Matt Anniss takes a trip back to 1988 to discover the story behind Unique 3 and the Mad Musician’s “The Theme”, a record that accidentally spawned one of British dance music’s most distinctive genres.
James Manning retraces the origins of a techno production credited by many as one of the genre’s most influential.
Scott Wilson unravels the misdirection and tracks down Brain Machine, the duo behind one of the last decade’s most unique and underappreciated electronic albums.
For the latest edition of Dusted Down, Matt Anniss winds back the clock to over a decade ago and the day he was struck by the debut release from a now-established name.
For our latest Dusted Down feature, Richard Brophy traces the genesis of “Trespassers” from Dutch producer Newworldaquarium, a track which remains one of house music’s most distinctive productions some thirteen years after its original release.
The notion of creative burnout and a sense of no longer knowing your place in an ever-shifting musical landscape after being aligned so closely to any one particular style must be a slightly daunting feeling for producers today. This makes Dominic Stanton’s abrupt decision to retire immediately from the music industry in 2009 quite compelling reading.
By 1984, a distinct “garage” sound was beginning to take shape in New York. Based around the dubbed-out, synth-heavy remixes of legendary Paradise Garage resident Larry Levan - particularly his reverb and delay-laden 1983 rubs of acts such as Imagination, Jeffrey Osbourne and Gwen Guthrie – the sound was slowly inching further away from straight-up disco and boogie and further towards what would later, in the hands of Tony Humphries and others, become garage (or, as it was known in the early years, “garage house”).
Released in 1994, Dark Energy sees the UR label at a crossroads. Following in the wake of the white knuckle intensity of the collective’s Acid Rain, Suburban Knight’s eerie Nocturbulous Behaviour and the otherworldly jazz of Galaxy 2 Galaxy, it paved the way for many of the keynote releases on the label as the 90s progressed, including Electronic Warfare, Aztlan and The Turning Point. Remaining true to their love of grandiose statements, UR said about Dark Energy that it is “the first in a series of sonic strikes engineered by UR to be carried out during the winter equinox of star year 1994-1995, against programmer strongholds”.
The release of The Saturiun System proves that timing is everything. It was the first record by the mysterious Lost Trax and one of the last releases on Carl ‘Silicon Scally’ Finlow’s SCSI-AV label. The release came at the tail end of electroclash, a fashion-based, vacuous sound that SCSI-AV, Finlow and the producer of the Lost Trax records provided a musical alternative to.