their maker Sam Purcell (of Blank Mind Records), interviewed here, says:
"I’m really obsessive about dance music, and yknow I kinda want to hear everything! It had become an addiction, I would access a certain period or style for the first time and get all hyped – and then when I’ve binged on that I’ll just move on and get into something else… All this eventually led me backwards towards hardcore, which was a really pivotal time in shaping electronic music in the UK – …And, that music just completely hit the sweet spot yknow. I was hooked, it’s such a rich tapestry to tap into. I was listening to Fabio & Dr S Gachet sets, discovering Moving shadow, Production House – tonnes of stuff. I loved the immediacy of the music, the functional rhythms, cheesy sped up samples, the weird FX – the rush. You can hear how everyone was so pilled up, and it’s a really interesting pocket of time which is kind of lost on my generation. I was really inspired, I love the wide eyed sincerity of it all and that feeds into the tracks for sure. There’s also an element of lament, looking back on a time when music was such a different thing. Raves really were pilgrimages, and you would have to listen in to the radio show, or dig through crates or go to raves in order to hear this music you love so much – and that effort makes the music a much more personal and rewarding thing. You might hear a track just one time, and that memory – informed by the context, your mood that moment, that soundsystem all constitute that experience, and it’s special."
he further says of current conditions of listening: "the concerns I have is that we can become saturated from over listening as we are constantly faced with so much choice and instant access. The problem with this is that I think it means that we are often listening to music on a lower level, or more impatiently – also it means that music becomes closely connected with screen and website type interfaces. Personally speaking, I listen to music in a more impatient way when I am listening via the internet or iTunes – due to cyber interfaces, e.g. timelines, tabbed browsing etc. Accordingly it’s had a positive influence in allowing people to discover music that you would otherwise be unaware of, and I have it to thank for discovering the music that has brought about the first two releases. Distinctions between eras and contexts are kind of blurring, Kodwo Eshun used the term ‘intimate distance’ to describe this – and I think it’s a really nice term, we feel very closely connected to things which maybe geographically or temporally are far removed. So, as with most things it’s a bit of a double edged sword that you need to be able to navigate. You need to impose limits as to not get overwhelmed by all the information"
more tunes under his DANCE moniker are in this realnice mix of his presented at Inhabit