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The seminal tracks that changed dance music forever

Andy Cato met Tom Findlay through mutual friends after they both left college in the mid-‘90s. Andy was making trance and was in a couple of bands, while Tom was from more of a rare groove background, DJing in Manchester clubs when he was a student.

The seminal tracks that altered dance forever

‘Killer’ started life as an instrumental, and it was only ever going to be one until I met Seal,” Adamski tells DJ Mag. “He came to [big rave] Sunrise 5000 at Santa Pod, although I didn’t meet him there. He walked in when I was playing and he had an epiphany.” Seal wanted to record with Adamski immediately, and Adamski — real name Adam Tinley — liked the sound of Seal’s voice from a demo of ‘Crazy’ that he’d heard.

The out-of-the-box big beat anthem from the Wall Of Sound act Propellerheads

Based in Bath in south-west England, near musical hot-spots Glastonbury and Bristol, Alex Gifford had some quite varied early musical experiences. He played sax with...

Seminal tracks that altered dance forever

When I put it on, the whole club stood there and stared at me. I was the only one rocking in the DJ box, no one else was, and when the bassline actually dropped, that's when the whole crowd went a bit loopy for it

The seminal tracks that altered dance music forever

“We loved electronic sounds, really,” adds Phil. “With synthesisers it was like, ‘What made that sound?’ It was that sort of search – for electronic sounds and drum machines.”



Tech-funk main man makes album with Oscar-winning film composer

Elite Force is totally at the top of his game right now. He’s been riding the success of his ‘Revamped’ album over the past year...

S'Express 'Theme From S'Express' (Rhythm King)

Mark Moore grew up in London and got into music at a young age. After his mother, who uprooted from South Korea after the Korean...

DJ Hatcha 'Dubstep Allstars Vol 1' (Tempa)


The Game Changer is taking a slightly different form this month. Usually it focuses on seminal tracks, but when it comes to the emergence of...

DJ Mag chats to DJ Pierre about the first proper acid house track...

Nathaniel Pierre Jones was forever tinkering around with electronic devices and mending watches when he was a kid growing up in Chicago. 

“I just naturally...

Jungle Brothers 'I'll House You' – produced by Todd Terry (Idlers, 1988)
 The JBs essentially added a rap to Todd's early house classic 'Can You...

Todd Terry started DJing around his home city of New York in the mid-'80s. “When I started — around '84, '85 — I was just...

The story behind 'Praise You'

One of the most innovative, groundbreaking producers in electronic music, Squarepusher pushed the jazz/jungle fusion envelope into outer space in the mid-'90s with his 'Squarepusher...

It could have been his junglist garage pastiche ‘My Red Hot Car’. Or it could have been the burning 303 d&b of ‘Vic Acid’. In...

Our YouTube series telling the stories behind dance music's seminal tracks continues...

The seminal tracks that changed dance forever

As a teenage boy, music-obsessed Kris Needs ran the fanclub of '70s bluesy-glam band Mott the Hoople before becoming immersed in the London punk scene...

The seminal tracks that changed dance forever

Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May were high school pals with Juan Atkins in Belleville, just outside of Detroit. It was Juan who started making other-worldly...