It was recently announced that Pete Tong has collaborated with Sony Music to create a definitive collection of house and dance music classics from the last 30 years, entitled ‘The Pete Tong Collection’. The 60 track triple album will be released on 4 November.
Pete Tong’s own history is synonymous with the rise of electronic music over three decades. His name has crossed over into the vernacular of modern culture with the near ubiquitous rhyming slang of “All Gone Pete Tong” - now the title both of his club brand and of his daily US radio show. Having been at the forefront of bringing the genre from the underground to the mainstream, Pete was the first DJ to play and premiere many of these tracks, and his own journey and career path traces the history of the music itself. Tong describes this collection of classics as his “most personal collection to date”.
The album opens with what many consider to be the seminal forerunner of the great house tunes that were to follow – 'Blue Monday' by New Order, and takes in acid house classics by trailblazers including Steve Silk Hurley, Inner City, Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson to tracks that defined ‘90s club culture by the likes of Alison Limerick, Robin S and Basement Jaxx, alongside key releases from Aphex Twin, Orbital, Leftfield and Underworld. The final mix presents dance music’s latest exponents – Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont, Disclosure and Calvin Harris - and closes, appropriately, with this year’s definitive Daft Punk behemoth: ‘Get Lucky’,
Pete Tong: “Now seems the right time to have a look back over this phenomenal history, and remember where we were when we first heard these life-changing anthems. The music hasn’t gone away and its influences have only spread further, with the sound crossing over into almost any genre you’ll hear in 2013. From the groundbreaking and pioneering old school legends, to the equally innovative sound of today's stars, this is my brief history of the incredible movement that is known as house music.”