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How to Build a Bridge Backwards: Life as a Part-time Disc Jockey

Comment by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, January 1970

I HAD A STRANGE TIME the other day, playing records at a college party. ...

Jeff Dexter: From Twist Demonstrator... To Dance Band Singer... To High Priest Of Hits...

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

Chris Welch tells the strange story of DJ Jeff Dexter ...

First Choice: Everybody's First Choice

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, May 1973

IT'S NOT very often that we Europeans get the opportunity to appreciate an American Soul record in advance to the native Americans, but in the ...

Sylvester and the Hot Band: Bazaar (Blue Thumb)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, December 1973

WHEN SYLVESTER'S first album came out, his supporters' only defense was to say, "Well, he's a great live act." Now, in his second one, he's ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool The Brand Leader In Funky Stuff

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1974

KOOL AND the Gang are just about the biggest thing on the Southern (of England that is) soul scene at the monent, and they're even ...

Gloria Gaynor: Her 'Hello' Is Her Goodbye

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

2008 introduction: After having some club success with 'Honeybee', Gloria Gaynor was just beginning to get her career in gear when David met her in ...

George McCrae: Soul Lib

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1974

"I TELL YOU... England is the most exciting and beautiful country I have ever seen," says George McCrae, now two and a half weeks into ...

Gloria Gaynor's 'Goodbye'

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1975

POSTING HER way to a real left-field hit is Gloria Gaynor with 'Never Can Say Goodbye' which sounds like a revived 45 but isn't. ...

Hues Corporation: The Hues Corporation: The Love Corporation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1975

'LOVE CORPORATION' really is an apt title for the Hues Corporation's new single because this L.A.-based trio literally ooze love for their fellow men and ...

B.T. Express: BT Express: Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, March 1975

DO IT ('Til You're Satisfied) resembles George McCrae's Rock Your Baby album in that it finds a persistent groove and stays with it unflaggingly from ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC and The Sunshine Band: The Miami Innovation

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1975

A GREAT deal has been written about the emergence of the Miami Sound via names such as George and Gwen McCrae, Little Beaver and, of ...

The Bee Gees: Back on course with the Bee Gees

Interview by Charles Bermant, Sounds, August 1975

BARRY GIBB IS pleased. It is a good season for ‘the Bee Gees (Barry and his brothers, Maurice and Robin) whose new Main Course album ...

B.T. Express

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1975

WHEN IT comes to disco funk, James Brown is perhaps no longer unrivalled since the arrival of the B.T. Express, who are proving to be ...

Disco-Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes, Susan Cadogan: Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, NME, September 1975

APART FROM the flash of inspiration provided by the Birmingham band Muscles, the evening ranked as one of the most musically boring I have ever ...

George McCrae: George McCrae (TK)

Review by John Morthland, Creem, October 1975

GEORGE McCRAE and the TK studio hands don't sell songs on his albums, they sell a mood, an ambience. ...

Krispy And Company, MFSB: Krispi And Company, MFSB: More Disco Madness

Profile by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

What kind of madness is it when two bands adopt different names to record versions of a 30s showtune called 'Brazil'? Just put it down ...

Nosmo King: Northern White Soul: Nosmo King

Interview by Cliff White, NME, November 1975

A TALK WITH Steve King... er no... Nosmo Jameson... er... oh, Nosmo King, that's it. A talk with Nosmo King.* ...

George McCrae: Growing Pains But It's Worth It All

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1975

IN SOME ways, George McCrae has attained the impossible. Because if you consider the past, you'll find that virtually every artist who literally explodes on ...

Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

The Casablanca Records mogul gives his record industry background, selling bubblegum, radio censorship, big-sellers Kiss and, extensively, about Donna Summer and her disco/sex smash 'Love To Love You Baby'.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.8mb, interview length: 46' 45" sound quality: ***

Donna Summer (1976)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1976

Disco Diva Donna on living and working in Europe; meeting Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder; her family background in Boston and being a rebellious schoolkid, and tells us all about the making of the epochal 'Love To Love You Baby'.

File format: mp3; file size: 66.4mb, interview length: 1h 12' 28" sound quality: ***

Donna Summer

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

GETTING A record banned by the dear of BBC is as surefire a way of getting a hit as I know of and it's a ...

The Trammps: Zing Went Bummie And The Bums

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1976

THIS FEATURE could so easily have been devoted to – wait for it! – Bummie & the Bums! Who is this Bummie character I can ...

The Salsoul Orchestra: The Salsoul Orchestra (Epic)

Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

I ASKED Paul Atkinson, who decides these things at CBS, why he was releasing this album here. ...

Donna Summer: Love To Love You Baby

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, March 1976

THIS ALBUM is to the disco scene what 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' is to rock 'n' roll and what 'Autobahn' is to electronic drone. Side One is seventeen ...

Donna Summer: Love On The Road

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, March 1976

BEVERLY HILLS – The question was: how do you take a recording-studio orgasm on the road? "I'm sort of eager to find out myself," Donna ...

Tina Charles

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1976

IF YOU ask any New York disco follower which British name they most associate with their chosen musical path, I'll lay you odds-on that they'll ...

Donna Summer: A Love Trilogy (Oasis)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Cheap Thrills, May 1976

WHILE WE'RE ON the topic of sexual fantasies, allow me to state for the record that I'm personally into black leather (lots of it; and ...

Carol Douglas

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1976

'Doctor's Orders' created a big demand for Carol in Europe and she still has a heavy working schedule. The lady took time out to bring ...

Donna Summer: The Great Rocking Orgasmic Renaissance of AM Radio

Special Feature by Jim Esposito, Oui, September 1976

(Which Considers The Question: Is Donna Summer Coming Or Going?) ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band: Really Something Else

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1976

David Nathan spends an enlightening few hours with five very intelligent but pretty crazy people who are really shaking the industry up ...

The Bee Gees: Bee Gees: Children of the World

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, November 1976

FROM MUSHY pop ballads through late-Sixties psychedelia and low-key rock, the Bee Gees have demonstrated a chameleonlike ability to adapt to disparate pop trends. These ...

Andrea True Connection: True Blue: Andrea True Connection

Report and Interview by Bruce Pollock, Viva, 1977

BACK IN THE prepubescent days of sex/rock, when I was but a novice covering the amateur porn scene like a groping middle finger, I rode ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Profile and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, January 1977

Davitt Sigerson Probes Into The Mind Of Stony Browder Jr. ...

Loleatta Holloway: Soulfully Yours, Loleatta

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1977

WITH ALL the current trends taking everyone from Melba Moore to Eddie Kendricks and Thelma Houston into the 'disco' arena, it should come as no ...

Arthur Prysock: Arthur Socks It To Ya

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

AS RECENTLY noted in B&S' review of Mr. Arthur Prysock's 'When Love Is New', the time seems right for a number of gentlemen who've been ...

Candi Staton

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1977

Ms. Staton was well pleased with her B&S award for '76's Record Of The Year. She's very self-critical and tries to look at everything she ...

Andrea True Connection, The Emotions, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, The Salsoul Orchestra, Thelma Houston: The Billboard Disco Convention: Disco Is Here To Stay

Report by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, September 1977

David Nathan reports from New York on the Billboard Disco Convention 1977. ...

Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder: Giorgio Moroder: Donna und Blitzen!

Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, October 1977

GIORGIO, Ms Summer's producer, gives the low-down on their sessions in the studio ...

Grace Jones: The New Dahling Of The Disco Set

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1977

Jamaican-born Grace began as an actress and model in New York and Paris. Now she's fast building a reputation as Disco Queen. ...

Donna Summer: Once Upon A Time (Casablanca) *****

Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, November 1977

I LOVE Sharon Tate, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Donna Summer and ice cubes... oh, sod that for a lark. Who'd have thought that a concept (double) ...

Sylvester

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, December 1977

How an ex-Cockette named Ruby Blue became Sylvester... ...

The Bee Gees, John Travolta: Saturday Night Fever (X)

Film/DVD Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1978

Directed by John Badham. Starring John Travolta (CIC) ...

Chic: How Chic's Bootlegged Single Became A Disco Smash…

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1978

REGARDLESS of whether you happen to be one of the many millions of people who now frequent discos on what has become a vast international ...

Bunny Sigler: Bundino Sigalucci, Reluctant Songwriter

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1978

With a couple of albums under his belt from his days with Philly International and his hit of '67 'Let The Good Times Roll' behind ...

Sylvester: The Second Step

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1978

The man himself talks to John Abbey about his second Fantasy album, his attitudes, and his aims for the future. Another B&S exclusive... ...

Sylvester

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Sounds, August 1978

WEBSTER’S gives "Excessive, extravagant; Fanciful, fantastic; violent, unrestrained" as definitions of ‘outrageous’. ...

Grace Jones: Fame

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, September 1978

THE INSTANT reaction is to scoff at someone as blatantly marketable as Grace Jones. An astonishingly beautiful model, she prompts writers to haul their most ...

Loleatta Holloway: Queen Of The Night

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

The 'Cry To Me' lady talks to B&S about her new disco following... ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, November 1978

One of the brightest new stars on the horizon is a young lady whose voice has already been heard across the world. As lead singer ...

Heatwave: Heating Up the Disco Crowd

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, November 1978

TO COME back from a very successful American tour to see your new single shoot into the chart at No 36 while making healthy strides ...

Chic: The Art of Being Chic

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 1979

On the eve of their departure for their British concert dates, David Nathan talked to Chic about the chemistry that makes up their hit sound ...

Chic: A Day In The Life Of Chic

Report and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1979

So what actually happens when you have the No. 1 pop, r&b and disco record in the nation? How does an average day transpire and ...

Chic: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, January 1979

Cheers for Chic ...

Chic: Up Chic Creek

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, January 1979

THERE WERE so many good singles last year that when it came to deciding what I thought were the best 45s to show out, I ...

