A collaboration between A.R. Kane and Colourbox, Pump up the Volume is a seminal dance song that makes inventive use of sampling and hip-hop rhythms back in 1987. The song was an effort by the bands to produce a hit dance track for America, and it succeeded there and worldwide, going to No. 1 in the U.S., No. 1 at home in the UK, and also to the top in Canada and New Zealand. It was such a success that the artists were mired in litigation with the aforementioned Stock Aitken Waterman production group/record label, which fairly earned SAW the ire of the entire music world. It’s fresh, it can still get people dancing, and belongs in any collection of British acid house for its enormous influence on the genre.
Listenability – 4 LPs Mood – 3 LPs Danceability – 5 LPs Value – 5 LPs