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Basic Channel – Phylyps Base (1983)

May 21, 2018 Leave a comment

I’ve recently bought myself a new turntable to enable me to play my old vinyl records.

However, I’ve also started buying stuff which is often best appreciated, or is only available, on vinyl.

In the former category, I’m trying to get all the great LPs and singles associated with the wide ranging career of Nile Rodgers!

In the latter, I’ve been buying up 12″ singles by Basic Channel, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound, etc, where the vinyl versions are often longer and different to those available on CD. Tonight’s post is a great example.

Ear bleeding Berlin techno from the early 1990s – utterly relentless and compelling. Play loud!

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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!

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!

 

Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak (1993)

April 8, 2011 1 comment

I’ve just had a phonecall from Mark Zuckerberg who said he was kinda enjoying my music blog but the strapline “From Bach to Basic Channel” had yet to be fulfilled and he was thinking of taking me to court to make another billion (err, fiver).

So, in the spirit of the (Monty Python) contractual obligation post, I introduce you to brutal, minimalistic, techno; Berlin style. Almost everything on the Basic Channel imprint is flawless (and now available track by track as Amazon MP3s). This stuff, and anything on the Chain Reaction label, is the motherlode for European techno. A fine counterpoint to Transmat and the other classic Detroit labels. 

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