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Hacienda resident DJs: our defining records

The tracks which defined one of the biggest countercultural movements of the twentieth century.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 20th Dec 2019

Ahead of iconic Manchester clubnight The Hacienda coming to the brand new Viadux Warehouse in Manchester for its New Year's Eve party, Skiddle asked six residents - Greg Wilson, Chad Jackson, Graeme Park, Tom Wainwright, Jon Dasilva and Allister Whitehead - playing on the night to select three of the most defining records from their time at The Hac.

All the tracks have been compiled into a Spotify playlist, or you can click each track to listen on Youtube.

You can buy tickets for Hacienda NYE at The Viadux here.

 

Greg Wilson 

Cybotron – 'Clear'

“Nowadays revered by many for its pride of place at techno’s foundation, this was originally played as an electro release. The duo behind the track, Juan Atkins and Richard Davis (aka 3070), might have come out of Detroit, but a definite New York flavour was added via its remixer, Jose ‘Animal’ Diaz, who also worked on tracks for The Jonzun Crew and Special Request for Tommy Boy, then the essential Electro imprint.”

Hashim – 'Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)'

“One of electro’s most celebrated and enduring releases. The strangely named ‘Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)’ was a true underground classic, going massive with the black audience as soon as it came in on import in late ’83. This was during my time at The Haçienda and it was one of the tracks I introduced there. Such was its longevity that it was still picking up regular plays at the club during the height of the rave era.”

West Street Mob - 'Break Dancin’ – Electric Boogie'

“A proper early cut-up which fully utilised original hip hop anthem ‘Apache’ (1972) by the Incredible Bongo Band - a key feature of Kool Herc’s ‘70s playlist. It arrived in the UK just at the point breakdancing had really begun to make its mark here, and was a favourite of Broken Glass, who used to dance at The Haçienda when I DJ’d there.”

 

Chad Jackson

NV – 'It’s Alright' (Dub Version)

“A track that I had bought two years before I used to play it at The Hacienda. This was probably my favourite electronic dance record of that decade! It has been ‘in the box’ ever since. I still play it all these years later. The production is stunning and the tune never seems to age."

Sleezy D - 'I’ve Lost Control' 

“The one thing about acid house music at The Hacienda was the way it used to swirl around the cavernous echoey interior of the club. It gave those Roland 303 basslines even more space to mess up your head. Marshall Jefferson did some crazy work on this with Sleezy D."

“Personal note: After all these years of playing his music, I would have never have believed that I would have the opportunity to be in a Christmas nativity music video with Marshall…but it happened a couple of days ago. It’s a crazy world, kids!” 

Strafe - 'Set It Off' / Harlequin Fours - 'Set It Off'

“I remember I used to do a special mashup live turntable mix of Strafe and The Harlequin Fours, they obviously complemented each other perfectly and slot together perfectly. I especially liked the slightly dark and twisted vibe of the Strafe version.”

 

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Graeme Park

The Daou - 'Surrender Yourself' (Ballroom Mix) 

“The perfect house record. Deep, dark, funky, sexy, repetitive and addictive with a sinister undertone, lots of greats breakdowns and full of energy. At thirteen minutes long this was also one of the tunes I used to drop at the Haçienda when I needed to visit the toilet when DJing all night long.”

The Beloved - 'Satellite' (Freedom Vocal)

“A massive acid tinged groove that builds and builds and builds before hitting you with the most addictive riff and big, big, singalong chorus. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a regular Saturday night tune at the Haçienda in the 90s. Huge!”

The Todd Terry Project  - 'Bango (To The Batmobile)'

“Sampling Klein & MBO, Dinosaur L, Rare Earth, Kraftwerk and Batman, this was a huge Friday Nude Night tune and was arguably the UK's introduction to the glorious Todd Terry beats that would go on to dominate clubland for the next three decades and continue to do so today.” 

 

 

Tom Wainwright

Coco, Steel & Lovebomb - 'Feel It'

“Really this is one of the seminal techno club tracks from Warp and Kid Batchelor. Originally a sought after white label, it pulls on tribal and acid house influences to create a groove that became very influential.”

Liberty City - 'Some Lovin’'

“Again a club track that leans towards the more melodic side of techno. Dreamy, elegant, sensual, it’s just relentless but very subtle. There’s very few tracks in a similar vain.”

Mone – 'We Can Make It' (I Believe Dub) 

“A rousing Strictly tune, a dub that raises the roof, again one of those records that never fails to make a dent on the dancefloor."

 

Jon Dasilva

Jon Dasilva feat. Donald Waugh  - 'Dub Is All We Need' 

“A recent release from myself and a shameless self serving plug. It will be played. By me at least.”

Adonis feat. 2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman And A Dominican - 'Do It Properly'

“Sounds as fresh today as 1987, from one of the most undervalued house producers, Adonis Smith. “

Anja Schneider – 'All I See'

“Beautifully restrained groover from Anja. Hints of house circa 1988 are mixed up with intricate flamenco clap patterns and a genuinely gorgeous vocal.”

 

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Allister Whitehead

X-press 2 – 'Muzik X-Press'

“91/92 is probably the only era I am shamefully nostalgic for 'musically' and The Hacienda was designed for music like this. I loved playing it there and hearing that bassline shake the building!” 

Masterboy - 'Anybody (Movin' On) - Dodo Bassburger Remix'

“This is a strange inclusion but it was actually the last track I ever heard played in anger at The Hacienda (not by me). I still love it but it was quite a sad memory because a tune like this would've taken the roof off a few years earlier, now the club that defined an era was finally coming to an end.” 

James Taylor Quartet – 'Love The Life'

“I played this at the Hacienda's 11th Birthday (Swemix version not available on Spotify but the original is a fine mix anyway). There's a 'famous' black & White picture of everyone who played that night. I got there just in time to be pictured with F.Knuckles, D.Morales, D. Davoli, M.Pickering, T.Humphries and G. Park (among a few others). That's the Hacienda right there.”

 

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