Kings Of Techno - Mixed By Carl Craig And Laurent Garnier - Various Artists
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"Kings of Techno' is the 6th installment in a compilation series that grows more ubiquitous with each release. A unique series that brings together globally renowned DJ 's & producers to reveal their favorite tracks in the genre they themselves have become best known for. 'The Kings of' albums allow compilers to make choices well beyond the usual restraints imposed on them.
This album is not your average 'Techno' mix album. How could it be - it features two of Dance Music's most significant players of the last 15 years, so expect the unexpected!!
LAURENT GARNIER was one of the first Europeans to mix American House and techno music in Britain, earning his crown in the glory days of the Hacienda in the late 80's. Some tracks of his mix will be immediately recognizable as 'Techno', such as the phenomenal 'Utopia' by JEFF MILLS - a track which perhaps best defines the atmospheric soundscapes associated with the genre. But far from being strictly techno, Garnier's mix is both a testimony to the genre's main influences and an eclectic tribute to the town that saw its emergence: Detroit. The great beauty of his mix is the layering of the many styles, traveling from THE STOOGES to ARETHA FRANKLIN, from Motown's TEMPTATIONS to futuristic hip-hop-anthem-in-the-making, DABRYE's collaboration with JAY DEE on 'Game Over'.
CARL CRAIG grew up in Detroit; his diverse musical output has gained him fans from a broad range of musical backgrounds. Considered as one of the main figures of the second generation of Detroit techno producers, his extensive DJing all over the world witnessed the development of the genre. In direct contrast to Laurent's mix, his take in music mostly emanated from Europe. Like Laurent's, some falls easily into the 'techno' category: NITZER EBB's industrial bass heavy 'Join In The Chant' fits seamlessly with CAPRICORN's 'I Need Love' from defunct early 90's trance label SPERM RECORDS. VISAGE will be remembered for European chart success in the glory days of late 70's, perhaps best known for their hit "Fade to Grey". These all had a high voltage current running through their music and significantly, these tracks still gain a cheer on today's dance floor.
- The Stooges - No Fun
- Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
- The Temptations - Plastic Man
- Funkadelic - Bettino's Bounce
- Carl Craig - No More Words
- Jeff Mills - Utopia
- BFC - Galaxy
- Arpanet - NTT DoCoMo
- D.I.E. - Get Up
- Dabrye - Game Over
- Visage - Frequency 7
- Kano - It's A War
- Yello - No More Words
- Alexander Robotnick - Dance Boy Dance
- Art Of Noise - Beat Box (Diversion 1)
- Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant
- Capricorn - I Need Love (Instrumental)
- The Black Dog - Virtal
- Balil - Nort Route
- Choice - Acid Eiffel