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12 Aussie dance classics you should rediscover


Jack Tregoning counts off 12 iconic dance music songs that came out of Australia before names like Flume, RUFUS and Alison Wonderland were representing their homeland in a big way.

This article originally appeared on Red Bull

The Presets

Don those rose-tinted glasses and enjoy some pre-2005 Aussie dance floor classics.

2016 was an excellent year for homegrown dance music, but that's nothing new. While the past 12 months brought us standout albums from the likes of Flume, RÜFÜS, The Avalanches, Paces and more local heroes, Australia's electronic pedigree goes way back. So with another whirlwind year of music discovery ahead of us, let’s first indulge in a little nostalgia.

Of course, Australia's contribution to the wider world of dance music didn't just start with the electro boom that birthed the likes of The Presets, Cut Copy and Midnight Juggernauts. From the rave days of the late '80s into the '90s, to the progressive house phenomenon of the early 2000s, to the explosion of breaks, our isolation hasn't stifled a steady stream of world-class music.

For this list, we donned the rose-tinted glasses and picked out 12 brilliant tracks from Australia's dancefloor past. It's impossible to cover the whole history in a quick-fire list, so consider this a starting point to dig deeper. Our very unscientific selection process favoured tracks released before 2005, while avoiding novelty singles, dance-pop chart hits or remixes. We reckon all 12 of these locally-made classics still stand up today.

**NB: Sorry there are no Kylie Minogue songs in this list. But she looks pretty good in that pic with The Presets, huh?

12. Poxy Music - Our Break

Australia had a lot of love for breaks in the mid-2000s, welcoming the likes of Drumattic Twins, Krafty Kuts, Plump DJs and Rennie Pilgrem a couple of times a year. Holding its own amongst the UK imports was a crew of local producers making club-ready tracks, including the duo Poxy Music...

... Check out the full list by Jack Tregoning at redbull.com/au/en/music/stories/1331840...

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