Chic: Est-ce que c'est Chic

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Melody Maker, February 1979

Yes, it is. For behind Chic's rags-to-Regine's success lies an understanding of style as cool as their musical intelligence. ...

Village People: The Annals Of Disco

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, February 1979

DANNY BAKER tests the dancefloor action 1979 from uptown Manhattan to downtown Rotherhithe, interviews THE VILLAGE PEOPLE people, lays on a historical overview of Disco, ...

Alicia Bridges: Ackshon Replay

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, March 1979

ALICIA BRIDGES OVER(COMES) TROUBLED WATERS, PUNS GARRY 'DISCO BOY' BUSHELLL ...

GQ Present 'Gentlemen's Funk'

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1979

David Nathan talks to the GQ quartet, currently scoring with their 'Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)' opus and finds that they label their music as 'gentlemen's funk'. ...

Sylvester: Stars (Fantasy, U.S. import)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, April 1979

AS A POP 45, Sylvester's symphonic recasting of 'I (Who Have Nothing)' has been a slow starter. Even coming off the massive crossover success of ...

Village People: Go West (Mercury)

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, April 1979

FRONTIER experiments rise and fall, but showbiz pop goes on forever. It's always been that way, and there's nothing to suggest that the Eighties will ...

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)

Review by Danny Baker, NME, May 1979

I'M SITTING here, the music is actionably loud, the bass is hitting right into the back of my neck, squarebashing on the spot, and – ...

Amii Stewart: Amii's Knockin' On Stardom's Door

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1979

B&S talks to the very talented Ms. Amii Stewart ...

Anita Ward: The Bell Rings and School's Out

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, June 1979

THIS VERY day, 'Ring My Bell' has made it to number one in the British charts. The boys at TK records (who function from the ...

Anita Ward: Emergency Ward

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, June 1979

Anita Ward rings PAUL SEXTON'S bells ...

Chic: An Interview with Nile Rodgers

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1979

David Nathan talks to Nile Rodgers, co-founder of the fabulously successful Chic, whose new album is being tipped as another world-beater. ...

McFadden and Whitehead: Startin' 'N' Stoppin'

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, July 1979

PAUL SEXTON winds up old phillybusters McFadden and Whitehead ...

Sylvester: No Business Like Show Business

Essay by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, July 1979

ON HIS RECORD sleeves, Sylvester is definitely svelte. A pink shirt and a red rose. Spectacles and a cool look, like Arthur Ashe. My favourite ...

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, August 1979

‘HOT STUFF’ just isn't that terrific a record, no matter what the charts or current critical backlash dogma say, and it doesn't do any good ...

Chic: Risqué

Review by Danny Baker, NME, August 1979

THIS TIME I really feel entitled to smile. ...

Sylvester: The Living Proof Of Disco's Heat

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1979

'MIGHTY REAL' was, of course, one of Sylvester's biggest hits – his biggest in Europe, in fact. However, it is more than just the title ...

Gloria Gaynor: Come What May, '79 Was Going To Be Gloria's Year!

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1979

SO YOU thought Gloria Gaynor was still just the original Queen of Disco? You figured she might not be able to repeat the phenomenal success ...

George Clinton: Mutiny On The Mothership — Uncle Jam Wants Out

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, NME, December 1979

Drummer Jerome Brailey and Horny Hornsman Fred Wesley have already quit Funkadelic – and now George Clinton is giving up live performances. Richard Grabel reports ...

Dan Hartman: Relight My Fire (Blue Sky) *

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, February 1980

DAN HARTMAN has obviously learned all he knows from listening to TV theme music. Shame he didn't pay more attention to the master — Aaron ...

Diana Ross, Jermaine Jackson: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown); Jermaine Jackson: Let's Get Serious (Motown)

Review by Danny Baker, NME, June 1980

The hit factory calls in the new technology ...

Chic, Diana Ross: Diana Ross: Diana (Motown 8033)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1980

'Upside Down'; 'Tenderness'; 'Friend To Friend'; 'I'm Coming Out'; 'Have Fun (Again)'; 'My Old Piano'; 'Now That You're Gone'; 'Give Up'. ...

Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: August Darnell: From Dr. Savannah to Kid Creole

Profile and Interview by Ian Penman, NME, November 1980

"To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, ...

Electro-Disco: Night Moves

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, July 1981

Mike Stand gets the lowdown on electro-disco from Rusty Egan. ...

Grace Jones: In Between The Bumpers

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1981

Chris Salewicz goes behind the public face of Grace to discover that in the tall, exotic frame of a former model there's a little girl ...

Grace Jones: The Savoy, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, August 1981

THE FANFARE hardly pronounced itself...when out folds a larger-than-our-life toy monkey with a grass skirt on its bandy thighs and a big tin drum, swinging ...

Chic: Grandmasters of Chic

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, August 1981

Rodgers & Hart... Rodgers & Hammerstein... Rodgers & Edwards... The new age directors of organised rhyme get a witness in DANNY BAKER. ...

Grace Jones: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1981

GRACE: UNFAVOURED ...

Material, Nona Hendryx: Nona Hendryx: Labelle-d By The Funk

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, January 1982

Paolo Hewitt sees eye-to-eye with NONA HENDRYX ...

Chic: Take It Off (Atlantic)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, March 1982

THE TURNTABLE'S smouldering and the needle's popping. And there it is again: that unmistakable duel between Bernard Edwards' wrist-snapping bass work and Nile Rodgers' guitar ...

Soft Cell: Non Stop Erotic Dancing (Some Bizarre) **

Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

I'M NOT dancing, I'm sulking. Here we have a copy of Soft Cell's dance-mix album, a supposed treat, and I'm rooted to the floor. Church ...

The Boys Town Gang: Possibly The Most Boring Group In The World

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1982

The Boys Town Gang talk about Art, Expression and Being Very Creative. Dave Rimmer catches up on some kip. ...

Sylvester: Woofers And Tweeters

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, NME, September 1982

HAD I BEEN expecting some shimmering trans-sexual diva to sweep into the room like a hostess into her salon, the rotund, maternal figure who welcomed ...

August Darnell, Kid Creole & The Coconuts: August Darnell Gets Even With Everybody (For Forcing Him To Make Race Music & Other Sins)

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, December 1982

ON A hot Wednesday evening I'm playing flick-yer-bic with the dial on my television, you know: flick — Three's Company — flick — Masterpiece Theatre ...

Grace Jones: Are You Ready For A Brand New (Disco) Beat?

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, April 1983

IF I WAS writing in Australia for Tie Yer Kangaroo Down rock mag, or in Germany for Ach Tung – Der March Goes On, or ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Larry Levan, The Sugarhill Gang: Hip Hop: The Music Centre

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, April 1983

Ever wondered where Wham! and Malcolm McLaren got their ideas from? Or how rapping and scratching actually started? The answers lie in the Bronx — a borough ...

Arthur Baker, John "Jellybean" Benitez: Burn This Disco Out

Report by Richard Grabel, NME, May 1983

THE BEST DISCO IN NEW YORK IS THE FUNHOUSE WHERE SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER IS ENJOYING A RENAISSANCE WITH AMERICA'S TEENAGERS. RICHARD GRABEL INVESTIGATES THE NEW ...

Indeep: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Sound Of New York)

Review by Leyla Sanai, NME, June 1983

IN AT THE DEEP END TOO SOON? ...

Larry Levan, Peech Boys: Peech Boys: Muscle Peech Party

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, August 1983

Paolo Hewitt checks for the Peech Boys' Console Companions Larry Levan and Michael "Mafia" Benedictus ...

Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Doppelganger (Ze/Island)

Review by Chris Bohn, NME, September 1983

BETWEEN OFF The Coast Of Me and Doppelganger lies an interval of only three years, yet already the odyssey of Kid Creole's search for his ...

Uncle Jam’s Army: Mobile Disco Dances To A Different Beat

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, October 1983

A GROUP OF MODS, coats festooned with badges of their favorite bands and likenesses of the "Two-Tone" man, snake around the perimeter of the dance ...

The Weather Girls: Fat Is Where It's At

Profile and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, March 1984

TWO TONS of fun, indeed! ...

Electro: The Beatbox Bites Back

Essay by David Toop, Face, The, May 1984

1984: Two a.m. at The Funhouse and the giant video screen fills with the image of the Master O.C.'s hands scratching an Enjoy 12 inch. ...

Evelyn Thomas, Gloria Gaynor, The Weather Girls: High Energy

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

It's a new type of dance beat. Hazell Dean's 'Searchin'' is High Energy; so are The Weather Girls, Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn Thomas. The charts ...

Donna Summer: Cats Without Claws (Warner Bros)

Review by Ian Penman, NME, September 1984

LOOKING DARKLY into her TV's eyes and chastizing it as media plasma, Donna sings of its ruptured picture: "From the next apartment we hear music/Bleeding ...

Sylvester

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, December 1984

NOT EVEN the New York cool that infests a group like The Force MD's can prevent the obvious excitement that sweeps through them as Sylvester ...

London Clubbing: Neon Nights

Guide by Julian Henry, Ms London, March 1985

Julian Henry helps newcomers to town find their feet in the glitter domes. ...

Grace Jones: Slave To The Rhythm (ZTT)

Review by Don Watson, NME, November 1985

THE SCENE: An unwashed and impolitely dazed Paul Morley stumbles into the ZTT offices one day. "But Trevor, the people are hungry for imagination, stimulation, ...

Morgan Khan: Flag Day

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, January 1986

StreetSounds supremo and entrepreneur of the modern dance MORGAN KHAN thinks the Welfare State sucks, that charity begins at home and that the Union Jack ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: Crankin' That Go Go Gadget

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, April 1986

THIS IS CRAZY. I'm in Cheriy's Roller Rink, in Northeast Washington, D.C. The place is filled with black teenagers, and even their younger brothers and ...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds And The Boys, Trouble Funk: Go Go Not Gone!

