From an electronic music perspective, the period 1992 to 1996 in the UK that this compilation celebrates, was one of dizzying sonic diversification.

It was also a particularly turbulent time in the UK, not only politically and economically, but also culturally too. Economic catastrophe in ‘92 was followed by widespread poverty, a cost of living crisis and countless political scandals. Meanwhile, John Major’s Tory government pandered to its political base via unpleasant, authoritarian legislation that seemingly sought to crush rave culture, alternative lifestyles, and traveller communities. The UK was not so much a ‘Happy Land – to quote the name of this compilation – as an angry and divided one. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Throughout, the music created by producers based across these Isles remained uniquely British, speeding up a process begun in the late 1980s through the emergence of street soul, bleep & bass and breakbeat hardcore – musical styles whose roots in multicultural inner-city communities made them distinctly different from the Black American sounds that had inspired their creators. It was here, rather than in the indie pubs of Camden, that real musical revolutions were taking place.

This deep diving selection brings together some truly adventurous and original electronic music from this period, much of it very hard to find. Major label outings connect with white label oddities with ease. Perhaps it could even be argued that many of these unearthed gems fit more easily into DJ sets in 2023 than they ever did at the time. The off-kilter swing of Richard D James’ obscure and highly sought after Strider B outing, ‘Bradley’s Robot’ is joined by further rare cuts from Cabaret Voltaire and the Black Dog, and artists as diverse as Ultramarine, Herbert, Fretless AZM, and Radioactive Lamb, amongst others. 

This collection has been lovingly selected, compiled and mastered for maximum sonic playback. This very special release boasts sublime pastoral themed artwork, as well as informative and passionate liner notes by celebrated music scribe Matt Anniss (‘Join The Future’).

Happy Land (A Compendium Of Electronic Music From The British Isles 1992-1996 Volume 1) LP:

Release Date 17/03/2023

Above Board Projects HLLP1

A1. Cabaret Voltaire – Soul Vine (70 Billion People)

A2. Ultramarine – Happy Land (ft. Robert Wyatt)

B. Thunderhead The Word By Eden – True Romance

C1. Xeper – Carceres Ex Novum

C2. Herbert – Housewife

D1. Liquid Son – Big Decision

D2. Syzgzy – Meditation

Happy Land (A Compendium Of Electronic Music From The British Isles 1992-1996 Volume 2) LP:

Release Date 14/04/2023

Above Board Projects / HLLP2

A1. Strider. B. – Linmiri ≠ Bradley Stryder

A2. Radioactive Lamb – Bellevedere

B1. Max – Pull Thy Boots

B2. Fretless Azm – Dreamland

C1. Sandoz – Armed Response

C2. The Black Dog – Cost II

D1. Zone Smut – Sub Dub Rub (Holyfield Vs. Tyson Remix Totally Killed By Sub Dub)

D2. Slow Rotor – Space Disco (Dub Edit)

Happy Land (A Compendium Of Electronic Music From The British Isles 1992-1996) DIGITAL:

Release Date 14/04/2023 – DIGITAL

Above Board Projects / HLLPDIG1

1. Cabaret Voltaire – Soul Vine (70 Billion People)

2. Ultramarine – Happy Land (ft. Robert Wyatt)

3. Thunderhead The Word By Eden – True Romance

4. Xeper – Carceres Ex Novum

5. Herbert – Housewife

6. Liquid Son – Big Decision

7. Syzgzy – Meditation

8. Strider. B. – Linmiri ≠ Bradley Stryder

9. Radioactive Lamb – Bellevedere

10. Max – Pull Thy Boots

11. Fretless Azm – Dreamland

12. Sandoz – Armed Response

13. The Black Dog – Cost II

14. Zone Smut – Sub Dub Rub (Holyfield Vs. Tyson Remix Totally Killed By Sub Dub)

15. Slow Rotor – Space Disco (Dub Edit)



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