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Founded 1999
Founder Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
Genre Disco, House, Electronica, Soul music
Country of origin UK
Location London
Official website is a website dedicated to the history of dance music and DJing, and also an online record label and book publishing company. It aims to encourage interest in obscure, overlooked and collectible dance music (in its broadest sense), by creating an archive of reference material on the subject and by licensing and reissuing rare and exceptional music for download.

History[edit] was launched in November 1999 by dance music historians Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton as an online continuation of their book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.[1] The website developed into an expert forum of DJs and dance music collectors sharing knowledge about back-catalogue music,[2] including notable DJs François Kevorkian, David Mancuso, Greg Wilson, Prins Thomas and Todd Terje.[3]

Content[edit] contains full-length transcripts of interviews with many notable DJs and dance music pioneers, which were the source material for Broughton and Brewster’s books; an archive of magazine articles relating to the history of dance music; reviews of music, books and DVDs; and "Mystery Mixes", DJ mixes of obscure music which the site’s forum members attempt to identify.[4][5]

In March 2008 was relaunched with the addition of a music download service selling digital versions of rare and collectible records, including its signature "Secret Weapons" series of powerful but obscure or overlooked dance tracks chosen by a notable DJ from their own collection.[6]


  • DJH-SW001 Secret Weapons 1: Chris Duckenfield's Steely Torpedoes
  • DJH-CP001 The Very Best of Swag
  • DJH-SW002 Secret Weapons 2: Rhythm Doctor's Bloody Scalpels
  • DJH-CP002 Le Disco: Tele Music Remixed


  1. ^ Brewster, Bill & Broughton, Frank (1999). Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey, p.3. Headline Books Ltd., London. ISBN 0-7553-1398-4.
  2. ^ Power, Mike. "Dance music's virtual basement is now open", The Guardian music blog, 2008-09-19
  3. ^ Muggs, Joe. "I love Disco", Mixmag 2008-10 p60
  4. ^ Hewitt, Ben. "Online" The Observer Music Monthly 2008-10-14
  5. ^ Verma, Rahul "Where to find good music for nothing" Metro, 2008-08-29
  6. ^ "Secret Weapons Revealed", iDJ, 2008-09

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