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, NME, June 1986

Go Go all gone? Washington DC all fini? Not on your Nelly, argues Simon Witter, Go Go guru of the King’s Roadeo. The deaths of ...

JM Silk (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages, July 1986

The Chicago House pioneers Steve 'Silk' Hurley and Keith Nunnally on the form's origins, the rip-offs of Rocky Jones and DJ International, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk's kleptomania, and th linksback to NYC via Frankie Knuckles.

File format: mp3; file size: 47.8mb, interview length: 52' 12" sound quality: ***

Marshall Jefferson (1986)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 1986

The 'Move Your Body' man on the people and clubs that beget House music, the endless Trax Records rip-offs, and a definition of House itself.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.9mb; Interview length: 42' 30"; sound quality: ***

Chip E., Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson: Chicago House: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Part 1

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, August 1986

In the first of two instalments, Atlantic-hopping Frank Owen introduces DJ International, home of CHICAGO HOUSE music, the finest club beat of the moment ...

Candi, Daryl Pandy: Chicago House: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Part 2

Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, August 1986

At the centre of the House stands the figure of the deejay. But the Chicago Sound is not all cross-fading, mixing and sampling, as Frank ...

Farley "Jackmaster" Funk , Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles: Sample and Hold: The House Sound of Chicago

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1986

"Sue the bastards!"WE'VE BEEN IN Chicago for two hours now, and for reasons too ridiculous to explain we are sitting in an Armenian restaurant talking ...

JM Silk, Frankie Knuckles, Jamie Principle: Time To Jack: The House Sound Of Chicago

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, i-D, Summer 1986

Is House music the latest in a long line of Urban American dancefloor explosions – or the latest in a long line of record company ...

Frankie Knuckles

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, Unique, 1987

Eighteen months after it's commercial birth, House Music is getting stronger by the week. On his first trip to England Unique spoke to the scene's ...

Grace Jones: Inside Story (Manhattan Records)

Review by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, January 1987

PEOPLE THINK of Grace Jones as a disco queen. People think of her as Conan the Barbarian's sidekick. As just another James Bond villainess. As ...

Arthur Russell: Echo Beach

Profile and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, April 1987

YOU MAY KNOW ARTHUR RUSSELL FOR HIS WORLD OF ECHO ALBUM. THEN AGAIN, YOU MAY REMEMBER DINOSAUR L OR THE NECESSARIES OR... WELL. FRANK OWEN TAKES US ON A TRIP ...

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu: Feeling The Pinch

Interview by James Brown, Sounds, May 1987

Who the hell has ever illegally sampled and mixed James Brown with AC/DC, Dave Brubeck with Led Zeppelin, Abba with The Fall, Samantha Fox with ...

JM Silk: Moving House

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, NME, June 1987

2008 NOTE: It's a cruel irony that JM Silk now seem like a footnote in music history, given that they were the act that broke ...

The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu: 1987 — What The F**k Is Going On (The Sound Of Mu)

Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, June 1987

LICENSED TO THRILL ...

Paul Oakenfold: DJ Of The Month

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, i-D, August 1987

PAUL OAKENFOLD, apart from being one of the harder working men in showbusiness, is a perfect example of the late 80s London soul phenomenon: the ...

Derrick May, Frankie Knuckles: Back To Jack

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, NME, August 1987

2008 NOTE: One year after the big bang of house hype, I was back in Chicago to investigate the latest developments – among them Acid ...

Krushed With The Reels Of Industry

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, NME, December 1987

As the East Midlands house of KRUSH arrests a nation with its jack-knife beat, BEN THOMPSON meets FON's latest sampling superstars. ...

T-Coy: Union Jack: The British House Boom

Report by Simon Witter, NME, December 1987

If you thought House music was an imported irritation that would jack off as quickly as it came, your worst nightmare is about to become ...

Fingers Inc.: Another Side

Sleevenotes by Simon Witter, Jack Trax/Indigo Music, 1988

2009 NOTE: I wrote a few album sleevenotes in the 80s, but none that I was more chuffed to have been asked to do than ...

Jamie Principle: Acid House: New Acid Daze

Report and Interview by John McCready, NME, February 1988

As our charts bulge with British House, so its big American brother trips off in a new direction. Spacier and racier, mesmeric and dis(c)oncerting – ...

Enter The Acid House

Report by John McCready, NME, February 1988

As our charts bulge with British House, so its big American brother trips off in a new direction. Spacier and racier, mesmeric and dis(c)oncerting – ...

The Badder the Better: Soulboy Life in London

Report by Paul Wellings, Evening Standard, March 1988

IN LONDON TOWN, they’re funking till they’re raw. From badland clubland they’ve voted with their feet for black soul music. Pirate stations like ...

Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson: Welcome To the Phuture: Techno

Overview by John McCready, NME, July 1988

TECHNO – a new Detroit sound vibration – is rocking the House of the future. John McCready checks out the credentials of the Third Wave ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Paul Rutherford (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1988

Rutherford talks about the end of Frankie and life after, his move into dance music and clubbing, and working with ABC.

File format: mp3; file size: 47.6mb, interview length: 52' 02" sound quality: ***

Todd Terry: All On His Todd

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, NME, November 1988

TODD TERRY, the name if not the face of 1988, is possibly the ultimate producer, refusing to become a performer or even enter a "proper" ...

Acid Crackdown: Get Right Off One Chummy

Report by Paolo Hewitt, Sean O'Hagan, Steven Wells, NME, November 1988

With the hysteria now reaching fever pitch and questions being asked in the (non-Acid) House, NME calls a time out to assess the damage in the tab-mad ...

Acid Crackdown: Sunrise III, Greenwich

Report by Simon Witter, NME, November 1988

2003 note: Sunrise III, which took place in November 1988 on an industrial wasteland that would later house the Dome, was a pivotal event in ...

Kym Mazelle And The Post-Acid World Of DEEP HOUSE

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, November 1988

With Acid House — the music not the lifestyle — being phased out after a summer of madness, what's next for the turntable terrors? Deep House, ...

Neneh Cherry: Cherry On Top

Interview by James Brown, NME, December 1988

After spells in the hyper-trendy but hit-starved Rip Rig And Panic and Float Up CP, NENEH CHERRY is about to burst into the charts with ...

Yazz: The Benetton Skeleton Gets It On

Interview by Steven Wells, NME, December 1988

Who is this seaweed munching ex-clothes-horse YAZZ person? And why am I covered in bark? asks STEVEN WELLS. ...

Marshall Jefferson: Let's Get Spiritual – Deep House

Report by Simon Witter, NME, December 1988

As House approaches its third birthday, and the classical club sound of Deep House and Garage Music asserts itself on Acid-fatigued dancefloors, SIMON WITTER reports ...

1988: Acid House

Overview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1988

AT THE BEGINNING of this year a House record would have cleared the majority of London's dancefloors. ...

Genesis P-Orridge (1988)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1988

Mr P-Orridge talks at length about psychedelics, acid house, sexuality, ritual, Tantra, and about Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle and Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth.

File format: mp3; file size: 125.7mb, interview length: 2h 17' 19" sound quality: ***

Techno: A Bluffer’s Guide

Guide by John McCready, Face, The, 1989

TECHNO HAS turned ordinary record buyers into badly-informed technology obsessives. ...

Acid House: The Selling Of Smiley Culture

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1989

Like punk before it, acid house was a cult fanned by the media into a mass market industry. Major labels latched on to the music, ...

The Shamen: In Gorbachev We Trust (Demon)

Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, February 1989

THE SHAMEN may indeed, as Steve Sutherland said, be a band whose time has come. For over three years now they've been drilling away, obsessed ...

Marshall Jefferson: Marshall Lore

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, February 1989

Over the last three years, former post office worker MARSHALL JEFFERSON's work as producer, writer and arranger, has resulted in some of the best House ...

The Strange Odyssey Of Acid House

Report by Cynthia Rose, Dallas Observer, February 1989

LONDON – On February 9, 1989, the mutant musical movement known as Acid House made it into The Dallas Morning News for the second time ...

Neneh Cherry: Ma Cherry Amour

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, June 1989

NENEH CHERRY is a different style of woman, a popstar determined to be real, not plastic, positive and above all herself. With her single 'Manchild' ...

Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Circa)

Review by David Quantick, NME, June 1989

CHERRY-OH BABY ...

Chaka Khan, D Mob: D Mob: Mixing With The Mob

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, June 1989

From DJ to A&R man, to the mixmaster behind D MOB's summer of '88 hit 'We Call It Acieed', DANNY D has moved on to ...

S'Express: Social Moores

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, September 1989

WITH TWO NUMBER ONE SINGLES ALREADY UNDER HIS BELT, MARK MOORE WAS FINALLY CROWNED AS THE SVENGALI OF ACID SAMPLING WHEN PRINCE ASKED HIM TO ...

Ecstasy: Easy Does It

Report by Jack Barron, NME, September 1989

This week NME devotes its Dance/Club page to a cool and unsensational look at the drug Ecstasy. Report by JACK BARRON ...

Soul II Soul: Funki Bold Demeanour

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, NME, September 1989

• Current king of British clubs JAZZIE B is preparing to launch SOUL II SOUL even further ahead of the opposition-the summer soundtrack on both ...

Is Acid's Mr Big Really All Bad?

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sky, November 1989

Twenty-three-year-old gambler and whiz-kid entrepreneur Tony Colston-Hayter has been called Acid's Mr Big, Acid's Mr Fixit and The Acid King by the tabloid press because ...

Trevor Miller: Tripping Yarns

Interview by Jack Barron, NME, December 1989

I FIRST meet novelist Trevor Miller at 5am outside a London rave called Method Air after a night of dancing so manic and intense it ...

