I grew up in Hertfordshire... and strange to consider, but Herts (long after I'd moved away) was a bit of a hotbed of hardcore. More the Eastern end of the county (Stevenage and Hitchin etc) and the edge-of-London parts like St Albans -- as opposed to the Chilterns-y Western end where I grew up... So the new town, London overspilly, not-unlike-Essex parts, basically would be where it thrived, logically enough. But nonetheless, nonetheless: Herts is ardkore....
mini-extract from new section of Energy Flash on the rise of retro-dance
this subject, there are some great tunes on the new Z***by record, inventive and totally distinctively his style. But
also quite a few pastiches e.g. the drum & bass replicas "Overdose"
and "777". Which as drum & bass replicas go, sound terrific. But like with the Eski pastiches... one can't help wondering "why?"
a mix woven out of the kind of stuff that might make up the temporal matrix of interlinked styles into which Daft Punk's album might wish to slide itself, through time-travel
"I put it together as a way of spending more time in the space ‘Random
Access Memories’ occupies. It’s filled with the same warm, wonderful
sounds of funky, melancholic robots skirting around the edges of the
discotheque, alternately wondering what life’s about and deciding it’s
all about forgetting to worry what it’s all about. There’s space disco,
library funk, sophisticated rhythmic orchestrations, savvy art-rock,
psych-poppers and proggers gone dancefloor, and a singer-songwriter or
85 glistening minutes of names familiar and unfamiliar: Amon Duul II, Zeus B. Held, Munich Machine, Brian Bennett, Francis Personne , Vuolo & Grande, Roland Bocquet, Beaver & Krause, Harry Nilsson, OMD, The Jacksons, Cerrone, Gino Soccio, Curt Boettcher, Le Orme, Stardrive,William Sheller, Space Art, Brian Eno and Cluster