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 television series or public information films.[2]

Popular songs within the subgenre include Alpha Team's "Speed", 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 Speed Racer, 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.
  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.