Toytown techno

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Toytown techno (also known as kiddy rave or cartoon rave)[1] is an underground subgenre of techno that emerged in the early 1990s, characterized by merging techno, jungle, or breakbeat hardcore with samples from children's programs or public information films.[2]

Popular songs within the subgenre include Mark Summers' "Summers Magic", Smart E's "Sesame's Treet", the Prodigy's "Charly", Shaft's "Roobarb and Custard" and Urban Hype's "A Trip to Trumpton",[3] which featured samples from The Magic Roundabout, Sesame Street, Charley Says, Roobarb and Trumpton, respectively.[2]


  1. ^ Cardew, Ben (11 September 2017). "'We were just clowning about': how cartoon rave changed pop". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 22 August 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 343/4. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  3. ^ "Toytown Techno". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 30 June 2016.