Posts Tagged ‘Basic Channel’

Monolake – Terminal (1999)

Well that hasn’t happened before! I fell in love with “Tangent II” from Monolake’s Interstate LP so much that I elevated it immediately to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime. However, it turns out that it is not even the best track on the album!

As such, for the first time ever, I’m posting two tracks from the same LP on the same afternoon!

This is gorgeous. Gossamer like; it sometimes hardly seems to exist at all but the almost King Tubby-esque percussion just keeps it moving along until the synth washes over the track and perfection is achieved!


Monolake – Tangent II (1999)

Having spent the morning sorting out my 600+ reggae CDs (I know how to live …), I’ve decided to settle down and work my way through the classic minimal dub techno CDs released on Chain Reaction, Basic Channel and related imprints!

Six tracks into Monolake’s monumental Interstate album and I am honour bound to elevate “Tangent II” to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime; a complete gem.

Interstate was Berlin based Monolake’s second LP and the follow-up to their monumental debut, Hong Kong which came out a couple of years earlier in a very fetching (and now pricey) metal tin!

Dub, glitch and funk coincide to devastating hypnotic effect; the best way to fill 9 and a half minutes today!


Rhythm & Sound w/Shalom – We Been Troddin/Troddin (Version) (2002)

March 25, 2017 Leave a comment

The German pair, Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus have made some of the finest minimal and other techno of all time and their Rhythm & Sound moniker is just another outlet for their stellar talent. I’ve previous posted Maurizio (here) and Basic Channel (here) and the latter, of course, are so good they get to appear in the strapline to this blog (the highest of all praise).

With Rhythm & Sound, the focus is on dub and reggae more generally. This track is a throwback to the great reggae of the 70s with both a vocal version and then the dub – perfect! Shalom provides the vocals on this one.

The vocal and then the dub!


Model 500 – Storm (2015)

April 5, 2015 Leave a comment

One of the founding kings of techno, Juan Atkins, returns to top form on “Storm” from the new Model 500 album released a few weeks ago!

Sounding not unlike Maurizio at the peak of his powers (check here), the track rolls back the years to the days when Basic Channel and Chain Reaction defined the apogee of minimalist techno …

Vainqueur – Reduce 2 (1996)

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Into my third (and last …) week on holiday and reacquainting myself with the genius of minimal techno on the Basic Channel and Chain Reaction labels from the mid 1990s. Trawling through my CDs and vinyl, I stumbled upon this superb, relentless and unforgiving example of the Chain Reaction genre.

For the trainspotters out there, Vainqueur is the alter ego of Rene Lowe but, frankly, this adds nothing of use to the diagnosis or appreciation of this track. Once underway, it never stops.

Hypnotic and perfect techno. Play very very loud.

Fluxion – Fovea Centralis (1999)

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been weeks since I’ve had the indulgence to post a spot of minimalist dub techno from the 1990s. But, it’s Friday night, and other than catching up on the new edition of The Economist, there is little to do ….

Fluxion released two wonderful (and pretty rare …!) LPs on the enigmatic Chain Reaction record label out of Germany. An offshoot of the seminal Basic Channel stable, Chain Reaction only released 11 albums and every one of them is superb (I’m a trainspotting completist obviously).

“Fovea Centralis” is typical of the Vibrant Forms LP and Basic Channel/Chain Reaction in general. For similar stuff, check earlier post here by the peerless Maurizio.

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