I, for one, appreciate the current move towards the historicization of acid/house/techno. Familiar pattern: Enough water has gone under the bridge so now it can undergo a critical reassessment and time has moved to a point where the hipster kids are embracing it as new/retro without the baggage, and funny to think many were probably born or were toddlers when it first happened.
Which is, of course, ultimately whatever. Punk happened when I was 4, that never dampened my enthusiasm for it when I discovered it when I was 14…
Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno
This rare video from the late 1990s features Terrence Parker, Mike Huckaby, Juan Atkins, Ritchie Hawtin, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Rolando, Jeff Woodward, Gary Koral, Josh Glazer, Jon Ozias, Theorem, DJ Dunebugg, (with special cameo appearances by Mike Grant, Brian Bonds, Don Waxmaster D Smooth, Hugh C, and Todd Weston).
Surgeon Live at Freerotation - Wales, UK - 07.22.11
Chon Joltrane - Psalm
Om Unit - Prawn Cocktail
Instra:mental - Pyramid
N/A - Dead Letter Drop #1 [Letter - 001]
Emmanuel Jal - Kuar (Olof Dreijer Remix)
Skudge - Overture (Substance Remix)
Coil - The Snow
Instra:mental - Vicodin (Skudge Warehouse Mix)
Coil - The Snow (Jack Dangers Remix)
Brother From Another Planet - Planet Earth
Mace - Headstrong (John Selway Remix)
Rob Glennon - Modunation
Marcel Fengler - Thwack (L.B. Dub Corp Remix)
DJ Pierre - What Iz House Muzik
Robert Hood - Acrylic
Russ Gabriel - El Juan
Sbjekt - Objekt Tool
Cub - CU1
Swarm Intelligence - Fighting Talk VIP
Aphex Twin - Phloam
Ozka - Phantomz (Aubrey Remix)
Steve Poindexter - Computer Madness
RSD - Sugar Plumb Instrumental
The Martian - Search You Feelings
R-A-G - Rage
Emptyset - All Together Lost (Ben Klock’s Glowing Clap Mix)
K Alexi - Drug Test
Boris Noiz - Inceptive Point
Lone - Explorers
Kraftwerk - Tour De France (Version)
Ruskin & Broom - Mas
Thomas Bangalter - What To Do
Egoist - Gary Beck |||
Love Gary Beck’s work: slow-burn menace, funk undertow. Creepy banger.
Dig Demdike? There ya go.
Novelty Waves - Biosphere
A reblog from the archives to supplement this interesting read:
A nice, tidy history of rave, and for those of you who were there, you might have the odd flashback. For instance: Massive Magazine. There’s a name I haven’t heard in yeeeeeears. How about Hyperreal.org?
“As a style whose digital nature was encoded into its very name, techno is the music of early adopters. Rather than the smoothly homogenous World Wide Web of today, cyberspace was fragmented, and whether you were on Compuserve or AOL, the codes differed. “When [I] first signed up for the Internet in the early ’90s, [I was] assigned a username, by first and last name,” says Richie Hawtin. “Mine was RH199.” Whomever next signed on that shared his initials, then, would be RH200. Presuming that numbering system kept its pace, Hawtin says that today, “a number assigned anyone would be in the millions and billions. Having a two- or three-digit number dates you as early.”
Many early technology adopters became acquainted with bulletin board services (BBS) and proto-instant-messenger services such as V-Rave (the “V” is for “virtual”). “I got involved with BBS back in 1992,” says Stallings. “It wasn’t even the Internet. You were calling someone’s hard drive, essentially, and typing messages back and forth.
Early rave thrived on anonymity, from the multiple aliases of a producer like Hawtin — who went, variously, as F.U.S.E., Plastikman, Circuit Breaker, Concept 1 and Xenon — to the white-label 12-inch, a format whose lack of artist or track information gave it a cultish mythos. Information was scarce. “Other than at raves, there was no environment to talk about [the music],” says Samuel, who was active on MW-Raves and PB-CLE-Raves (Pittsburgh-Cleveland). “When someone put out a new mixtape, it was all over the lists.”“
mia grobelny / sub static mix / 11/10
Minimal, austere, dubby but groovy sophisto tech-house with lots of bounce to be found in certain passages.
Berlin, etc… How I like it.
//Mia Grobelny (formerly M.I.A.) producer/DJ Berlin, Germany
Recently played with: Pangea, Stacey Pullen, Monty Luke, Konrad Black; Inaugurated Berghain’s Funktion One soundsystem in ‘08 with Alva Noto, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Apparat & Shed.
Released on: Sub Static, Trapez, Traum, Areal, Treibstoff, Monika Enterprise, Wonder, Italic, Dumb-Unit, Kitty-Yo and Fumalab (Discogs)
//img Xavier Barrade
A few noteworthy FACT Mag mixes.
Heavy-hitters include Gak, Marcel Dettman, Jeff Mills, Aphex, Rhythim Is Rhythim, Underground Resistance…
“Quite simply, FACT mix 168 is arguably the most coherent, persuasive and impassioned techno session we’ve ever had the pleasure of presenting to you. Do not miss.”
Oneohtrix Point Who?
“Slowed down 6%, bounced down to tape and loads of compression. Sounds like codeine. Just a bunch of jams I like at the moment.”
Oh yeah, that guy.
Back in 2004, Underground Resistance had been around for about 15 years. As part of a monthly segment called ‘Electronic Focus,’ WDET’s Liz Copeland and guest presenter Clark Warner broadcast a UR special, complete with a lengthy and interesting interview with Mike Banks.
Mike talks about the history of UR, the role of Ron Murphy, meeting Kraftwerk, a Swiss dynamite factory, misperceptions of ‘the Ghetto’ and so on. If you’re into techno, or merely want to get some mid-noughties Detroit slang to work into everyday speech, it’s well worth a listening. There’s also, obviously, some great music.
Here’s the tracklist:
Underground Resistance – Elimination
Underground Resistance – Riot
Mad Mike – Death Star
Underground Resistance – The Theory
Nation 2 Nation – 303 Sunset
Underground Resistance – The Punisher
Mad Mike – Jupiter Jazz
X-102 – OBX-A
Underground Resistance – Metamorphosis
Red Planet – Stardancer
Underground Resistance – Hi Tech Jazz
Underground Resistance – Acid Africa (Roots Electric Mix)
Drexciya – Wavejumper
Chaos – Afrogermanic
Kraftwerk – Expo2000 (Underground Resistance Remix)
Underground Resistance – Electronic Warfare
DJ Rolando – Knights of the Jaguar
The Suburban Knight – Marooned
Timeline – Time Sensitive
Underground Resistance – UR-046
Aquanauts – Spawn (Genetic Continuation Mix)
Andre Holland – Vector Research
Underground Resistance – A Thousand Questions
Gigi Galaxy – One Step Beyond
Underground Resistance – Inspiration
M.I.A. – All I See
The Suburban Knight – Nocturbolus
Underground Resistance – A Moment in Time
Underground Resistance – Black Strategy (DJ Dex Edit)