My Ultimate 1990 Warehouse Party List
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: