Godfathers of drum & bass discuss their seminal club night Rage and capturing its essence in a new compilation.
For over 30 years pioneering DJs Fabio & Grooverider have sat at the forefront of UK dance music. Meeting in 1987 on the pirate radio station Phase One spinning house and groove records, the duo went on to helm London venue Heaven’s weekly Thursday night, Rage, the following year. With sets that spanned house, techno, hardcore, acid, and New Beat, they set the dancefloor alight and earned a cult following. Expertly blending sped-up hardcore with dancehall riddims, dynamic breakbeats, and Detroit techno, they birthed the sound that would be dubbed jungle. Continuing to play until Rage ended in 1994, they introduced a world of sound to UK dance music shifting its energy in the process, an effect that can still be felt today. Now, as Rage has celebrated its 30th anniversary, the duo looks back at their legacy and tell their story with the best way they know how; a hand-picked selection of their favorite cuts collated in a 3-part compilation. Featuring music by Rhythim Is Rhythim (AKA Derrick May), Frankie Bones, Q-Project, Richie Hawtin’s Cybersonik project and so much more, the compilation encapsulates the spirit energy of a Fabio & Grooverider set. On today’s show, Peak Time correspondent Lauren Martin sits down with the two to listen to stories from the early days of Rage, discuss how they went about selecting the tracks and how they tracked down artists.