Various ‎– Dave Pearce: The Dance Years: 1990

Inspired Recordings ‎– DAPDJ1990
The Dance Years – 1990
2 × CD, Compilation



Welcome to CD three of the Dance Years. In 1990, on Feb 11th, the world held its breath, glued to TV screens to watch the release of Nelson Mandela.

Having been involved in numerous hip hop alliance, anti-apartheid and free-Mandela events over previous years, it's certainly a day I'll never forget! The second most important event that year which helped change dance music forever was that, after years of campaigning, the government - through a new organisation called the Radio Authority - granted a licence for the UK's first ever 24 hour dance music station, Kiss 100.

In my teens, I had worked on various south London pirate radio stations before landing slots on BBC Radio London and GLR. I publicly backed Gordon Mac the founder of the pirate station Kiss with their campaign for a licence (much to the annoyance of the BBC) and was the first DJ announced to be part of the new legal station.

We had an incredible free launch party in north London where hundreds of thousands of clubbers turned up and I managed to persuade Def Jam to fly LL Cool J to perform. Meanwhile, in Manchester, Happy Mondays were doing their thing and Sasha had started DJing at Shellys in Stoke. With artists like Adamski, UK producers and DJs were about to start snatching the crown from America and a new breed of UK and European dance music was beginning to be hatched.

I launched an underground dance label called Reachin' Records out of a warehouse space in west London releasing tracks like 'Pisces - Take Me Higher', 'Boneshakers - Don't Go Away' and 'Urban Hype - Teknologi'.



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May 18, 2016

Nice mix & quality mastering .. in this case a nice selection of trax from that year / era - for the younger / uninitiated, it was very typical at this time that you could club-hop round town from commercial ('Groove Is In The Heart' & 'Gonna Make You Sweat') to underground nights (Guru Josh's 'Infinity' was flogged all over & Adamski's aCid/Rave like 'N-R-G' etc played widely even snuck into mainstream sets) & yet also hear the crossover from Indie 'Breaks' (as it were) w/Happy Mondays/Stone Roses/Inspiral Carpets etc into late-morning Orbital wikkedness & then squeeze in some of the genre-defining House/Underground Club trax...all in one night...some heralding in the era of 'Bleep Techno' (LFO / Tricky Disco etc), others blowing everyone's minds @ raves & a few clubs with their amazing new sound / faster bpm & sheer Hardcore intensity ('Total Confusion' & 'Energy Flash'). A fascinating era in hindsight, a wicked year in music & a good selection as such here, my only personal thought is a few too many commercial-edge tracks, that although some DID likely help the Dance genre gain momentum in their chart playability etc, certainly didnt define the scene & are very often the ones not to stand the test of time.