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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer




Orchestra stabs, choir samples, Hoover. The signature music of the 1990 - 1993 rave scene strikes just the right balance of dark, fun, intense, and danceable.


On and off since 2015, I've been scouring the web for the catchiest and most anthemic tracks of the era - and just this past week, I hit the 90 mark (update: now 102)! Special thanks to Ishkur's Guide (2.5 and 3.0), Discogs, all the uploaders, and a few goons in the House/Electro/Synth thread!


Main playlist
Secondary playlist
Bonus tracks


Additional tracks that I've posted in this thread:

Popular Rave
Rave For SA


And a li'l historical context:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3x4Pd5OvH0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZz1QbUh0t0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA2-n2E5nm8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITe67riXhwk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIsZVlbasiA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqaQ2JWZ7T0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaLSZy8AfSw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnash9aBjW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_E7g29hFY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwAI4rntFrE

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 09:13 on Jul 3, 2020

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Harmonia
Jul 1, 2014


Thank you for this thread, looking forward to discover new tracks.

Rave from that era combines this sort of childlike energy with epic synth melodies and memorable hooks.

Also it's not overproduced, many big track must have been recorded for very cheap. Same thing how I like 70s and 80s punk sound and not the more slick modern production.

precision
May 7, 2006

Gonna have me some good friends around
Gonna have me some good times in town




No FSOL?

me your dad
Jul 25, 2006



Neat thread. I was just listening to some old Orbital yesterday. I got into electronic music around 1992, starting with with Meat Beat Manifesto's album Satyricon, which I blindly purchased at a CD store one day after having it recommended by my good friend who was ahead of the curve, musically. I listened primarily to electronic music for the next ten years. I didn't get exposed to much true techno or house back then, and mostly I was into a more subdued form of electronica. The most energetic stuff I listened to came from those old "140 BPM Speed Limit" compilations popular in the early 90's, and what was played on my local college radio station (Georgia State's WRAS 88.5 in Atlanta, and Georgia Tech's WREK 91.1).

My early 90s favorites were The Orb (saw them live in Atlanta), Future Sound of London, Orbital, Meat Beat Manifesto, The Shamen, Pop Will Eat Itself.

I was never into the rave scene, despite having most of my friends getting way into it by 1996 or so. I felt like I lacked the style to pull it off, and I'm a terrible dancer. I did like drugs though so I was more than happy to sit around the house and listen to stuff on the home stereo.

Beyond the real early days, I got into stuff like Rabbit in the Moon, a lot of the funky breakbeat stuff that was happening in Florida (DJ Icey, Baby Anne), and of course jungle music once it came into the scene. Almost everything was jungle after about 1995.

Some old favorites:

The Orb - Live 93, my absolute favorite Orb album, and one of my overall favorite electronic albums ever. A few years ago I was really happy to see that this style of music had evolved into what is now called Psybient, and I love a lot of artists in that genre now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-dNTCX9wo

Future Sound of London - Far Out Son of Lung and the Ramblings of a Mad Man. This was my entry point into FSOL and I have no idea how I got into this band. After this of course came the amazing album Lifeforms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE4M_Vjvsfc

Meat Beat Manifesto - Circles - my entry point into the genre, as said above. This is a great track off Satyricon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGh6U7z3KIc

Pop Will Eat Itself - Familus Horriblus - their album The Looks or the Lifestyle was another really early entry point into electronic music for me. I just about wore out that album, and Dos Dedos Mis Amigos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjIBTrGT3WY

And lastly, one of the craziest things to me is that I discovered this track just recently and I have no idea how I never knew about this album back in the day. It's funny how isolated music discovery was in the days before the internet made everything so easy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEVYdpMPAbI

me your dad fucked around with this message at 20:44 on Dec 12, 2019

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer


Too trancey.

Other pretty well known tracks that didn't make the lists:

LFO - LFO (The Leeds Warehouse Mix)
Outlander - Vamp
Phenomania - Who Is Elvis?
Mainx - 88 To Piano
Kicks Like A Mule - Number One (Rockers Mix)
Frank De Wulf - Magic Orchestra (Remix)
Modular Expansion - Cubes
D-Shake - Techno Trance (Paradise Is Now)
Urban Hype - A Trip To Trumpton
Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Far Out
Praga Khan - Injected With A Poison (MNO Power Mix/Adams Power Mix)

edit: Nebula II - Atheama

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:41 on Feb 14, 2020

me your dad
Jul 25, 2006



Synthetic Hermit posted:

Too trancey.

