Dance music from the 90s that was instrumental for Weiss in his formative years

WEISS burst onto the dance music scene in 2013 with hit single ‘My Sister’.

His late 80s / early 90s rave inspired sounds soon caught the attention of a host of industry heavyweights including Annie Mac, Groove Armada, Green Velvet and Loco Dice.

2018 single ‘Feel My Needs’ garnered critical acclaim, earning the number 1 spots on 5 international music charts as well as a spot on the R1 A-List. He’s also remixed for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Robyn and Calvin Harris, and has shared the stage with House legends including Todd Terry, Armand Van Helden and Pete Tong.

WEISS is currently releasing a series of tracks (with 'First Sight' being the first instalment) all with a nod to the late 80s/early 90s and his formative days of raving. The second and latest track to be released is also out now called ‘Where Do We Go?’ featuring the legendary Harry Romero.

To mark the series, WEISS has put together a playlist of dance music from the 90s that were formative for him in his early years.

Liquid – Sweet Harmony (XL Recordings)

So originally released in 1991 about the time I was 11, this track got me into listening to “underground music”. Of course there were other tracks at the time but for me, this one really stood out. Featuring arguably the all time greatest piano loop in acid house history. It has such a good feeling of letting yourself go on the dance floor and still remains in my record box today.

Gat Decor – Passion (Naked Mix) (Effective Records)

The original Naked mix was and is still a powerful piece of house music. Classic is beyond words. If you close your eyes when listening to this track it will take you back to that time of freedom of raving, strobe lights flashing and not a care in the world. A true classic of the era.

Moby – Go (Woodtick Mix) (Instinct Records)

“Go” in it’s original form, was first released as a B-Side to Moby’s debut single “Mobility” in November 1990. He later composed a version with the strings from Twin Peaks which is this version. I had a very emotional response to this track at the time when I first heard it on my brothers “Retrospective Of House” tape. It showed me the slight darker side of house but in a good way.

Blue Amazon – No Other Love (Jackpot Records)

Probably one of the best progressive house tracks of its time. Some tracks stay with  you for the rest of your life and this is one of them. This is a looking up into the sky moment be it in the club or on a field.

99th Floor Elevators – Hooked (Tony De Vit & Simon Parkes Remix) (Labello Dance)

Tony De Vit is considered one of the most influential of his generation helping the Hard House sound come out of the Gay London Clubbing Scene and into the mainstream clubs. He sadly passed away in 1998 and so I wanted to chose a track from him and put it into this selection because I wanted to show my respect to him. Hard House was also a big influence on me on my journey through house music.

Golden Girls – Kinetic (Frank De Wulf 12” Remix) (R&S Records)

This track to me has one of the best lead/hooks I’ve ever heard. It has a wonderful idyllic glow to it that reassures you even in most troubled times.

Todd Terry presents Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown – Keep On Jumpin' (Rhythm Masters Thumpin’ Mix) (Logic Records)

I remember back in the day finding it so so hard to get a copy of this on vinyl. You could get the original mixes etc but not the Rhythm Masters Thumpin remix. After many days of crate digging I finally came across a copy in a HMV store in Guildford and it was like Christmas come early. Holding it out with pride to all the other dj’s in the store looking for records. For me, it was the first time hearing an artist really diving into the original sample and chopping up the original sounds and just thinking I need more of this style of house music.

Rufas & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Version) (Warner Bros. Records)

This is dedicated to one of the true pioneers of house music. Every time I hear this record I feel like I’m in a warehouse in Chicago experiencing clubbing for the first time and can only imagine what a special feeling this would have been to be around when this type of music was first being played.

R.I.P. Frankie.

Alcatraz – Give Me Luv (Original Mix) (Yoshitoshi)

I was around the age of 13 when this first came out and when I heard the stab/hook, it gave me tingles down my spine. I was searching high and low for a promo of it because back then house records were put out on promo and lasted at least three/fours months before you could get your hands on a copy unless some dodgy label bootlegged it. These times remind me of getting on a train and spending my pocket money, It’s house music at it’s best.

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