Are you packing a three-colour fluoro jacket? Will you argue Soulwax second only to Daft Punk as electronic music’s greatest ever artists? Was a large portion of your music collection harvested at low bitrates from an infinite amount of mp3 dedicated blogs? A-Trak feels you, and in loving memory of some of his favourite songs ranging 2007-09 has put together an essential nostalgia playlist in his Bloghaus Revival Mix. Taking to Facebook, A-Trak talks of a time when EDM was “indie, dirty, distorted and sweaty” and paid tribute to a scene that “laid the foundation for the explosion of dance music that followed.” An era of community I found myself falling into, A-Trak’s fondness of this time is relatable – the blaring, technological sounds of Fake Blood, Boys Noize and Proxy drew me away from my skinny jeaned, NME informed adolescence, allowing the transition as smooth as possible with classic indie songs being toyed with by the best in the electro-house game.
Despite our benign embrace for all things indie dance bestowing us with Muscles‘ bit about ice cream saving the day (we still ate it up), many of Australia’s best in the post-bloghaus climate feel indebted the movement. What So Not expressed his delight at the throwback, quoted “I feel so much of todays popular dance music owes its existence to that mid 2000’s era.” When you consider what’s contained in this mix; Soulwax’s dynamic rub of nu-rave pioneers Klaxons, the raucous throw down in We Are Rockstars, rubbishing our fathers with Simian Mobile Disco, it isn’t a stretch to define this period of music as the golden era.