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Various - Freak Beats - Volume 1 FLAC album

Performer: Various
Genre: Electronic
Title: Freak Beats - Volume 1
Country: UK
Released: 1989
Style: House, Techno, Acid
Label: Scam, Bop Cassettes
Catalog Number: BIP 501
FLAC version ZIP size: 1198 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 2077 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1226 mb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 842


1What? NoiseVein (Remix)
Remix – Chris Nagle
2Elliptical TrampolinesDeliciously Deranged
Producer – Where's The BeachWritten-By – Where's The Beach
3808 StateState Ritual
Producer – 808 StateRemix – Graham MasseyWritten-By – Graham Massey
4Mighty ForceCosmic Ambassador Hi-Fi
5Where's The BeachTripping The Love Fantastic
6Third Wave Arabian Sugar
Producer – Perry, RobinsonWritten-By – Perry, Robinson
7Suns Of ArqaGovinda's House
Mixed By – Chris Nagle
8Toss The Feather'sSkidoo
Mixed By – Lee Monteverde


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
BIP 501 CD, Bip 501 CDVarious Freak Beats Volume 1 ‎(CD, Comp)Bop Cassettes, Scam, Bop Cassettes, ScamBIP 501 CD, Bip 501 CDUK1989
BIP 501CVarious Freak Beats Volume 1 ‎(Cass, Comp)Bop CassettesBIP 501CUK1989


  • Compiled ByAlison Martin , Sarah Champion


A pretty obscure compilation and an early British attempt to respond to the Acid House/ techno sounds coming out of Chicago and Detroit at the time. It's a mixed bag really, but it's well worth getting this for the Third Wave track alone, which anticipates the classic UK breakbeat hardcore sound that would dominate the scene a couple of years later.

Based around a programmed (or possibly sampled) breakbeat and a slowly developing 303 acid line, the track consists of several eastern sounding female vocal samples that weave around like snakes being charmed. These are split apart by reccuring waves of white noise and toots of oriental trumpets, heralding the new dawn for humanity that ecstasy seemed to promise back then.

Despite the cut 'n' paste nature of the sampling and the fairly awful production, this track still sounds so fresh and euphorically dizzy with optimism for a future, from a time when the possibilities of this new music were yet to be explored, mapped or categorised.