Grace Jones: Ladies And Gentlemen, Disgrace Jones

Report and Interview by David Quantick, NME, December 1989

GRACE JONES is a living, laughing legend. She's wrestled with James Bond, battered Russell Harty, and now she's back once again to sit on the ...

Soul II Soul: Songs In The Key Of Life

Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, December 1989

WITH A STRING OF SUCCESSFUL SINGLES AND A STUNNING DEBUT ALBUM, SOUL II SOUL HAVE SPEARHEADED THE DANCE REVIVAL OF THE LATE-EIGHTIES AND LOOK LIKE ...

Coldcut, The Fall: Coldcut: Ring The Noise

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, January 1990

• And they said it wouldn't last! In the pop marriage of the'80s, COLDCUT producers Jonathan Moore and Matt Black invited Mark E Smith to ...

D Mob: Married To D Mob

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, NME, January 1990

PAOLO HEWITT lays his hands on D mainman of D Mob, Dancin' Danny D ...

The KLF

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Independent, The, February 1990

IT WAS the poster claiming The KLF were to play live at a DJ convention in Amsterdam rather than – as they thought – just ...

Andrew Weatherall, Primal Scream: Primal Scream: Spring Loaded

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, March 1990

The former darlings of indie rock may lose some deities with their new house-orientated single 'Loaded', but Primal leader Bobby Gillespie is determined to use ...

The Shamen: No Right To Party: Acid House

Report by Mark Sinker, New Statesman, April 1990

2005 note: Unforgivable as actual real journalism – I made no effort to represent the anti-drug position – this still works as a snapshot of ...

The House that Rap Built

Overview by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, May 1990

ON FRIDAY night at the Tunnel, Bronx, Jersey, and Brooklyn posses with high-top fades, or one patch of hair dyed psychedelic orange, bob and weave ...

The Chimes: Ringing In The Changes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1990

WITH THE TOP 10 SUCCESS OF THEIR COVER OF U2'S 'I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR', THE CHIMES LOOK SET TO JOIN SOUL ...

Guru Josh: The Guru Ain't Joshin'!

Interview by Max Bell, No.1, June 1990

And he ain't mincing his words either! Max Bell lends a conspiratorial ear as the Guru lets rip at Adamski, slags off Technotronic, supports the ...

The Farm: Ibiza '90!

Live Review by Jack Barron, NME, July 1990

IBIZA THE ACTION ...

808 State, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, D Mob, M People, S'Express, William Orbit: Remixing: The DJ's DJ

Report and Interview by Push, Andrew Smith, Melody Maker, August 1990

A couple of years ago, the success of DJ-based groups such as M/A/R/R/S, Coldcut, S'Express and Bomb The Bass heralded a new musical era. Now, ...

Deee-Lite: World Clique (Elektra) ****

Review by John Robb, Sounds, September 1990

OUTRAGEOUS, COLOURFUL, Deee-Lite's tacky funky mush is a breathtaking pysche trip at the tail end of a summer that's been disappointing in terms of excess ...

Derrick May: What Is Techno?

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1990

FOR SOME reason, I'd half expected renowned Detroit techno demon Derrick May to be the quiet, retiring sort. ...

E.S.G.: Emerald Sapphire & Gold: Alive, Well And Working In The South Bronx

Interview by Carol Cooper, Dance Music Report, September 1990

Being one of the most widely imitated and innovative live bands of the early '80s isn’t necessarily a bed of roses. ...

The Shamen: En-Tact (One Little Indian)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, November 1990

THE PHUTURE is now. The Shamen once riffed and jangled in anoraks, got into splintered hip-hop iconoclasm for the magnificent In Gorbachev We Trust album ...

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie (1991)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

Primal Scream's front-man and major fanboy talks about making Screamadelica; his major influences; and music, music music.

File format: mp3; file size: 58.1mb, interview length: 1h 03' 28" sound quality: **

Deee-Lite: Trio De Janeiro

Interview by James Brown, NME, February 1991

Pop music isn't all lying around the pool with GUNS N'ROSES, frugging with PRINCE and getting pissed (on) with the MONDAYS. Except, that is, in ...

The KLF: Pranks for the Memory

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, February 1991

They can't help having hits, they can't come to terms with fame and they can't keep out of trouble! DAVID STUBBS witnesses THE KLF's dawn ...

The KLF: KLF: Hang On! I've Got An Idea!

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, March 1991

They're big on ideas, are KLF. Like having hits without musicians, making a load of cash, losing a load of cash… and every so often, ...

808 State: Electro Therapy

Interview by John Robb, Sounds, March 1991

808 STATE are one of the few genuine 'pop groups' of the underground scene. Not for them a bunch of hairy '60s riffs or ideologies, ...

808 State, Björk, N-Joi: 808 State, N-Joi: G-Mex, Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Sounds, March 1991

THE RETURN to G-Mex, the core combat zone of the Manchester thing, could have been disturbing. Like, is there a thing going on anymore? The ...

808 State: Genius Plastic

Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1991

EASTERN BLOC RECORDS in Manchester's rapidly-becoming-fashionable Oldham Street is, at first glance, no different to any other specialist dance music emporium. ...

Adrian Sherwood, On-U Sound System: On-U Sound: Circus Attractions

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, April 1991

This week, the On-U Sound takes its show on the road with 36 acts and five hours of murderous rhythm every night. IAN GITTINS joined ...

Malcolm McLaren, Pop Will Eat Itself: Pop Will Eat Itself: Cure for Sanity; Malcolm McLaren: Round the Outside! Round the Outside!

Review by Chuck Eddy, Rolling Stone, April 1991

EVER SINCE the Who and the Stones, if not the Revolutionary War, uppity British ironists have made a habit of "elevating" vulgar American pop crazes ...

C+C Music Factory: This Ain't No Disco

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1991

UNLIKE THE '70s, today's dance music is based on a radical mix of styles that may signal a new era in pop. ...

Bomb The Bass: Unknown Territory (Rhythm King)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, August 1991

WE NEED a new category – something like "progressive dance", or prog funk – to describe the new post-aciieed groups like 808 Slate, Bass-O-Matic and ...

Andrew Weatherall: Rimini: Let's Take a Trip!

Report by Jack Barron, i-D, September 1991

Damned by the Pope as the "most debauched area in Italy", Rimini is fast becoming a Euro-clubber's hedonist mecca. And when hundreds of Brits touched ...

Orbital: Corn Circle Jerks

Interview by Steven Wells, NME, September 1991

Techno-slaphead alert! Bow-tie-wearing aliens with enormo-ears from planet Proper Dance Music are writhing in our cornfields and masquerading as ORBITAL. Beam me up, Rotty, screams ...

The Grid: Boom At The Top

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1991

MUSICAL BARRIERS are currently falling faster than Russian statues. Exciting crossovers are making it often redundant to use terms like house, hip-hop and soul while ...

Joey Negro

Interview by Simon Witter, unpublished, 1992

As a re-and-mastermixer, artist, label head and man of many names – too many, some might say – Joey Negro is emerging as one of ...

Andrew Weatherall, Jah Wobble: Inner Vision: Andrew Weatherall & Jah Wobble

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1992

An out-mind experience with the extra-dimensional Andrew Weatherall and Jah Wobble, the man for whom the expression "raving mad" was invented... ...

Massive Attack: Herb Crawlers

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, February 1992

When MASSIVE ATTACK released their debut LP last year, it was hailed as a masterful collage of rap, soul and reggae with a cinematic feel. ...

Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers: Larry Heard: House Music's Most Mysterious Pioneer

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1992

LARRY HEARD has always been the most low profile of the original house music pioneers. Although his name has graced some of the deepest, most ...

Orbital: Fission Blips

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, March 1992

IT'S GRIM down south. Suicidally so on the remote escarpment of lunar terrain where the Dungeness nuclear reactor hums its menacing mantra out across beaches ...

Chic: Le Freak Scenes

Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, March 1992

As massive an influence on modern dance as Kraftwerk and James Brown, CHIC have finally come back after years producing records for likes of Madonna ...

Chic: They're Still Family

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, April 1992

AFTER AN 8-year layoff, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards relaunch their group Chic but worry that their soulful sound may be dated. Can the architects ...

Derrick May (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, April 1992

Detroit pioneer May discusses the state of Techno, and pays fulsome, eloquent tribute to the recently-deceased House legend Ron Hardy.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.5mb, interview length: 20' 09" sound quality: ***

Robert Owens: Bob's Full House

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, May 1992

"IT'S PAIN!" For a second Robert Owens assumes the tortured persona which electrifies his performances. The lower lip quivers, the huge eyes cloud and he ...

Inner City, Kevin Saunderson: Inner City

Interview by David Bennun, Melody Maker, June 1992

"DETROIT IS in a bad way. Recession, depression, whatever you wanna call it. There's a lot of crime, a lot of people out of jobs. ...

Lil’ Louis: Lil' Louis: French Kissing In New York

Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, September 1992

LAST JANUARY, during a particularly action-packed week in New York City, I was invited to experience one of the infamous Wild Pitch parties by D.J. ...

Juan Atkins (1992)

Interview by Kris Needs, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1992

Mr Atkins talks Detroit Techno vs. Chicago House, the Motor City recording and label scene, being hugely influenced by Kraftwerk and 'Planet Rock', and looks to the future.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.9mb, interview length: 49' 03" sound quality: **

The Orb: Sphere and Loathing

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, October 1992

THE ORB are on the road and mayhem reigns. PUSH joins in the jollities ...

Inside The Body Of Techno

Report by Tony Fletcher, Creem, November 1992

In its broadest sense, techno is a form of up-tempo, mainly instrumental electronic dance music, founded in Detroit in the 1980s by producers inspired by ...

