When dance music was good
Back in the day I used to go clubbing, it used to be brilliant. Fantastic tunes, a great atmosphere, and good people. Somewhere around 2001 the dance scene went downhill in a big way. The people in the clubs stopped being people out for a good time with great music and started being people out for a shag or a fight. The majority started drinking alcohol not water. The tunes lost any impetus, lost power, lost imagination, lost grace, lost buzz. For a while I jumped into Hard House which lasted a bit longer before dying a death. Today there are two types of dance music in clubs: re-mixes of the classics (poor remixes), and 100% commercialised euro-rubbish. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, when times were better…
Classic trance and dance
Freefall - Skydive (I feel wonderful)
First things first; this is what clubbing was like, and should be like. OK, this is a poor recording and you can barely hear the tune (an utter classic), but check out how everyone is singing along, how the beat drops, and the lighting. Classic. When in a club, you live for that dropped beat. It’s all about the long slow build and the drop of a dirty flat-4 beat. This particular one hits like a punch in the face. The drop after the build is what DJs forgot in 2002 onward.
Tucan - Light a Rainbow (Limited edition ATB remix)
The first time i heard this was also the last time I heard this until today; six years ago I was working at Iceland, Rich and I were listening to Radio 1, when this track got dropped (though a much easier to get into radio edit). It was such a brilliant bit of vocal trance that I memorised it there and then, and remember it to this day, despite never being able to find it before. The audio quality is terrible, it’s a compressed recording of a vinyl played through a microphone. It’s still awesome though.
Planet Perfecto - Bullet in the Gun
This was massive in a club
Olive - You’re not Alone
Despite how lame Top Of The Pops make this look, it was in fact an absolute genre defining classic. The 9min version is even more deliscious, but I figure you won’t have the patience for that one.
Rui Da Silva - Touch Me
Beautifully surreal trance. It’s not pounding, but it is unrelenting. It’s a ‘close your eyes and dance’ kind of track.
The Space Brothers - Shine
More vocal trance.
Getting into the harder side of trance
Once the night wore on a bit things tended to move from the melodic and vocal trance into slightly harder and darker stuff. I love darker and harder stuff.
Tomcraft - Lonliness
Easing us into the harder side of trance
BK - Revolution
Onyx - Every Little Time (Rezonance Q Remix)
Drops nicely in a club at about 1am