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Reese – Just Want Another Chance (1988)

June 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Timeless Detroit techno from one of the founding fathers, Kevin Saunderson; this time operating under his Reese moniker. Although he has also released great stuff as E-Dancer, he is probably most famous for his work with classic Detroit house/techno titans Inner City who he co-founded in 1988.

I stumbled upon this when walking 3 miles back to the pub where I left my car after a great meal last night. Had the iPod (oh, yes!) on random rotation and this came on and mesmerised me.

The bass is relentless, the percussion hardly exists, the synths drop in and out fitfully and Kevin mutters sweet nothings over the top. What’s not to like? A perfect record!

Here are the three versions from the 12″ single. All good, but the first is the killer!

 

 

 

 

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Luke Slater – Expectation No.1 (1993)

Working my way through my techno collection on a Bank Holiday morning and stumbled upon this gem as the last track on Luke Slater’s excellent 92-94 CD compilation.

Hailing from Reading in Berkshire (not exactly Detroit or Berlin methinks …..!), Luke Slater has been one of the UK’s most influential techno producers, particularly under his Planetary Assault Systems moniker.

Perfect, loping, ambient techno whose only fault is that it isn’t twice the length!

Redcell (aka B12) – Solitude (1996)

January 2, 2013 3 comments

B12 were one of THE great ambient techno bands of the early 1990s and were one of the leading British contributions to the “second wave” of Detroit techno whose leading lights included Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Octave One and Underground Resistance.

This is a really obscure track that was originally released on a vinyl promo in 1996 but which didn’t get an official release until 2007 when it appeared on B12’s Practopia EP. Subsequently, it was released on CD on Volume 7 of the wonderful “B12 Records Archive” series.

Wonderfully mournful, minimal techno …

 

It’s Thinking – Surviving Desire (1992)

June 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Trawling through my iTunes folders this afternoon, I realised I hadn’t posted any classic techno on the blog for some time.

Listening to one of the fantastic compilations on the New Electronica Label (check here for a complete list) from the early 1990s, I (re) stumbled upon this track.

Classic “second generation” techno from the Netherlands ….. “First” generation techno would have been a few years earlier; originating in Detroit, and, almost certainly, would involve Derrick May, Juan Atkins or Kevin Saunderson along the way.

Relentless synth washes, pounding drums, and, all in a minor key … What is there not to like?

Here’s a recording from the original vinyl. A little crackly but, otherwise, crystal clear.

Infiniti – Moon Beam (1996)

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Juan Atkins is one of the great names of Techno.

Operating first under the Cybotron alias in the early to mid 1980s he was an early electro pioneer.

In the late 1980s, operating as Model 500, he released some of the seminal tracks of the Detroit techno scene at its peak.

My the mid 1990s, he was melding Detroit techno with glitchy electronica and elements of deep Chicago House.

Love this track. A classic, understated slice of chill out bliss (or something)

One for the early hours methinks. Mind you, I’ll be asleep.

Kenny Larkin – Chasers (1995)

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Classic “second generation” Detroit techno from former USAAF serviceman and, err, stand up comedian, Kenny Larkin. (The “first generation” involving luminaries such as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, etc). 

Having released classic tracks such as “War of the Worlds” under the Dark Comedy moniker, Mr Larkin went on to release the wonderful Azimuth LP on Warp Records in 1i994.

This track is taken from the fantastic Art of Dance “Exhibits” LP from mid 1995. Reassuringly relentless techno.

Rhythim is Rhythim – Icon (Montage Mix) (1993)

April 2, 2011 1 comment

Staggering piece of Detroit techno originally released on the stunning “Virtual Sex” compilation in 1993. Derrick May is a genius and the composer of a host of classics. But this is the pinnacle.

“Virtual Sex” is pretty tricky to track down but this CD has a ever so slightly different mix which is equally as good:

http://www.discogs.com/Derrick-May-Innovator/release/17549

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