IBC Radio 1991

By scherben scherben
updated 10 days ago

IBC (Illegal Broadcasting Company) was a Manchester pirate that broadcast intermittently (mostly on 104.4, but also 104.6 (later taken by the legendary Soul Nation, where Da Intalex cut their teeth), 101.6 and even the Kissfamous 100 FM) between August 1987 and April 1997. Initially playing hip hop and soul, its first broadcast of 1990 (on April 1st) saw the introduction of Homeboy JuJu, spinning house on his show that ran every Sunday, between 9pm and midnight; then 6pm till 9. Immensely popular, it stayed on the pulse of the scene, even procuring an interview with Shades Of Rhythm. In March 1991, the then unknown Autechre were guests on the show, talking about their work, and even playing some demo tapes they had made; including one of future release Cavity Job. Again, proving hugely popular, they were repeated visitors; and, within a short while, had their own show on the station. Added to this was new DJ Andy Richards; and, as Belgian techno exploded, IBC followed suit; their listener numbers soared, leading to more and longer transmissions; as well as a successful club night called Sweatbox 2 - which fully lived up to its name.

The following tunes are a testimony to that time: the 'massives' being rotated as the second wave of rave really got started - helping to change Britain's musical landscape for good. (That might be a lazy cliché.)

[Honorary mention to Steve King and Quantice, who continued to host their legendary soul show at this time; and were pivotal in the running of the station. Further, Quantice was responsible for some of the best tunes of 1991 -Humbug, its remix, 4th Dimension and Thunderbolt- which, unfortunately, were never released on plastic, despite their huge popularity; and, therefore, miss out on a well deserved placing on this list.]

  1. Autechre - Cavity Job

    10 For Sale from $12.66

    The demo version. Here at 5:40

    Sleeve notes on the release mention IBC and the people associated with it.

  2. Holy Noise - Enter The Darkness

    65 For Sale from $1.00

    A side tracks were the ones.

  3. Mental Cube - Q

    1 For Sale from $158.23

    Santa Monica

  4. Hardcore Uproar - High On Hope

    59 For Sale from $1.00

    They ran an informal competition asking for the id of the film that the intro samples.

  5. Incubus - Volume 1

    38 For Sale from $1.25

    Hit the airwaves "like a mighty wind".

  6. Love Decade - So Real / When The Morning Comes

    2 For Sale from $10.11

    When the Morning Comes.

  7. Under Cover Movement* - Moonstompin'

    41 For Sale from $1.27

    Andy Richards loved this one.

  8. Frequency (3) - Where Is Your Evidence?

    42 For Sale from $1.14

    Hard! Harder!! mix.

  9. K-Klass - Rhythm Is A Mystery

    37 For Sale from $2.26

    It's not a mystery which track was rinsed.

  10. Set Up System - Fairy Dust

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    Centripetal mania.