Juan Atkins: On Juan

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, NME, November 1992

LIKE HIS protégé Derrick May, 'Magic' Juan Atkins – the man commonly referred to as the 'Godfather Of Techno' – has recently returned to the ...

The Orb: Mystic Pizza

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, November 1992

They're cooking up something deeply strange in the sound kitchen. The Orb explore your inner space with endless sonic dreamscapes that suggest a planet where ...

Leftfield: Release The Pressure!

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, December 1992

CRITICAL ACCLAIM means bugger-all in clubland. Here, an act's reputation is better measured by the number of others sampling them. And, right now, it's impossible ...

Patti Austin, Cherrelle, The Human League, Cheryl Lynn, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part II

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, January 1993

Jeff Lorez continues his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions. ...

DJ Pierre

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Black Echoes, February 1993

DJ PIERRE IS in fighting mood these days and, having seen the scope for his legendary house music trailblazing die in Chicago and narrow in ...

Jesus Jones: Perverse (Food)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1993

PERVERSE COULD be the sound of tomorrow today, if it wasn't so full of yesterdays. Not surprising when the sleeve of Jesus Jones's debut, Liquidizer, ...

808 State: Town and Country Club, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, NME, March 1993

THE COMPUTER-DRIVEN orchestral score that is Moby's opening gambit comes as a blessed relief. After two hours of beat-fascism courtesy of the hardcore DJ that ...

L.F.O., The Orb, Orbital, The Shamen, T99, Third Eye: Techno

Overview by Mark Dery, Keyboard, April 1993

TECHNO. THE name sounds at once monolithic and impersonal, the acronym of a multinational conglomerate, and toylike, as in brightly colored plastic Lego blocks. ...

Cathy Dennis, Janet Jackson, Madonna: Shep Pettibone: Spontaneous Combustion

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

No amount of studio technology can ever compete with the priceless element of spontaneity to set things on fire, says Shep... ...

Station Rose: Neurodisco

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, Sunday Times, September 1993

SEVEN STORIES above Frankfurt, in the city's most expensive shopping centre – the Japanese styled glass colossus Zeilgalerie – Europe's most unusual monthly club is, ...

Larry Levan: Paradise Lost

Retrospective by Frank Owen, Vibe, November 1993

For over a decade, Larry Levan ruled the dance-music world from his roost in the DJ booth at New York's legendary Paradise Garage. Last November, ...

John Lydon, Leftfield: John Lydon and Leftfield

Interview by Kris Needs, NME, November 1993

IT'S ONE NIGHT in June '92, long past midnight at the Brixton Academy. The Orb have finished washing the cerebral nether regions of the full-on ...

Aphex Twin: Machine Soul: A History Of Techno

Overview by Jon Savage, Village Voice, Summer 1993

Oooh oooh Techno cityHope you enjoy your stayWelcome to Techno cityYou will never want to go away– Cybotron, 'Techno City' (1984) ...

Utah Saints: Circa Now! Latter Day Techno Kids, Utah Saints

Report and Interview by Susan Compo, Option, Fall 1993

FOR A COUPLE of English guys, choosing the state of Utah as the basis for their band’s name probably had as much exotic cachet as ...

Grateful Dead: Deadheads

Report by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1994

A snapshot of the deadhead scene and how it was feeding US rave ...

Miami Bass: How Low Can You Go?

Report by John McCready, Face, The, 1994

In Florida, a pair of 15-inch speakers carry more B-boy cred than a pair of fat-laced sneakers, and your car is judged not by speed ...

Microglobe: Easy Dance & Musichall, Frankfurt an der Oder

Report by Dave Rimmer, MOJO, January 1994

IN THE CRAMPED LITTLE DJ BOOTH AT THE EASY DISCO, Frankfurt an der Oder – east Germany city of flatblocks and border posts – Berlin ...

Underworld: Going Overground

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, January 1994

I KNOW IT'S ONLY January but there's no way you will hear a more thrilling dance music album this year than Underworld's Dubnobasswithmyheadman. No fucking ...

Goldie: Welcome To The Jungle

Overview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, January 1994

What is JUNGLE? And where does it fit into the new dance scheme? SIMON REYNOLDS reports ...

Aphex Twin: Armed and Fairly Dangerous

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, March 1994

AND BY their conspicuous celebrity consumption you shall know them. When Rick Wakeman entered rock's upper echelon, he armed himself with a fleet of Rolls-Royces. ...

Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Volume II (Warp)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, March 1994

The prodigious, prolific and increasingly eccentric Richard James brings us two and a half hours of his unique muse. SIMON REYNOLDS is bewitched on our ...

M People: People Get Ready!

Report and Interview by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, March 1994

M PEOPLE are the darlings of hip clubbers and pop kids alike, recent Brits winners, and THE crossover band from club culture who can simply ...

Aphex Twin: 'Phex And Drugs And Rock'N'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1994

APHEX TWIN is the first superstar of ambient, the crossover King of innovative pop. Which is why Seefeel, Saint Etienne, The Boo Radleys, Curve, hell, ...

The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, NME, April 1994

"E'S, COKE, anything you want..." Yeah, you gotta admit it: Brixton knows how to party. No sooner have you navigated your way around the slurring ...

The Prodigy: Touched By The Hand Of Prod

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, July 1994

"So I've decided to take my work back underground... to stop it falling into the wrong hands." ...

Marshall Jefferson: Moving House

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1994

I FIRST MET MARSHALL Jefferson in 1986, in his native Chicago. House was just starting to bloom there, and he was working on 'Move Your ...

Massive Attack: Protection (Circa)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, October 1994

Direct Hit ...

Futurebeat: Vorschtsprung dürch Techno

Essay by Dave Rimmer, Wire, The, Spring 1994

"The only possible challenge to repetitive power takes the route of a breach in social repetition and the control of noisemaking. In more day-to-day political ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemistry Set: the Chemical Brothers

Interview by John Robb, Loaded, 1995

WHEN THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS come to town, DJ'ing takes on a whole new dimension. The duo play the decks like two fucked-up guitar gods. Lanky ...

Todd Terry: Time For Todd Terry

Report and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1995

"BATTLING PEOPLE: that’s what keeps me going." The man in the bomber jacket lays it down straight. "I got to beat everybody. It’s me against ...

M People: Bizarre Fruit (DeConstruction)

Review by Stephen Dalton, Vox, January 1995

Excess baggage ...

Cholly Atkins: The Man Who Taught Motown How to Dance

Retrospective and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA Reader, January 1995

CHARLES "CHOLLY" ATKINS has had two careers, and he has flourished in both. In the golden age of tap, he was half of one ...

Leftfield: On Your Marks, Get Set, Gauche: Leftfield: Leftism

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, January 1995

Who the f*** are LEFTFIELD? Giant pandas of techno positivism, faceless bores who had a hit with Johnny Rotten, or VR sex pervs? Don't bother ...

Barry White: Blackberry Jam

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1995

VIBE: You write a lot about — Barry White: Love. VIBE: Love — BW: Always. ...

Frankie Knuckles Interviewed in NYC

Interview by Frank Broughton, djhistory.com, February 1995

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of dancefloor history knows Frankie Knuckles respectfully as the 'Godfather of House'. Together with his childhood friend Larry Levan ...

Moby... Dickhead?

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, March 1995

Intelligent Techno god or the world's next fascist dictator? Moby likes to piss people off, and he's very good at it... ...

Arthur Russell

Retrospective by David Toop, Wire, The, April 1995

This New York composer, who died in obscurity of AIDS in 1992, was a true visionary, traversing dub, disco and minimalism and anticipating the '90s ...

Carl Craig: Listen To The Future

Profile and Interview by Kodwo Eshun, i-D, April 1995

One of Detroit's legendary first generation, Carl Craig has left behind the legacy he's outgrown. Ripping up techno's rule-book, this 25-year-old is making records for ...

My Kind Of Town: The History of Chicago House

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, April 1995

IT’S 1981. Frankie Knuckles, a New York DJ relocated for the last four years in Chicago, is driving south through the outskirts of his adopted ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemicrazy Pilots

Interview by Push, Muzik, June 1995

They've changed their name from The Dust Brothers to THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS and their beats are beefier than ever. Stand by for the imminent release ...

The Chemical Brothers: Chemicrazy Pilots

Interview by Push, Muzik, June 1995

THE ONE with the long blond hair and the tinted glasses, the one who looks like a bleached Nana Mouskouri, is called Tom. ...

The Chemical Brothers: Apothecary Now: The Chemical Brothers : Exit Planet Dust (Junior Boys Own)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, June 1995

THINK OF THE truly great, era-defining albums of the last 18 months. Definitely Maybe would be in there. Ill Communication and Dummy, too. ...

Goldie: Timeless

Review by David Toop, MOJO, September 1995

WITH A FEW notable exceptions, Jungle has thus far been a music for singles and endless drum 'n' bass compilations. As the genre's first high ...

Mrs Wood: Queen Of Hardbag

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1995

I FIRST MET MRS WOOD on a trip to BCM in Majorca. The manager had flagged up his attractions outside the club in four-foot letters: ...

Josh Wink

Interview by Frank Broughton, Mixmag, 1996

THE TRAIN FROM New York to Philadelphia arrives four minutes early. We leave the platform and climb some stairs into a vast waiting hall of ...

The Love Parade

Report by Dave Rimmer, Pozor, 1996

NOTE: As a veteran of the event, I have written a lot about the Love Parade – for various music magazines in the UK, for ...

The A-Z of Electro

Guide by David Toop, Wire, The, March 1996

In its original incarnation, Electro was black science fiction teleported to the dancefloors of New York, Miami and LA; a super-stoopid fusion of video games, ...

Underworld: Alphabet Soup

Interview by Push, Muzik, March 1996

With the release of their new album, Second Toughest In The Infants, UNDERWORLD take a hurtling ride through their world... With a little help from ...

