People who know me will definitely attest to the fact that I have a very special in my place in my heart for all things 90’s. For some reason, this decade (the ’00s) hasn’t really defined itself yet as a “thing” we (or at least I) can define. There is no real personality of the current decade, probably because something new pops up every day, and the attention span of the youth has grown shorter and shorter, not allowing a scene to be really dominant. Or maybe I am just getting older.
The late 90’s (96-99) were a fun time for me. I kind of veered away from hip hop, as it became a little too flashy and less organic (except for Mobb Deep, shit was classic), and really started getting into Drum and Bass/Jungle/Ambient/Trance. I distinctly remember going to Raves/Daytimes/Sets with my friends, wearing ridiculously colorful (and oversized) clothes, and staying out until the sun came up. In 1998, I moved out to California, and remember going to see Rabbit in the Moon perform on a beach just south of San Francisco surrounded by Fire.
I’m amazed I can remember even half of what was going on back then, but the one thing that always stayed in my head was the music.
Here are some of my faves of the era.
Art of Noise : Something Always Happens (Doc Scott Remix) – This song immediately brings me back to driving up Highway 1 from Monterey to San Francisco for late nights at 1015 Folsom. Very chill, ethereal. Wind in your face, waves crashing on the cliffs to your left as you head north along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Roni Size : Brown Paper Bag – NEW FORMS was/is a fucking classic album. I need to find it like, yesterday. I think he re-released it last year with some changes, but fuck that, I want the original.
Photek : Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu (Two Swords Technique) – very cold and paranoid, with highly complex drums. plus the video is KILLER.
Orbital : Halcyon (and on and on) – I have a special place in my heart for this one, since it was during the end credits of the first Mortal Kombat movie. Who would have known?
Dieselboy and Tech Itch : Atlantic State – from “A Soldier’s Story” on the Moonshine label. another classic album i need to find again.
Underworld : Banstyle / Sappy’s Curry – There could have been a million Underworld tracks for this list, but I chose this one becasue it reminds me of watching the sunset on the Pacific Ocean. “in the dark with the lights off. concealed. I’m thinking of you still”
I’ll have these videos and more as I think of them on my glosticks playlist on youtube. Check it here: