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Nitetrax - Proto Techno & Beyond

London

18.01.17

I wanted to do a mix of synthpop, new and no wave, funk, disco, electro, and avant-garde experimental music from around 1977-85 that anticipated and influenced the birth of techno. The tracks in this “proto-techno” mix give us an idea of how artists must have been excited by the influx of new electronic equipment, and it’s interesting to hear how musicians working in different genres and countries approached those new sounds and techniques. Being a young musician in the mid-80s listening to all this, how could you not feel inspired to invent techno?

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Tracklist

  • Kraftwerk - Spacelab
  • Depeche Mode - Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Liaisons Dangereuses - Peut Être ... Pas
  • James Asher - Electro Confusion
  • The League Unlimited Orchestra - Do Or Die
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra - Light In Darkness
  • A Number Of Names - Sharevari (Vocal)
  • Giorgio Moroder - Utopia
  • Equip - XXXO
  • Telex - Moskow Diskow
  • Alexander Robotnick - Dance Boy Dance
  • Tik & Tok - Soulless Synthetic Heart-Steps Of Unconcerned Androids
  • Gary Numan, Tubeway Army - Random
  • John Carpenter, Alan Howarth - Chase Across The 69th Street Bridge
  • Throbbing Gristle - Hot On The Heels Of Love
  • John Foxx - Mr. No
  • Man Parrish - Techno Trax
  • Blancmange - On Our Way To?
  • George Clinton - Atomic Dog (Instrumental)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto - A Wongga Dance Song
  • Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank, Mani Neumeier - Pitch Control
  • Paul McCartney - Secret Friend
  • Testpattern - Ring Dance
  • Delia Derbyshire - unknown title
  • Cluster - Heiße Lippen
  • Vanity 6 - Make Up
  • The Normal - T.V.O.D.
  • Visage - Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)
  • British Electric Foundation - Optimum Chant
  • The Human League - Dancevision
  • Ike Yard - Dancing + Slaving
  • Ultravox - Mr. X
  • Herbie Hancock - Nobu
  • Vicious Pink - The Spaceship Is Over There
  • Soft Cell - Memorabilia
  • Cybotron - Techno City (Instrumental)