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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.


Tortoise – Magnet Pulls Through

Minimal, restrained, and (unfortunately for some) tasteful; this sums up Tortoise doing what they do best. Sure they’ve gone into some sparkly funky areas before (‘Eros’ and ‘Monica’ from 2001’s ‘Standards’ album), but this is usually the type of material one holds onto as a fine example of what the US ‘Post Rock’ act are all about. Well, it’s this or the hellish Weather Report meets Ozric Tentacles shenanigans they are also known to inflict upon the listener. This is the opening track from their 1994 self-titled debut album.

Pressure Of Speech – Aphelion

Chunky Techno from the UK duo of Mickey Mann and Luke Losey with a track that appeared on the 2nd ‘Trance Europe Express’ compilation from 1994. This is a lovely slice of UK Techno that has hardly aged and still achieves what it originally set out to do.

Boredoms – Acid Police

Bridging the gap between Butthole Surfers and early Black Dice, Boredoms 1994  album ‘Chocolate Synthesizer’ was a far chaotic-cry from the mantric whizz of ‘Vision Creation Newsun’. Puerile at times, and engaging in disruption for the sake of disruption (although, what’s wrong with that?), the album isn’t an easy listen. Opener ‘Acid police’ is pretty smooth compared to what follows, and is a joyous racket.

Moonshake – Ghosts Of Good Intention

The UK’s Moonshake with a track that could soundtrack Sam Spades journey into interzone; from their 1994 album ‘The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow’.

Moonshake – Just A Working Girl (feat. PJ Harvey)

The UK’s Moonshake were part of the original wave of music coined ‘Post Rock’ by the press. Along with Stereolab, Laika, Disco Inferno, and Bark Psychosis, Moonshake were heralded s bringing the experimental back into Rock (had it gone away? it certainly had a long and rich past) before the term was mainly applied to US acts such as Ui, Tortoise, Trans Am etc. Whatever your thoughts, it’s a shame there wasn’t more from Moonshake, who had a real jittery, wayward feel to their music. On this track from their 1994 album ‘The Sound Your Eyes Can Follow’ they’re joined by someone who was making their own stamp on early 90’s rock music, our very own Polly Jean Harvey.

Mike Ink – A.S.V

Some tough Acid from Germany’s Mike ink here; from his 1994 EP ‘Dadajack’. Happy 303 day!

Bandulu – Run Run

Digital roots from Muswell Hill’s badboy Dub-Techno outfit Bandulu. This is from their 1994 album ‘Antimatters’.

Jeff Mills – Condor To Mallorca

Real, classic-era Detroit Techno from The Wizard himself. This track sounds like it expands upon ‘It Is What It Is’ by Derrick May, and toughens it up for the 90’s. Slamming machine phunq from the motor city circa 1994; taken from the Tresor album ‘Waveform Transmission Vol 3’.

Barbed – Symbols (1994 – Full Album)

The full, yes full, album of Barbed’s 1994 debut, unofficially titled ‘Symbols’. Lost, dusty reel to reel tapes collide with drum machines, synths, and all manner of sonic flotsam and jetsam; submerging the listener in dizzying, spinning Sampledelia that was unlike any of the other Electronica that was out at the time (if that label even fits, which it doesn’t) A totally underrated classic from the wonderful These Records label.

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