A Spotify playlist of some of the greatest hits (at least, the ones that are on Spotify) from Manchester’s own Deconstruction Records.
Deconstruction Records was one of my favourite labels during my working DJ life. Based in Manchester, they were home to some of the most credible dance acts to come out of the UK in the 1990s – acts like M People, Republica, and Kylie Minogue (while she was a bit shit).
I joke, of course. According to DJ Magazine it is “best remembered for marrying underground credibility and diversity with an open-minded attitude towards pop” and probably M People is the best way to sum that approach up. For every Radio 2-friendly single edit, you got a couple of very credible club-oriented remixes. If you can get your elastic bands on a copy of the Hed Boys Post-Op Mix of “A Sight for Sore Eyes”, you’ll see exactly what I mean.
And actually, Kylie wasn’t really shit at this time. I actually think all her strongest post-SAW stuff came out via Deconstruction, and a lot of it was quite bravely experimental for a seven-inch tall pretend mechanic. Look:
Or just listen to the playlist: