Tonight is the ultimate ultimate for dub/techno/minimal fans in the northeast. First of all, as I’ve said before Deep Space, Francois K’s Monday event at Cielo is the best, second of all tonight is one of the biggest events there ever. So if you are anywhere within 1000 miles of the meat packing district you will go there tonight.
I think this is as good an opportunity as ever to do a ROOTS&FUTURE on these legends because there ain’t no sound of now without the sounds of these deep ass Germans. History lesson: Moritz Von Oswald & Mark Ernestus released their first track as Maurizo in 1992 and have since as Basic Channel and most recentlly as Rhythm & Sound (along with some other aliases) pioneered a completely unique dub mixed with techno sound that the current minimal craze can be traced directly to. They also ran the Chain Reaction label which was responsible for putting out some serious straight ahead techno tracks including early works by current top dudes Monolake and Vladislav Delay. Their latest work as Rhythm & Sound leans more towards straight ahead dub and is showcased on their 1995 album See Mi Yah, which was then remixed by the likes of Carl Craig, Villalobos and Francois K (the master himself) among others. Needless to say: miss tonight at your own peril!
Rhythm & Sound – Free For All (Soundstream Remix)
This is my favorite remix off of See Mi Yah. Sure the Carl Craig mix of Poor People Must Work is amazing, but Soundstream brews the deep dub house vibe to perfection. You can buy the aformentioned C2 mix and all the other remixes here and the original album here.
Phylyps (Basic Channel) – Trak II (Untitled A)
I don’t really know what to say about this one other then: it’s an seminal track that was released in 1994 and still sounds brand new today. Most of the old Basic Channel tracks are not available digitally so if you really want to hear the B side then you are going to have to find this at your local used purveyor of used records or on GEMM.
Maurizio – M-4.5 (Untitled A)
Actually you can get a compilation of Basic Channel remixes on Beatport and there’s also a comp of alot of Maurizio releases, but it only has an edit of this one, not the full version.
SUPPORT these dons and buy all their music. I’m off to chinatown to catch the Fung Wah…