Oh, nu-rave. Remember that golden genre nugget? A musical atrocity invented by Klaxons and friends as a tongue-in-cheek way to describe their neon-splattered rock ’n’ rave stew but eventually went on to be repackaged as a fluorescent pink-and-yellow range in Topman, comprised of smiley faced Tshirts last seen in Manchester in 1989 and plastic jewellery shaped like boom boxes, lightning bolts and microphones. Thank god they did not think to bring back bandanas, white gloves and parachute trousers.
Anyway, in response to the fact that a load of London DJs were getting lumped into this caustic category, I wrote a piece in Time Out in 2007 to highlight some new talent that was definitely in nowayshapeorform "nu-rave". Recognise any faces here? Bok Bok from Faggatronix went on to start Night Slugs, Kissy Sell Out bagsied his own Radio 1 show and Zezi ended up presenting on Channel 4.
I am posting it for the few people who, along with me, find it totally hilar.