The Prodigy: House Of The Razing Arson

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, NME, March 1996

The Prodigy, those Beztastic cartoon ravers with the bonkers tunes and child-scaring hairdos, are mutating! Yup, they are evolving, gulp, into a scary fire-snorting funky ...

Faithless: Reverence (Cheeky/BMG)

Review by Push, Muzik, May 1996

Joyful and triumphant ...

Jungle Pirate Radio

Essay by Jon Savage, Artforum, May 1996

BUILT IN a clay basin, London promotes claustrophobia as a way of life: but then, something can happen that lets the air in, that makes ...

Chic: Bernard Edwards 1952-1996

Obituary by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, May 1996

BERNARD EDWARDS of CHIC died last week. Paul Lester celebrates the life and work of a massively influential musician, producer and songwriter ...

DJ Spooky: Spooky After Dark: The DJ as Dead Dreamer

Review by Richard Gehr, Village Voice, June 1996

DJ SPOOKY'S Songs of a Dead Dreamer (Asphodel) magically distills the mysterioso live performances the artist (and occasional Voice contributor) otherwise known as Paul D. ...

Chic: Bernard Edwards, 1952-1996

Obituary by Geoffrey Himes, Rolling Stone, June 1996

BACK IN THE DISCO era, when most records went thump-thump-thump, the music produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers went bumpity-bip-bop, bing-bang-boom. ...

808 State: Castlefield Amphitheatre, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1996

IS THIS THE way the future's really meant to feel? Or just 20,000 mutants standing in a cobbled amphitheatre? Either there's an extremely mad scientist ...

It's All Gone... Pete Tong

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

PETE TONG. His Essential Selection show on Radio One is the nation's choice on a Friday night. It's a dry run for a night out, ...

Secret Knowledge: Hi Bunny, I'm Home!

Interview by Push, Muzik, September 1996

Kris Needs and Wonder. A boy from Aylesbury and a girl from Ohio. Music from the heart, some hard lessons from the street... and a ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: End Fest, Bremberton, Washington

Live Review by Gillian G. Gaar, Rolling Stone, September 1996

ON THE one hand, it was hard to see why Prodigy were chosen to close End Fest; the annual daylong outdoor music festival is usually ...

Norman Jay: Chop Chop!

Interview by Sonia Poulton, Muzik, November 1996

Chopper fanatic, sound system supremo, founder member of Kiss FM, former Talkin' Loud A&R guru, all-round celebrity and man of the people... What more do ...

10 Years of House

Retrospective by John McCready, Face, The, 1997

TEN YEARS IS A LONG TIME. Three score short of a lifetime, I know, but long enough to establish your own space programme and see ...

Giorgio Moroder

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Request, 1997

SO YOU THINK Giorgio Moroder and you think of Donna Summer's pornographic 'Love To Love You Baby' and all that followed, but there's more to ...

Eyewitness: The Twist

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, February 1997

THE TWIST WAS the most remarkable dance phenomenon in the history of the rock era. Here's the story of how it happened in the words ...

David Bowie: Drum 'N' Bass Oddity

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, February 1997

Forget the '80s. Forget Let's Dance and Tin Machine. Forget the mullets. 'Cos DAVID BOWIE'S discovered jungle and he's back with a vengeance. STEPHEN DALTON ...

The Orb: Orblivion (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, February 1997

AFTER FIVE years of squandered promise, wrong turnings, bitter splits and experimental muck-spreading, how much can we honestly expect from Alex Paterson? Five years in ...

Daft Punk: Plastique Fantastique

Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1997

It's taken a while, but mainstream America is finally welcoming dance music with open aims. Now they're going crazy over the Chemicals and are poised ...

Faithless: Wir Sind Berliners!

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, Q, May 1997

Faithless: in no way Eurosceptic. ...

Speedy J: Follow The Speeder

Interview by Push, Muzik, May 1997

DON'T MENTION the war. Unless you are in Rotterdam. Because if you are in Rotterdam, you really should know that on 14 May 1940, a ...

The Prodigy: The Fat Of The Land

Review by Paul Morley, Uncut, August 1997

CHRIST ALMIGHTY. It moves vertically through salted pressures with a head that can see sideways. It is red in tooth and claw. It swoons and ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

NO ONE levitates tonight. Nor are there any Sphinxes. And the sequinned Egyptological-spaceman costumes are conspicuous by their absence. But we do get 12 instrumentalists ...

Speed Garage: Sound Of The Future

Report and Interview by Bethan Cole, Muzik, September 1997

It's harden faster, sharper and more bass-heavy than ever before, it has MCs, rewinds, ragga vocals and time-stretching. Its energy and hedonism is hard to ...

Roni Size and Reprazent: Pet Projects Win Prizes

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, October 1997

RONI SIZE and REPRAZENT's Mercury Prize-winning brand of soulful drum'n'bass has made them the most successful junglist crossover act yet... NME finds out why. Breakbeats ...

Tuff Jam: Jam On It

Interview by Bethan Cole, Muzik, November 1997

Things are on the up for Tuff Jam. They've got a peak time radio show, records in the charts and followers all over clubland. They ...

Sasha and Digweed play Twilo

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1997

JOHN DIGWEED stares at the sleek, black stretch limo we've ordered to take us from the hotel to the club in New York. "I usually ...

The Chemical Brothers: Octagon Theatre, Sheffield

Live Review by Steven Wells, NME, December 1997

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: A couple of girly-haired posho Oxbridge medieval language student chancers who claim that their 'big beat' mobile disco can knock any rock ...

The Orb: Living in Orblivion: The Orb

Report and Interview by JoE Silva, Remix, 1998

"THE RECORD COMPANY didn't have a clue what was going on." ...

Future Sound of London, Orbital, Ultramarine, Underworld: Our Electric Friends: Humanising the Highway, from ‘Autobahn’ to Orbital

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty', 1998

DRIVING ON THE M25 in a rusty Mini. Early evening, thick drizzle. Only one windscreen wiper works because someone has snapped the end off the ...

The Prodigy

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, Seven Years of Plenty, 1998

LIAM HOWLETT - soft-spoken mastermind behind The Prodigy's globe-subjugating juggernaut of organised chaos - is a very busy man. If you want some idea of ...

Dance Culture: One Nation Under A Groove

Essay by Bethan Cole, Muzik, March 1998

Ten years ago, a few hundred people were raving all night to the sounds of acid house. A year later there were a few thousand ...

Village People: Young Men! The Village People

Retrospective and Interview by Peter Silverton, MOJO, March 1998

"YOUNG MAN!" IT BUTTONHOLES YOU. And then it requires that your body shapes the letters which form the acronym for the Young Men’s Christian Association. ...

Madonna: Ray Of Light (WEA) ****

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, April 1998

She's dumped Warren Beatty, she's been Eva Peron and she's had Carlos The Tackle's child. Now it's time to go back to work... ...

Underworld: The Rocket, London

Live Review by Steven Wells, NME, June 1998

WE GOT NO 'Born Slippy' with its killer "lager lager lager" chorus tonight because sensitive artist Darren Emerson is "fucked off with it". Well excuse ...

Rave: Countdown to Ecstasy

Book Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1998

Simon Reynolds: Energy Flash – A Journey Through Rave Music And Dance Culture (Picador Books) ...

UNKLE: Psyence Fiction (Mo'Wax)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, September 1998

Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, one of Metallica, a Beastie Boy: all on the same record. Whoo! ...

Fix It in the Mix

Book Review by Simon Frith, Village Voice, September 1998

Simon Reynolds: Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture (Little, Brown) ...

Chic, Donna Summer: Your Booty, My 12-Inch: Disco Revisited

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, October 1998

YOWSAH, YOWSAH, YOWSAH. Twenty years after the dizzy heights of Discomania, the monster is back in our midst – in movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s ...

Fatboy Slim: You've Come A Long Way, Baby (Skint)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, October 1998

A FEW SHORT years ago, Quentin 'Norman' Cook was staring poverty, divorce and imminent nervous breakdown in the face. Despite a string of inspired chart-pop ...

Fatboy Slim: You've Come A Long Way, Baby

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, December 1998

Former Housemartin turns Big Beat pioneer ...

Shut Up And Dance

Interview by Angus Batey, NME, December 1998

IN A SPARTAN East London front room, two of the '90s most innovative dance music pioneers are attempting to explain where they've been these past ...

Disco-Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes: Disco-Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes: Get Dancin'

Sleevenotes by Jon Savage, Castle Records, 1999

It's all about wonder the power to be like thunderexpressing electricity It's the greatest show with the best effectssince Disco Tex and the SexolettesPet Shop ...

Dot Allison, One Dove: Dot Allison in the Afterglow

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

FAR BE IT from anyone to laugh at a label which drops the Chemicals and Andrew Weatherall, and keeps Scotland's answer to St Etienne instead, ...

Roger Eagle 1942-1999

Obituary by Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

ROGER EAGLE was an unsung hero of British pop, with ground-level involvement in successive youth/ musical subcultures from the Twisted Wheel and Northern Soul in ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: Chat Of The Landowners

Interview by Stephen Dalton, NME, January 1999

In the second of this two-parter with PRODIGY'S LIAM HOWLETT, NME has a word, Hello!-stylee, about his new country home, his pal Keith and his ...

Ed Rush & Optical: Quantum Drum'n'Bass

Interview by Carl Loben, Melody Maker, January 1999

IN CONTACT, Jodie Foster climbs into the capsule, straps herself in, and mentally prepares for the impending voyage. The aliens have kindly given Earth/the US ...

The Prodigy: Prodigy: Smack My Mix Up

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, May 1999

EVER SINCE 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe' transformed Prodigy into rave'n'roll superstars, Liam Howlett, the band's leader and musical brain, has taken pains to distance Prodigy from ...

