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Roots Before Branches 01 - The Hacienda Nude '89

Roots Before Branches 01 - The Hacienda Nude '89

Playing tracks by

The 28th Street Crew, Hula, Turntable Terror Trax, Ed209, Raven Maize and more.

For a while I’ve been interested in creating a series of mixes that capture the sound of classic nightclubs, where the roots of dance culture emanated. Not just great clubs, but genuinely influential clubs – where the spark of music, sound system, dj’s and community fuelled an explosion that created a new movement, a new lexicon. Not just ‘best of’ mixes either – something that represents what a ‘snapshot of time’ from one of those nights might have sounded like.

The first one for me had to be the Hacienda. My interest lies in the period from when the club opened in 1982 to approximately 1990/1991. Based on some research, including literature and some live recordings I believe that this mix is representative of what you would have heard played by Mike Pickering and Graeme Park at their ‘Nude’ night in 1989, although my mixing might be a little better. That’s not bragging. Even they admit that their mixing was ropey, but it was all about the music. Any monkey can learn to beatmix.