Dass man bei EPM in Großbrittanien den vielen eletronischen Genres aufgeschlossen ist, bekommt man mit, wenn man sich nur mal 3 verschiedene Podcasts rauspickt. Das ist insofern ganz angenehm, als dass einem nicht immer der Einzeitsbrei supercooler Deephouse tunes präsentiert wird.
Diesmal gehts nach Detroit zur alten Technogröße Keith Tucker a.k.a. DJ K-1 der ein Teil der DJ-Combo Aux 88 ist. Kurze Geschichte gefällig:
In 1985, Tucker, Tommy Hamilton and Tony Horton formed RX-7, a local Detroit techno band. They performed hits by such groups as Cybotron, Kraftwerk, and the Soul Sonic Force as well as unreleased original tracks. The band played at local events in and around the city of Detroit but wanting to pursue personal projects, the band decided to disband a year later. Starting out in Classical Music during his grammar school years, Tucker went on to learn music sequencing. He also pursued a College career in Technical Illustration, Computer Graphics, and Mechanical Engineering. This in turn with a love of Classical Music has helped him to appreciate music as an art form.
Tucker later received a response from Metroplex Records; Juan Atkins’ label, and signed as Frequency. Under this alias, Tucker and Jessie Anderson recorded such tracks as, “Television,” “Frequency Express,” and “New Jack House.” In September 1992, while working on new tracks for Metroplex Records, Tucker received a visit from Tommy Hamilton. They brought their experiences together to form AUX88, and found that their music talents had matured since the early 1980s. Using their Detroit Techno background, the two quickly accumulated a mass of new tracks that had a brand new vibe. This futuristic blend of electro, bass and trance soon became known as ‘Techno Bass’.
In 1992 the first single, “Technology,” transmitted by Direct Beat/430 West, immediately over took the Detroit club scene. “When we heard the tune, we knew the guys had made it in Detroit, for Detroit, so that’s where we released it, DETROIT,” exclaimed Lawrence Burden of 430 West Records.
Tucker then decided to pursue his alter ego solo projects Alien FM, Optic Nerve and KT-19941 on PUZZLEBOX Records (co-owned by Tucker and Wanda Dixon). In May of 2000, Detroit was host to the largest free Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) in the world. Tucker brought together old and new artists to form RX-7 again for the festival. And it was here that AUX88, XILE, Black Electric, and Optic Nerve performed on one stage for the first time.
This visionary from Detroit has brought his unique brand of dance music to the awaiting ears of the world since 1990 and now over 20 years later he currently concentrates on his renewed musical kinship with Tommy Hamilton as the reformed, original AUX88 duo a well as new techno incarnation Aux 88 presents Black Tokyo. The electro ‘Mad Scientists’ are back!
Die Trackauswahl orientiert sich stark am eigenen Label Puzzlebox Records und wird aufgewertet mit Remixes von Arne Weinberg, Ellen Alien oder Niko Marks. Hart aber nicht durchgeknallt; eben in feinster Detroit Sound.
1. Real To Reel – (Ellen Allien Remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
2. If Am Was FM – Aux 88 – Transient Force *
3. Stance – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
4. Visitors – Not alone chant (Aux 88 Remix) – AS1 – Transient Force *
5. Shadow Dancing (Original Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
6. Celestial (Deep Space Remix) – Optic Nerve – Puzzlebox Records
7. Winter in Japan (Detroit Techno Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
8. Electronic Cinema (Arne Weinberg Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
9. Anomoly – Optic Nerve – Diametric Records *
10. Techno Blvd Groove – Optic Nerve – Puzzlebox Records
11. Technicolor (K1 club Mix) – K-1 – Puzzlebox Records
12. Space Satelites (Black Tokyo Mix) – Aux 88 – Echoism *
13. Alias (Original Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
14. Condor – Auxmen – Puzzlebox Records
15. Exterrestrial Time Travelers (Gosub Remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
16. Elements – Optic Nerve – Diametric Records *
17. K-1 Theme (Dj Mix) – K-1 – Puzzlebox Records (unreleased)
18. Annihilating Rythm (DIE Remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
19. Exsterterestrial Time Travlers (Original Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
20. Control Panels (DJ Xed remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
21. Techno is on my mind – K-1 – Puzzlebox Records
22. Off To See The Wizard – Optic Nerve – Puzzlebox Records
23. Deep Space – Optic Nerve – Puzzlebox Records
24. Black Tokyo (Niko Marks Remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
25. Mad Scientist (Original Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
26. Virtual Depth Perception (Vocal) – Optic Nerve – Diametric Records *
27. Time Portal (N-ter Remix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
28. Interstellar Travel Theme (Mr Velcro Fastner Mix) – Aux 88 – Puzzlebox Records
Total Time: 69min