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How Bloghaus changed dance music for the better

The Myspace-inspired electro-clash vogue of 2004-2007 was known, in certain circles, as Bloghaus, and today turntable extraordinaire A-trak has delivered a mix that revisits some of the seminal tracks from that era.

I’ve been wanting to record a BLOGHAUS mix for a while now… Some of my favorite songs from the era when electronic music was indie, dirty, distorted and sweaty. A time of low bit-rate mp3s, all-over-print hoodies and MySpace top 8’s. We’re talking about 2007-2009, roughly. That scene laid the foundation for the explosion of dance music that followed. Those were also the formative years of Fool’s Gold Records. Anyway, I got home from the studio the other night and recorded this thing. Had so much fun doing it.”

Bloghaus was driven by a new generation of music fans who used the internet, Myspace mainly, and blogs to find new music. For many, ourselves included, it was a golden age when Justice were at their height, Daft Punk were actually touring, and elements of traditional music (rock, indie and metal) were being cleverly spliced with modern electronic music (house, techno, acid). It also gave fans who grew up on a diet of rock, grunge and metal a form of dance music that they could really understand and relate to – it united disparate music fans into a scene that was inclusive and where there weren’t any rules.

Unfortunately, like most good things, it all came crashing down when it was arguably hi-jacked in 2009/2010 and was turned into one dimensional electro-house, which saw a raft of producers fruitlessly try and out-do each other to see who could create the biggest ‘banger’. But at its height bloghaus, electro-clash or whatever you want to call it changed the course of dance music for the better. It spawned hundreds of independent blogs (including this one), inspired a whole new generation of the artists, fans and labels, and while it might be a forgotten sound now, there’s still something really special about the raw, distorted energy of the bloghaus sound that’s sorely missing from today’s overly preened dance music.

Check out A-trak’s excellent mix above, and as a added treat we’ve selected 10 tracks from around that era, some earlier admittedly, for you to enjoy. And feel free to add your own favourites in the comments section, too.

Tracklist:

Don Rimini – Let Me Back Up (Crookers Tetsujin Mix)
Larry Tee ft. Princess Superstar – Licky (Herve Goes Low remix)
Fake Blood – Mars
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
Justice – Waters of Nazareth (Erol Alkan re-edit)
Boys Noize – &down
Crookers – Love To Edit
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
The Gossip – Standing (Soulwax Nite Version)
Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax Remix Dub)
Daft Punk – Human After All (SebastiAn Remix)
Tepr – Minuit Jacuzzi (DatA Remix)
Les Petits Pilous – Wake Up
Surkin – Radio Fireworks (Surkin 909 Edit)
PUZIQUe – Don’t Go!
Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor (demo version)
The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
Kelis – Bossy (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)
Switch – A Bit Patchy
Radioclit – Divine Gossa (Switch Remix)
Proxy – Raven
Does it offend you, yeah? – We Are Rockstars
DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Remix)

  • dp

    This is fantastic. Fave era of music so far for me – I discovered so much stuff. I could post 50+ faves all in the same vein as that mix above…in fact I might just do so later.

  • MRHBF

    :)

  • DHIATENSOR

    I’m glad it’s not just me that thinks things have badly regressed in some ways since Cross dropped. There’s acts I like now but nothing that excites me as much as this scene did. Where’s that rawness gone.

  • Eudosso di Cnido

    Amazing! I was blogging too this kind of stuff (in italian) Something changed in the latest years and I don’t have time to continue. But was one of the best music moments of my life