Published Apr 30, 2014In addition to Leyland Kirby's busy output with multiple projects, the English sound experimentalist once released a heap of free material under his V/Vm moniker. The project was called The Death of Rave, and it originally spawned around 200 songs, which were posted online and then later removed. Now, he has narrowed the project down to eight pieces, which will be issued on the album The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback). It will be out on May 29 through his own History Always Favours the Winners.
"The idea for The Death of Rave was conceived in early 2006 after a visit to the Berghain Club in Berlin," Kirby said in a statement [via Resident Advisor]. "At the time Berghain was about to explode on the international club scene as a temple. The feeling was in the air that something special was happening. I went and saw a pale shadow of the past. Grim and boring beats, endlessly pounding to an audience who felt they were part of an experience but who lacked cohesion and energy."
He said the whole scene felt dead to him, so he manipulated old rave recordings and constructed a nostalgic elegy to the genre. These have been remastered for vinyl.
An update on Kirby's website promises that the multi-monikered musician is also working on a solo album plus new releases as the Caretaker and the Stranger.
The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback):
1. Monroes Stockport
2. Moggy & Wearden
3. Machete's At The Banshee
4. Acid Alan, Haggis & Scott
5. Marple Libradome '91
6. Smithy & Dave The Rave
7. Big Eddie's Van - Bowlers Car Park
8. XR2 MK1 Sale Waterpark