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Selectors 003 - Marcel Dettmann

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Following celebrated compilations from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Young Marco and with the second edition of its limited-capacity festival in Croatia right around the corner, Dekmantel’s Selectors series now continues with an edition curated by Marcel Dettmann. Although he’s now known as one of the world’s most celebrated techno artists, even Marcel Dettmann had to start somewhere. Long before he ever held court at Berghain (or its predecessor, Ostgut), he was just another young boy in Eastern Germany, one whose earliest encounters with capitalism involved spending every penny he could scrape together down at the local record shop. In those days, it wasn’t techno that got him excited, but new wave, post-punk, industrial and EBM acts like Front 242 and Depeche Mode. That inspiration can be heard across this edition of the Selectors series, as Dettmann has put together what he describes as a 'pre-techno compilation'. Much like the previous Selectors editions, the compilation is not a mix CD, but a collection of tracks hand picked by Dettmann from his own vinyl archives. Freshly remastered and occasionally reworked or re-edited by Dettmann himself, the songs here are undoubtedly vintage gems, but they also represent a very personal journey into Dettmann’s past. Perfectly timed to coincide with Jamal Moss' reissues of his seminal 'Medusa Edits' series - inspired by his 'pre-house' days spent in Chicago's all ages rock club (where a lot of similar influences and sounds to this comp would be heard); it seems like we're on the brink of a proto-techno / industrial revolution folks! (and not a cotton mill in sight!). Don some black eye-liner, crack out that trench coat and get down to the sounds of the underground.


1. Front 242 - Don't Crash
2. The Force Dimension - Algorythm (Manipulating Mix)
3. Executive Slacks - So Mote It Be
4. Martin Dupont - The Light Goes Through My Mouth
5. A Thunder Orchestra - Diabolical Gesture (Marcel Dettmann Edit..
6. Twice A Man - Happy Life
7. Cabaret Voltaire - Low Cool (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
8. Kaa Antilope - Rise Up Helicopter, Like A Bird
9. Clan Of Xymox - A Day
10. Ministry - Same Old Madness
11. Fad Gadget - Back To Nature 

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