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Utopia Sampler

Download Side A – 30:39, 56.1 MB

Download Side B – 29:37, 54.2 MB

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This was my second rave tape, given to me by Will in high school. It’s a promo tape that was given away with pre-ordered tickets to the Utopia rave in Toronto in May of 1996. The flyer was super awesome, depicting an enormous eyeball towering over a Utopia logo. This was supposed to be my first rave but my friends chickened out, so we didn’t attend one until Destiny 16 in October of the same year.

This tape is really neat and I’m not sure how it’s mixed – four-tracked, maybe? The liner notes list many DJs which would leave me to believe that it’s just songs composed by the headliner artists, but side B features an overdubbed intro sample for Nicky Blackmarket and later an MC props up Darren Jay so I’m not sure.

Oh, did I neglect to mention that side A is techno and trance while side B is oldskool jump-up and ragga jungle? An odd combination indeed, but I imagine it summed up the party proceedings thoroughly.

On side A the opening is the song that thankfully introduced me to Bjork, and the song coming in at 21:00 has that overbaked TB303 that melts my mind. Side B has some of the choicest cuts of some big jungle anthems that I’ve never heard anywhere else. I especially love this mix of Jungalist.

Enjoy, share, and leave a comment!

Categories: 60 Minute Tape, Breakbeat - Funky Breaks, Everything, Jungle - Old Skool Chilly, Jungle - Old Skool Jump-Up, Jungle - Ragga, Techno - Acid, Techno - Rave, Trance, 1996 |

11 Comments

  1. shawn November 4, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    yo man major props for this i was at this party i had the tape but it disapeared..been lookin everywhere for it this shit is bangin love nickys godfather remix on the tape..the one he spun at the party was different..again major props dude

  2. Brian November 4, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    It’s a pleasure to help bring back some memories! I wonder whether Nicky Blackmarket is still out there doing his thing.

  3. Ari March 9, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    Hey man, thanks a lot for bringing back some serious memories from my yuts days. I kicked it pretty hard from like 1992/3 right up ’til 96/7 or so. Big ups to everyone in Toronto back in the day. Y’all made my youth. This was one of the best parties.

    Biggups to Brebeuf, Earl Haig, Newtonbrook, A.Y. Jackson, and all that. I hope everyone’s doing alright. Peace.

  4. Bill December 2, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    Hey thanks for the mix.

    The acid track at 21:00 is AMAZING. I’ve listened to that for over 10 years now.

    Fade Separation is the track leading into that track and I have that track but I cannot locate that acid track.

    A while back I researched it a bit and I think this is close to the right track listing for side A.

    1. Hyper-Ballad [David Morales Classic Mix]
    2. Kimball Collins
    3. Jon Bishop
    4. Steve Loria
    5. Chris Fortier as Fade – Separation
    6. Mark Lewis (is this the acid track?)
    7. DJ Rene

  5. Brian December 2, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    Oi, thanks for the track list Bill. If I can verify the track listing I’ll post it here.

  6. Jim August 15, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    This was my first rave tape I ever got. The emceeing on the jungle side is legendary. This brings back tons of memories of an exciting time. Thanks!

  7. 70m June 4, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Side A also contains “There’s no other love” by “Blue Amazon”. YouTube-Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyVbH2pkLGM

    I am also interested to find out the acid track Bill is talking about…

  8. Jamie August 6, 2016 @ 4:34 am

    Memory fails me; was Utopia at what would then be the Guvernment, or was it at what would then become The Docks on CHerry Street? That Carl Cox set blew my mind. Thankful for Terry Kelly to play such amazing music Friday and Saturday nights, so I could immediately respond to tracks that Carl Cox was playing.

  9. sleepy g October 4, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    20 years later this is still and will always be my favorite party. there were parts of it that we so sketchy…(the bathrooms were buckets) half the place was under construction…and it the sound and people and lights were channeling from another dimension. i still have this tape!

  10. Ann December 8, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

    Thanks for posting this…I used to have this tape, loved the Bjork begining and I love every song. Utopia was my first rave, went to about 30 raves after…but I will never forget my first rave.

  11. Bill December 1, 2017 @ 10:13 pm

    Finally found the missing track, Utah Saints, Star the Union Jack mix.

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