London’s Warriors Dance label was a unique operation and a pioneering London label during the late 80’s acid house phenomena. Home to an assortment of DJs, MCs and soundmen, they went on to make their own original and indelible mark on the rave scene from the infamous ‘Addis Ababa’ studio on Harrow Road on the North-West side of the city. This is an updated and expanded 2019 version of the Warriors Dance compilation 89′ that boasts some unreleased DAT tape outtakes and cuts that have never seen the light of day – until now. This compilation is crammed full of the breakbeats, deep as the centre of the earth basslines, left-field influenced acid cuts and dubwise new-wave esque dance sounds..
Tony ‘Addis’, the man behind the Warriors Dance label and No Smoke project (amongst many other things) is undeniably one of British dance music’s unsung heroes. That much is proved by this re-mastered reissue of 1990 LP “International Smoke Signal”, an album so ahead of the game at the time of its release that it still sounds like the future. Most will know acid house anthem “Koro Koro” (here in altered, slightly more downtempo form), but it’s the quality of the lesser-known cuts – the sub-heavy, UK steppas-influenced Afro-house of “East of Eden”, the bleep-meets-Dream II Science deep house bliss of “OAU In Music”, acid-fired “Anti Galactic Devotion” and “Pacific State” style E-rush of “Oh Yes (Freedom)” – that makes it such an impressive and essential set.