There’s no messing with Jerome Hill. The man’s an icon of the London underground and if you’ve ever been looking enough to see him play out, you know he carries around more classics than a lost librarian.
Jerome Hill uses his show on Kool FM to explore the roots of rave. It’s always a heady box of tricks with shows as diverse as hip hop and hardcore, back to backs with Mark Archer or long interviews with leading members of Spiral Tribe. His latest was a dedication to Colin Faver, one time DJ of Kiss Fm.
This obituary of Colin Faver from The Telegraph puts it succinctly:
“Colin Faver, who has died aged 63, was an important figure in the development of British club culture from its beginnings in one-off nights in London in the late 1970s to the multi-national business of today. Faver’s career as a DJ was one of the most enduring, spanning more than four decades, and he is recognised by dance music cognoscenti as an early champion of the genres which still provide the soundtrack to nightlife around the world. These were particularly the techno and house styles – electronic dance music using fast tempo and pulsating bass lines – developed by black musicians in such cities as Chicago and Detroit during the 1980s. A founder of the pirate station Kiss FM – now a mainstream national broadcaster – Faver was also among those who fostered the acid-house and rave explosions of the late 1980s.”
Oi oi what’s the ku? Give this recent Guardian article on acid houses idiosyncratic slang a read too.