The independent label born in 1989 in Sheffield accompanied the electronic music revolution, becoming synonymous with Intelligent Dance Music, before gradually opening up to more hybrid styles in the 2000's, with as much foresight as ever.
Initially a commercial failure, the Roland TB-303 gained a dance music history after falling into the hands of a group of pioneering electronic producers.
A vital period of music history, given the groups it gave birth to, the ecstatic movement born in Manchester at the end of the 80’s is famous for its capacity to marry indie rock with dance music.
A look at how Theo Parrish's reputation as a DJ and producer over the past three decades has placed him as a cult figure in dance music
A major figure of the French Touch movement as part of the duos Motorbass and Cassius, Philippe Zdar was also a much sought-after producer in the 2000s for his ability to mix dance, rock, pop and soul.
It started with turntables and steadily grew to include a huge range of production methods. The first two decades of Ninja Tune were spent ahead of the curve, laying the groundwork for the future of music.
He could have become a footballer, but a twist of fate led him to make his mark on an altogether different terrain – the sound machine. With just a handful of records, Darren Cunningham has become the go to for fans of a slightly skewed electro beat [or sound].
Lasting more than just one summer, rave music became the soundtrack of the 90s youth who created their own rules of clubbing, and invaded not only the dancefloor but also the charts.
With its acid house and rave parties, 1988 was the year that Europe was introduced to the new hedonistic culture of electronic music and partying, already present in the USA. Clubbing would never be the same again.
During the 2000s the Cologne label established itself as one of the most important houses of electro music, managing to unite rigid techno, sensuality, and ambient beauty.
Founded in 1994 by Laurent Garnier and Eric Morand, the Paris-based label contributed greatly to France’s emerging electro scene, before closing its doors in 2008.