Basic Channel Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
This little 12" from mostly-defunct Berlin techno nexus Basic Channel reissues 3 tracks from the 1995 BCD compilation, previously only available on CD. Despite their age, these productions still sound relevant today, with wisps of static noise, dub techno chords and staccato sub bass forming a hazy mix.
Not to be confused with ‘Phylyps Trak II’, Basic Channel’s 1993 EP Phylyps Trak is a similarly defining moment in the history of club music. To say that Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald’s sound is influential is to do it a disservice. In the most basic terms, dub techno simply wouldn’t exist without their pioneering work. This reissued three-track still goes so very deep.
A quarter-century on and still no-one has ever managed to match Basic Channel. The duo of Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald rewrote the rulebook back in the ‘90s with their fusion of Detroit club sonics with dub/reggae production trickery. Pretty much every techno act that has emerged from Berlin since owes Basic Channel a debt. 1993 EP Q1.1 is just one of the many pioneering records they laid down back in the day, and now it’s been re-pressed for your delectation.
Minimal/dub techno pioneers Basic Channel re-press their 1994 classic Phylyps Trak II. Split across two sides of wax, this one is a mighty fusion of hard techno beats, thick bass and Ostgut synth textures. It’s also just as good if you spin it at either 45 or 33 - the slower one is the sort of deep meditation that has influenced countless artists down the years.
Another re-press for Basic Channel’s seminal ‘Octagon’/‘Octaedre’ 12” here. Originally issued in 1994, the two tunes here are the creme de la creme of the dub techno sound that the duo of Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus forged in the Basic Channel fire. It's now almost a quarter-century on from their first release and both tracks still sound great in the club.