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    Default late 90s tech-step

    Can anyone point me toward some mixes/artists/albums of late 90s tech-step/no u-turn style stuff. You know, the really stripped down robotic dnb which 'killed' the scene. I've been listening to Wormhole by Ed Rush and Optical and basically want more

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    v recordings-

    krust- warhead
    dj suv- untitled double ep
    ed rush & optical- funktion

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    Wormhole - such a classic album. Probably not too much of an overstatement to say it changed my life. I hadn't got into Jungle being a little too young and out in the sticks, but the dark tech DnB arrived at just the right time and sucked me in completely, until then my electronic music tastes consisted entirely of Aphex, Orbital and the Orb.

    Anyway enough of the rambling, I'd recommend the following albums,

    Technical Itch - Diagnostics
    Decoder - Dissection
    Dom & Roland - Industry

    Difficult to find anything that had as much minimal funk to it as Wormhole - I'd love to hear other peoples suggestions.

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    That no U-Turn comp "Torque" was pretty good. Nico's "Lo" on that I loved at the time.

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    first 2 mampi swift eps on charge
    nasty habits- shadow boxing
    Last edited by matt b; 21-02-2008 at 03:37 PM.

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    Doc Scott - Shadowboxing

    EDIT - beat me to it...
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    Keysound, Rinse, blog etc

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    jonny l, decoder, danny breaks, krust, the dylan stuff on droppin' science, a few dom and roland singles and remixes on moving shadow, some higher sense stuff..

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    Comps I rate would be

    Planet V (which isn't quite harsh enough for techstep, still a bit funky in places!)

    The Origin Unknown etc comp that Ram did circa 1997 - Speed of Sound

    The mixmag comp that Aphrodite and Mickey Finn did (which combines tech step stuff like that Johnny L Piper one and more jump up bizness)

    Lots of twelves too. Ram Trilogy, Optical, stuff like that.

    What was that name of that mad Digital 12" on 31 Recs with all the mad ravey sounds?

    I should really dig this stuff out...

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    Thanks for these!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    Difficult to find anything that had as much minimal funk to it as Wormhole - I'd love to hear other peoples suggestions.
    Yeah it must be that minimal funk which I'm fiending for. They really forged their own sound.

    Quote Originally Posted by tryptych
    That no U-Turn comp "Torque" was pretty good. Nico's "Lo" on that I loved at the time.
    Came across this just a minute ago. It looks like a good starting point, cheers for that.

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    There is an Ed Rush and Optical Radio 1 Essential Mix from 7th Feb 99 doing the rounds at the moment - might be what you are looking for as well - sorry - don't have a direct link but should be able to find it on t'interweb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJC View Post
    There is an Ed Rush and Optical Radio 1 Essential Mix from 7th Feb 99 doing the rounds at the moment - might be what you are looking for as well - sorry - don't have a direct link but should be able to find it on t'interweb.
    I love this site

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    Have heard the darker , hoover bass Rush & Optical type sound get dissed ,
    but it sure did have it's moment(s) ...

    Torque ... the primer

    My trip with them ended with 'The Creeps' which just didn't seem as sticky as Wormhole and Torque did ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdown View Post
    The emotif sound as in Da Bomb Shit is the best of techstep - sparse, dark and soulful.

    I second the Speed of Sound album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john eden View Post
    What was that name of that mad Digital 12" on 31 Recs with all the mad ravey sounds?
    Is that Deadline?

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