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A highlight of the post-millennium Underground Resistance catalogue, "Hi Tech Dreams" is composed by Mad Mike and is meant to inspire inner city kids to shun previous idols that further the capitalist manifesto, and instead look towards the future for increased information flow and social-political improvement. As usual, it's a wonderfully hard hitting message from the always political and pioneering Detroit camp.

"Hi Tech Dreams" on the A-side is rightfully celebrated as a pure vision of techno - even though it completely neglects tropes that would go onto inform the modern version of business techno that tastelessly fills stadiums of clueless phone-gazers devoid of soul and feeling. It's a true mastery of machines, squeezing ounce upon ounce of funk out of a reduced array of instruments.

On the flip "Hold My Own" slows the tempos and deploys a dystopian sound palette, tearing down the past and reducing all preconceptions to almost tangible audio-rubble. It's a stark contrast to the view of futuristic optimism displayed on side A and somehow perfectly encapsulates the political fire of Mike Banks and company without voicing any (comprehensible) lyrics. He lets the machines do the talking, and they speak a thousand words!

"Lo-Tech Reality", featuring vocals from Agent Chaos puts a definitive full stop to the philosophy; utilizing humming circuits and neck snapping drums to really hammer home the message of inequality and deprivation in certain urban areas.

Real top drawer tackle from 2007, repressed and ready for today's interstellar fugitives.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Peak Mad Mike business here. One of my favourite releases by the Underground Resistance figurehead. "Hi-Tech Dreams" is the very epitome of Detroit techno - funky, futuristic, and draped in a moody shadow. Perfecto!

TRACK LISTING

A. Hi-Tech Dreams
B1. Hold My Own
B2. Lo-Tech Reality

Underground Resistance

Workers T-Shirt - Neon Yellow

    Brand new Underground Resistance 'Workers' T-Shirt

    Black with white print on Gildan Ultra Cotton Shirt.

    Also available in traditional black and white militia print! 




    Underground Resistance

    Workers T-Shirt - Black

      Brand new Underground Resistance 'Workers' T-Shirt

      Black with white print on Gildan Ultra Cotton Shirt.

      Also available in neon yellow! 

      NEW UR !! Wavejumpers spotted off the coast of Scotland. Can you decode the sound that lurks in the fog?

      Complimenting the hi-tech jazz flavoured Manu De Fuego (UR-095), also released this week, we have a Drexciyan flavoured release from Wavejumper, another new UR jam to blast away all other competition!

      Underwater, squiggly, scuba diving techno and electro that's deliciously textured. You can almost feel the propeller's drag through the aqua-tunnel! Don't need to tell you how quickly these are gonna get snapped up.





      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Hard to pick a favourite out of the TWO, NEW (!) Underground Resistance records this week. Mana De Fuego sorts out the much needed main room money shot but here Wavejumpers (who?) go on a Drexciyan scuba dive, exploring the sub layers with a street-wise and fierce attitude. It's killer!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. The Sound
      A2. Aquatic Justice
      B1. Cetacaen Nation
      B2. Decoding The Maps
      B3. Sunken Treasure

      Classic jazzy Detroit house / techno from the early days of Mad Mike's UR operation.

      UR wonders: What happens to jazz if combined with the current electronic sound tools used to make Detroit techno now?

      What might jazz sound like if the inspirational pioneers of fusion ie; Return to Forever, Astral Pirates or Weather Report had access to the music production technology available now or in the future?

      The artform called jazz was a unique reflection of The African American experience in the United States. Unfortunately by the 90″s it had been compromised by major record companies and made smoother for mainstream consumption and more profits.

      Born in America’s rural black south rock & roll had suffered the same fate years earlier. Original artists eventually replaced by well studied clones and corporate mega profits!! Also happening the original artform of jazz appeared to be caught, processed & throughly EXPLAINED by people who sought to intellectualize struggle & human emotion into mere words and then benefit immensely financially by being authorities on the subject.

      Hmm sound familiar?

      As you watch the current intellectual colonization of the urban inner city African American art forms house music, hip-hop, jungle & Detroit techno get studied, bent, twisted renamed and turned into EDM profit formulas.

      There stands records like "Nation 2 Nation" that defy these definitions and inspire the next generation of Pioneers who continue the undefined exploration of jazz like Derek Jamerson, Jon Dixon, Raphael Merriweathers, Desean Jones, Timeline, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Raphael Statin & Ian Finkelstein. Mother to daughter, Father to son, "Nation 2 Nation" is a work inspired and that inspired what’s next.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Big Stone Lake
      A2. Sometimes I Feel Like
      A3. Nation 2 Nation
      B1. Body And Soul
      B2. The Theory (Mind Mix)
      B3. 303 Sunset


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