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#TBT: The Second Summer of Love, Britain’s Acid House Revolution

During the summers of 1987-89, Britain experienced one of its largest youth movements ever. A direct result of the rise of acid house, the introduction and consumption of ecstasy, and the need for a space where your looks, sexual orientation, or societal status didn’t matter. This social phenomenon is noted as the Second Summer of Love, referencing the sixties Summer of Love, where 100,000 hippies converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood, Haight-Ashbury, to experiment and become conscious of one’s existence.

At a time when rare groove and hip-hop dominated most of the UK club music scene, acid house was skyrocketing in popularity thanks to ecstasy and two of the most influential clubs in the UK, the Haçienda and Shoom.

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Video of a True 1990’s Old School Rave

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Welcome back to our weekly appointment with Throwback Thursday, our feature series that travels back in time to look at some of the most iconic, thought-provoking and nostalgic moments in dance music scene history.

This week our time machine takes us back to the early to mid 90’s, the span of years that some still consider to be the heydays of the rave revolution. New York City had already gone through its disco years, Chicago House was being played all over the world and Detroit had soon followed suit in the late 80’s to early 90’s with techno. Across the pond Ibiza fever was taking over and, influenced by the Balearic parties and the sounds coming from the States, the rave scene in the United Kingdom was truly flourishing.

There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat and definitely no way to tweet the night away during those years. Just the music, the crowd, a likely illegal venue, your mates and, let’s be honest, some good old ecstasy or MDMA.

The video below, which has been making the rounds on Facebook and already has almost 170,000 views, depicts those years perfectly. Enjoy it and learn a thing or two from those dance moves!

 

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TBT: Global Vibe Radio 003 with Justin Jay

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At the tender age of 18, and as a freshman at the University of Southern California, Justin Jay released his first EP on Claude Von Stroke’s label, Dirtybird. That was several years ago, and since then the young Californian has went on to be one of the prominent rising stars within the dance industry.

Since his rise to underground stardom there’s been ample coverage on his music career and unique story as a young scholar walking the halls of USC. From sleepless nights and even rejected demos from Claude Von Stroke, Justin Jay has shown relentless grit to follow his passion and express himself so well through music.

Here at 6AM Group we’ve always been very fond of Justin Jay as an artist, obviously, but also as an overall great human being. As we look through the archives of our Global Vibe Radio series, we couldn’t help but reminisce on one of our first few episodes with Justin Jay himself.

Enjoy this thirty minute throwback mix from the young Dirtybird, and make sure to stay up to date with Justin Jay for more musical satisfaction

Justin Jay: Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor

Tracklist:
1. Justin Jay – Escape Velocity
2. Mario Basanov – Skywalker (Beckwith Remix)
3. Parallel Dance Ensemble – Shopping Cart (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix)
4. Robosonic – The Edge
5. Justin Martin – Hood Rich
6. Amine Edge and Dance – Gimme Tha Fonky Ass
7. Hot Since 82 – Hit and Run
8. High Powered Boys – Udon (Julio Bashmore Sax-Dub)

Throwback Thursday: Doc Martin

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Doc Martin will not only be recognized as a legend in Los Angeles, but in the world as well. Throughout his career he has worked among some of the most talented people in the industry, and has made a deep impact in the music community. Playing everywhere from Panorama Bar to Womb, Doc Martin has been spreading proper house music his whole career. Take a look at his biography for some more insight on his long and prosperous career.

This Saturday, Doc Martin will be accompanying Josh Wink at Exchange LA for their first set together in the past 13 years; so it’s only appropriate that today’s throwback is dedicated to Doc. Selecting just one track from his discography was no easy task, as they are all amazing, but this particular one brings back some great memories…Enjoy. Read more

Throwback Thursday: All I Need (Roman Flügel Remix)

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2015 is officially upon us, and regardless of whatever happened last year it is now time for another fresh start. But it wouldn’t be right to simply ignore the past, which is why todays Throwback Thursday is dedicated to one of the highlight tracks of 2014: Daniel Avery – All I Need (Roman Flügel Remix)

When you have two talented producers such as Avery and Flügel mentioned in the same sentence, it should automatically resonate that the track is going to be an electronic masterpiece. All I Need is no exception. A lead arpeggio is heavily modulated throughout the track providing a nice rising build up as well as a groovy lead. A seductive transposed vocal saying “Kiss me again” adds some additional life to the track playing in between the various synthetic elements that Flügel employs throughout the track.

This was just one of many tracks that each producer put out in 2014, but it received amazing support from artists, critics, and the fans. This new year should be another very exciting year for dance music, and we look forward to everything from the releases to the parties.

