a history of popular music – the 1990s

a history of popular music – the 1990s

The nineties were allusive years when the alternative became main-stream, the underground crept onto terra firma, and when previously segregated subgenres aligned more closely with club DJs than with pop charts and traditional radio jocks. The Cinderella story of the day was how an unlikely experiment called hip hop became the guiding light for a new generation tired of old methods, with samples and break-beats emerging as the most influential evolution in music since the rise of the electric guitar.

Slowdive – Blue Skied an’ Clear
This Mortal Coil – Help Me Lift You Up
Cocteau Twins – Oil of Angels
Mazzy Star – Look On Down From the Bridge
The Verve – A Man Called Sun
Portishead – Mysterons
Tricky – Makes Me Wanna Die
DJ Shadow – Stem/ Long Stem
Air – Casanova 70
Massive Attack – Better Things
Finley Quaye – Even After All
Nightmares on Wax – Rise
Blur – To the End
Julian Cope – Las Vegas Basement
Smog – Teenage Spaceship
Arthur Russell – Another Thought
Shai – If I Ever Fall In Love (Original Acapella Version)
Erykah Badu – Otherside of the Game
DJ Vadim – Abstractions
A Tribe Called Quest – What?
The Herbaliser – 40 Winks (No Sleep DJ Vadim Mix)
Rhythm & Sound – Distance
Aphex Twin – (Rhubarb)
Sigur Ros – Svefn-G-Englar
Mercury Rev – Holes (Jonathan)
The Olivia Tremor Control – NYC-25
Spiritualized – Angel Sigh (Alt Mix 2)
Nirvana – Marigold
Sonic Youth – LIttle Trouble Girl
Daniel Johnston – Some Things Last a Long Time
Monolake – Mass Transit Railway
Basic Channel – Mutism
Scott Walker – Bolivia ‘95
Area – Puzzle Boy
The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends
Boards of Canada – Olson
Julee Cruise – Falling
Coil – Who’ll Fall
Nine Inch Nails – A Warm Place (Excerpt)
PJ Harvey – Electric Light
Slint – Washer
The Smashing Pumpkins – 17
Radiohead – No Surprises
The Future Sound of London – Papa New Guinea (Dumb Child of Q Mix)
Alpha – Firefly – (Receiver Mix)
Motorbass – Off
PM Dawn – I’d Die Without You
Fila Brazillia – New Chaos
The KLF – Rock Radio Into the Nineties

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If the ingredients of dance music had all been added to the pot by the end of the eighties, the 1990s were when their flavours fully emerged. Young and clumsy genres like house and techno acquired a European pedigree with the fetish of German minimalism, the flourish of Parisian jazz, and with the force of the most influential British music scene since the sixties. In America, New Jack Swing marked a marriage between hip hop and r&b that crept upon standard radio pop and redefined mainstream charts forever.

Happy Mondays – Step On (Twisting My Melon Mix)
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew Weatherhall Remix)
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
The Blueboy – Remember Me
Deee-Lite – What Is Love?
Bjork – There’s More To Life Than This (Non Toilet)
Leo – Don’t Want You to Go (House Mix)
Deskee – This is a Dancetrack
The Source feat. Candi Station – You’ve Got the Love
Bell Biv Devoe – Let Me Know Something
Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (12 Inch Version)
Chubb Rock – Treat ‘em Right (Cribb Mix)
Michael Jackson – In the Closet (7” Edit)
De La Soul – Baby Baby Baby Baby (Extended Version)
Total – What About Us? (Remix)
Brand New Heavies – Never Stop (Jan Kincaid Vocal Version)
Jamiroquai – Alright
Artful Dodger – Woman Trouble (Remix)
Another Level – Guess I Was a Fool (MJ Cole Remix)
The KLF – Church of the KLF
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Pal Joey Mix)
Chemical Brothers – Chico’s Groove
Fatboy Slim – You’re Not From Brighton
Basement Jaxx – Same Old Show
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Cassius – Feeling For You (Edit)
Les Rythmes Digitales – Sometimes
Mood II Swing – Function
Daft Punk – Teachers
Minos Pour Main Basse – Tout Doit Disparaitre
Blunted Dummies – House For All
Aly Us – Follow Me
Hardrive – Deep Inside
Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix)
The Kid Chris – Big Time (Carlito’s Dream)
Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
Underworld – Cups (Salt City Orchestra’s Vertical Bacon Vocal)
Isolee – Beau Mont Plage
Aphex Twin – Actium
Plastikman – Consumed
Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song (EK 12 Inch Mix)
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
Basic Channel – Quadrant Dub
LFO – You Have to Understand
Global Communication – Sensorama
Blaze – Lovelee Dae (20-20 Vision Dub)
Goldie – Timeless (Inner City Life)
Roni Size and Reprazent feat Bahamadia – New Forms
Olive – You’re Not Alone (Rolo and Sister Bliss Remix)
LTJ Bukem – Horizons
Moby – What Does My Heart Feel So Bad
Pulp – Common People
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
Lauryn Hill – Every Ghetto, Every City
Wu Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple
TLC – Unpretty (MJ Cole Remix)
F.U.S.E. – A New Day
Autechre – Lowride
Slick Rick – CEO Outro

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