UK techno is amidst an exciting resurgence not seen since the days of Surgeon, James Ruskin, Paul Mac and their affiliate labels dominating record stores and filling DJs bags. A gradual slowing down of production and output from some of the UK's most prolific artists and labels during the early to mid 00s saw a spike in the amount of music coming out of Berlin's underground and hitting the quasi-mainstream, a movement spearheaded by Ostgut Ton and Berghain's ability to turn its residents into stars overnight.
UK techno however bubbled away and other acts such as Regis, Luke Slater and Mark Broom maintained a less prolific yet generative stream of work. Fast forward to 2011 and the tip of this new iceberg is just starting to show. Few producers of late have received as much attention as UK artists Shifted, Blawan, The Black Dog and Perc, while the enigmatic AnD with 6 release under their belt in 2011 happily maintain their shadowy existence.
It's been well documented that Industrial groups such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Nurse With Wound were inspirations behind the abrasive soundscapes carved by Surgeon and Regis, whilst Perc celebrating 10 years in the game recently commissioned remixes from both Chris Carter and Richard. H. Kirk on his Perc Trax imprint, Sheffield duo the Black Dog also received a 2011 remix from the Cabaret Voltaire legend. The legacy that Industrial music left on UK techno is merely one of the reasons for this galvanising resurgence, bass music's crafty approximation of techno has seen Blawan's ramshackled arrangements championed by an array of localities, ranging from Parisian electro dons Orgasmic and Teki Latex to Berghain honcho Norman Nodge, where I personally saw What You Do With With What You Have knocked out early on a Sunday afternoon. Acts like Shifted and Instra:mental have applied their drum and bass sensibilities to suite a house and techno framework, but it's AnD's heavy and stripped back brand of analogue techno that has diverted least from the UK's original outpourings, a style they call Dave Clarke inspired techno.
The enigmatic and covert productions of AnD have seen releases on the equally enigmatic Horizontal Ground and Black Sun Records, as well as Bristolian imprint Idle Hands and TEA feature label Project Squared. The two also run their own Inner Surface Music venture with Tom Dicicco which has so far seen two releases, with a third not too far away.
AnD have opened up their hearts and mind for TEA, compiling their No Ufo's mix. The two draw upon acts and artists that have no doubt played major importance in influencing their music and lives, whether it be through the aforementioned or versions of Throbbing Gristle and Richard. H. Kirk, or modern day manifestations in Tropic Of Cancer and Demdike Stare. The two also champion those pushing the boundaries of modern day electronica by acknowledging Sandwell District, DJ Skirt, Giorgio Gigli, Lucy and Xhin as well as providing rarities from Brian Eno and David Byrne, John Cage (I was lucky enough to pick up Radio Music in Amsterdam last October), Neu and Belgian EBM outfit Front 242, who are said to have coined the term Electronic Body Music.
D.C - D.O.A.
They Live -7998
Raymond Scott - Buffering Memories
Throbbing Gristle - X-Ray
O - Einsimmainen Valo
Himadri - Trace
Sandwell District - 7" A (Feed Forward)
Chris and Cosey - The Gates Of Ancient Cities
Brian Eno - Mountain Of Needles
Laurel Halo - Head
Oni Ayhun - OAR002 A
Aneglo Badalemti - Laura Palmers Theme
No Ufo's - 00-00-2010
Christian Zanesi - Marseille 2
DJ Skirt - Racing The Sea
John Cage - Radio Music
Tropic Of Cancer - Distorted Horizon
Richard. H Kirk - World War Three
Covered I Sand - Escape 1
Oneohtrix Point Never - Stress Waves
No Ufo's - Bright and Blue
Moondog - Moondog Monolog
Pan Sonic - Arvio
Boards Of Canada - Energy Warning
Brian Eno & David Byrne - Come With Us
Elph vs Coil - Ended
D.A.F - Der Ra? Uber Und Der Prinz
Richard H Kirk - Frequency Band
Xhin - This Is What You Drew While You Were Half Asleep
Covered In Sand - These Things Show Me
Boards Of Canada - You Could Feel The Sky
Cassegrain - Olbio (Giorgio Gigli Pyschoacoustic remix)
The Black Dog - Rainbow Bridge
Front 242 - Kinetics
Kevin Gorman - Caracole (Lucy remix)
Oneohtrix Pointnever - Sleep Dealer
Demdike Stare - Caged In Stennheim
Rrose - Arms nad Legs (Variation 2)
Nue - Seeland