https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news.atom Yidali Shop - News 2020-01-17T11:15:00+00:00 Yidali Shop https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news/a-brief-history-of-acid-house-by-suddi-raval 2020-01-17T11:15:00+00:00 2021-01-18T15:43:49+00:00 A Brief History of Acid House. By Suddi Raval. Craig Cowburn We recently caught up with Together (Hardcore Uproar) co-founder and all round acid house/rave legend Suddi Raval to grab some insider info on his new illustrated book A Brief History of Acid House

Here's what he had to say:

I recently wrote a book about Acid House and in all honesty it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done.


Before I wrote it I was really unsure because I’d never done anything like this before. Not only had I never written a book of any kind, but I also wanted it to be illustrated so it had to have drawings which posed another problem for me as I’d never drawn anything before either! I have pretty much bought every book that has ever been written about Acid House, and as much as I love and have enjoyed them they are often a very serious read. Don't get me wrong, Acid House is an important subject to me too, but it is also possibly the most fun thing that had ever happened in the history of anything. I mean, the logo, it’s symbol, the emblem that is most associated with it is a smiley face! It’s all about partying and having a good time. So I felt some quirky pictures were an essential addition to my story. I did some research on how much illustrations cost and quickly realised that if I am going to do this I’m going to have to do it all myself.

One reason why I wanted to tell the story of acid House was partly due to the story still never really being told in full.
Most of the books out there seemed to focus on not just taking drugs but also drug dealing. Now whilst I’m not denying that popping pills were a big part of why the scene exploded, but it certainly isn't the most important part of it and if we're honest, isn’t every youth movement fueled by one drug or another? Rock and Roll had alcohol, the 60's had LSD, Northern Soul had speed, Acid House had ecstasy.

The point I am making is, Acid House was and still is one of the most incredible movements that has ever happened in human history. Really. It’s that good. What it did was cause a seismic shift in attitudes, in culture, in lifestyles. Prior to '88 the world was in black and white. After Acid House happened it was as if someone turned the colour on with the contrast high. People who would have never have previously stepped foot on a dance floor strutted their thing like John Travolta but in slightly better clothes. Actually in some cases, the clothes were probably quite embarrassing. I remember wearing some pretty bonkers attire without a care in the world because nobody judged you and you could get away with being yourself without any fear of anyone ridiculing you for being different. It was brilliant and it opened doors to things no one could have dreamt of before Acid House.


It helped bring about an end to football violence in ways that no one could have predicted. It is ironic that the, then Tory government tried to kill acid House because they also tried to control football violence. How funny that it took Acid House to do that? Many of the people who took part in football violence did so because there was so little else to do for many working class lads. Fighting with your rival teams gave Football Casuals something to do when life was pretty dull and eventless and with unemployment so high in the 80's and social tensions reaching fever pitch, people had little money but then along came Acid House.    A lot of the people who said they switched from fighting to clubbing said they would never have been friends with the people they were previously fighting with but Acid House and the euphoric feeling it gave left them uninterested in clenching their fists and instead had them reach for the stars as they rejoiced in the newfound scene and everything that went with it.

It wasn’t just the moments on the dance floor that were so amazing (or for many people, the warehouse floor) it was everything that went with it. The Acid House lifestyle didn't end when the music stopped, if anything that was just the start.
For many people like myself who discovered Acid House, our lives took a massive tangent and we ended up doing something completely different to what we planned before we got into the scene. I was planning to open a clothes shop after I left college. Instead I formed an Acid House band with my best friend which led to a life in sound and music.

In the book I go from the very start of the story of Acid House and talk about how a bass synth was abused to create the sound of Acid House - how the UK took the sound and invented modern clubbing as we know and gave it to the rest of the world. The book goes on to discuss the governments attempts to quash the scene but the love of the music was too strong and it just got bigger.

Here are a few examples of the inside pages:

Suddi Raval Acid House

A brief History of acid house

Acid House a brief history

Suddi Raval Acid House Book

Suddi Raval A Brief History of Acid House

A brief history of acid house book suddi raval

 

 

 

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https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news/rekkids-manchester-we-do-things-differently-here 2019-03-12T11:39:00+00:00 2019-03-12T11:44:36+00:00 Rekkids Manchester - We do things differently here. Craig Cowburn We recently checked in with our pal Scott Hallam, owner and founder of Rekkids, an online store based in Manchester that specializes in Acid, Electro, House, Techno, Balearic and Disco vinyl releases.

