Saturday 10:00 P.M.
Re-Run Friday 12:00 A.M.
A Darker Wave is the best in underground techno and deep house and it is presented by jacki-e & p-mac.
Each week we play new music (techno, tech house and deep house) from artists you may never have heard of before. We promote up and coming DJ’s and producers who are not widely known by playing their music and offering them the opportunity to do a guest mix for the show.
To us this is very important. Without new music there is no development, no improvement, no advancement. New DJ’s and producers are the lifeblood of our music, regardless of genre.
We take our inspiration from Colin Faver who was a pioneer of the dance music scene in the UK. He was one of the few people to recognise the amazing music being made in Detroit and Chicago in the late 80’s and early 90’s – the birth of modern house and techno music – and he was one of the first people to play these records in the UK on his radio shows on Kiss FM.
He invited up and coming DJ’s and producers to send in their mixes and he would play them on his show. Many of today’s well known names got their first break on Colin’s radio show. For example Backlash by Cybersonik, a track from 1991 that still sounds as great today as it did when it was first released. One of the members of Cybersonik was Canadian Ritchie Hawtin, at the time unknown in the UK or Europe. Colin gave Cybersonik their very first radio play outside Canada when he played ‘Backlash’ on his show.
A Darker Wave embodies the spirit of what Colin Faver was doing in the earliest days of the UK’s modern dance music scene. We are not trying to say we do it as well as he did. Far from it. But it is his legacy that inspires what we try to do with A Darker Wave.
Why are we called A Darker Wave?
Dark Wave was used in the 1980s to describe a dark and melancholy variant of new wave and post-punk music and was first applied to UK musicians such as Bauhaus, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode and Anne Clark. It was also used to describe artists who combined music with performance art, such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabarert Voltaire, musicians who challenged and explored the darker and obsessive sides of the human condition.
A lot of techno takes its spirit and ethos from this music, Listen to Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire and you can hear the industrial sounds which are a staple of techno music today.
Techno is the outsider of electronic dance music, the punk of today’s modern music scene. As Dave Clarke said in an interview with Mixmag, “Techno is edgy. Techno will challenge you……it’s the real dark art.” http://mixmag.net/feature/the-road-to-tomorrow-dave-clarke
Our radio show, in presenting the best in underground techno and deep house music and in giving an opportunity for up and coming DJ’s and producers is providing an outlet for new techno, the new wave of modern dance music.
Not just a new wave, but with it’s incessant bass rumblings, synthesiser drones, pounding drums, melodic top notes and eerie distorted vocal samples techno, in all its forms, is a backdrop to and a critique of our post-industrial, consumerist society, one in which our actions are observed 24/7, our democratic freedoms are threatened by our very own governments and our rights to do, think and act as we please are under ever increasing scrutiny. Techno really is A Darker Wave.
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