Drum & bass pioneers Fabio & Grooverider are set to release a special compilation next month, celebrating 30-years of legendary London party RAGE. The four-part chronicle will arrive in two-halves, the first landing on 31st May. Parts 3 & 4 will follow later in July.
The seminal club night, which started way back in 1988, put Heaven on the map. This was a time when the splinter scenes were beginning to emerge, mutating from the dance music imported from America. As such, the music policy was broad - and far less tribal than the current scene. Fabio & Grooverider’s reign as residents didn’t begin until 1991, but you could still expect to hear anything from acid house, to breakbeat, to early jungle music. It was this diversity - and that of the crowd it drew - that made RAGE go on to achieve notorious status.
Fittingly, the compilation is very reflective of those halcyon early days of rave. Whilst the full tracklisting is still underwraps, we do know that the blend of artists featured range from Rhythim is Rhythim and Frankie Bones, to Tic Tac Toe and Cybersonik - an early Richie Hawtin alias.
For a taster of what to expect, listen to a one-minute teaser mix below:
Fabio will no doubt be channelling a lot of that 90s energy when he performs at Queen’s Yard Summer Party on Saturday 4th May. The south Londoner will play two sets, including a dedicated acid house in a departure from the D&B he is more commonly known for nowadays.
You can catch Fabio and so much more at the two-day, Queen's Yard Summer Party multi-venue extravaganza. Other artists on the bill this bank holiday weekend, include Imogen, Donna Leake, Third Son and heaps more. One wristband gives access to all 22 venues involved in the activities.
Final tickets starting from £30.50 are on sale now.