Model 500 – Pick Up The Flow

It's hard to believe this Juan Atkins masterpiece is 22 years old when it still sounds more futuristic than 99% of techno released today. Recorded solo and released on Metroplex in 1993, it neatly foreshadows the immense Sonic Sunset and Deep Space material he recorded for R&S with Moritz Von Oswald, with a super-clean, otherworldly… Continue reading Model 500 – Pick Up The Flow

Elegy – Flights Of Fantasy

Here’s a slice of classic British techno soul from the golden era that’s the perfect warmer for an icy winter evening. On the fourth and final Likemind EP, Kirk Degiorgio is at the controls of this spaced-out groover which would easily pass for a lost Carl Craig masterpiece. The drums are killer - a classic… Continue reading Elegy – Flights Of Fantasy

Convextion – Premiata

Gerard Hanson's Convextion project is arguably most famous for the pair of mid-90s 12"s on Matrix that still fetch silly money on the Discogs market, but for my money his finest work has appeared elsewhere. A case in point is this cut from his self-titled 2006 album on Down Low, a timeless slice of techno… Continue reading Convextion – Premiata

69 – Microlovr

Nothing obscure or hard-to-find about this, just a stone-cold classic from Carl Craig’s golden period. No disrespect to one of the all-time greats - and for a long time I’d have put Craig among my top three producers - but it’s kinda hard to square today’s peddler of pedestrian tech-house with the creative genius behind… Continue reading 69 – Microlovr

Oniero – Experimental

The sixth and final release on Derrick Carter’s consistently ace Blue Cucaracha imprint (I’ve already written about the penultimate EP from Joshua) is one of the underrated gems in his sizeable back catalogue. It dates from 1995, the same year he launched the Classic label with Luke Solomon, and the period when he was fast… Continue reading Oniero – Experimental

Aroy Dee – The Planets

An epic slice of widescreen sci-fi techno from Dutch DJ, producer, architect and all-round dude Steven Brunsmann, first released on Newworldaquarium’s NWAQ label back in 2003 and revisited a few years later.There's been a huge amount of brilliant music from Amsterdam's Aroy Dee/M>O>S/NWAQ/Delsin camp over the past 15 years or so, but this is one of… Continue reading Aroy Dee – The Planets

Azymuth – Jazz Carnival [Global Communication Space Jazz mix]

This may not be one of Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton’s most famous Global Communication cuts, but to me it’s the pinnacle of their forays into house and a massively influential record. For starters it’s an absolute masterclass in beat production, with an authentic crunch that easily holds its own with the likes of Mood… Continue reading Azymuth – Jazz Carnival [Global Communication Space Jazz mix]

Glenn Underground – May Datroit

What better way to return to the blog than this peach from the mighty Glenn Underground, which I dug out to include on my new mix for Phuturelabs. Tucked away at the end of side B on his classic 1996 album Atmosfear - one of the best mid-90s Chicago deep house albums you’re likely to… Continue reading Glenn Underground – May Datroit

Mode-M (Future Beat Alliance) – Digital 07

Here’s one of many highlights from the back catalogue of Matthew Puffett, an all-round dude and a strong contender for the title of Techno’s Nicest Man. This 1997 cut is a slice of downtempo techno that blasts the 808 from Sexual Healing into a vortex of effects and pairs it with sweeping chords worthy of… Continue reading Mode-M (Future Beat Alliance) – Digital 07

Daniel Wang – Loose Vibes

Back on the blog after slacking off for a few weeks, and today we go from one of Jeff Mills’ most celebrated EPs to a little-known inside cut on a 1995 Daniel Wang 12”. The whole six-track Aphroasiatechnubian EP - the second proper release on his Balihu label - is pretty amazing, but Loose Vibes… Continue reading Daniel Wang – Loose Vibes