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When Detroit’s Dopplereffekt emerged in 1995 it was like a bomb went off. Unleashing their unique brand of sterile machine funk electro onto the world, heavily influenced by Kraftwerk’s Man-Machine aesthetic they would go on to inspire (and continue to inspire) the next wave of electro producers.
The tracks were originally released on the short lived Dataphysix label and are highly desirable amongst collectors. Back when International Deejay Gigolo’s were a very good label they compiled the tracks to form ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. This compilation too became somewhat desirable and was later reissued by Clone and has now been re-pressed once again. However The Clone edition does not include the ‘Sterilization’ 7”. This collection is widely regarded as a classic and still get spins from clued up jocks to this day.
Little to nothing was known about Doplereffekt at the time, except that they hailed from Detroit. It was a few years down the line and after much speculation that there was a Drexciya connection made and that it was indeed the work of Gerald Donald working under fake German name Rudolf Klonzeiger. The mystery at the time was enhanced by a seeming obsession with science and technology, bizarre sexual fetishism, tracks about making love to mannequins, ambiguous politics; see the symbol on the cover and tracks like ‘Superior Race’ and the quote on the back cover that reads ‘Biological Socialism leads towards victory” and of course the immortal lyric “We have to sterilize the population”. Listening to these tracks still gives me shivers, I have so many memories attached to this record it really has a special place in my collection.
There are so many classic tracks on here for example ‘Speak And Spell’. If you don’t already own this then now is the time to rectify the situation. In some ways it would be nice to hear Dopplereffekt revisit this stark more rhythmic based approach although the more texture oriented recent recordings I still adore. But in true techno spirit Donald continues to look forwards rather than backwards. These tracks display an artist creating a truly original sound which has been much imitated but never bettered. Eternal electronic classic alert!!!
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