One of the things that really annoyed us Techno Dads back in the day was the weird BPM arms race that occurred from 1992 onwards in rave music. You actually got numpties making 300bpm gabba records, while Scotland went resolutely into happy hardcore territory. The annoying thing was a lot of the sounds were excellent, really extreme boundary-pushing angry music, especially in the Belgian and Dutch proto-gabba records. But too damned fast.
An obvious move is simply to slow all the tracks down, which is exactly what Radio Soulwax have done here. At 115 bpm the music has a bit of space for the noises to breathe in. There’s something weirdly hypnotic about watching young gabba heads dancing in slow motion at dad speed. Soulwax say that at the time they hated these kind of hoover-tastic dark rave tunes, but they have since realised the error of their ways.
If you’re wondering where that hoover noise comes from, look no further than this post..
This is Belgium Part Two: Cherry Moon On Valium from Radio Soulwax on Vimeo.
I just don’t know what to say… this is equal parts Confusing, Weird and Amazing. The more I watch the dancers the more I’m coming round to it being one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen in my life.
This is the best thing i have seen and heard in ages.
Keep up the good work guys!
Dr Bungo- look closer, the dancing is not BAD it’s in slow motion….- the dancers are going at it at full speed.
ah how stupid of me. i stand corrected. thats what i get for being a rave xenophobe.
Just watched every second of this. Amazing. When I watched the lords of acid I remembered I very nearly went down this route then thankfully Steve Bicknell started Lost.