In the 90s, house music wasn’t just a genre; it was a cultural phenomenon that transcended the usual boundaries of music and influenced everything from fashion to language. As the needle hit the vinyl, tracks like Lisa Stansfield’s “All Around The World” and Sybil’s “Don’t Make Me Over” created an atmosphere in clubs that was magnetic. But what made these tracks iconic, and how did they define an era? Let’s rewind and rediscover some of these 90s Classic House Music anthems.
During a time when the Berlin Wall had just fallen, Lisa Stansfield’s “All Around The World” was a tour de force in 1990. It permeated the airwaves, drawing in a variety of listeners. The Extended Version added extra layers of sultry soul to the track, giving DJs more material to work with. Stansfield’s voice acted like an auditory passport, taking listeners to places they’d only dreamt of, all while nestled in a club surrounded by other dreamers.
Fast forward to 1989, as Nelson Mandela walked free from prison, Sybil’s “Don’t Make Me Over” was finding its rightful place in the house music pantheon. The KING-dom Come Mix imbued the classic tune with a unique blend of electronic beats and soulful harmonies, making it a staple on dancefloors across the globe.
1990 was a year that balanced itself between the end of the Cold War and the commencement of the Gulf War. Amidst the upheaval, Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” captured the collective consciousness. Its 12” Mix with Caron Wheeler at the vocal helm felt like a mantra for a world in flux, urging us to live our lives however we chose, regardless of the chaos around us.
By 1992, the internet was starting to change the way we lived, but on the dancefloor, Malaika’s “So Much In Love” was still about the simple things: love and the intoxicating feeling of rhythm.
In 1995, when Windows 95 was bringing about a new age of computing, De’Lacy’s “Hideaway” created its own kind of revolution. The Dubfire Needs To Score Remix offered a dark, gripping allure that kept clubbers entranced till the early hours.
In the mid-90s, while America was getting to know its new president Bill Clinton, Crystal Waters was serving up “Gypsy Woman.” The Basement Boy’s Strip To The Bone Mix added a raw, guttural dimension to an already iconic track, making it a regular fixture in DJ sets.
As we close, let’s talk about the track that shares the title with this volume, “Ride On The Rhythm” by Louie Vega and Marc Anthony. The Kenlou Rhythm Mix came out in 1991, amidst the rise of grunge and hip-hop. It elegantly weaved Latin influences into its fabric, highlighting the diversity of what house music could be.
These tracks weren’t just songs; they were anthems that defined the climate of their respective years. They offered a musical solace during times of political uncertainty and societal shifts. These 90s Classic House Music tracks are far more than just a nostalgia trip; they’re a journey through a transformative decade where house music spoke to, and for, a generation.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Ride On the Rhythm | 90’s House Classics v1
Genre : Classic House
Year : 2010
Total Time : 1:25:34.00
1. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World (Extended Version)
2. Sybil – Don’t Make Me Over (The KING-dom Come Mix)
3. Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler – Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) (12” Mix)
4. Malaika – So Much In Love (12” Choice Mix)
5. De’Lacy – Hideaway (Dubfire Needs To Score Remix)
6. Mousse T. vs. Hot ‘N’ Juicy – Horny ’98 (Mousse T.’s Extended Mix)
7. Degrees Of Motion – Celebrate (’96 White Label Mix)
8. Ce Ce Peniston – We Got A Love Thang (Silky Mouse Thang)
9. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In) (Classic Mix)
10. Shawn Christopher – Another Sleepless Night (David Morales Classic Mix)
11. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) (Basement Boy’s Strip To The Bone Mix)
12. Martha Wash – Give It To You (Maurice’s 12” Mix)
13. Louie Vega & Marc Anthony – Ride On The Rhythm (Kenlou Rhythm Mix)