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Category Archives: Techno

Dark Energy/Suburban Knight – Midnight Sunshine

Classic Detroit Techno from UR man James Penningtom a.k.a Suburban Knight. This was originally released under the Suburban Knight moniker on a UR EP from 1994 called ‘Dark Energy’. It has been re-released on a collection of tracks from Pennington under the guise of Dark Energy titled ‘Collided Energy’, released in 2007. This track is in keeping with the classic Motor City sound; lush, warm, yet driving and pulsing Techno. The story behind the title of the track was revealed by Pennington  in an interview with Kodwo Eshun.
His grandfather was fighting as a GI in Germany in the second world war. One night the German shot flares into the sky which he stated lit up like a midnight sun.

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Repeat – Hurricane Felix

Primo UK Techno from the “supergroup” Repeat; made up of the two guys from Plaid, Dave Hill, and Mark Broom. All of these guys collaborated to varying degree’s with other monikers for Baby Ford’s ifach label, and the lo-fi, minimal sound that dominated that label is present on this track from the band’s 1995 album ‘Repeats’.

Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica

Like floating through dayglo static, or a multicoloured lightening storm; this opening track from Porter Ricks’ latest on Tresor, also titled ‘Anguilla Electrica’, sets the listener up for a stunning chunk of Dub Techno.

The Black Dog – Cost II

Detroit flavours pepper this track from the band’s 1993 album ‘Temple Of Transparent Balls’; where a long lost House vocal is buried beneath electronic strings and clipped synths.

Model 500 – Mind Changes

Classic Detroit Techno from 1992 with a track from Juan Atkins’s Model 500 project. This was from ‘The Passage’ EP, and is the standout track. Hi tech Soul with some synthetic melancholic edges.

Repeat – Tomorrows People

Another slice of deep, ambient Techno from the quartet of Ed Handley, Andy Turner, Dave Hill, and Mark Broom. A slice of electronic beauty.

Repeat – Lilt-A

Mark Broom, Dave Hill, and the duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Of The Black Dog and Plaid fame) got together and formed a kind of UK Techno supergroup that produced a handful of singles and EP’s, and one album. The album was called ‘Repeats’ (1995), and the act was called Repeat. Their material wasn’t banging Dancefloor fodder, but rather slotted in alongside the discrete, Detroit influenced work of the aforementioned Black Dog. Just no one mention IDM.

Jeff Mills – Exhibitionist 2 DVD 1 PART 1

Jeff delivering the more tripped out, galactic end of the Motor City sound; and lowers the pace that he was once known for. Great stuff from his 2015 DVD.

Jeff Mills – Dagma

Jeff Mills making a score for Metropolis made sense; him doing a score for a Buster Keaton film was far more likely to have people scratching their head. However, what resulted from this was a rather Wonderful album of lush, intricate Detroit Techno from 2000.

Drexciya – Black Sea

Tough Techno from the mysterious Detroit team. Hard, aquatic tune from 1995.

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