Delusions of Grandeur
It’s not often that a bona fides dance classic gets re-released. Hardkisss’ Delusions of Grandeur is one such. It’s been re-released via one of those pledgemusic thingies and is available again after 20 years.
It’s often said that whilst the US invented modern dance music, it was late to adopt it to its heart. Whilst the UK had the dance revolution in ’88 and Europe followed soon thereafter, it wasn’t until a few years later that the first widespread wave of dance music hit the USA. For the West Coast, Hardkiss were pioneers in SF and the Delusions of Grandeur album was released in ’95. It’s really a compilation of the best of their early label releases. But it works as an album and still sounds fresh today.
They married dance music to a sort of hippy attitude and feel. Raincry (Spiritual Thirst) by God Within exemplifies that with dance beats offset by a swirling exoticism. Out of Body Experience (O.O.B.E.) from Rabbit In The Moon also follows that path but with an acid trance bent and a spot of female wailing. 3 Nudes In A Purple Garden is the other track to head for. Named after a painting that never got painted, it’s a sort of come down tune, eschewing the dance floor mores of much of the rest of the album. It’s more of a dream brought to life in sound.
Get yourself a copy, digital, CD or vinyl.
The 2015 re-mastered Hardkiss album ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ is exclusively available at: www.pledgemusic.com/hardkiss
Between 1991 and 1995, Hardkiss Music released seven 12″ vinyl singles. The album Delusions of Grandeur, featuring the best of those cuts, was released in 1995.
Delusions was released on vinyl, cassette and CD and quickly sold out and became out of print classic. Many fans credit Delusions of Grandeur as the album that turned them onto electronic music, EDM or whatever you prefer to call it.
Now, thanks to the support of our fans, we’re making the album available for digital download for the first time.
We’d like to thank the entire Hardkiss and Hallucination families for endless support and inspiration.
And with pride, we hand over our Delusions of Grandeur to you.