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Category Archives: Techno

Vapourspace – Cosmic Dance of Shiva

A track from Mark Gage’s 1993 album ‘Themes From Vapourspace”; back when Techno seemed to have a myriad of shapes to play with. This is a track that could could have been seen as some kind of dark Trance tune a mere year later (and with a  title like that, the Goa Trance brigade would have leapt all over it).


YO3 – Deep Sleep

Crisp, finely-crafted melodic Techno from way back in 1994. YO3 was one of Beaumont Hannant’s monikers, and this was released on (GPR), who also brought us material from the likes of The Black Dog, Nev, and Luke Slater.

Mark Henning – All Star Geek

Stunning, tough, and groovy techno from Mark Henning. This is known in some circles as a “bad boy tune”. Great stuff from 2008.

Nev – Strata Fission

RIP Tim Prezzano 1969-2018. News has recently come in about this underrated producer passing away. It was always sad to think about how little material of Tim’s was available, and that is something that is very final now. Rest in space Tim.

Nev – Green Sound

Thoughtful, restrained Detroit-inspired Techno from 1994’s ‘My Plasma Block’ EP. Something that would be called ‘IDM’ or ‘Electronica’ in retrospect, but is really Techno; a genre that comes in many shapes and sizes.

The Black Dog – Vanttool

The Black Dog had such a trademark sound in the early days that you could immediately identify one of their tracks, despite there being a deep connection to the original Detroit model of Techno in their work. They successfully paid homage and their debt, whilst forging a path of their own; which any avid listener can attest to This track is from the 1992 EP of the same name.

Surgeon – Boiler Room Live Set (London 2016)

Masterful stuff from the Birmingham Techno legend; just ignore the crowd, unless you were a fan of frequenting places like Dalston superstore, then the watered down vibe will be right up your alley. Killer Techno though!

The Black Dog – Cost II

Detroit flavours pepper the 2nd 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.

Maurizio – Domina (Maurizio Mix)

Lovely, shimmering Dub Techno that is hard as nails on a big system. This is from way back in 1993.

Model 500 – Starlight (Soulteks Falling Stars mix)

Juan Atkins’ sparse, minimal Dub Techno tune gets a glittering, sparkly Tech-House re-working from Soultek; circa 2007.


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