Selection Section: Tecture’s Top Tracks From His Birth Era

by falsepriest

For our Selection Section, we reach out to some of our favorite DJs and ask them to share some of their most loved releases. This time we managed to get hold of up-and-coming Berlin-based DJ and producer Tecture, who draws inspiration from his adopted city, as well as Detroit. 

Berlin-bred label, BTAIM has just released Tecture’s latest offering, Lord of Mech. The two powerful yet emotive club tracks may seem grim on the surface, but glimmer with hope beneath. This interplay of murk and melancholy embodies the record with dynamic textures and narrative. This one is not to be missed.

In celebration of his new record, Tecture tells us about some of his favorite releases that entered the world around the same time as he did. Check out his top 10 list of early 90s bangers:

Psyche's Neurotic Behavior, as chosen by Tecture

1. Psyche – Neurotic Behavior
1993 on Applied Rhythm Technology (ART)

Originally released on Applied Rhythm Technology in 1993, Carl Craig’s ‘Neurotic Behavior’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. Pure magic and this certain catchy Detroit feeling which comes with it makes the song, at least for me, such an emotional track. The track got re-released a couple of times in 2013 as part of a triple 12-inch album on Planet E in the best quality, and with a bunch of other outstanding tracks from Carl as Psyche/BFC.

Stasis album, Inspiration, as chosen by Tecture

2. StatisInspiration
1994 on Peacefrog Records

Peacefrog has been and will always be a great inspiration for me. The tracks they released and the artists they made big are so incredible in quality. I chose this whole LP here as I think it should ideally be listened to as a whole, in one flow. Spacious, timeless and still innovative in its own way.

Mundo Muzique's The Lost Archives 1989-1994, as chosen by Tecture

3. Mundo Muzique – Azimuth, from The Lost Archives (1989-1994)
1995 on Synewave

Edmundo Perez was part of this new generation of music makers hailing from the US in the early 90s inspired by Detroit’s finest. He was also part of different groups, like Second Phase (with Joey Beltram) and Final Exposure (Beltram and Richie Hawtin). Azimuth is a track from his early days, I suppose, ’cause the title of that EP is ‘The Lost Archives’. I like the broken beat on this one and the lead line. Both driving you into a pleasant, trippy feeling.

Final Exposure's Vortex album, as chosen by Tecture

4. Final Exposure – Synergy 1, from Vortex
1991 on Plus 8 Records

Perez appears twice in this list as part of Final Exposure, a group he formed with Joey Beltram and Richie Hawtin. I think especially in this track, you can hear influences of all three of them in it. Beltram’s hook for overdriven toms, Hawtin’s Detroity claps and drums, as well as Perez’s love for not-so-conventional bass lines, as heard in the track before.

Drexciya's single Sighting In The Abyss, as chosen by Tecture

5. Drexciya – Sighting In The Abyss, from Aquatic Invasion
1995 on Underground Resistance

The Drexciyan’s a mythic story which started in 1989 in Detroit and found a tragic end in 2002, as one part of the group (James Stinson) died. Only after his death were their names revealed. Until then, nobody really knew who those guys were. Riding on the second wave of Detroit exports, they became a phenomenon for their strict ‘Let the music speak’ currency. Their Grava 4 album will very soon be repressed on Clone‘s Aqualung Series.

RAC's Monsoon single, as chosen by Tecture

6. RACMonsoon
1992 on Nucleus

Nucleus was Warp’s sub-division, focused on straight dance and house tracks. Although functioning for only 2 years, they released about 15 records from mostly UK artists like Chris Duckenfield and Richard Benson, who did this track which was the first catalogue number. The energy in this track is so great, along with the dubby tribal feeling which comes with it.

RAC's Neo Rio, as chosen by Tecture

7. RAC – 555, from Neo Rio
1992 on Nucleus

Since I’m a great fan of Nucleus, and especially RAC, I want to mention them twice. You could name pretty much all of their catalogue as exceptional, but this one is such a bomb. The 80s feeling in this track is so damn deep yet so modern (for the 90s).

As One album, Reflections, as chosen by Tecture

8. As One – Shambala, from Reflections
1994 on New Electronica

Another UK Label which released a lot of records in the mid-nineties containing Mark Broom or Infiniti. Shambala is part of Kirk Degiorgio’s first album, Reflections, and it’s a great journey in to UK’s IDM scene at this time. Degiorgio also runs Applied Rhythm Technology (ART).

X-101's self-titled album, as chosen by Tecture

9. X-101 – The Final Hour, from X-101
1991 on Tresor

Tresor’s first catalogue number and such a banger from three of the most outstanding techno artists that ever lived (Mike Banks, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood as X-101). I like that this stuff has more kind of a Berlin sound in it so you can hardly refer it to Underground Resistance.

LFO's Leed's Warehouse Mix, as chosen by Tecture

10. LFOLFO (The Leeds Warehouse Mix)
1990 on Warp Records

I will not forget to mention LFO in this list since these guys have been always one of my favorites. You’ve probably heard this track a thousand times before but I’m not going to skip it. For me personally it was a very important track in getting into electronic music. The strings, the bass lines, as well as the remarkable lead sound make this track such a special piece of music, easy to remember and never to forget.

Tecture’s new record, Lord of Mech is out now, get yourself a copy!