My Ultimate 1988 - 1989 Warehouse Party List

By 8892sales 8892sales
updated 7 days ago

Music from throughout the 1980s played at underground music venues during 1st January 1988 until 31st December 1989.

These are the tunes which had an impact on me during the early warehouse party years. 1988-1989. But feature tracks prior to any of the Summers Of Love which would have been played up to that point including Classic Electro.

NOTE: This is MY preferred and very biased take on what I would ideally want to be played at 1988-1989 warehouse parties at one time or another, not other people's. If anyone thinks there are tracks which are missing, well tough, they're my choices. Don't take it personally :)

This list includes all tracks that I would expect to be played in a dream scenario weekend (or week!) of partying and is competely biased and personal. Those years were generally quite eclectic but my preference would be to not include as much music that the balearic scene was experiencing but more of a hardcore acid house ted would have danced to :)

  1. Phuture - Acid Tracks

    28 For Sale from $34.87

    Every single track is a winner.

  2. Adonis - No Way Back

    23 For Sale from $5.00

    Obligatory warehouse classic.

  3. Phuture - We Are Phuture

    3 For Sale from $51.16

    B1 Slam! And B2 Spank-Spank

    Slam! Really is the one for me though...

  4. Phuture - The Creator

    19 For Sale from $14.00

    We are the creators of acid music and we are back!

  5. The Endless Poker's - ! The Poke !

    ! The Poke ! (The After Poke Mix)

    OLD BILL !!!

  6. House Gang* - Hittrax II

    I really do like this one. Work My Body (Remix)

    It gets down to the heart of what hardcore jacking Chicago acid house with a massive techno punch is about. Back then you had garagey stuff, the smoother soulful house stuff, deep house which varied from mellow and soulful to darker house crossing over to techno, italo, the more abstract minimal tracks, the well known acid tunes and then THIS! So underrated. For back then this was hardcore. Raw, percussive, jacking, hard, ominous, techy. But not in that early to mid '90s Dance Mania style Armani Trax, tracky, tracky, tracky, minimal, booty style which everyone seems to have imitated ever since. This had more of an old skool electro and early techno feel to it as well although I doubt very much the producers were thinking of those scenes whilst making it. Just happened to end up a happy accident.

    Cool J Trax is also a tune which brings back memories. I remember going to an unlicensed spot, if not illegal, somewhat clandestine. Approximately during late 1988 on an unusually mild evening. Somewhere in North East London/Essex borders - might have been Barkingside or Hainult, who knows? I really can't remember exactly. Maximum of 100 people tops, maybe less. The makeshift dance floor looked like a car park behind some old abandoned garages and containers with a marquee with a rather small canopy. Nearby was the edge of a wood. When the DJ playing, sod knows who he was but I think he was a hip hop DJ... dropped this and mashed it up with Mr Lee & Kompany 'Can You Feel It? Instrumental' twice! The crowd went nuts. Imprinted in my mind. In fact, it's the only thing I can remember of that party apart from waking up around a mate's house several hours later, shins and trainers covered in soot and tar for some reason.

  7. The House Gang - Hit Trax III

    38 For Sale from $1.16

    Bango Acid is an absolute beast.

    Cool J Trax (Rx)

  8. Time For Techno Presents The Unknown - Get On It

    23 For Sale from $9.99

    Abstract Expressionism

    Detroit techno but from Chicago! Derrick Carter sounding more like the other Derrick originating in the neighbouring US state not a million miles away!

    To be honest, this is the only track I'd be likely to play from this release. The others are just way too simplistic and are not further helped by the shoddy production and mastering.

    Detroit style techno with an acid house twist.

  9. Humanoid - Stakker Humanoid

    117 For Sale from $2.33

    Some people view this as a commercial mainsteam release. If that's the case, then I wish all commercial releases sounded like this instead of the autotuned fucking pseudo indie guitar pop crossed with cry baby trying to sound folksy R&B poppy grime UK garagey dubstep trap bounce emo dance 'electrohouse' shite kaka I currently have to put up with!

    Anyway. I don't recall ever hearing it being played on Top Of The Pops or any other similar chart show, I was probably oblivious to chart music at the time, can't remember. All I know is experiencing it at underground raves and being flabbergasted. Wasn't sure what to call it at the time. Acid house? Techno? Electro? Who cares?

    All I witnessed was untold jacking acid teds going absolutely bloody radio rental to it.

  10. Man Machine - Man Machine

    5 For Sale from $13.87

    B Man Machine (Automatik Elektronik)

    This is the release to have. Less vocal samples. Keeps it more underground. Uptempo driving Acid House / Techno.

    Doesn't the bassline sound similar to Frequency X - Hearing Things which came out a year later?

  11. Fast Eddie* / Slick Master Rick - My Melody / Halloween House

    5 For Sale from $87.21

    Good tunes and all that but WELL overpriced. My Melody is altogether a more accomplished tune though.

  12. Sweet Exorcist - Testone

    3 For Sale from $13.89

    Also included in the 1990 list as it was more widely available through its Warp Records/Outer Rhythm re-release. Big tune.

  13. Forgemasters - Track With No Name

    Track With No Name

    Summer 1989 pirate radio and warehouse, underground classic. This sounded so good on a big rig. The eerie choir synth, the glacial bleeps and heavy, spherical percussive bassline. Sounded so different for the times. Heralded the darkside of the scene.

  14. Richie Rich - Turn It Up

    95 For Sale from $0.50

    B1 Salsa House

    The original and best. 1988 stylee.

    P.S. I've heard some people call this acid house. It most certainly is not acid house. It's just straight up uk house music which happened to come out when acid house was at its peak. If someone told me it was produced by someone from New York, I wouldn't have batted an eye at the time. Don't know what these people were on who call it acid but they must've been on some freaking strong stuff!

  15. Richie Rich - My DJ (Pump It Up Some)

    My DJ (Pump It Up Some) (Instrumental)