By early 1990 British Dance Culture had well and truly taken root. Memories of that infamous vacation on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza that four DJs had taken several years early, may have faded like their tans, but it had laid the foundation, which in time would see words and phrases introduced into the vernacular such as “ecstasy”, “illegal rave” and “superclub”, along with a plethora of genres and sub-genres to describe, categorise and separate the music and the scene.
Unperturbed by tabloids headlines proclaiming this “dance drug spreading across the nation,” events like Sunrise, Energy and Biology had still managed cram up to 20,000 people into remote corners alongside London’s M25 artery as the eighties had drawn to a close. But those glory days didn’t last long, as the induction of legislation like the Criminal Justice Bill gave the police greater powers to clamp down on unauthorised gatherings. So the scene, like the music, evolved and as the new decade progressed superclubs in every major city sprung up making the deck spinners the new breed of rock star. The warehouse raves and illicit gatherings may have been a waning memory, but fuelled by a cocktail of MDMA and house music, a new generation was defined. The age of the DJ was born.
Afrika Bambaataa might have been looking for the perfect beat a decade early, but by the nineties the beats came in many shapes and sizes - as the club scene fragmented so would the music. “House” may have been the generic term, but the brands now included progressive, hard, handbag, Italo, techno… not to mention the rise of jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, speed garage and trance with a new trend added almost every weekend. Original Selection is just a microcosm of some of the biggest crossover hits, and clubbing anthems in a decade that refuses to go away. Whilst some may be proclaiming a revival in the music of the eighties, you just have to look at the number of covers, remixes and parodies of nineties tracks currently filling dancefloors to realise just how an influential decade the nineties really was.
This 30 track double CD gathers together pioneering tunes from the time, including Number 1's from Beats International, Livin’ Joy, Blackbox, DNA ft. Vega & Adamski, as well as 25 other Top 40 hits. Suzanne