So what is that?
Anyone born in the early ’70’s (or earlier) has experienced this era when House and Techno established themselves on the worldwide charts and became one of the biggest and most successful music movements in history. Computer technology and synthesizers made it possible to create a hitherto unknown music, which at the time was still pressed onto records (or acetate), so that you could mix this music as a DJ in clubs, at a time when the CD was the most important musical medium of the time.
I have fully experienced this time, both as a clubber and as a DJ. For me, this incredible and crazy journey started in 1992, and shortly afterwards I also put on the first records myself. Now more 25 years have passed — a quarter of a century — and for me the music of that time has not lost its strength at all. Of course, many memories are linked to it, some of which I think back with sparkling eyes. We were young, we were free (at least we had that impression), and the drugs were excellent, I’ve been told…*
*I do not want to promote drug use. Please handle drugs carefully! Best not to start it. But if, then be careful.
I have been able to make countless friendships in the scene over the last 25 years, and I know some of my closest friends from that time. My own career as a musician grew out of the tender beginnings of this music. I grew up with rock music and always wanted to be a rock star before, suddenly I discovered a completely new music that I initially did not like. Electronically produced music was not my thing, I only liked handmade music, that was the “real deal” for me. But it didn’t take long before this music cast a spell over me.
What did I do here?
In the last few months, I have picked out records that I consider the most important and best of that time. Here and there I had to ask friends if they could provide me with digital recordings from vinyl, because I did not own much of the material myself anymore. After I had everything digitally available, I carefully (re)mastered each track, always staying close to the original, I didn’t want destroy that special “feeling” of that time. Not that it’s much important to you, probably, but I also pitch-corrected tracks that were slightly “off key”, partly because of unstable vinyl recordings or issues with the production itself. Back then not everything was 100%, especially not when producers used analog synths.
After improving the music, I made a DJ mix out of it in my studio. And the result is now available to you, as a lossless FLAC file. You have never heard that music in a better sound quality!
That’s why I call this mix series “Past Perfect”, because that’s what it is for me. Talking about “series”… this is the second and final installment. Here is the first one.
- GusGus – Purple [Rough Trade Germany 4AD]
- Planisphere – Deep Blue Dream [Music Worx]
- Exit EEE – Epidemic [No Respect Records]
- Bedrock – Heaven Scent [Bedrock Records Pioneer Records]
- AMbassador – The Fade (Oliver Lieb Remix) [Kickin Records]
- Thomas P. Heckmann & Marc Romboy – Ultra Vixens [Le Petit Prince]
- Rank 1 – Airwave [Urban Kontor Records]
- At The Villa People – Open Your Eyes [La Musique Fait La Force]
- Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel (PvD’s E-Werk Club Mix) [Polystar]
- Sunday Club – Healing Dream (Paul Van Dyk’s Inner Mind Mix) [Stress Records]
- UNKLE – In A State [Global Underground]
- Albion – Air [Platipus]
- Deep Cover – Breakthrough [Hope Recordings]
- Gouryella – Gouryella [Black Hole Recordings]
- Paganini Traxx – Zoe (Timo Maas Mix) [INCtraxx]
- Planisphere – So Many Ways (Force Mass Motion Remix) [Music Worx]
- DJ Misjah & DJ Groovehead – Acid Energy (Special Acid Edition) [Vision Soundcarriers]
- Pete Lazonby – Sacred Cycles [Metronome Container Records Hamburg]
- DJ Gogo – Anjuna [Cyber Records]
- DJ Quicksilver – Bingo Bongo (Club Mix) [Club Tools]
- Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix) [Platipus]
- Niels Van Gogh – Pulverturm [Kosmo Records]
- Johan Cyber – Crash (Funk Function Groove Mix) [Bonzai Records]
- Meat Katie – Next Life [Kingsize]
- Natious – Amber (Silk Remix) [Amato International]
- Der Dritte Raum – Hale Bopp (Raumgleiter) [Kontor Records]
- Underworld – Dark And Long (Dark Train) [UnderworldLive]
- Smith & Selway – Move [Intec Records]
- Armin Van Buuren – Blue Fear [Nebula]
- BT – Mercury And Solace (Dub Mix) [ZYX Music]
- B.B.E. – Seven Days And One Week (Club Mix) [Urban]
- Paul Van Dyk – Out There And Back [Urban]
- Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Nalin & Kane Remix) [Edelpitch]
- Emmanuel Top – Acid Phase [Sub Terranean]
- AWeX – It’s Our Future [Plastic City]
- Breeder – Tyrantanic (Slacker’s Kingdom Come Mix) [Songbird]
- Tilt – I Dream (Tilt’s Resurrection Mix) [Lost Language]
- Z2 – I Want You [Platipus]
- Space Frog – X-Ray (Follow Me) [Energized Records]
- Space Frog Feat. The Grim Reaper – I Feel Ur Pain [Energized Records]
- Taucher – Waters [Dogondke Media]
- Ramirez – Sueño Latino [DFC]
- Ayla – Ayla (Taucher Remix) [Club Tunes]
- Space Frog – Lost In Space ’98 [Energized Records]
- Mikerobenics – Julika (Pascal F.E.O.S. Remix) [Pull The Strings]
- Transa – Enervate [Perfecto]
- Incisions – Beyond Motion [Vicious Circle Recordings]
- Junk Project – Miralaca [Boxed (3)]
- System F – Out Of The Blue [Avex Trax]
- Jam & Spoon – Follow Me! [La Musique Fait La Force]
Also, check this Spotify playlist that contains a lot of the music above: ingovogelmann.net/pastperfect