This Week On All Songs Considered: America In The Grips Of Dance Music Fever

May 24, 2011

For this weeks electronic edition of All Songs Considered, we brought in Gilles Peterson and Pete Tong of BBC Radio One to talk about the beginnings of electronic music in Detroit, Chicago, and New York, its move to the UK, and its recent resurgence in the states.

For those who are unfamiliar with their work, Gilles Peterson has been a DJ and label owner for over thirty years. Through his labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud, and Brownswood Recordings, and on his weekly radio program, Peterson has built a reputation for having wildly eclectic tastes.

Pete Tong is celebrating his 20th year with BBC Radio 1. World renowned in the club music scene, Tong's weekly essential mix features the latest electronic dance music, and has made Tong a hugely influential force in the house and techno communities.

In tracing the legacy of house and techno in America, Tong and Peterson introduce a long list of names that influenced the club scene in America. Here are some cuts from the names that were mentioned in the show.

Liquid Liquid


Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers)

Frankie Knuckles

Carl Cox

The Prodigy

Sasha & Digweed

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