In Bleep We Trust – acid house, bleep and hypno house mix

After Nitro Deluxe died* I listened back to some of his classic work – and track Hypno House started off a mix collecting some of the bleep and deep hypnotic house classics, acid house, balearic, rave and early jungle/breaks, even some modern re-edits and trax – all in service of the mighty bleep.

There was a brief period in dance, a sort of crossroads roughly between 1988 and 1992 where the balearic ‘anything goes’ idea fed back into British dancefloors and pirate radio, and all sorts of genres met at the bleep.

Balearic dreamy soundscapes, hypno house and bleep house, what later became called IDM (Warp), pure trance, acid, early jungle and dark rave, hip-hop & hip-house, breaks, techno, late EBM, europop and industrial all reported to the dance floor – and set the standard for the rest of the decade (or two).

This mix is about that junction, before the children of house went their own ways.
Forget your name at the sound of the bleep (160Mb, 1:23)

  • Sweet Exorcist – Testsix (Toneapella)
  • Hypnotone – Dream Beam (Hypnotone Original Mix)
  • Finitribe – Hypnopaedia
  • Leo Zero – Body Music
  • Nitro Deluxe – Hypno House Feat. Silk (Nubian Mix)
  • Mental Cube – Q (Original Mix)
  • Bleeps International – Bleeps International
  • Hypnotone – SBX
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Easy Life
  • Roland Clark – Get Deep (Leo Zero Re-Edit)
  • Playtime Toons – Shaker Song
  • Sweet Exorcist – Jack Jack
  • Leo Zero – The Room
  • Black Dog – Vir2L
  • St. Melody – Qtopia (12′ Mix)
  • Sweet Exorcist – Testfive
  • Mi 7 – Rockin’ Down The House
  • The Hypnotist – Pioneers Of The Warped Groove
  • The Family Foundation – Xpress Yourself (Jungle Techno Mix) – The Family Foundation)
  • Ecstasy Club – Jesus Loves The Acid
  • Bass Construction – Dance With Power
  • The Hypnotist – House Is Mine
  • The Brothers Grimm – Exodus
  • Noise Factory – The Fire

(*this mix is dedicated to him)

Before Pump up the Volume: Pirates of London

Listening to ‘On The Run’ – a documentary about London Pirate Radio from the closure of the pirate ships in 1967 to the opening of the first commercial radio stations in 1973, made at the time it’s a fascinating piece of mostly long-forgotten history. Covering the likes of Radio Jackie, Radio Free London and the Helen Network, this is Pump Up The Volume London style, and 20 years before!

Well worth listening to – and you can download it for free here. Thanks to Elrik Merlin on Twitter for letting me know about this.

The original boats that rocked – Pirate ships ahoy!

Preparing for a new show I stumbled across these films of the original pirates satellites – the offshore broadcasting Pirate Radio ships and forts such as Radio Caroline, Radio London, Radio 270, the fort radio stations of Radio 390, Radio Invicta, Radio City, and Radio Essex aka Sealand – and the most dramatic of all – Radio North Sea International, which survived attacks, fire bombings, Government jamming, political activism (note from the video above they got sold out by the Conservatives too!) and the inevitable anchor failings – there’s even an interview with John Peel at the end of this edited highlights of ‘The Show Must Go on’ which is very pertinent to Radio Clash’s manifesto of being basically a one-person radio station, of sorts: (more…)

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