While our last outing chronicled the foundational bricks that laid the 90s Classic House Music landscape, this installment promises to dig beneath the surface. This time, we unearth lesser-known tales and unheard vibes from a decade that, much like the collapse of the Soviet Union, marked the end of old orders and the burgeoning of the new. So, without further ado, let’s delve into some unforgettable tracks that framed club culture, influenced lifestyle, and are still absolute bangers.
Emanating from the artistic hub that was New York City, Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart” blasted through the airwaves, gaining traction in 1990. While Nelson Mandela was freed that same year, signaling the end of apartheid, “Groove Is In The Heart” became an anthem for personal liberation on dance floors.
It was 1994, the year the U.S. hosted its first FIFA World Cup, when Livin’ Joy dropped “Dreamer,” capturing the blissful ignorance and idealism coursing through society. Junior Vasquez’s Sound Factory Mix added a touch of urbane sophistication to this naive optimism.
“Your Loving Arms” by Billie Ray Martin wove its musical threads into the fabric of 1995. As the Dayton Agreement was being signed, bringing a tenuous peace to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Martin’s soulful rendition stood as a testament to the healing power of music, amplified by the Junior Vasquez Soundfactory Vocal Mix.
If there was a single word to describe 1992, it would be ‘transformational’, from Bill Clinton’s electoral victory to the commercial release of the first Nicotine patch. “I’m Gonna Get You” by Bizarre Inc. featuring Angie Brown, invigorated clubs, proving that house could be as politically assertive as it was catchy.
Fast forward to 1996, the year that saw the introduction of the DVD format. Armand Van Helden transformed Tori Amos’s “Professional Widow” into a garage house phenomenon, highlighting how technology and art could marry into something ground-breaking.
In 1988, right at the threshold of the 90s, Inner City released “Good Life.” This track embodied the universal desire for happiness and freedom, perfectly encapsulated in Magic Juan’s Mix. The song has become a staple in 90s Classic House Music and frequently sampled.
90s Classic House Music was more than just a genre; it was the pulse of a generation wrestling with change, exploring new freedoms, and laying the groundwork for the 21st century. This anthology of tracks offers not just a nostalgic trip but an understanding of the social and cultural transformations of the time.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : Groove Is in the Heart | 90’s House Classics v3
Genre : Classic House
Year : 2010
Total Time : 1:20:11:00
1. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart (Ultimix)
2. The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M – It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day (Palladium House Anthem 1)
3. Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix)
4. Kristine W – Land Of The Living (Junior’s New Vocal Mix)
5. Livin’ Joy – Dreamer (Junior Vasquez Sound Factory Mix)
6. Billie Ray Martin – Your Loving Arms (Soundfactory Vocal Mix)
7. Juliet Roberts – I Want You (Monster Club Mix)
8. Bizarre Inc. feat. Angie Brown – I’m Gonna Get You (Original Flavour Mix)
9. 49ers – Touch Me (Sexual Version)
10. N-Joi – Anthem (The Original Mix)
11. A.S.H.A. – Ball And Chain (J.J. Tribute) (Primitive Mix)
12. Inner City – Good Life (Magic Juan’s Mix)
13. Sunscreem – Pressure (12” Mix)
14. Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden’s Star Trunk Mix)
15. Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Mix)