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Exodus Productions T-Shirt

The Exodus crew had a small number of these t-shirts printed and gave them to select members of their posse. This badboy was given to Ben Ferguson and it has always been the most closely guarded t-shirt he owns. It’s in ridiculously rough shape. You can’t tell from the photograph, but it’s riddled with hundreds of holes, many seams have separated and every hem is hacked. I have never seen a shirt in such rough shape and I speak from experience having examined thousands of vintage t-shirts via Defunkd.

This speaks volumes for its priceless sentimental value. A true relic of Toronto raving.

Jimmy J

Welcome to the 5th installment in our series of Radio London recordings. This was another special broadcast made possible because of extra time provided by Shannon. Amongst other guests, Malik invited the Techno Twins on air to showcase their tunes. Brothers Richard and Neville Blackman made up the duo and spun techno around the city, most commonly Saturday’s at Bar 222 located on Richmond Street West.

In 1992 they would split, Neville changed his name to PhD, subsequently Jungle PhD then carved out a legacy in the early days of breakbeat and jungle along side Dr. No. Richard was known as The Stinger and specialized in genres other than techno. The two then combined forces again years later to start a record store called Bees Wax on Queen Street West.

During their set they call out a few legendary events, venues and promoters. Edward & Basil’s party at Latvian House located at 491 College, a Smarties party at The Claremont and another event at 19 Charlotte Street.

There’s also a rare cameo by none other than Captain Brainstorm Mental at 22:45.

Malik makes an appearance in between their set to play a rare piece of techno history, a tune titled Riot in Lagos by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The track is credited as being pioneering techno tune and a regular during Afrika Bambaataa’s sets.

We also learn the CKLN studios were packed for this recording, with no rave that evening the Exodus posse was in full effect.

Track List:

  • Noise Factory – Noise Factory
  • Holocaust (sonic mix) – After Dark
  • B Line From Hell – G Double E
  • Stress – Forgemasters (Black Steel EP)
  • The Savage and Beyond – Tronikhouse
  • 3 Phase 415v – The Original Clique
  • Riot in Lagos – Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • I Get High – Austin
  • Pacemaker – Automation
  • Le Rabotaux Chant – Luxury
  • Revolution Of The Heart (Lao Tzu House Mix) – Chosen Few
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Clash of the Techno - Mark Oliver

Here’s the final portion of the legendary, “Clash of the Techno” Radio London CKLN show. The four members of the Booming System Collective had roughly 25 minutes of air time to showcase their choons.

Mark Oliver takes over following Malik‘s set. Shuggy comes in cool and “collective” to calm things down with some pre-hardcore era techno. Evidence that he’s been an aficionado of techno since the 1980s. He plugs his Record Peddler purchases and shouts out Brian Taylor who was the frontman in the Toronto punk outfit known as Youth Youth Youth. After a little classic acid Mark riles us back up with some ’91 hardcore before passing the reins back to Malik. Just prior it’s brought to our attention that not only could Anthony throw one heck of a party, but he was also a very talented tap dancer.

Track List:

  • Siberia – Highrise
  • The Scheme – F X U
  • Techno Prisoners – Ubik
  • Past, Present, and Future – Tomoaki
  • Get Funky – Return of the Living Acid
  • Trip Switch – N.R.G.
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exodus rave footage

Yes, this tape actually exists somewhere. I clearly remember one night at 23 Hop in late November the holes in the DJ booth were completely covered up. The interior of the booth was glowing so I peeked in when the door opened and saw a video shoot in progress – filming The Booming System in action. I asked someone what was going on inside and learned it was a project by some film students. It wasn’t until around 1995 that I asked about it again, the event was then confirmed by the Exodus crew during our interview with them. However, I never got a straight answer as to who shot it or the whereabouts of the tape and the lack of specifics has continued in recent communications.

After exhausting every possible lead I even tried contacted Ryerson Alumni to see if I could track down the students who shot the footage. No luck. They may not even be from Ryerson, that was just an assumption – could be Sheridan or elsewhere. If anyone stumbles across this and can provide any assistance please contact us.

There was also an amateur hand held footage taken at Exodus that I viewed in 1992 at X-Static. It was pretty rough and hard to make out, but it could be the only footage in existence. We’ve been in contact with the person who shot it and he’s optimistic about still having it somewhere, but has no clue where to begin looking.

12/03/2010 – After receiving the comment (below) we were tipped off that the footage might have been used in an indie Toronto documentary called Digital Dance Nation. I was at Suspect video an hour later and looked through their music documentary section. The VHS wasn’t there, however, it did appear on their system as being rented four years ago by the gentleman who commented below. Other than that they had absolutely no information about what happened to the tape – it has mysteriously vanished. But at least we now have a name. If you are in possession of this tape or happen to be one of the people involved in producing it please contact us.

We’re now offering a $200 reward for a copy of this tape on VHS.

07/17/2014 – Ahhhh time flies. We never gave up hope of finding Digital Dance Nation, but we ran out of leads. We knew at some point it would surface – this post is the first hit when the title of the film is Googled. Big thanks to DJ Marc Houle, who found this in the closet of his parent’s house…

Digital Dance Nation Cover

He was also nice enough to have the tape converted and declined the reward. This is an awesome little flick, lots of cool cameos – an epic flashback.

It is however not the Exodus footage from 1991 described above. That hunt continues…

Now without further ado…

Jimmy J

exodus rave flyer tape

November 30th, 1991. Respect the cassette tape, the original music sharing medium. 60 minute, 90 minute, metal or chrome. So versatile it was also used to store data with computer tape drives. You could even immortalize your recording by punching out the little plastic tabs on the top. But their ability to retain decent playback quality 18 years after they were dubbed, priceless. Where would this project be without them? Oh, this is the last flyer Malik X would appear on until New Years Eve.

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