Vladislav Delay – Heko
January 27, 2016
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By the late ’90’s techno had become overly macho and dull, and required a much needed boost. This boost came under a variety of monikers such as Minimal, Microhouse, what have you; but was essentially Techno/Underground House rejuvenated. Richie Hawtin was one of the DJ’s responsible for the rejuvenation (we’ll leave it for the naysayers to dispute that), and tracks like this (from the 1999 EP called “Helsinki / Suomi”)
started creeping into his sets and helped define the sound. Techno brings to mind a famous quote from John Peel about the band The fall; “always different; always the same”, and that was what the newer sound was like, the same, only different. It’s funny, as Techno seems to have found itself dragging through a similar mire it was in the late ’90’s; all greyscale pounding and monotone man dance. Time for another shakeup, albeit a subtle one.