Berlin DJs Get Wet Prove Nu Rave Beats Old Rave
Yes, I know, I also could have sworn that rave was dead. But as long as there are kids in the world who want to geek out on drugs and spaz dance for long periods of time without considering the consequential three day hangover, there will always be a rave scene.
The concept peaked in the 90s, marked by film industry attempts at capturing the scene, and tapered off as the kids grew up, the drugs became more ubiquitous in a suburban setting, and the music got stale. That doesn’t mean that a little tweaking can’t apply it to a newer, younger audience.
Giving rave an update are German DJ duo Get Wet, offering us a glimpse into the nu rave scene in their native Berlin. Aside from more appropriate sizing, the style hasn’t lost the qualities of garish colors and unnecessary accesorizing. The dance floor pretty much looks like it did 15 years ago: jarring lights, sweaty kids, varying hairstyles…you get the picture.
The music has taken a direction away from the stock patch epic melodies of 90s trance and instead employs distorted glitch a la Justice or Mode Selektor. Get Wet proves that choppy sample sequencing has found its way into mainstream dance music. Thank the bass gods.
The nu rave movement is musically more diverse than it was in its first incarnation. Snippets of vocal and instrument samples flood Get Wet’s recent mix for So Not Berlin (hear below), and the beat goes in plenty of directions besides toward the floor. Fine, I can accept it. Rave is back. This time it’s better.
Check out Get Wet’s mix for So Not Berlin