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Review: Altered State – The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House – by Matthew Collin

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I’ve already read a Matthew Collin book – This is Serbia Calling – so I was chuffed when I stumbled upon this work, a history of UK dance music culture. As a DJ and Promoter for 24 years I’m quite aware of a lot of the history of dance music in the UK. This book, however, filled in many of the gaps, and was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read. The well known story of how acid house culture came to the UK via Ibiza’s Summer of Love where Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Trevor Fung experienced the delight’s of Alfredo weaving magic on the White Isle and brought back their ideas to the London clubscene, is a familiar tale, often recited religiously in club culture publications like Mixmag. The author gives a comprehensive account of the beginnings and it was great to hear the true story and what bliss these guys must have experienced. Shoom, Spectrum and the Milk Bar launched successfully and the early adopters were soon welcoming new ‘Acid Teds’ and a hippy revival based on lush house electronica began to hit the mainstream. The book looks at London and Manchester in detail as well as exploring some of the less likelier destinations of UK club culture like Blackburn and later the countryside free party and rave movement. The study of the fracture of dance music into its various sub-genres and the movement of people that followed each branch provides much analysis and we see Warehouse parties, techno anarchists, drum and bass division and later the emergence of new genres like speed garage, grime and dubstep. The book focuses a lot on the role of narcotics in this new ascendant youth culture. The critical importance of ecstasy (MDMA) to the whole movement which eventually led to a massive increase and normalisation of drug culture across the country, with polydrug use becoming popular and clubbers and ravers exploring acid (LSD), cocaine, heroin, ketamine, amphetamines and the various different types of cannabis. It’s amazing how much anti dance music propaganda was spread by the media. Governments were scared and there was a great deal of legislation set up to counter the whole movement. Enlightened masses were a danger to the establishment and the whole culture was seen as an alternative political situation. The long-running battles between promoters, DJs and the UK Police was interesting and it was…

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DJs and artists Wez G has directly worked with include: Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, Jim ‘Shaft ‘ Ryan, Judge Jules, John Kelly, Norman Jay MBE, Sister Bliss, Mark Moore, Sonique, Angel, Tom & Jerry Bouthier, Pete Tong, Tony DeVit, Jeremy Healy, Al Mackenzie (D:ream), K-Klass, Utah Saints, Altern-8, Lisa Loud, Norris da Boss Windross, DJ Nibc, Adrian & Mark Luvdup, Anthony Pappa, Chris Coco, Tom Budden, Andrew Galea, Grayson Shipley (Deepgroove) , Big Al, Sarah G, Tristan Bolitho, Mike Shawe

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Fever February Funk

DJ Set 02 Fever February Funk

Listen to Wez G – Fever February Funk byWez G on hearthis.at    Funkier than usual mix for February, though it progs out by the end…A nice blend of old and new with some real belters in there! Toe-tappingly gorgeous! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Siedah Garrett – K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (Dub) [Qwest Records] 2. Julien Jabre – Swimming Places (Sebastian Ingrosso Re-edit) [Defected] 3. Lee Cabrera – Voodoo Love (Steve Angello Remix) [White] 4. Scott Grooves feat. Parliament/Funkadelic – Mothership Reconnection ( Daft Punk Remix) [Soma Recordings] 5. Meeker – Save Me (Futureshock Mix) [Underwater] 6. Shafunkers – Lose Control [Fantastic House] 7. SIA – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine (Sander Van Doorn Remix) [Doorn Records] 8. Trafik – Indestructible (Stel Remix) [Global Underground] 9. Big Top – Sub [Organized Nature] 10. Winc – Thoughts of a Tranced Love [Limbo Records] 11. Sasha – Who Killed Sparky? [emFire] 12. Grace – Not Over Yet (B.T.’s Spirit of Grace) [Perfecto] 13. The Beloved – The Sun Rising (Danny’s Love is Mix) [EastWest] Wez G – Fever February Funk by Wezg on Mixcloud

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