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Bill Brewster announces 'Tribal Rites' retrospective

Dance music's favourite historian traces the scene to its roots

  • Alex Green
  • 29 September 2017

Bill Brewster has announced ‘Tribal Rites’, a three-part musical autobiography tracing his 36-year-old involvement in the music industry. Out on Belgian label Eskimo Records, the album features 41 tracks selected by the DJ and dance music historian.

Split into three sections, the compilation begins in the post-punk period with bands like Orang Utan, General Strike and The Raincoats. The second section takes listeners to the White Isle, exploring the balearic sound. The final section concentrates exclusively on house music encompassing tracks like Mother Tongue’s ‘Message of Love’ and the precision tooled productions of Basic Channel’s ‘Maurizio’.

Brewster was one of fabric’s original residents, authored the seminal book ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ and runs the DJhistory website. He has been at the forefront of the scene for the past three decades.

“Everything I do now started with record collecting,” he said of the album. “It’s the foundation of my career; from writing about music, DJing in clubs, putting compilations together or spending many late-night hours, glass of red wine in hand, bidding on stupid records on eBay.”

Bill Brewster’s ‘Tribal Rites’ is set for release on November 4.

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