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- Sound Of Stereo / Off To Battle by Model 500
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Following new pressings of early Model 500 classics ‘Night Drive’ and ‘The Chase’, the Metroplex reissue campaign continues with this 4-track EP, originally released in 1987. Once you get stuck into the model 500 catalogue, it’s not difficult to hear why they call the man Juan “Magic” Atkins.
Here we get both versions of ‘Sound of Stereo’ i.e the Revamp and the Instrumental. Deep fried crispy 808 snares and rattling rimshots are the foundation for a springy bassline, strings stabs and female vox. It’s a decent tune but in my opinion not one of the strongest in the Model 500 cannon.
Flip over to the timeless Detroit techno classic ‘Off To Battle’ and it still gives me goosebumps, like every freakin’ time I hear it, despite having caned it within an inch of its life over the years. This came out the same year as Rhythm Is Rhythm aka Derrick May’s ‘Strings of Life’. I’m unsure who actually did the emotive Strings thing first, but in my opinion ‘Off To Battle’ has aged much better. The way the tumbling snare rolls lead to a break in intensity rather than a big “drop” is really cool. The very definition of a techno classic - pure gold.
‘Electric Entourage’ is one of the less well known Model 500 productions. A frantic, energetic slab of squirming, dynamic dancefloor fuel with cheeky little “Techno City” fragment, vocal sample in there. At the risk of sounding like some old miserable bastard, curmudgeon, I’m just gonna say it. They don’t make them like they used to.
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