My Ultimate 1990 Warehouse Party List

By 8892sales 8892sales
updated 10 days ago

A work in progress. These are all the tracks or releases I would demand/hope to be played at a strictly 1990 classic warehouse party. No tracks prior or after 1990 are allowed!

1990 was a transitional year for the scene. I'm stating the obvious by saying, in retrospect, every year is transitional when you have the advantage of hindsight to look back on. But 1990 itself was really a transitional era.

Generally, the whole 1988 - 1993 period for the electronic music scene was mutating and changing exponentially and gathered speed moreso than what it has done since in my opinion. 1990 itself was kind of post acid house, sort of. Pre or proto hardcore if you like. Techno was coming to the fore more and more. Especially the Bass n Bleep style from Northern England.

The Belgians and the Dutch were also making major inroads with their harder, more punishing, no-nonsense techno sound, this was influenced by and mutated from the New Beat / Hard Beat sound which evolved earlier. Hip-House was still about on the scene but it was losing its flavour with most in the UK compared to the previous couple of years and taken over by a heavier sound. The break beats and the bass kick drums were getting busier, heavier, and more prominent incorporating the bleeps, the bass and the harder techno riffs from across the channel. Something a bit more energetic was churning up.

Lots of melting of styles originating from many places - US (NYC, Chicago, Detroit), Canada (Windsor and Toronto). UK (Manchester, Leeds, Bradford. Sheffield. >. London & southern England). Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden all had their own take on the scene and their notable contributions. Both individually and collectively.

NOTE: This is MY preferred and very biased take on what I would ideally want to be played at 1990 raves at one time or another :)

Related thread on link below first started by foogoo:

  1. 100 Hz - Low Frequency Overload

    12 For Sale from $5.75

    Originally released on White Label in the latter part of 1989 and was quite popular at the time. Became increasingly popular throughout 1990.

  2. Firecracker - Firecracker

    20 For Sale from $0.84

    The After Thought

    This was a pretty big pirate radio track during late 1989 through 1990 and early 1991. Combining the funky breakbeat with an old school electro funk type bassline, techno leads and early house feel. Also an underground warehouse gem.

    Personally think it's seriously underrated.

  3. "O" - Das Spiel

    15 For Sale from $5.62


  4. Konzept - Hypnautic Beats

    22 For Sale from $3.37

    Quite a big Fantasy FM classic, from late 1989 to 1990.

  5. Random Access (3) - Interceptor

    36 For Sale from $1.12

    Interceptor (Instrumental)

    The instrumental was a 1990 Fantasy FM classic. Shadowfax, Anton, DJ Krome, G-Force etc. The first time I'd heard this record being played was on Fantasy FM, DJ was Shadowfax. I think circa March 1990 amidst a whole load of other 'euro' techno style bangers. Could've been circulating a lot earlier though.

  6. Absurd - Der Akt

    19 For Sale from $2.81

    Original Mix

  7. Panic - Voices Of Energy

    16 For Sale from $5.35

    DJ Hype on Fantasy 98.1FM used to scratch the hell out of this.

  8. The Scientist - The Bee

    39 For Sale from $3.67

    The Bee (Original) / My First Memory (The First Memory)

  9. Joey Beltram - Beltram Vol. 1

    Energy Flash ...Obviously

    Psycho Bass (Perhaps in a second room or pitched up in the main room) Very underrated gem in my opinion.

    Subsonic Trance

    Bah! Even Jazz 3033 sounds good in the mix. However basic it is. I'm not sure Jazz has anything to do with it though.

  10. Open Mind - The Trance

    4 For Sale from $36.94

    All tracks.

    Entering the proto-darkside.

  11. Rhythm Interface - Hard Freestyle

    4 For Sale from $4.50

    Hard Freestyle (Hard Club) / (Hard Dub) / You Keep Holdin' Back

  12. Eon - Inner Mind

    40 For Sale from $1.25

    Inner Mind (Freebass Mind) / (Bonus Mind)

  13. Secret Desire - White Light / Anna Lies

    White Light is a fantastic techno track. Brilliant. But both sides are absolute corkers. That Roland TR-808 'Egyptian Lover' Electro breakdown is magnificent. Bassline is deep and round. Great synth riff. Inspiring synth-choir. Just perfect. Memories, nostalgia, timeless. Buzzing off me face.

  14. Eon - Spice

    Original Mix With Notes

    Big, big, big tune. Expansive, gritty, rough, futuristic, heavy, dark, trippy, psychedelic, epic, dramatic, incessant. Bridges 1980s electro with the techno and rave scene with expertise.

  15. Subject: 13* - Eternity

    Eternity (Spiritual Club Mix)

  16. LFO - LFO

    LFO (The Leeds Warehouse Mix)

    Track 4

    They're all good tracks, but the two mentioned are personal favourites on this release. The Leeds Warehouse Mix will always be an eternal classic.

  17. Orbital - Omen

    36 For Sale from $3.12

    Omen & Open Mind

  18. Kicksquad - Sound Clash (Champion Sound)

    22 For Sale from $2.81

    Soundclash (Champion Sound) (Hypermix)

  19. Altern 8 - Overload EP

    Move My Body
    Depth Of Sound
    Return To Techno City

  20. Nexus 21 - Logical Progression

    Logical Progression
    Techno City

  21. Mental Overdrive - 12000 AD

    34 For Sale from $4.24

    What a release. There was nothing like it back then. Pushing the boundaries.

    Theme Of St. Baafs in particular is a personal favourite.