The Bluffer's Guide is a personal musical journey through influential genres and artists with DJ and writer Aidan Kelly. This week, Aidan takes on the history of house music...

Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino

We have Sueno Latino by the Italo house producers Andrea Gemolotto, Claudio Collino, Davide Rizzatti, Riccardo Persi to set the tone. From 1989, it signaled something more intelligent and blissful after the acid house coming from America in the years previous... this is Balearic at its finest.

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Voodoo Ray - A Guy Called Gerald

My memory of this epic slice of dance culture was hearing that it was originally on a cassette brought into the Hacienda and played by Mike Pickering during his set, and then seeing the American vinyl in Dublin ages later in Abbey Discs, like gold dust back then... Playing this makes you feel like a DJ.

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Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend

On RCA Records comes this garage house classic, with involvement from legendary producers David Morales and Satoshi Tomie; it’s a laconic anthem, less energetic and more thoughtful, signalling a change in production towards deeper house.

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Orbital - Halcyon On & On

Phil and Paul Hartnoll from Kent have changed the history of electronic music with their unique brand of house and techno house. Liam Fitzpatrick played this in Sides and changed everything for me. I love that the name came from London's Orbital motorway, the M25.

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Inner City - Good Life

Kevin Reese and Paris Grey created this instant house classic at a pivotal time; it was Detroit house sound at its finest, opening my mind to Moodyman, Juan Atkins and more...

Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman

In my memory, this was a massive crossover hit, from straight-up New York garage house to being on heavy rotation everywhere, Everyone knows Gypsy Woman...

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Liberty City - If You Really Love Someone

I love this record because of the history of this sound and hearing it on PowerFm, a community and a groundbreaking Dublin pirate station. It held in its arms so many of my friends and heroes, I will be eternally indebted to the Brians.

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Don Carlos - Alone

In the Bluffer's Guide to Disco I mentioned that the Italians created a version of that sound, and they also produced some amazing house tracks - notably this recording by Don Carlos:

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