Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Everyone has a party they look back on as a favourite. For me, it's Pleasuredome '94. It was absolutely massive but retained just the right illegal, warehousey feel. It was the third party I went to and I'll never forget first walking in and wondering why so few people were dancing. It was a mad surprise realising the small group I could see was just the very back of the dancefloor, and there were about 4,000 more happy ravers going nuts just around the corner. And with sparklers, everyone seemed to have sparklers.
What an awesome night followed - the huge chillout full of old, street-side lounges; a pumping, intense hardcore room up the back, and particularly memorable sets from Pee Wee, Jade and a little, unknown group named Infusion.
The UK's DJ Slipmatt headlined the night and first introduced me to the UK breakbeat style, a style it baffles me never really took off in Sydney. His set covered all the big, breaky numbers of the day - all four SMDs, "In Effect", "In Complete Darkness", "Ool Lortnoc" and many more.
Adelaide's Maestro D is on MC duties and, despite my general distaste for MC'ing, I really enjoy it. His style really carries forth the idea that you were in that moment, in the midst of something epic, a true Australian raver aesthete.
There were more Pleasuredome tapes in existence. I had the Pee Wee set on loan at one point and would love to track it down - or any other sets from the night for that matter. Can anyone help?
Click here to download Slipmatt live at Pleasuredome '94 Side A
Click here to download Slipmatt live at Pleasuredome '94 Side B
Click here to download Slipmatt live at Pleasuredome '94 Side C
Click here to download Slipmatt live at Pleasuredome '94 Side D