Back in the days, some of the best Detroit techno used to come from the UK, or that’s what we liked to think anyways. The likes of Stasis, Nuron, Black Dog, B12, In Sync and many others were at least on par with the motor city producers. One of the key factors surely was an early exposure to those sounds thanks to forward thinking record shops and distributors. One of those shops was the Fat Cat one, which would grow into the major indie label that it now is, even when the shop’s been now defunct for years. In this shop used to work Lee Grainge, a DJ and former music distributor specialized in electronic dance music, an occasional music producer (Ephebe, Original Vintage and Eagles Prey). After a few early record venture, Lee paired with the elusive Hazel Bligh to produce a couple of brilliant EPs under the Human guise. Over 15 years later those records still hold magic and direction, forgotten lore that should find its way into most techno and music enthusiast’s worlds.
Mathew Herbert – February – CD – One Pig – Accidental (2012)
Zadig – Hidden – 12″ – Hidden EP – Syncrophone (2012)
Jitterbug – Nomads – 12″ – Arcane Theory – Uzuri (2012)
B12 – Free Flight – 12″ – V/A : Red – Balkan Vinyl (2010)
Bassclef – Hackney / Chicago / Jupiter – CD – Reeling Skullways – Punch Drunk (2012)
Zadig – Re-Form – 12″ – Re-Form EP – Construct Re-Form (2011)
Deception Plan – Plan 0 (Maskirovka) – 12″ – V/A Unforeseen Alliances 1/3 – Construct Re-Form (2012)
Antigone – The Colonists – 12″ – Forbidden Works – Construct Re-Form (2011)
Orpheus (AKA Perseus Traxx) – Waiting For Your Call – 12″ – Path From Hades – Sequencias (2012)
Master C an J – Jesse N.Y.C. Mix – 12″ – Master Of Love – Street Side Records (2012)
Mark Goddard? Truth?! Never heard of those. Or have I? These pretty generic names could just hide anything, from Goa Trance to ambient downtempo or folk protest singing. Suposedly the fourth release of equally obscure and ungooglable Funky Groove Records, the only link I could find was that this was a subsidiary imprint for forgotten Funky Junky Records, a hardcore/proto-jungle label with only a handfull releases, most of which were white labels.
Truth is a whole different affair. Obviously of british lineage, we here march in the deepest and most beautiful Detroit territory. There’s a tradition of british Detroit techno with B12, As One, Stasis and cohorts. For years, we covered it all here at Helter Skelter, but this gem is such an under the radar must-hear/must-have/must-love choon that even if we already played it, I thought we should remind you of it. I dare say this up there with the best Kenny Larkin, C2 and even Derrick May. Hope you’ll enjoy this as much as we do.