In the first few years of the 90s, the once underground movement of electronic music quickly morphed into about a hundred sub-categories. One of the most monstrous and well-known could be found in its own section of the record store labelled “DANCE MUSIC”. Dance music artists didn’t seem to have any quabbles about licensing their tracks to every overly-colorful attention-getting CD cover that asked.
The over-saturation of dance “hits” turned quickly into silly pop tunes (Vengaboys, Aqua). But I still remember a time when nightclubs suddenly popped up all over the city that weren’t raves – no, these were geared towards the most mainstream out there who could let loose, get drunk and dance to “Cotton-eyed Joe” every weekend.
I can’t recall how many of these I went to, because in my early 20’s I was basically out every night. On the all-too-often nights where I was outvoted by friends to attend these particular nightclubs, I was always fascinated by the fact that there was a DJ who actually chose to play this kind of music. Once in a while I’d find myself on the dancefloor quite surprised to be witnessing a DJ that was both highly skilled at mixing, and also selected & played rare records that really packed a punch.
Here I tried to capture that spirit by taking a genre we basically unanimously sick to death of, and put my own spin on it. Volumes 1 & 2 had been kicking in my head for a while now, and you can expect that I will continue with the next ones soon.
Volume 1 Tracklist:
1. Outhere Brothers – Wiggle Wiggle (intro)
2. Porn Kings vs. DJ Supreme – Up To Tha Wildstyle
3. Porn Kings – Up To No Good
4. Outhere Brothers – Wiggle Wiggle
5. 20 Fingers feat. Gilette – Short Dick Man
6. The MD Connection – Magic Feet (insert)
7. Whigfield – Saturday Night
8. Black Duck – Wiggle In Line
9. XL – Fluxland
10. Culture Beat – Take Me Away
11. Emjay – Flying To The Moon
12. DJ Company – Rhythm of Love
Volume 2 Tracklist:
1. DJ Company – Rhythm of Love (intro)
2. Danzel – Put Your Hands Up in the Air
3. Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret
4. Pizzaman – Happiness
5. Pizzaman – Trippin on Sunshine
6. Reel 2 Real – Conway (Erik More Meets CZ101 Mix)
7. Maxx – Get-A-Way (insert)
8. Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stundman – Go On Move (insert)
9. Ruffneck ft. Yavahn – Everybody Be Somebody
10. Gusto – Disco’s Revenge (Antonio Banderas Gitarra Remix)
11. The Bucketheads – The Bomb
12. Love Inc – You’re a Superstar
The Mixcloud account where these mixes are hosted are part of my personal mixtape project, featuring music that has absolutely nothing to do with Jungle/DNB. For any mixtapes related to Jungle, check out BONUS MIXES and the OFFICIAL KILLA PODCAST.