The producer's rave deconstructions, inspired by a trip to Berghain in 2006, will get their first physical release in May.
"The idea for 'The Death Of Rave' was conceived in early 2006 after a visit to the Berghain Club in Berlin," Kirby says. "At the time Berghain was about to explode on the international club scene as a temple. The feeling was in the air that something special was happening. I went and saw a pale shadow of the past. Grim and boring beats, endlessly pounding to an audience who felt they were part of an experience but who lacked cohesion and energy.
He adds: "For me personally something had died. Be it a spirit, be it an ideal, be it an adventure in sound. Rave and techno felt dead to me."
Kirby went on to make around 200 songs as part of The Death Of Rave project. They were made available for free download before being deleted from Kirby's website in 2008. He's now whittled that down to eight selections, which he will release on vinyl, CD and digital formats via his own label, History Always Favours The Winners, in May. He describes the release as "a monument to a lost work, an idea finally set in stone via a physical format. Proof of its existence."
The track titles reference Kirby's older rave memories, from clubbing in the late '80s and early '90s: "The people, the DJs, the cars, the violence and the long lost clubs. Flashbacks only, now consigned to my own dusty experiences."
01. Monroes Stockport
02. Moggy & Wearden
03. Machete’s At The Banshee
04. Acid Alan, Haggis & Scott
05. Marple Libradome ‘91
06. Smithy & Dave The Rave
07. Big Eddie’s Van - Bowlers Car Park
08. XR2 MK1 Sale Waterpark
History Always Favours The Winners will release The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback) on May 29th, 2014.