Cybotron was of course the outfit who appeared right at the very beginning of the Detroit techno explosion. They featured Juan Atkins who would go on to be a major player in the movement going forward. Here they produce a fascinating form of cosmic funk which drew comparisons with Kraftwerk and George Clinton and were eventually sampled on Missy Elliott's Lose Control which is just one reason of many why the album is considered such a classic.
Vinyl LP £18.99 CR00079
Reissue LP on Concord Records.
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CD £11.49 DEC1104CD
Expanded CD reissue on Decision.
Back when I used to play with transformers and cock about playing on my ZX Spectrum I once went to a breakdance display at a local working mens club. One of the UK’s top crews were throwing down moves which blew me away, but I think I came away changed forever after hearing the tunes. That would be the beginning of a life long love affair with classic electro and hip-hop. Back in the day along with tunes like Afrika Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock’, Man Parrish’s ‘Hip-Hop Be-Bop (Don’t Stop)’ and Kraftwerk’s Tour De France, Cybotron’s ‘Clear was an absolute breakers anthem. Both a foundation hip-hop track and techno track. That tune is present here in it’s original form on this timely reissue of this seminal LP from one of my alltime favourite artists Juan Atkins along with Rik Davis.
Derrick May once said something along the lines of techno is what it would sound like if George Clinton and Kraftwerk were stuck in an elevator’. This LP is pretty much at the core of that statement. Atkin’s vision of cosmic electro-funk together with Davi’s studio knowledge was in retrospect the shot that was heard around the world. Davis’s rock background plays a role on tracks like ‘Enter’ for example but there’s still an incredibly futuristic element. Listening back, the utopian chrome landscapes and flying cars felt much closer in the 80’s. We’re still not quite there but this music reminds us of what the future could be. The LP also features ‘Alley’s Of Your mind’ which was originally a single back in 1981. 33 years later it’s still a profoundly affecting piece of music. An alltime classic Motor City record which deserves to be up there with The Stooges ‘Funhouse’ or MC5 or anything to come out on Motown. It’s influence on electronic dance music is off the scale. I don’t think it is a consistently outstanding album however the key tracks are worth double the entry fee.
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