called his compilations Dub House Disco. The beginning of trance for me, along with labels like Harthouse and Rising High.
ETA some great stuff on those compilations:
Just in case you clicked on one of those videos to see what it was like, this video should cure it.
And let's not forget the Psychick Warriors of Gaia - maybe for another night
That kind of trance I can handle. Reminds me of what I think is the best trance comp/mix:
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia - Exit 23
Fucking hell. Just listening to this it's still incredible. I was surprised to see this was released in either '89 or '90 (dates vary depending where you look). I thought it was from later than that as it was still being caned when I started going to trance parties in early '93.
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia - Obsidian
I've posted the 20 minute version, because...
I saw (and when I say "saw", I really mean "ran around Brixton Academy tripping while they played") Spooky and Psychick Warriors of Gaia on the same line up in '93. There was some other acts playing too...
Oh I went to that. Great night, what a line-up.
Was that the only time PWOG played in the UK?
Yeah, that was a great night, though my recollections are a little vague. My only really clear memory is the beautiful metallic flower patterns growing out of the floor in the lobby...
No idea if that's the only time PWOG played in the UK. I should've paid more attention if it was
Holy fuck! Got to a few Megadogs back then, but never that one! That line-up!
I thought the allnighter I got to once with iirc Aphex/ Hawkwind/ BTTP/ Eat Static/ Chumbawamba/ Transglobal Underground/ Dog soundsystem was mindblowing enough!
So Urban really really really does like trance, there's just a cut off date of around 95
Seems like a fair assessment.
Thanks for sharing! I never saw 'em sadly (went to a Megadog or two at Leeds University but I got the second division stuff like Dreadzone).
I *might* have seen Spooky but I really can't remember. Actually I think I did.
Anyway, the Warriors have some great stuff up on Youtube - some live stuff:
And a vaguely interesting video of a hybrid recording session/interview - nice to see what goes on behind the scenes (I'm always interested in what goes on behind the scenes of shit like this):
Long old intro, but after two minutes the drop gets the goosebumps going
Niiiice. I really liked his Astral Pilot stuff - there's nowt that special about this track but I love the jaunty jerky percussion.
Oh and Accident is Paradise is a stomping great bassline...
Ha. Accident in Paradise album is what led me to the above. But as you're going hard....allow me some Virus
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