Tired of feeling frustrated with other online record stores and their lack of passion and customer focus. Scott decided to turn his love for digital crate digging into a cool online record store that is constantly looking for new innovative ways to improve, grow and change for the better but without ever forgetting the needs of the most important people in any business...the customer. 

I was always interested in music and from an early age I’d started collecting vinyl with the first record I bought was the 7” of Father Abraham ‎- The Smurf Song and still have it somewhere.

My late father used to work for the council as an estate management officer and would inspect properties to make sure they were ready to let again and when clearing houses he’d often bring home records and tapes which fueled my interest.

 

At school I always felt like I was one of the odd ones out as the majority liked pop and rock and there were only a handful of kids that liked the Hip Hop and Electro that was emerging at the time.  I’d found Stu Allan’s radio shows on Key 103 a massive inspiration and later 808 State’s radio shows on Sunset 102 which by that time I’d got into Acid, House, Balearic and Techno. 

 House of sound Together

I’d started Djing in and around Manchester at that time and later went on to start producing my own stuff and releasing it under Grey Matter and some years after my own name and am still releasing stuff now.

 

I’d been buying records online from around 2004 as I found it easier than going to physical shops and used to get records delivered to workplaces much to the annoyance of the bosses and colleagues "oh, look, more records!"

I decided to combine my experience of working in sales for 15 years with my passion for music and wanting to be better (not bigger) than some of the places I bought from as certain things annoyed me about their processes and lack of attention to detail so I wanted to get that part right as it was of importance to me.

So, I registered the domain and built a platform online and launched it last year – Rekkids was born.

 

There is a do it yourself spirit in Manchester and we do like to do things a little bit differently.

I still have a diverse taste in music and only stock stuff I’d buy myself which keeps it free of clutter and many people have commented how good they think the stock is which is nice as it means they have the same tastes too!

Spank spank  

Customers shopping at Rekkids have the choice to either have the items sent now (postage and items paid at checkout) or can choose to 'combine orders' that removes the postage cost and they just pay for the items in the basket. They can then create several orders and choose to have them sent as one at a later time. This was useful as I have in the past ordered some records online only to find out later there was another release I missed and have had to order that on it's own with extra postage cost as the terms for some online stores are that orders cannot be combined.

UK customers placing an order of €50 or more qualify for free shipping which is a nice touch.

My love for Acid/Acid House releases means I have an Acid section on the site where a lot of other online stores don't and they place those releases under 'Deep House' or 'Techno' which was something that really annoyed me as often you'd miss a record as it wouldn't be in the correct category, I have contacted them in the past but their response was that they didn't think that category should exist!


Various sweet echos


I also offer a record finding service 'Requests' - some people may not have a PayPal account or wish to spend their time searching for a record, I take that stress away and offer that service and if you prefer to pay by debit/credit card that option is available too.

 

I’ve just added a Pre-sales section where people can register their interest in a particular item which also helps deciding on quantities to buy in and where a certain release is restricted to only 100 or 200 copies helps massively.

I’m still continuing to develop the site and plan on adding a Digital platform to sell music that isn’t available on vinyl and offer a better deal to the artist or label that submits the music and also implementing a referral service where you can recommend a friend and both get money off.

 

Rekkids online store  

https://douglasburgdorff.com/

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https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news/the-slipmat-cult 2018-10-08T15:19:00+01:00 2018-10-08T15:33:58+01:00 Wheels of Steel Craig Cowburn Let's go back in time! To the year I got my first belt drive decks. It  was around 1993 and I remember them well. They came as a package with a 2 channel scratch mixer included and were manufactured by one of the cheaper electrical brands at the time, Soundlab. Anyone who's old enough to remember belt driven decks will know that they were almost impossible beat keep with and as for scratching....well you'd have had to have the hands of a toddler and the touch of angel to not have the needle jump all over the record. I don't blame my parents mind, to them this was just going to be another fad just the like electric guitar and Mongoose BMX that they'd forked out on in previous years. If anything, I think in the long run starting with belt drives made me a better more technical DJ.

