In my first contribution to The Music Brewery, allow me to transport you back to the ever-fond nostalgia that is the 1990’s- the decade that I am very proud to say is mine. The internet was born, CD players became portable and eliminated the cassette tape, Toy Story, Forrest Gump and Titanic defined generations and the world was introduced to the very first cloned animal.
In music, out-dated pop ballads and divas were being rivalled by the American punk movement, Oasis, Blur and Ocean Colour Scene were responsible for re-branding Mod culture with Britpop and the infamous ‘Girl Power’ was in full dominance. Needless to say, there was a resurgence in music variety.
But there is perhaps not a better genre of getting bums off seats than house music (and this is where I defend my slightly embarrassing #tbt pick). Yeah, Wonderwall and the like might be great for an emotional sing-song, but the reminiscent feelings a house-genre song can create in social spaces remains incredible. Even two decades past it’s initial sell-by date!
So it’s with N-Trance’s Set You Free from 1994 (and re-released in 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2009) that I challenge you to try not to at least let out a side-smile during the 4 minutes that it plays. And when it’s on the next time you’re in a club in the 21st century, I challenge you not to dance along to its addictive rhythm.
Although not as popular a genre now for new music, house music has the benefit of being lasting. And it does make you feel good, right?