Back in the 1990s, before every moment of every party was posted online in real time, magazine’s like URB were the best place to get a good look at the amazing rave scene happening in and around Los Angeles. A new book, ”DANCEFLOOR THUNDERSTORM: Land Of The Free, Home Of The Rave,” re-captures that energy, with hundreds of photos shot between 1996-2000 in Southern California’s thriving rave culture. The book has a Kickstarter page, where you can pre-order your own copy, snag a classic rave photo print, and even have your own vintage rave picture appear in the pages. …MORE
Pioneering West Coast DJ Scott Hardkiss died unexpectedly last night. Scott was one third of the beloved ’90s SF rave trio Hardkiss, along with Gavin and Robbie. Together, they helped define the San Francisco rave sound—a mix of house, techno, breaks, Balearic and, of course, psychedelica.
Scott also recorded under the moniker God Within. In 2009, he release an album under his own name, Technicolor Dreamer, along with San Fran vocalist Lisa Shaw.
Scott appeared on the cover of URB in 1994 with his fellow Hardkiss musical siblings. He was instrumental in helping to ignite the first wave of rave culture in America, the ripples of which are stronger than ever. He will be missed.
Welcome back to another episode of WTF, where we look at a release and/or artist that dropped something on the Tuesday release sheet that you may have missed in the flood of music that always starts our week off.
There must be something in the water over at Dim Mak. Much of their release sheet in the recent past has made it to more than a few staffers and interns playlists and DJ sets over here on the SF URB team’s stomping grounds. A big reason for this has to do with the label’s ability to drop releases that fit in with the structure and sound of modern EDM while having respect to the genre’s past.
Azari & III (pronounced Azari and Third), continues Dim Mak’s winning formula of keeping an ear …
If you went anywhere near a rave in the ’90s, you likely did it garbed in a new Freshjive t-shirt and 42-inch Kikwear pants. Now after a decade of ball-squashing skinny jeans worn by rock & roll hipsters, it’s time for baggy to return along with all other things EDM. So no wonder Kikwear is relaunching the brand with a series of events featuring old-schoolers like Dieselboy, DJ Hixxy and Frankie Bones, and this promotional video showing a new generation raving out between giant stone/metal boulders by artist Jim Hodges in Minneapolis.
One warning. The music, “Shine for You,” by Flawless feat. Zoe VanWest resides on the far end of fast-tempo trance pop cheese.
If you grew up around electronic music and haven’t heard of the legendary NASA raves, you obviously haven’t grown up the right way. Backtrack twenty years in the early ’90s, where acid house, hardcore and piano rave were unstoppable forces on the dancefloor. The raw energy, purity and chemical-induced calamity surrounded the golden era of electronic music with a sense of intensive crowd energy and a desire to party until the sun went up (which is how it always should be).