“The only genuine, conscious-expanding drug”

  No tight jaw, no heavy perspiration, no comedown. “What is this magical drug?”, you all cry. Well, according to Arthur C Clarke, its science fiction.   Science fiction is a rare, precious world of endless possibility because it isn’t governed by conventional notions of, well, anything. As a literary genre, it mixes the fictitious…

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The Unsung Story of DJ Alfredo

This is the second of our three-part feature on the 30th anniversary of acid house and the origins of rave culture. DJ Alfredo in the booth DJ Alfredo is to Balearic Beats what Frankie Knuckles is to house music – the Godfather, or should we say el padrino. Some of you may ask what Balearic…

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Liminality, interregnum and Berlin techno: new music for a new era

This is the third of our three-part feature on the 30th anniversary of acid house and the origins of rave culture. It’s easy to look around right now and think that the world has officially gone mad. Forget Disraeli’s lies, damned lies and statistics, we barely remember what simple algebra is. We seem to be…

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It All Began With Cod

The first of our three-part feature on the 30th anniversary of acid house and the beginnings of rave culture.     And before you think fish and chips, think again. The origins of rave didn’t have anything to do with the British at first, although popular belief and catchy headlines will proudly reminisce on how …

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