Long sought after and deeply missed EP from Kraftwerk inspired electro duo Elecktroids. Likely the work of Gerald Donald and James Stinson who you probably know as Drexciya. The original version of Kilohertz on Warp featured a paltry four tracks to Clone Aqualung Series' five. Worthwhile if only for that feat of musical archaeology.
Vinyl 12" £12.99 CAL 014
Reissue 12" EP on Clone Aqualung Series. Includes bonus track.
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- Kilohertz by Elecktroids
Clone are currently spoiling us and doing a public service with its reissue and repress programme, ever enhancing and sharing the enduring legacy of Drexciya. Clone Classic Cuts reissued the Elecktroids 'Elektroworld' album and now their dedicated Drexciyan Aqualung wing issue the 1995 'Kilohertz' EP which was also originally released on Warp. Around the same time, Warp also released Drexciya’s ‘The Journey Home’ and Ultradyne’s ‘E Coli’ EPs, all with similar artwork. These three records could perhaps be considered a trilogy now that new facts have emerged about Drexciya’s early incarnation. Elecktroids had been widely considered to be the work of Gerald Donald and the late James Stinson - the four suited men on the album artwork thought to be a red herring and perhaps a nod to Kraftwerk. But recently Underground Resistance’s Mike Banks mentioned in an interview that the very early line up of Drexciya also consisted of Stinson’s brother Tyree and Dennis Richardson (also of Ultradyne). Therefore, Elecktroids it turns out could have been four producers afterall. We’ll probably never know for certain, but what we do know is that it’s awesome to have this back in print at a decent price, plus there’s a new bonus track which will have to remain a surprise as I don’t have a copy to hand at the time of writing as they’re in transit. Chances are if you’ve read this far you’ve been itching to get your hands on this piece of the Drexciya puzzle and been reduced to the sadness of only owning the tracks on naughty mp3.
The four tracks were, at the time, like little visions of the future, and as such they’ve held up pretty well after 23 years. The opening title cut ‘Kilohertz’ is pretty faithful to a classic 80’s Planet Rock style electro template. There are no Fishmen or aquatic concepts at work here - this is B-boy breakdance, body poppin’ look at me I’m a robot electro beamed back from the future. ‘Magnetic Field’ is great fun with its wonderfully optimistic melodies, conjuring images of a gleaming utopian future inhabited by robot pets and buddies that help us with chores - technology assisting humanity, creating a better world. It’s what 2018 sounded like in 1995. If only.
‘Remote Control Hornet’ is evocative of its title, painting mental images of a robotic insect buzzing around. Cyborg insects are actually a thing - scientists have planted electrodes into the muscles of beetles. A concept that would have been science fiction in 1995 but today is a reality. This suggestion of technology potentially being frightening runs through ‘Algorithm’ as it flips from springy playful melody into a dramatic, goofy video game style melody where some droid malfunctions and switches to evil mode. Grab a copy while you can.
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