Keeping The Faith: A Creation Dance Compilation album cover
Keeping The Faith: A Creation Dance Compilation

Various Artists

Creation Records

Sometime around 1989, Creation Records’s Alan McGee and his proteges Primal Scream fell hard for acid house and Balearic culture, and the course of the indie rock label took a sharp left turn. And this 1991 compilation of their wholesale adoption of electronic production perfectly captures the still-optimistic, no-rules afterglow of the acid house explosion. There’s a Rolling Stones cover (“We Love You” by JBC, formerly spiky indie band The Jazz Butcher), there are soaring disco strings (“Philly” by Fluke), there are names who would become huge like Primal Scream, Andrew Weatherall and Danny Rampling, and obscure oddballs doing one off projects. Somehow, though, among all this, it feels coherent — precisely because it does that rare trick of capturing a vibe and a moment perfectly.

Joe Muggs

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