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Star-Kid - Antimatter

Star-Kid - Antimatter

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1FF - Dub In D-Minor

1FF - Dub In D-Minor

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Star-Kid - Jack & Tulp

Star-Kid - Jack & Tulp

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Star Kid - Kryptronik

Star Kid - Kryptronik

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Star-Kid - Formic Junction [Thrust Mix]

Star-Kid - Formic Junction [Thrust Mix]

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Star-Kid - One Time Pad

Star-Kid - One Time Pad

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Star-Kid - First Snow

Star-Kid - First Snow

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Star Kid - Star Seed

Star Kid - Star Seed

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Star-Kid - Neon Baby

Star-Kid - Neon Baby

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Star-Kid - New World Disorder

Star-Kid - New World Disorder

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Bangkok Session 1 - Mixed by Recoil-X²

Bangkok Session 1 - Mixed by Recoil-X²

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Artists Anonymous - Robot Dystopia

Artists Anonymous - Robot Dystopia

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Martian Arts - Untitled

Martian Arts - Untitled

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Star-Kid - Sexy

Star-Kid - Sexy

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808 State
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One of the only enduring bands to emerge from Manchester, England's acid house scene, 808 State create groundbreaking music and remixes. Paving the way for electronic outfits such as Underworld and Prodigy, the group was initially on the periph ery of what was known as the "Madchester" phenomenon. When the press initially discussed acid house, they usually focused on dance music from a guitar angle. Bands such as the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses received most of the coverage, wh ile 808 State were busy pioneering British techno. Their popularity grew, however, and the group continued to diversify their style. Although 808 State's exposure in the United States has only been moderate, they have had 18 top 20 hits on the Britis h charts alone.

 
Adonis

adonisAdonis, often referred to as Acid Budda; Jack Frost; and The King of Bass lines; among other aliases, is an icon of House Culture whose phenomenal music career skyrocketed in the 1980’s by making shock waves on the global dance floors with the recording of many innovative and influential dance tracks.

The creation of a legend began very early as Adonis, who was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, was introduced to all forms of music at a young age. The first instrument Adonis learned to play was the bass guitar, which also inspired his self-mastery of lead guitar, keyboards, percussion, drums, lyric writing, music composition, and vocals.

 
Armando

armandoAn early acid-house pioneer while still in his teens, Armando contributed several classics to the Chicago canon during the mid-'80s, including "Land of Confusion" and "100 of Dissin' You." Born on Chicago's south side to Cuban immigrants, he was a star on the baseball field until spinal meningitis forced him out of the sport. To fill his time, he began spinning records and was organizing his own parties at the age of 16. One year later he was on the radio as well, subsituting for Farley Keith on Chicago's biggest dance show, the Hot Mix 5.

 
Autechre - The Futurologists

autechre1The world of electronica might have become overcrowded since their first release more than a decade ago, but Autechre are still burrowing through microscopic cracks into the cranium on their new Warp album Draft 7.30. David Stubbs meets the curators of this month’s UK All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, and finds out why their future sound hasn’t gone stale. The world of electronica has become overcrowded. With the expansion and availability of hardware and software, and the relative ease with which new music can be produced and distributed, we’re awash in a worthily colourised sea of Ambient, avant Techno, blips and blissfully concussive beats, reconstituted samples and soundwaves, not every digitally enhanced moment of which seems absolutely necessary.

 
Blake Baxter

Perhaps the most underrated figure of Detroit techno's first wave, Blake Baxter began recording in the mid-'80s before Motor City mainstays like Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Presaging the influence of erotic house during the late '80s, Baxter was inspired by the sexual soul of Barry White and Prince as well as cosmic funk machines like Parliament and Funkadelic. He released his first single on the seminal Chicago house label DJ International and recorded several classics for Saunderson's KMS Records, and by the '90s cultivated his connection with Detroit's techno subversives Underground Resistance, for whom he served as a guiding light.

 
DJ Pierre

djpierreBesides being a crucial DJ and the production wizard partly responsible for the development of Chicago acid-house, DJ Pierre later influenced the sound of New York's more disco-fied house with his tenure as an in-house producer for Strictly Rhythm Records. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Nathaniel Pierre Jones was influenced by the Hot Mix Five, the pioneering DJ team which lit up Chicago's radio airwaves during the early '80s with dance megamixes. Jones later began DJing himself, though he preferred the sound of Italian disco to the blend of soul and American disco which Chicago DJs like Ron Hardy were playing out. When his friend Spanky brought him to the Music Box to hear Ron Hardy in person though, Pierre was convinced -- he began spinning records more akin to the burgeoning house sound as well. DJ Pierre began recording on the side with Spanky and another friend named Herb J, working on tracks with an old drum machine and synthesizers.

 
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