If there’s one track that defined the early 1990s rave scene, wound its way into the collective consciousness, got under your skin and dragged you to the dancefloor, it’s Liquid’s seminal ‘Sweet Harmony’. An irresistible layering of classic house over rolling, breakneck beats, it’s stood the test of time to become a record box staple of DJs up and down the country, and all over the world.
Not bad for a track that was recorded for £80, self-financed and distributed from the boot of his car. The man behind Liquid is Eamon Downes. Following the explosive success of ‘Sweet Harmony’ in 1991, he and Shane Heneghan signed to XL Recordings and released the pioneering and experimental Future Music EP, which included the dark and atmospheric breakbeat dub classic ‘Liquid is Liquid’.
Following Shane’s departure from the band, Eamon’s reputation for producing challengingly alternative floorfillers was cemented with ‘Time to Get Up’ – described as a “progressive gem” – and the Balearic-tinged, flamenco guitars of ‘One Love Family’. Both of which were Mixmag Singles of the Week.
Liquid have, with Top 20 singles in the UK and numerous hits in Europe, achieved huge commercial success while maintaining critical acclaim. NME described the album Liquid Culture, released on XL Recordings, as “sophisticated, soulful techno” whilst Mixmag effused how it “works beautifully”.
Having made a name on the international scene for electrifying live sets, Liquid continue to set crowds alight (not literally!) at festivals and clubs in the UK to performances in Tokyo, New York, Miami, Ibiza, Athens and Amsterdam amongst others.
With a brand new album due in 2011 and singles scheduled for release throughout the year, check this page for the latest news.