Other pretty well known tracks that didn't make the lists:


Most of what I posted is probably out of synch with the thread flavor. I was a little excited I guess

zenguitarman
Apr 6, 2009

Come on, lemme see ya shake your tail feather




I grew up in Germany in the 90's and that's literally all we had until hip hop made its way over. This stuff was on MTV and Viva 24/7. I'm ignorant though so techno, rave, house all blends together for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu5K0j_dOvA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwC9HB-vHyc

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:05 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:06 on Feb 14, 2020

NonzeroCircle
Apr 12, 2010

El Camino

The guy in purple in this video from the OP at about 56.20 is absolutely hypnotic


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIsZVlbasiA

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Grimey Drawer

NonzeroCircle posted:

The guy in purple in this video from the OP at about 56.20 is absolutely hypnotic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIsZVlbasiA

Check out the guy from 10:00 to 17:10.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:06 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:06 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:08 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:08 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:08 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

condensed, see below

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:09 on Feb 14, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

To make the thread more readable, I moved all the non-playlist tracks I've posted since post #5 into a new playlist:

Rave For SA

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 04:48 on Apr 12, 2020

Harmonia
Jul 1, 2014


What a great start to your new playlist with 4hero - Cooking up yah brain

I had an album by 4hero that was more of drum n bass with some hippy earth goddess flavor in it.

This was a postitive surprise.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

#95 and #96:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaIDxtxmFew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ANuB5XE_M

Also, the more mass-market rave tracks from post #5 are now in playlist form.

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 04:53 on Apr 12, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

Wiz - Piano
3 Thieves & A Liar - In the House
Manix - When You Hold Me Close

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

#97:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ21fBG2IlU

It sounds like "piano rave" at the beginning, but gets more hardcore.

Isomermaid
Dec 3, 2019

Swish swish, like a fish

Can we suggest things in this thread? Tryna work out where you're at with this cos those lists are a mix of stuff we played to death and wouldn't have touched at the time but hey, I'll edit out anything that's not what you're after.

DJ Edge - Compnded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEE_0b0Mh6c
Dance Conspiracy - Dub War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXxkVTEOGA8
Egyptian Empire - Horn Track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm9bdVeZiCQ
Sly T and Ollie J - Help Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gof3K-odfE
DJ Seduction - Sub Dub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLFympu56uY

These were the years I was really into it, I kind of ducked out when it split into cheesy or dark as gently caress and then I got into Warp stuff.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

Isomermaid posted:

Can we suggest things in this thread? Tryna work out where you're at with this cos those lists are a mix of stuff we played to death and wouldn't have touched at the time but hey, I'll edit out anything that's not what you're after.

DJ Edge - Compnded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEE_0b0Mh6c
Dance Conspiracy - Dub War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXxkVTEOGA8
Egyptian Empire - Horn Track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm9bdVeZiCQ
Sly T and Ollie J - Help Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gof3K-odfE
DJ Seduction - Sub Dub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLFympu56uY

These were the years I was really into it, I kind of ducked out when it split into cheesy or dark as gently caress and then I got into Warp stuff.

Of course feel free to post as many tracks as you want to!

Those are all pretty solid tracks that can fill out a set, but they aren't very catchy. I like stuff that has the distinctive sounds of the era, like Hoover, orchestra stabs, choir samples, the Landlord stab, etc. With a few exceptions, I dislike tracks that are breakbeat focused, and lightweight "piano rave" tracks.

Which tracks wouldn't you have touched? I do know a few of my picks are more dancey - "Do The Rave Stomp", "Así Me Gusta a Mí", and "Faces" - but I included them because the hooks are good. There's a reason my secondary playlist is called "Near-Rave".

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 04:37 on Mar 16, 2020

mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.


not really rave, but maybe somebody in this thread can have their nostalgic itch scratched by this:
the documentary 'the sound of belgium' is now free on vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/157495926https://vimeo.com/157495926
I know some of the people who worked on this. They had a lot of financial problems back in the day clearing all the rights of the archive footage, and it was only made possible through crowdfunding, which was a novel thing in 2012.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

The Sorcerer - Set Your Body Free
Tango - Got To Release

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 10:43 on May 11, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DKJsl_tKb0

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwXuTIEyto

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

^ From that video:

Nebula II - Flatliners
Isotonik - Everywhere I Go (Fizzy Orange Mix)

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

#98 (main playlist!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OamwmcGuP0A

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

#99 (secondary playlist):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-GICHHP_CI

I don't know how I missed this when I started making the playlists...I guess because Acen's big songs were so breakbeat-oriented, I didn't bother going a little deeper. :\

incoherent
Apr 24, 2004

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y'all need to follow on facebook "i raved in los angeles / so cal in the 1990s". Some of the wildest rave tapes show up from time to time.

Zeluth
May 12, 2001



Taco Defender

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elg8i68uHn0

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Grimey Drawer


1997 is a bit too new for this thread. The production on that track actually sounds even newer than that.

It also tends more towards acid than rave. Here's a better thread for that.

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 05:03 on May 4, 2020

Zeluth
May 12, 2001



Taco Defender

Really? Help me, The Orb!

Zeluth
May 12, 2001



Taco Defender

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixMWhpg0iXU

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Grimey Drawer


Well, that's definitely closer. Nothing remotely hardcore about it, though. Feels like an attempt to sell rave to a very mainstream audience.

This too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odQgfUUegQI

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Grimey Drawer

This is more of a house tune, but the stabs are legit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B60cZ7RisJI

Synthetic Hermit fucked around with this message at 09:31 on May 10, 2020

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exnQ8qQ4qYQ

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

mega survoltage!!!

Grimey Drawer

#100, main playlist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD-MeRmAEnU

Also from Members of Mayday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3gI9_4njPk

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