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Napoli’s MBE series turn in a high energy techno set by Leftfield’s Paul Daley, recorded in 1994 at a legendary edition of the city’s United Tribe warehouse parties
Leading on from sterling mixes by likes of Beatrice Dillon, Nyege Nyege Tapes’ Moroto Hvy Indstr, and our own Conor Thomas, the series’ 5th instalment is a throwback to the heyday of Neapolitan raving, with Daley’s 60 minute set accompanied by local hypeman Ivanmaria Vele, and delivered on a 20kW rig to 3000 peaking techno pagan dancers pumping away under Bladerunner-esque club decor. Trust you can practically touch the sweaty walls and feel bodies bumping into you in the darkness.
We’re hard pushed to give any tracklist, but it’s basically loads of thunderous ’94 techno of the breakbeat and progressive varieties that Daley made his name DJing, and would go on to produce as half of seminal studio/live act, Leftfield, who were practically a household name for many in the ’90s (especially after their link up with Africa Bambaataa and an Irish drinks company).
It’s all high velocity but not quite hardcore, more made for the party and epitomising the thrust of United Tribes, a gang of pals who saw Napoli thru the transition from ‘80s punk and underground styles to ‘90s rave, and who soon moved to London, where they helped kick off the scene surrounding the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane from 1997 onwards.