The Chemical Brothers: Back To The Lab

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Spin, July 1999

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE BLOCK-ROCKIN' SOUND YOU INVENTED HAS BECOME THE SOUNDTRACK TO LAME TEEN FLICKS AND TAMPON COMMERCIALS? IF YOU'RE THE CHEMICAL ...

Simon Reynolds: Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1999

IT SAYS MUCH about our compulsive pre-millenial navel-gazing that several tomes about the past decade's "ecstacy culture" - Matthew Collin's Altered State, Jane Bussman's Once ...

Leftfield: "We Waited. That's What We Did."

Interview by Keith Cameron, NME, September 1999

...And eventu-bloody-ally, after four long years, Leftfield have got their she-iiit together on another mighty fine album. Or is it arse?! Have your say! ...

How Trance Got To Number 1

Report and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Q, October 1999

Music invented by Jean Michel Jarre and already declared passé twice in the last 10 years is all over the charts, packing out clubs and ...

Patrick Adams

Sleevenotes by John McCready, Counterpoint Records, 2000

THOUGH MANY have tried, it’s hard to free disco of the negative associations that have shadowed it. "Disco Sucks", they still say. Boney M and ...

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: Tale Of Turntable Wizards Misses Several Beats

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, January 2000

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: the history of the disc jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (Headline) ...

Norman Cook

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, February 2000

IN 1999, THE former Housemartin's career went supemova, earning him millions from his FATBOY SLIM records, remixes and DJ sets. Following the death of big ...

The Bee Gees: How the Bee Gees got into Disco: An Oral History of Main Course

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, April 2000

NOTE: This is a considerably extended version of the piece published in Q. ...

Chic: The Very Best Of Chic

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

Another Chic anthology — why buy? An intelligent sleevenote with participation from Nile Rodgers, full-length album cuts where applicable. La musique elle-meme. ...

Various Artists: Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 2000

From Kraftwerk to BT, via Throbbing Gristle, Moby and the Chemicals – the history of synthpop ...

Moby: The Story So Far/Ambient/Early Underground/ Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989 — 1993

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, July 2000

Feted techno munchkin's prolific past catches up with him ...

Garage: Pure Garage: Mixed Live By E-Z; Underground Explosion: The Real Garage Mix

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, August 2000

Garage — the sound of the UK underground goes mainstream ...

The Great Rave/Jam Band Crossover Syndrome

Report and Interview by Richard Gehr, Spin, August 2000

THE DISCO BISCUITS are onstage at Philadelphia's Trocadero surrounded by the entire contents of their living room: the bong-water stained sofa, a decrepit TV (with ...

Leila

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, September 2000

"WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG", explains 29-year old North London electro-soul auteur Leila Arab, "you get into these strange emotional states - either of over the top ...

Moloko: These Boots Are Made For Walkin'…

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Q, September 2000

…and today they're going to walk all over Q. For she is Roisin Murphy and they are Moloko, the Euro-chart topping Lee 'n' Nancy who ...

Boy George: The iJamming! Interview: Boy George

Interview by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.com, September 2000

I CAN only imaginewhat some of the rockists will be thinking when they come to this site and see a Boy George interview as a ...

Junior Vasquez

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2000

IN THE SUMMER of 1990, I was in New York for the New Music Seminar, as were many of the UK's emerging new DJs and ...

Moby: Definitely Moby

Profile and Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer Music Monthly, October 2000

"I was a rigid punk rock Marxist. Then I was a rigid vegan dance music Christian." Today, he's loosened up and become one of the ...

Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

Review by Simon Reynolds, Village Voice, November 2000

FEATURING SAMPLES from a bootleg album of the Lizard King's poetry, Fatboy Slim's new single 'Sunset (Bird of Prey)' isn't the first time Jim Morrison's ...

Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, December 2000

Can't Cook, Won't Cook: Macy Gray guest slot aside, disappointing follow-up to You've Come A Long Way, Baby ...

The Chemical Brothers: Right About Now . . . The Funk Soul Brothers!

Retrospective by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

THINK YOU KNOW about dance music? OK then, answer this question: which of the Chemical Brothers is Tom and which is Ed? Despite the fact ...

Danny Tenaglia: The DJs’ DJ: Danny Tenaglia

Profile and Interview by Frank Broughton, DJ Magazine, 2001

THEY RAIDED Vinyl last week. The cops shut down the party, made some arrests, confiscated (allegedly) $15,000 of door money and (also allegedly, legal fans) ...

Leeroy Thornhill: A Prodigy Returns

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, February 2001

THERE WAS A tendency for bands coming out of the acid house club explosion to have dancers – Cressa in the Stone Roses, Bez with ...

Faithless, John Martyn, Sister Bliss: Sister Bliss & John Martyn

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, February 2001

SHE'S THE FIRST LADY OF HOUSE, HE'S A LIVING FOLK LEGEND. SHE LIKES GOSPEL, HE LIKES JUNGLE. THEY ARE THE ODD COUPLE AND THEY'RE TAKING ...

Daft Punk: Romocops: Daft Punk: Discovery (Virgin)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, March 2001

FOUR YEARS after Homework redefined dance music, turned handbag house into High Art and landed every disco chancer in Paris a record deal, can Thomas ...

The Avalanches: Since I Left You

Review by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, May 2001

YOU SHOULD HEAR the things people say about The Avalanches: "Basement Jaxx meets The Beta Band," "Stardust crossed with Stereolab," sample-based music with the freshness ...

Orbital: The Altogether (ffrr) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, June 2001

ON THE techno calendar, the present era isn't so much AD as AD&B – the post-drum'n'bass era. That genre followed a curious arc – it ...

The Incredible Bongo Band: The Strange Life Of The Incredible Bongo Band

Retrospective and Interview by James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, June 2001

THE TALE OF the Incredible Bongo Band is, aptly, an improbable one. With a highly eclectic cast that includes Bobby Kennedy’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, ...

Groove Armada: Mellow Fellows

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

IT'S A HOT summer afternoon, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have cold beers, and we're all sitting on a terrace in west London overlooking the ...

Aphex Twin: Tank Boy: Aphex Twin

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, October 2001

From Limp Bizkit to Madonna, everyone wants to work with the Aphex Twin. But those high-paying jobs aren’t important, he tells Paul Lester. He’d only ...

Chic: These Are The Good Times

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Mojo Collections, Fall 2001

THINK CHIC, think chic – a passport back to Studio 54, 70s hedonism; good times, guaranteed to bring gravity to the flapping flares and mirrorball-twirling ...

Faithless: Re-Perspective

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

AS THIS COLLECTION of reworked tracks from last year's Outrospective album makes all too clear, Faithless don't wear remixes well. So reliant are their songs ...

Matthew Herbert

Interview by David Hemingway, unpublished, 2002

House producer Matthew Herbert has made music from underwear, rodents and lazer eye surgery, remixed artists as disparate as Serge Gainsbourg and Moloko and is ...

Paradise Garage and the Lost Art of DJ'ing

Sleevenotes by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster, Strut/Nuphonic Records, 2002

PUTTING A ROOMFUL of people in the moment. Amazing them, surprising them, challenging, even confusing them; pushing, electrifying, loving them; carrying them with you towards ...

The Streets: Quality Streets

Profile and Interview by Toby Manning, Jockey Slut, March 2002

GEEZERS NEED EXCITEMENT. WHICH IS WHERE THE STREETS, AKA MIKE SKINNER, COMES IN. THE PEOPLE'S POET IN TWO-STEP'S GARMS, HE IS THE WIMP MADE GOOD, ...

Zero 7: The Teaboys Done Good: Zero 7

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2002

Paul Lester meets Zero 7, the recording studio flunkies turned clubbers' favourites. ...

Paul Oakenfold

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2002

TWO YEARS AGO, Paul Oakenfold was getting profoundly bored. The original post-acid house superstar DJ, known to friends and relatives as ‘Oakey’ and to the ...

David Mancuso And The Art Of Deejaying Without Deejaying

Retrospective by Greg Wilson, electrofunkroots.co.uk, 2003

CLUB CULTURE is a nowadays a global business, dance music transcending language, translating via rhythm rather than words. Inter-city has become inter-continental where the top ...

Way Of The Ninja: Ninja Tune Records

Retrospective and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, 2003

Dan Gennoe visits the HQ of boundary pushing independent record label Ninja Tune and views their break beat blueprint for world domination. ...

One Foot In The Rave

Comment by Lulu Le Vay, Time Out, March 2003

IT'S MIDNIGHT on a Friday night. You're there on the dance floor trying to persuade your body to get into the groove. All you can ...

Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook: A Conversation With Norman Cook

Interview by Greg Wilson, electrofunkroots.co.uk, September 2003

EARLIER THIS YEAR I e-mailed Norman Cook via Skint Records, telling him about the electrofunkroots project and my intention to document the early 80's period ...

Secret Machines: Altered States: Secret Machines' Narcotic Bliss

Interview by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, June 2004

"THE FIRST TIME you take acid, or have any kind of a psychedelic experience, from that point on you look at the world a little ...

Basement Jaxx, Goldie Lookin' Chain: Basement Jaxx/Goldie Lookin' Chain: Bristol Canons Marsh

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

AFTER A SLUGGISH start, the finale of Bristol's Grolsh Summer Set shows felt like a largely triumphant affair on Wednesday. Local acts featured on the ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Ian Watson, Rolling Stone (Australia), August 2004

NOT FOR the first time in the last few years, Norman Cook looks nervous. He fiddles with a roll of black gaffer tape, keeping his ...

The Prodigy: Liam Howlett: Never Outgunned

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, August 2004

"I REMEMBER being in our rehearsal room and Keith was picking holes in shit and I just thought 'What the fuck, man? What's happened to ...

Loleatta Holloway

Interview by Bill Brewster, djhistory.com, January 2005

LOLEATTA WAS born in Chicago in 1946 and, like most of her peers, began singing in gospel groups before striking out on a solo career ...