Throwback Thursday: Claude Von Stroke

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There comes a time in every successful artist’s life where they needed to risk it all and sacrifice everything they’ve got to make their goals and dream a reality. With the success Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybird label have witnessed in recent years it’s hard to imagine he ever had a struggle. Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our beloved Big Bird, the single ‘Who’s Afraid of Detroit’ from his debut album, Beware of the Bird, truly laid the foundation for his current glory and the label’s overall music direction. It was told that the debut Dirtybird album was a one-time shot for him to make something out of nothing, an opportunity that his wife gave him nearly 10 years ago to reach his dreams. The story is humbling to say the least and this original cut from his debut album is as futuristic as ever; a nice drum bounce that defines what Dirtybird beats are all about coupled with a dubby layer and a infectious hook and trippy synths that will sure get any dancefloor in the groove. If you’re in LA this Saturday, Claude VonStroke will be joining up with Green Velvet to debut their new b2b alias, Get Real. Tickets and Discounted guestlist can be found on our website.

Pre sale tickets and RSVP available: Claude Von Stroke and Green Velvet (AKA: Get Real) at Exchange LA

Throwback Thursday: Aphex Twin

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2014 was an impressive year for all of dance music, both in the underground community and commercially. One electronic album that stood tall in both senses was Syro by Aphex Twin released on the iconic Warp Records. The album received critical acclaim with fans and critics alike. No surprise here; Syro is a beautifully constructed electronic piece, and managed to climb the Billboard Top 200 chart in overall album and electronic album categories. Although Syro’s chart life span was short, it was still an accomplishment and enjoyed it’s brief time in commercial spotlight. As far as underground credibility goes, Syro landed the number four spot on Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Albums of 2014, placing it in the company of many notable albums.

For Throwback Thursday today, we highlight Minipops 67 (Source Field Mix) from Aphex Twin’s album. A truly refreshing piece that breaks away from electronic music within our comfort zone. Check it out below:

Filled with synthetic textures, modulated pianos, and dusty drum patterns it is a track that only begins to break the surface of how incredible the Syro album is. Even with an incomprehensible vocal the elements shine through, and make this a standout track on the album.

Throwback Thursday: Adonis – No Way Back

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Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, DJ’s and producers were relatively limited in their options for creating music. But even with limited tools, that didn’t stop them from creating timeless pieces of music that we would look back on with nostalgia today. Adonis – No Way Back is a prime example of this.

There were no fancy plugins or virtual synths back in the late 80’s. Maybe this simplicity is why the magic happened. In No Way Back it appears as if Adonis had nothing more than a drum machine, a 303 synth, and a vocal sample. Think about that for a minute… an absolutely timeless piece of music recorded on no more than a three or four track mixer. Sure technology is great, and to each their own, but No Way Back would hold it’s own against any modern dance house track.

Obviously there were many influential tracks that facilitated in getting us to the point where we are today, and without argument No Way Back is up there with the classics from the likes of Kerri Chandler, Juan Atkins, and well this list of legends could go on forever. Enjoy this throwback from Adonis, and never forget the past as it helps guide us into the future.

More on Adonis: Resident Advisor | Beatport

Throwback Thursday: Spiritual Experience – In The Presence of Angels (Tribal Love Mix)

The time is 1994. The place is New York. The sound is tribal. In the late 80’s and early 90’s DJ’s and producers were experimenting with many new forms of house music. Taking influences from soul, jazz, and disco this new form of dance music was emerging, but like every sound it would soon go through a transformation itself. What was soon to rock the clubs would be this tribal house sound; utilizing rhythmic drums this sound took parties to the next level. Today we throw it back to a classic tribal house classic from Spiritual Experience. In the Presence of Angels (Tribal Love Mix) is an iconic track that was at the forefront of the tribal house movement.

It’s certainly a journey of a track coming in at just above 10 minutes long. As tribal would suggest, the track is fueled by a variety of drum hits and is then accompanied by a chant that echoes through every corner of the dance floor. It isn’t until the tracks halfway point that 90’s house stabs come in and inject some flavor into the track.

Even 20 years later this track would still work a dance floor over. Tracks like In the Presence of Angels are a major influence on the sounds we enjoy today, and were revolutionary to club life back in the day.

Throwback Thursday: Close Feat Scuba – Beam Me Up (George Fitzgerald Remix)

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Lush pads, choked high hats, and a bassline that is sure to rock the club is what you’ll find in George Fitzgerald’s remix of Beam Me Up. Add a beautiful vocal hook courtesy of Charlene Soraia into the production and you have a track that is sure to resonate into the mind of dancers and fans worldwide. A perfect throwback track to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

Beam Me Up was originally released in April 2013 on the German label !K7 Records. With a little over a year of being on the market and in DJ playlists, the track proves to be a timeless piece of modern dance music. There’s something about it that makes it stand out from other deep house tracks currently being pushed out these days. Maybe it’s the vocal, maybe it’s the bassline, or maybe it’s those sharp and groovy hats that make the track so pleasant to listen and dance to. Regardless of individual elements, when they all come together in Fitzgerald’s remix it just feels right. It’s no surprise though that the remix is so solid. After consistent releases on Aus Music and Hotflush Recordings, George Fitzgerald is one of those producers that always turns out quality tunes for the home and dance floor. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this fine tune for Throwback Thursday.

Purchase Beam Me Up on Beatport | Juno Download

George Fitzgerald on Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor