My Ultimate 1988 - 1989 Warehouse Party List

By 8892sales 8892sales
updated about 18 hours ago

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 raves 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

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    Every single track is a winner.

    Phuture Jacks was always the pick for me. Love the gritty bassline and pummeling drums.

  2. Adonis - No Way Back

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    Obligatory warehouse classic.

  3. Phuture - We Are Phuture

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    B1 Slam! And B2 Spank-Spank

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

  4. Richie Rich - Turn It Up

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    B1 Salsa House

    The original and best. 1988 stylee.

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

    My DJ (Pump It Up Some) (Instrumental)

  6. Richie Rich - Salsa House

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    A1 Salsa House (Silver On Black Remix)

    What an intro and bassline... Pure tingles.

  7. Phuture - The Creator

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

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

    ! The Poke ! (The After Poke Mix)

    OLD BILL !!!

  9. 101 - Rock To The Beat

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    A) Rock To The Beat

  10. 101 - Rock To The Beat (Remix)

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    A) Rock To The Beat (Remix)

  11. Various - Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit

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    I've chosen these tracks because they are exclusive to this release. Also, I have to admit that I much prefer the version of Feel Surreal on this LP than the mix on the 12".

    A4) K.S. Experience - Electronic Dance
    B2) A Tongue & D Groove - Feel Surreal
    B4) Juan Atkins - Techno Music
    C4) Idol Making - Un, Deux, Trois

  12. Amnesia - Ibiza (European Acid Mix)

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    Big tune back in the day.

  13. Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant

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    Join In The Chant (Lies! - Instrumental)

  14. Candy Flip - Space

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    B1) Evolution

    Nice piece of sombre bleepy electroey techno.

  15. Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (It's In There) / Ozone Breakdown

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    Can't go to a classic 1988-1989 warehouse party without including these two absolute beauties!

  16. Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom Mixes / Space Gladiator

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    A1) The Phantom (Remix)

    Need this remix as well as the original and to be perfectly honest, I think I prefer this version from the original.

  17. Bad Boy Orchestra - Hip Hop Salsa

    Hip Hop Salsa (Dub Mix)

  18. 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.

  19. The House Gang - Hit Trax III

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    Bango Acid is an absolute beast.

    Cool J Trax (Rx)

  20. Rythim Is Rythim* - Nude Photo

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    Every track. However, the best one for me was always the track below...

    B1) The Dance (Living Room Mix)

  21. Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life

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    Preferred mix of Strings.

    A1) Strings (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)

    The track below is a personal fave from this classic release. Shut Up And Dance sampled it a few years later (1990) on their underground hit "Dance Before The Police Come" and self-titled album.

    B2) Kaos (Juice Bar Mix)

  22. Rhythim Is Rhythim - Beyond The Dance

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    Again, 3 excellent Detroit classics. The Cult Mix of 'Beyond The Dance' seems to have received most of the love over the years. But for me the Bizarro Mix will always be the one. Can't help but be filled with nostalgia when I listen to it.

    Sinister is just pure Detroit techno funk.