Ah, Friday evening, time for some smart, ear-bleeding (ish) German techno ….
Listening to this tonight, Hell’s “This Is For You” sounds like the blueprint for what was perfected by LCD Soundsystem seven years later in 2005!
I’d been a fan of, ahem, “Mr” Hell since 1995 when I bought his “Original Street Techno” 12″ single after hearing a track on the much missed John Peel Show. In those days, he was trading under the moniker of DJ Hell but he apparently lost the DJ vibe sometime over the next 36 months.
No matter, this is classic German techno from the seminal Disko B label out of Munich. The spoken word vocals from Melissa Logan from Chicks On Speed elevates the song to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime!
What’s not to like?
After several hours of fixing broken links on this blog and with bedtime approaching, there is time for one more tune tonight (or “choon” as I believe the young folk of today are wont to day).
I had a couple of options on some 1930s jazz or a Neil Diamond classic but, in the end, I decided that what we all needed was some ear-bleeding drum’n’bass to say cheerio to the Bank Holiday weekend. As such, this fits the bill nicely .. Remarc at the height of his powers featuring a few samples from “Boyz-N-The-Hood” ..what’s not to like?
May I encourage you to treat your neighbours with the respect to which they are due ….
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 …
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 …
While Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, Frankie Knuckles, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May were inventing the genius of Chicago House and Detroit Techno, folk back in the UK were not just twiddling their thumbs.
Re-stumbled upon this in the car this lunchtime and can’t get it out of my head. A perfect record.
On so many levels this is a wonderful and groundbreaking record.
One of the founding documents of minimalist, ambient, techno, chillout, etc, music. A perfect follow-up to the last post featuring Aphex Twin at his peak.
Also, the first ever release on Virgin Records; this bankrolled Mr Branson for years.
For me, I remember listening to it on the radio in the car as my dad and mum drove me and my sisters up the winding roads to the very top of The Peak in Hong Kong in late 1973 or early 1974 to see Comet Kohoutek. Still recall the otherworldy nature of the music and then the crisp chill on The Peak as we watched the apparently immobile but, ultimately, uncanny Kohoutek staining the night sky. Even more memorable was watching satellites smoothly and silently passing overhead.
Quite a night.
This was the soundtrack.
Saturday night, chance to post an all time classic from Aphex Twin aka Richard D. James aka Polygon Window, etc.
This is the opening track on the stunning “Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992” compilation released on Apollo in 1992. A key release in the history of techno.
Borrowing liberally, but largely unconsciously, from Brian Eno, Selected Ambient Works set the bar for almost everything else that has followed. In an extraordinary career, Richard David James has released ambient, minimal techno, earbleeding drum’n’bass, definitive new age soundscapes and, ahem, beautiful piano miniatures (check here for an earlier post to confirm).
Will post many more tracks over coming months but this is a great place to start.