Belgian and Dutch techno imports during 1990 and 1991 were hitting the UK shores at an ever increasing rate especially from the main labels R&S, Beat Box, Music Man, Target and Dance Opera. The UK was entering the era of the Belgian Techno Anthems at the start of 1991, T99 had a hit with Anastasia, Cubic 22ís Night in Motion was getting into the UK charts, and the Re-activate Compilations hit record shops like Our Price. The best commercial underground dance radio station London based Kiss FM had Colin Daleís outer limits and Colin Favorís Kiss FM shows featuring heavily with European techno sounds. For me this era of the underground scene was my most memorable and most enjoyable for music. Whenever I was out record shopping, if I saw an R&S release I would just buy it without even listening to it, it was one of those labels you would buy with confidence. So it was great to hear a couple of years ago that R&S had started up the label again and are back on track with some excellent output. They have also started to release their back catalogue on Juno Download, so if you were / are into this sound then it is worth buying some of the releases in high quality. This week I thought I would celebrate the Belgian and Dutch techno sounds and dedicate a week of blogging some techno gems from A-Z from the vinyl vaults, I will leave some of the bigger anthems out and dig a little deeper but with tunes you may remember.
2000 & one’s Nowhere was released in 1990 on Dutch label Lower Eastside Records, while the record label is no w obsolete, 200o & One still continues to write and release electronic music.
The next two are take from UK artist Dave Angels EP called 1st Voyage that was released on Belgian label R&S Records. The R&S back catalogue is available now at Juno Download, so worth a visit by clicking here to purchase some old classics in high quality.
This was another release on R&S, the A-Side track “Sit on Bass” was arguably the more popular, but Inside Your Mind is quite timeless as a production and could easily be dropped in a techno set today.
B-Sides I, II, III, IV were a series of releases by Belgian techno legend Frank De Wulf, whatever Frank touch back then turned to gold, an amazing artist and producer. Frank De Wulf has been back in the studio and recently released B-Sides Vol 5, and can be bought here. Also the back catalogue of B-Sides and has been re-released as digital downloads, go here to buy them.
Code Red was an absolute belter of a tune back in the day, released on the excellent Mental Radio label, and written by Jeff Hypp, Pat Krimson and Oliver adams who were behind a whole string of releases under different guises.
Another release by Hypp & Krimson, this time on Beat Box Recordings
Defcon 3 – Altitude was a bleep monster in 1991, Free Party Anthem.
Another production written by Frank De Wulf, originally released in early 91 on Belgian label Mikki House, was later re-released on R&S in 1992 with a track that sounds identical to chart busting Rave Generator.