ABC History Sessions: Production House Special

When I was young and before I’d discovered DJs or independent record shops, my only experience of Rave music came through compilations with titles like “Raving Mad” or “Kaos Theory”. At times these compilations could be a mixed bag, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous one track to the next, but amongst the dross were some gems – one of the first artists who regularly appeared on these compilations to really capture my attention was someone by the name of Acen.

ABC History Sessions: Hardcore Breakbeats (1990 – 1991)

Although Hip-House was the first attempt at combining house tempos with breakbeats, it proved to be a short lived fad that had completely fizzled out by early 1990. It wouldn’t be until UK producers began experimenting with drums that the potential for breakbeat based warehouse music was properly explored.

ABC History Sessions: Hardcore Will Never Die, But Mixmag Will (Early 1993)

Rave is dead!! Declared Mixmag as it pictured The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett holding a gun to his head. The truth was that Rave wasn’t dead – it was just that after a summer of drug-fuelled hedonistic high spirits, the scene was suffering a collective comedown. What many saw as a reaction against the over commercialisation of the scene, rave had gone dark… very dark.