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Techno at 8.30 in the morning. Well unless you are our Brian on one of his marathon good time japes, then its a fairly alien concept. I’ve just had an enormous bowl of porridge and am settling down to this superb compilation of the very best of the legendary Sandwell District imprint (comprising of Function and Regis you understand) which distils notable works from the collective’s constituent members with contemporary and classic tracks.
I will list the contributors in a tick, but the opening eerie late night thump of Silent Servant has our Phil (not known for his huge techno collection) scurrying off to treat himself to this compilation, no doubt to the fury of his Pudsey neighbours. The tracks are mixed together beautifully so the record becomes one long piece of late night fun, veering towards the melancholy rather than the dancefloor thud.
Stand out names include Function (natch), VCMG (Vince Clarke/Martin Gore), Raime, Ike Yard, Rrose, Carl Craig, Surgeon, Factory Floor, Laurent Garnier to name but a few. The compilation veers through the outer reaches of underground techno, from cut and splice micro-techno to darkwave industrial, to acid squiggles, dubbed-out soundscapes, melancholic electronica and back through and beyond. Recommended.
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