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My Year of Mixtapes Week 12: UK Rave, 1991

My Year of Mixtapes Week 12: UK Rave, 1991

Playing tracks by

Orbital, Baby D, The Shamen, The KLF, The Art of Noise and more.

This week I've put together a tape of British rave tunes from 1991. I was gonna make a tape of just rave classics in general dating from 1991, but then I realized that there is just SO MUCH STUFF that I'd have to narrow it down somehow. There will be a Belgian/Dutch 1991 tape coming in a few weeks, and 1992 will get a similar treatment later in the year.

A little historical context: As you may or may not know, the concept of the "rave" is a British invention. The English took our good old-fashioned American techno and house, and fashioned an entirely new culture around it. Initially the DJs in England were mostly playing Midwestern techno & house imports (and pale British imitations of the aforementioned), but by the 1990s Britain was clearly developing its own musical styles and genres (see the Bleep tape I posted earlier in the year). If you ask me, 1991 was really the year that England... (full text at



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Your blog is amazing, so much stuff to sort through.
Great work!

Steve Forrest

Amazing mix. takes me back . Thanks for sharing.

Mat Harris

For a tape from 91 you've got a lot of pre91 stuff in the mix!