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Gymnastics (Special Edition) by Regis
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9/10 Ant 30 June 2017

Edition of 400 copies, 2017 edition of Regis’ utilitarian techno blueprint ‘Gymnastics’ from 1996. The title always seemed pretty apt, because 21 years ago this used to give dancers a bloody good workout, I tell ya. This differs from the original album and the later remastered edition in that it has been rebuilt from original stems, includes new studio versions and unreleased sequences. Plus it has been expanded from 7 tracks to 9 tracks and now includes a short alternative version of ‘Model Friendship’ from 1995’s ‘Montreal’ EP (LINO 8) and ‘Allies’ from 1996’s LINO13. The eagle eyed will also notice the omission of the twin towers from the artwork.

As far as I’m concerned, opening cut ‘We Said No’ is worth the asking price alone - a vicious, jagged, repetitive, banger. Pure, tough, uncompromising minimal techno at it’s finest. ‘Allies’ stomps, crunches and squelches along like Joey Beltram’s ‘Gameform’ which surely was a big influence on this track. Elsewhere ‘Careless Planning’ has the intensity of Jeff Mills ‘Waveform Transmissions’ and ‘Translation’ goes hard with panic attack inducing life support machine bleeps. I can definitely hear the influence of D.A.F. / Robert Görl (with whom he would later collaborate for an album on Disko B) in the dirty EBM grooves of ‘Gymnastics’ but Regis really upped the tempo, stripped things back to purely functional elements and created a cold, harsh, sterile album of mesmeric metallic loops that’s as heavy and brutal as it was in the mid 90’s. The impact of this sound is still alive and well in 2017 - just check Sleeparchive's recent stuff for example. Did I mention the punishing ‘The Black Freighter’? That’ll give you the good beating you deserve.


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