The Chemical Brothers: Dancing To The Death: The New Club Culture

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, January 2005

CLUB CULTURE is over so no music coming out of the dance arena can be interesting. It's not usually put so bluntly but I've read ...

808 State: Interview with Graham Massey

Interview by David Hemingway, Record Collector, February 2005

THE APHEX TWIN'S Rephlex imprint is to release a duo of 'acid house' remixes of New Order tracks on 13 September. 'Blue Monday (So Hot ...

Moloko, Roisin Murphy: Roisin Murphy: Her Time Is Now

Profile and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, May 2005

When Moloko split up, Roisin Murphy found herself without a band, a plan or a partner. She tells Caroline Sullivan how half an hour of ...

Thievery Corporation: Gentlemen Robbers: Thievery Corporation

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2005

FOUNDED IN 1995, Washington-based dance duo Thievery Corporation is in that select band of acts, that even though they remain elusive to the great majority, ...

LCD Soundsystem: Soundsystem And Vision

Interview by John Doran, Disorder, July 2005

"I'm losing my edge. To all the kids in Tokyo and Berlin. I'm losing my edge to the art-school Brooklynites in little jackets and borrowed ...

Walter Gibbons: Salsoul Records: The Best Disco Label In The World... Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

We present a 30th birthday tribute to Salsoul, the label that changed club culture forever. Bill Brewster talks to the movers and shakers and celebrates ...

Walter Gibbons

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

WALTER GIBBONS loved drums. As a young DJ, the beat-heavy records he played defined his sound and as a remixer he had the knack of ...

Rave On… But Be Careful

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, September 2005

IT IS EASY TO forget how grey and grim Britain seemed in the late 1980s. The Tories had been in power for ever; young men ...

Grumpy Old DJs

Interview by Bill Brewster, Mixmag, 2006

IS IT STILL financially viable to employ a butler to carry one's record valise? Why can't you get wooden slipmats any more? Is 45rpm a ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, June 2006

THE SUN DECK of Norman Cook's seafront Brighton home juts out over a stony stretch of supposedly private beach. But it is not that private, ...

20 Salsoul Classics

Discography by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2006

RAFAEL CAMERON – 'BOOGIE'S GONNA GET YA' (INSTRUMENTAL) (SALSOUL 12-INCH/SG-362) £15 ...

Kenny Gonzalez, L'il Louie Vega, Masters at Work: Pure Percussive Pleasure: Kenny Gonzalez and Louie Vega

Report by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, October 2006

GOTHAM'S HIPPEST and happiest underground nightlife owes its origins to the ever-streetwise and affable duo of Brooklyn's Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Bronx-bred "Little" Louie Vega, ...

Basement Jaxx: Itchy and Scratchy: In Praise of the Basement Boys

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, March 2007

BEING OF A certain (old) age, dance culture is something I’ve pretty much grown out of. If I’m really honest, I was already semi-alienated before ...

William Orbit: 'People Will See My Heart And Soul'

Interview by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, May 2007

POP MUSIC has been good to William Orbit. Two decades at the top of his game as one of dance music's leading producers and remixers ...

John Cale, LCD Soundsystem: John Cale meets LCD Soundsystem

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2007

They are both stars of New York's music scene - pioneers of the coolest pop, separated by 30 years. James Murphy and John Cale get ...

Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: 1977 New York gets the VH1 treatment and, oh my, wasn't it fun back then!

Retrospective by Will Hermes, Village Voice, July 2007

OH YES, it was wicked cool: getting jacked at machete-point on the subway after a night of clubbing, and at bayonet-point outside of high school. ...

Burial: Untrue (Hyperdub)

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2007

To a different beat: With jagged, fragile soundscapes, the mysterious Burial has created a modern classic, writes Jude Rogers ...

Patrick Adams: Disco's Secret Master: Patrick Adams

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, December 2007

NOTWITHSTANDING the splendid Hercules & Love Affair, Disco has precious few cult heroes. That once-reviled dilution of funk boasts its share of cult DJs and ...

Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman

Review by Barney Hoskyns, eMusic.com, 2008

NOT FOR NOTHING is the first track on this almost unpronounceable album called 'Dark & Long'. Almost all the tracks by this UK techno trio ...

Underworld: Celebrating the Underbelly: Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2008

UNDERWORLD HAVE been at the forefront of electronic music for the past 15 years. The partnership at the group's core, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, ...

Grace Jones: Grace Under Pressure: Grace Jones

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, December 2008

PLAYING BACK MY phone interview with Grace Jones, I notice that at the start of the transcript while I'm waiting for someone to pick up ...

The Prodigy: Glasgow Academy

Live Review by Pete Paphides, Times, The, December 2008

IN 1996, WHEN Keith Flint – the face that soonest springs to mind when people think of the Prodigy – shovelled on the kohl and ...

Why "Disco sucks!" sucked

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2009

The "Disco Sucks!" campaign in 1979 had racist and homophobic undertones — and, 30 years on, has proven to be a resolute failure ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Reinvents Pop

Retrospective by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, August 2009

Recorded before he turned 21, Off The Wall made him a superstar — and the most important young R&B artist in America. ...

LCD Soundsystem: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, April 2010

HAVING VOWED to disband LCD Soundsystem when he turned 40, James Murphy – who reached that milestone in February – is currently on his (presumably) ...

Arthur Russell

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2010

"I'VE GOT so much to do. All the music in the world," wrote Arthur Russell to a San Francisco friend after arriving in New York ...

Flying Lotus

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, National, The, October 2010

ONE OF THE MOST exciting breakthrough artists of 2010, Flying Lotus has been hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation. Besides his own genre-blurring ...

The Rise Of Dubstep

Overview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2010

THE FIRST THING that hits you, quite literally, is the sledgehammer bass sound. Walk into any dubstep club and these gnarly, spine-twisting shudders almost knock ...

Lady Gaga, Valentino: Lady Gaga's New Gay Anthem

Comment by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, February 2011

Has Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' got what it takes to be a classic gay anthem? Jon Savage on the debt she owes to a ...

LCD Soundsystem: Give It Up! Ten Reasons We Loved LCD Soundsystem

Comment by Tony Fletcher, iJamming.com, April 2011

On Saturday April 2, 2011, at Madison Square Garden, LCD Soundsystem gave it up for good. Here are Ten Reasons We Loved Them... ...

Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz: Never Mind The Balearics: The Ibiza-ification Of Pop

Comment by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, April 2011

From Black Eyed Peas to Taio Cruz, much recent pop looks to Ibiza for inspiration. And yet for all the hands-in-the-air moments, this music is ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Demon Records, July 2011

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT'S sole album on Bearsville, released in 1978, is something of a curio, and is notable for the fact it was the first ...

David Guetta: Nothing But the Beat

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, August 2011

David Guetta's Dance Music Melting Pot ...

Frankie Knuckles: The House That Frankie Knuckles Built

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, October 2011

Frankie Knuckles is back, minus a foot but loaded with plaudits including a street named after him in Chicago ...

Chic, Nile Rodgers: Nile Rodgers: The Winter Of Our Discotheque

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, November 2011

Chic's Nile Rodgers recalls the chilling dance-music backlash of 1979 — "the more dominant tribe basically saying, It's time to thin out the herd" ...

Various Artists: For Northern Soul Collectors Volume 1 (EMI)

Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

OVER THE YEARS, the mighty EMI company has come to control many American catalogues, from giants like Capitol, Liberty and United Artists to smaller and ...

Neneh Cherry: Unsung Hero/ine

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, March 2012

THE ORIGINAL TITLE for this piece was "Ticked Off at a Tick". The reason being that I spent more than a few years operating under ...

Donna Summer: Thoughts on Donna Summer

Comment by Mark Shipper, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

BY NOW YOU'VE HEARD about the sad passing of Donna Summer or, as she's always referred to, "Disco Queen Donna Summer" – she hated that ...

Donna Summer: 
Last Dance... and Gone

Memoir by Holly Gleason, Rock's Backpages, May 2012

IN THAT FLOOD of ebony hair, there was always that one gardenia. Floating on top of the satiny waves of almost-porn star mane, it spoke ...

Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, June 2012

WHEN DONNA SUMMER relocated from the US to Germany to star in the Munich production of Hair, she unwittingly set a course that would result ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

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Deadmau5, Skrillex: EDM: How Rave Music Conquered America

Profile by Simon Reynolds, Guardian, The, August 2012

After 20 years, electronic dance music has made it big in the US. And big means big. With Las Vegas's Electric Daisy Carnival grossing $40m, ...

Skrillex: 100% Shock & Awe: Skrillex Blasts Tiny Venue

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, August 2012

THE SCENE IN the Shacklewell Arms is fairly typical of any gentrified boozer in the Hackney precinct, come Sunday night.  ...

Lady Gaga: This Megalith Reality: Lady Gaga Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2012

I KNOW IT'S COMING, but when it finally does it's different to how I expected. It's far worse. Less than real.  ...

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

Review by Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, May 2013

FRENCH DUO Daft Punk helped create our current stadium-shaking, Coachella-dominating dance-music moment, and their new album is by far the year's most anticipated EDM set. ...

Daft Punk, Giorgio Moroder: Daft Punk: Random Access Moroder

Comment by Greg Wilson, Rock's Backpages, May 2013

THE MOST talked about album in many years, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, is released in the UK today, and it's all set to blitz ...

Mike Oldfield: An Interview

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, June 2013

HE IS, OF COURSE, Mr. Tubular Bells and, regular as clockwork, the 40th anniversary of the release of his greatest hit delivers what a lot ...

David Bowie Lands In The Jungle

Interview by Jim Sullivan, JimSullivanInk.com, November 2013

N.B. This interview is taken from a story originally printed in the Boston Globe on 9 February 1997 ...

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