EDM has become too mainstream for it's own good. Giant festivals are sold out within minutes. The bubble is about to burst. Imagine how insane this would have sounded to ravers back in the 90s.
Not even the most prophetic of these outcasts could have predicted all that's become of the culture. And after all these years, we can finally get our hands on one of the pieces that started all this rage. Something Wired calls "the royal family of American experimental electronic pop music."
A long out-of-print electronic compilation album is being re-released on May 11th on Pledgemusic. It's called Delusions of Grandeur, and it's from three "brothers" called Hardkiss (RIP Scott Hardkiss). Catching any influence on that DJ name?
Called "the royal family of American experimental electronic pop music" by Wired, the album takes you through a period of experimental underground raving. The sounds psychedelic sounds nothing people had heard before and everything we've forgotten about now. Famed British journalist Kris Needs writes:
"Hardkiss’ music defies musical barriers, time and space with off-the-teabags loved-out majesty and manages to suspend the listener in a bottomless pool of fragrant intoxicants and rabbit aphrodisiac heart rhythms."
When you throw in the b-sides, also becoming available, you get content that was only featured on the original vinyl from ’90-‘99 plus their favorite remixes from that era (many of which have never been released before). Tracks include a remix of Elton John's “Rocket Man," an edit of The Beatles' “My Sweet Lord," and a Mazzy Star remix.
The album itself is as heavy as the impression it's left behind. The commemorative 20th Anniversary Double CD includes a 20-page booklet written by 5Magazine's Terry Matthews. It follows the relaunch of Hardkiss Records and their homage-album called 1991.
This is one spark that lit the flame for today's culture and an insane example of how things have changed. Pick up this piece of history May 11th and check out the Hardkiss celebratory performance on May 30th at Public Works in San Francisco.