E's are Good, E's are Good, He's Ebeneezer Goode! Rave is back, and we’re not talking the fashion indie-electro obsessed New Rave Class of ’06 & ’07. No, a classier rehash which is a lot more musically minded and much less about getting hysterical over Hadouken and looking like a glo-stick has puked on your face. Think of it more like an episode of Hitman & Her minus dodgy men from Bradford telling us how good of a dancer they are as Michaela Strachan chews her own face off. New Rave was bad music which took on a similar life journey as constipation. It passed through a couple of channels with little to offer, but still insisted on lodging itself in a dark little place. It took a lot of effort to get rid of and left behind a really bad smell. We don’t want a repeat of that.
In simpler words - it’s more about the music this time. With the sounds of the Summer of Love ‘88/‘89 as inspiration even drum & bass producers are flocking to a more synth-etic, euphoric, house driven kind of sound. DJ Zinc is now making what he describes as ‘Crack House’ - stand out tracks include Killer Sound (feat. NoLay) and Submarines which have underlying sounds that are so reminiscent of early 90’s house.
Producers that were probably buzzing off fidget house this time last year are reworking old stompers including the Prodigy’s Warrior Dance which takes a slice of Final Cut & True Faith’s Take Me Away not to mention Crom’s dirty bootleg of DJ Flavour’s Your Caress. Bowlers reunion anyone?
You can also feel the flavour of 80s-90s house with anything by ROB THREEZY. You can hear the elements and inspiration of tracks like HEX – ALRIGHT TO LOVE (EXPOSURE MIX) and XPANSIONS – MOVE YOUR BODY smuggled in there. Backed by colossal electro bass label Nightshifters and with the likes of AC SLATER and HOSTAGE as label-mates Rob Threezy is going far. He’s been big in ‘09 but he’ll be pissing all over the skills of many other electro producers by next year. Keep an eye and an ear out for him.
P Diddy finds out the meaning of 'booty call'
MC’s and rappers are clamouring for a housey collab, even the most flossiest of them all, P Diddy appears on DJ Hell’s The DJ. I blame it on Ecstasy. Strange things happen when rappers get their hands on it, and apparently Diddy has been indulging in it. He stupidly got caught buying it on cameraphone by some weird Spanish dude. Diddy’s not alone though. B.G., Bone Thugs & Harmony and Lil’ Jon have blatantly all been there. Hip-hop tracks are getting the re-mixture treatment from top-dog electro producers, most recently the Kid Cudi, Kanye West and Common jam Make Her Say, which has been given a housey lick by Nadastrom in his MP3 DOWNLOAD: 88 DUB. [Taken down by the good douchebags at the IFPI]
You can breathe a sigh of relief, as my 2009 rave lecture draws to a close here. Hope you enjoy the bounty of videos and sites I’ve left in those carefully constructed HTML links. It took me bloody ages.
Words by ESQUEEZY.