The present and the future of House would be nowhere without the original masters who forged the sound and first got it out there.
And so, we’ve decided to pay tribute to Ministry’s original and outstanding party, Rulin, and hit up our all-time favourite DJs and producers, X-Press 2, Danny Rampling, Terry Farley, Gareth Cooke and, of course, Justin Berkman, and asked them to join forces for one night, and one night only.
Rocky and Diesel started spinning together back in 1988. Not long afterwards the duo were approached by Terry Farley and Steve Hall, who asked them to cook something up for their label, Junior Boys Own. Fast forward to 2000 and X-Press 2 were ready to release their first album, Muzikizum, with Skint records, which featured the seminal “Lazy” with David Byrne that reached Number 2 in the UK charts and earned them an Ivor Novello song writing award. Rocky and Diesel have carried the torch forward and more recently released their fourth XP2 album, The House of X-Press 2. Let’s take it back shall we:
Joining X-Press 2 will be Danny Rampling, one of the original founders of the UK's rave scene. He started out in the early 1980s playing hip-hop, soul and funk around London before he hit up Ibiza and decided to bring the pioneering Balearic sound back to the UK. Following on from this, Danny went on to become the first winner of the ‘No 1 DJ in the World Award’ by DJ Magazine in 1991 and sell over 1 million compilation albums. Check out this exclusive acid house mix he delivered for Thump last week:
Terry Farley will also be spinning records in The Box. When it comes to club culture, Terry Farley has always been at the forefront of the scene. He was partly responsible for the first article ever written about acid house and helped organise the first outdoor house music rave in the UK. As part of the Boy's Own and Junior Boy's Own collectives, he played an intrinsic role in discovering the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Andrew Weatherall, Underworld and, of course, the aforementioned X-Press 2, while also producing his own track alongside Pete Heller:
Rounding off the bill we have Justin Berkmann going back to back with Gareth Cooke. So as past, present and future come together, we will demonstrate just how our historic club has moved forward from those first parties and still pioneers the best and most exciting music in dance.