VariousNorth - The Sound Of The Dance Underground

Label:Deconstruction – PL 71939, Deconstruction – PL 71939(2), RCA – PL71939
2 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Compilation, Gatefold, Deconstruction Labels
Country:UK & Europe
Style:Acid House, House


A1AnnetteDream 17
ProducerR. Rouge*, T-Coy
A2T-CoyI Ain't Nightclubbing
B1D C B*House Fantaz-ee
B2ED209*Acid To Ecstasy
ProducerRope*, Johnstone*, Moscrop*
C1A Guy Called GeraldVoodoo Ray
C2Masters Of AcidMegagrip
ProducerS. Gorton*, T-Coy
D2Frequency 9Get On One
ProducerPickering*, Close*, Topping*

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An article printed on the inner sleeve (all text in caps):

It was summer 1986 and clubs in London are rocking to the sounds of east coast hip hop and Washington Go Go. Meanwhile, dancefloors ´North of Watford´ (especially in Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester) are crammed with people jacking to a new sound from Chicago called "house", and for two years a north/south divide of a different kind was established.

Summer 1988 reads very differently with whole nation rapidly becoming one jacking zone. Clubs are now overflowing with people trance dancing to a form of music that they once ignored. Dj's who once dismissed house music as hi-energy are now exclusively playing house and a whole new culture is born.

But what of the north? The jacking continues more fervently than ever, the smileys and ecstasy are evident but its not just acid that's being played but all forms of house. And at the centre of it all is Manchester's Haçienda. For almost three years Friday's Nude night has been packed, and this album is a direct result of this Friday madness.

Nude night dj Mike Pickering is one of three musicians who make T-Coy who have produced some of the tracks on this album as well as contributing two (including their classic and demand debut "Carino"). The tracks on this album are honest. The people who made these records are not bandwagon jumping. Sheer enthusiasm for house and weekly visits to the clubs of the north have inspired them to make these records.

From the awesome and hypnotic ´Voodoo Ray´ by "A Guy Called Gerald" to the manic glory of Frequency 9's ´Get On One´, many styles of house are covered here. Witness the sheer delight of ´Dream 17´ by Annette and the tongue in cheek ´Mega Trip´ by "Masters Of Acid". Every track is as diverse as the people who made them. These people have helped establish the northern clubs as the home of house. The northern house continues to grow and be influenced by a number of diverse styles. Like hip hop, the genre is here to stay and will develop. Trends come and go and soon fashion will be dictating a new soundtrack for some clubgoers, but in the north the house scene now resembles the northern soul scene in terms of it's dedication and fanaticism. Almost three years ago the north adopted house and "north" sees it coming of age. As long as house music packs the dancefloors with sweaty bodies then the story of "north" will continue....this one will run and run....

Graeme Park (Nottingham)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 035627 193910
  • Label Code: LC8280
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side runout etched): PL 71939 A5
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side runout etched): PL.71939.B5
  • Matrix / Runout (C Side runout etched): PL 71939-C4
  • Matrix / Runout (D Side runout etched): PL 71939-D4

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
North – The Sound Of The Dance Underground (CD, Compilation)Deconstruction, Deconstruction, RCA, RCAPD71939, PD 71939Europe1988
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North – The Sound Of The Dance Underground (Cassette, Compilation)Deconstruction, RCAPK 71939UK & Europe1988
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North – The Sound Of The Dance Underground (2×12", Compilation, Gatefold)Deconstruction, RCAPL 71939Europe1988
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North - The Sound Of The Dance Underground (2×12", 45 RPM, Compilation)RCA, Deconstruction70138/9, noneGreece1988



  • splainslounger's avatar
    I was only attracted to this one because of the Annette track, and it sounds significantly worse in sound quality here than I remember hearing it on the Razormaid acid medley, like it was downmixed to mono or something. Still a great track nonetheless. Keyboard improvs on DCB and Carino are just awful, and they are also too sparse and too clean. No other complaints though. Get on One sounds as raw as I remember, and was the clear winner for me. Overall this release has a very "bedroom studio" quality to it. My mind was not blown, just a fun listen.
    • Johnmarcus's avatar
      Edited 6 years ago
      A classic collection of early seminal House / Acid House tracks from Annette "Dream 17", A Guy Called Gerald "Voodoo Ray" & T-Coy - "Carino". Such a great selection of real gems pack into this compilation that helped to shape / redefine the music scheme, I think the sleeve notes above say it all. Big Hacienda tunes.
      • incuswetrust's avatar
        When i first heard this it blew my mind. I had stopped going to the Hacienda for a few years, and in my absence a revolution had occurred in my own backyard! This turned me onto dance music, onto black music (my tastes had been very indie and white until then), and onto Jazz, dub, Ambient and experimental musics of all hues. Too much to say to write here; though this will strike a chord with many people, i am sure. Happy, insane days; and one can only feel sorry for the kids of today growing up on a paucity of dynamic and life-affirming music. Aceeeeeeid!


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