Fresh Soup 122: DJ Simm, 'Ardcore '94
Season 1, Ep. 122
In the 12 months where fun got banned, nostalgia for packed dancefloors, lasers and big fish little fish dance moves has peaked; the sound of British hardcore being reproduced by kids who weren't even a glint in their parents' massively enlarged pupils, and hipster Instagram accounts ramping up the likes with crackly VHS footage. It's easy to forget, though, that there was huge prejudice at the time toward these raves and their music; and from the dance music community itself.They say time heals, and for the hedonistic sound of hardcore, it's a nailed on truism; its sheer joy as infectious as it was back then, without any of the unnecessary and unpleasant elitist sneering that accompanied it. Through soaring piano riffs, falsetto vocals and skipping breakbeats, Fresh Soup's resident theme fan takes us on a blistering ride back to the mid-1990s, laying out the irresistible sound of 'Ardcore '94. You know the score.
Fresh Soup 121: Mark Kovich
Season 1, Ep. 121
Our overlords have spoken and the doors are opening for a summer free from Covid restrictions, the prospect of being as one united under a groove looming ever closer. With sets frequently deeper than a certain German-Greek reptilian will be on Saturday afternoon, Mark Kovich is the man for this moment, his latest Soup session locking in electro, expansive house music, understated synths and squelching melodies fit to soundtrack our pending reunion.
Fresh Soup 120: Hilfingerz, GTFU
If Hilfingerz' last Fresh Soup session was a moment of contemplation and calm, his latest is the storm it preceded; Tom saying no to shamanic mindfulness and a big yes to ass-grindin' mindlessness. GTFU (you can work out the acronym yourself) is a very Hilfingerz celebration of Britain's gateway to bad behaviour finally opening its doors; the next Manchester Renaissance painting as close as it has felt since the sorry shitshow began. From pricks in the arms to pricks in the bars, our world-renowned shamelessness is on the horizon once again. Watch out Boris, you cunt.
Fresh Soup 119: Pierre a Soif
He's got an obsession with Messrs Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo; he's eternally thirsty; and he loves a throbbing banger of a tune. It's the one and only, Pierre a Soif, back to rock you out of your socks with another dose of club-orientated nu-school electronica.
Fresh Soup 118: Matt Rycroft, A House Awakening
Season 1, Ep. 118
It's slap bang in the middle of the 1990s and a much-loved Vauxhall Nova is traversing the A55, the M56, and M53. The cloud of smoke is dense and the tunes are life-changing. A group of teenagers send a fleet of cars from North Wales to Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and beyond; clubs like Cream, The Haçienda and Back to Basics cementing sounds born in Chicago and New York into the foundations of England's north west. Matt Rycroft and his Nova would see many things in a few short years, and this is their story. A house music awakening where sweat drips from the ceiling and speakers are made for dancing on top of.
Fresh Soup 117: Simon Howlett
Season 1, Ep. 117
Can you resist the temptation of the dark side? Back celebrating the raunchy roots of house music, Simon Howlett lures us into the warehouse for another steamy session of disco, dirt and deep house designed to set temperatures soaring.
Fresh Soup 116: DJ Simm
Season 1, Ep. 116
His is a name hallowed around here as the man most likely to theme the soundtrack to his own funeral; such is DJ Simm's fervent dedication to moments in time, sub-genres and discographies. For one night only, our man in Preston, Lancashire, drops his playlists and descends into a frenzy of thumpers that simply tickled his fancy. Drum and bass deep, dubby, clattering and cataclysmic, hold on to your hats and dive into Fresh Soup 116.
Fresh Soup 115: Pete Carvell
Season 1, Ep. 115
It's the third day after his crucifixion and old J-dog is as dead as a dodo, but who's gonna turn water into wine if that badass son of God doesn't turn in his grave? Bringing back the long-lost spirit of bank holiday raving so rowdy it could wake the dead, Pete Carvell crashes into our Easter Monday with a session capable of resurrecting Christ himself. Hold onto your Mini Eggs for an hour of Holy hullaballoo.
Fresh Soup 114: Buck Houston
Season 1, Ep. 114
What's more random that digging your hand into a half a pound bag of pick 'n' mix? Buck Houston's track selection, that's what. The liquorice allsorts of Fresh Soup returns with another session selected from the deepest corners of his own mixed bag; all from synthpop to hip hop with new wave and rave in between. If you enjoy the cheap thrill of a lucky dip, Bucky's got you covered.