If your clubbing halcyon days were between the years of 2005 and 2008, we’d advise dusting off those skinny leg jeans and getting ready to come out of party retirement.
Why? From this weekend, Ministry of Sound are celebrating the music of the mid-noughties with a very special reunion tour. The parties MOS have planned are all about paying homage to, in their words, “that iconic era in clubbing when the lines between electro and house officially blurred, when collars were poppin’, trucker caps were donned and basslines were everything.” You know, that blissful period before The Chainsmokers existed?
To get you warmed up for the tour, Bang Gang’s Jamie Doom — who’s on the bill alongside noughties heroes like Sneaky Sound System, Kid Kenobi and Riot In Belgium — has put together a list of the ten best tracks from 2005 to 2008, together with some clubbing anecdotes that will make you ache for the days of Ed Banger. Get stuck in below.
The reunion tour will hit eight different cities all up, starting in Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast this weekend. Some shows — Sydney included — have sold out, but you can grab the remaining tickets here.
“The original party starter/sing-a-long electro pop banger from the nice guy of Scottish dance music. He played at our party on his first Oz tour and Dangerous Dan managed to bump the needle off the record (people still played records then) just as the breakdown happened and I’ve never seen so many disappointed gurners in a club. ANTICLIMAX.”
“This song was actually an entrant on a remix competition. It didn’t win but the story goes that Busy P heard it, signed the Justice guys to Ed Banger, licensed the song and the rest is history. Justice were our Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones all in one at Bang Gang, we played every one of their songs to death including this one.”
“Klaxons: the band that invented ‘nu rave’. This was one of the many hit singles off their only album and Soulwax turned this one upside down with their signature Belgian rock’n’rave sound. Awesome claps. Very much a TUNE. Have Soulwax never not killed a remix tho anyway?”
“Tiga’s sex god cover of a classic Altern8 rave anthem, ‘Infiltrate 202’. Classic Tiga techno crooner styles with that signature 08 bassline. Great film clip. Still sounds fresh today.”
“Stripped back robot techno from the original-and-still-the-best techno robots. The Digitalism remix was also a banger before the term banger had even been invented.”
“Well 2006 was the era of mashups, so no list would be complete without one. Who would have thought combining Wham! and Digitalism would produce such sweet results. Massive guitar breakdown meets George Michael vocals put together by the Avalanches (of all people). ‘Zdarlight’ was one of the mega anthems of the era.”
“From the guy that invented ‘fidget house’, this was one of his early experiments with what would become his much copied sound, using the an all-time Apache sample. Still remember seeing Erol Alkan play this at Trash and a room full of Monday night ravers going bonkers.”
“Get a guitar loop, repeat it for five mins, make it sound like ‘My Sharona’. You have this song. Simple electro rock genius from the pin up man of 2005-2008, Erol Alkan.”
“Damian Lazarus (aka DJ Snorkel) introduced us to this one on his first Oz tour. A real backroom ketamine wobbler with jungle/elephant/monkey samples to boot. Good one for both the pre and after parties.”
“A great trance-y number to chill things out and turn things up all at the same time. This one from the German duo puts the E in euphoric. Good one to end the night on too.”
May 19 – Eatons Hill Hotel – Grand Ballroom, Brisbane
Sat May 20 – Greenwood Hotel, Sydney – Sold out
Sun May 21 – Night Quarter, Gold Coast
Fri May 26 – Forum, Melbourne – Sold out
Fri May 26 – The Prince, Melbourne – second Melbourne show now on sale
Sat May 27 – Greenwood Hotel, Sydney – second Sydney show now on sale
Sun May 28 – The Court/The Overflow, Perth
Sat Jun 3 – The Cambridge, Newcastle
Sun Jun 11 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Tickets on sale now