I'd have been about 12 or 13 years of age at the time and I can remember that year fondly as a kind of a coming of age period. I mean I was starting to get well into rave music, even if I was a long way off being old enough to partake.  So I guess having your own DJ setup felt like not only a way in, but also had the feeling of being invested more deeply than the lads who were just buying tape packs and listening to Stu Allen on Key 103. 

Soundlab Belt Drive Decks

As cool as I (thought I) was for owning and being able to use decks at this fairly young age, having a cheap set of decks wasn't the coolest feeling in the world. So the first thing that had to go was the slipmats. In typical 90's style the provided set were loudly splattered with the Soundlab logo and we just couldn't be having that. People used to often opt for the famous black felt technics mats in an attempt to dupe lesser knowing pals into thinking they had a genuine setup. 

Classic Technics Slipmats

The Soundlabs served me well, in fact I stuck with them until 97' when I got my first wage slip and grabbed a set of Technics 1210 MKII from the back of a DJ Mag. They cost me €500 a deck and I recall having to write up my fist ever cheque to send with the order slip (old skool). From there the rest is...well...history. I still have and use the 1210's and I'd say they've been one of, if not THE best ever purchases I ever made. And they're somewhat priceless having not been produced for some years and hence still holding a hefty price tag for used units. 

Be sure to check out our collectable Slipmat Section. We are constantly updating our designs and even if you don't own or use a vinyl player they double up as cool wall art! They can be purchased individually or as a pair.

And don't forget, our Slipmats are designed by us. You won't find these anywhere else. 

 Double Good Strawberry Acid

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https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news/the-lost-art-of-the-flyer 2018-10-08T12:26:00+01:00 2018-10-08T12:50:26+01:00 The lost art of the Rave Flyer Craig Cowburn "Got any flyers mate?"

Back in the mid 90's, before mobile phones and social media, at least one Saturday in every month I joined the scores of other lads my age on the hunt for new additions to my flyer collection. You could almost see the disappointment in the eyes of clothing store owners when you'd ask the dreaded question.
Of course to us they wouldn't go to waste, they'd make up part of a huge wall display that would cover the whole room whilst also hiding some cringy bordered wallpaper in need of an upgrade.
These days, the 90's bedroom has become something of a iconic retro image that more often than not would also feature turntables, tape decks and classic computer consoles.
It almost signifies the end stages of an out-phasing of the analogue world. Eventually, new digital creations would gradually push out and in some cases almost completely eradicate this now primitive analogue reality. Fast forward to modern day and hardware products for advertisement purposes are often a rarity and our visual world is pushed upon us from the many screens we own.
With this we have seen a rapid decline and lack of demand for collectible, physical art and with printed products in particular. We've seen the almost death of posters, record sleeve/album art and of course...the flyer!  Sure, of late we have seen a mini-surge in people buying records but I feel that for some, this is something of a last grasp at our analogue past and for the rest is just a retro fad.

Don't get me wrong, we love the digital world. However my inner hoarder sometimes wishes I would've stored away all the flyers I'd collected just as I did with tapes and vinyl. I don't plan on scouring EBay for vintage flyers anytime soon, so until the day I do I'll have to settle with nostalgic imagery supplied by our new digital overlords. 

Still got heaps of flyers? PM or tag us via our social media channels.

We'd love to see and share them.

 

Classic 90's Bedroom

 Flyers floor to ceiling 1990's

90's club flyer decor

rave flyers

the art of the rave flyer

famous dreamscape flyer early 90's

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https://douglasburgdorff.com/blogs/news/welcome-to-double-good-garments 2018-09-20T14:29:00+01:00 2018-09-20T14:37:57+01:00 Welcome to Yidali Shop. Craig Cowburn Inspired by Nostalgic Love. Double Good is the brainchild of two Northern grafters with a deep seeded passion for electronic dance music. After over a decade of working together on various clothing and design projects, we felt it was time to put our heads together and work on something we were both passionate about. Having both lived the lifestyle throughout different decades, we've merged memories and ideas to create the clothing we just couldn't source. Sometimes loud but always rugged and durable garments that can withstand a weekend of partying whilst still remaining sharp enough for the streets. 

Take a trip with us through dance music's analogue past straight through to a digital present. And together with our garbs and cool, collectable accessories we can celebrate the whole history of the electronic dance music scene.  

Don't blend in. Stand out. 

Andy & Craig.

Yidali Shop®

Double Double Good tee

Double Good Pleasures

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