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listen  4. Octagon12:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Basic Channel
  • ASIN: B001AIRWJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first CD compilation of Basic Channel releases from 1995 became one of the quintessential electronic music compilations of all time. Now, in a total surprise move, a companion CD, Basic Channel 2, has been released -- featuring full-length versions of six of the label's landmark club tracks released on vinyl between 1993 and 1995. From today's perspective, you can see and hear much of the later Rhythm & Sound style, with its echo-heavy atmospheric density, already laid out to perfection here. Basic Channel is the minimal techno production team and record label, composed of Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, that originated in Berlin, Germany in 1993. They released a classic series of 9 iconic 12" records in the mid-'90s, and this CD compilation of material is taken from those 12"s. Featured here, on CD for the first time, are some of the most legendary electronic music tracks of all time: "Enforcement," "Phylyps Trak," "Inversion," "Octagon," "Octaedre," and "Phylyps Trak II/II." Stylistically, Basic Channel creates their own sub-genre of Detroit techno; slowly developing pulsations and abstractions with a heavy emphasis on post-dub processed crackles, blips and hiss -- the word "seminal" was invented for moments just like this.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long wait, but Basic Channel has finally given us another compilation of their distinctive dub techno. I gave the previous volume a very positive review, but its value was somewhat diminished by the fact that many of its tracks were in edited form. Fortunately, that's not the case with this follow-up compilation. You get six of their classics in all their uncut, repetitive glory.

Finding the original vinyl is probably out of the question for most people and this is definitely the next best thing. If you're like me, you'll tolerate digital downloads if nothing else is available, but even at 256kb, MP3s are still lossy. While I'm sure these cuts sound best on vinyl, the CD sounds great. It's rich with plenty of detail, even with the notoriously cloudy Basic Channel sound.

Chances are, if you're reading this review, you already know these songs. I'll give a few comments on the off that someone new to Basic Channel is reading. If you know BC, then you're already convinced that you need this CD and you can stop reading the review.

Things start out with "Enforcement", one of the most difficult BC tracks around. It always strikes me as a little too intense with the in-your-face 16th note bass synth, which seems to nail your ears to the back of your head. The biggest issue I have is that there's absolutely no space and your ears get no rest. One of the unique things about BC is their songs always have a lot of space for their dub echos, but that's not the case here.

Next up is the classic "Phylyps Trak", which you've probably heard on techno compilations. This is the original mix, and even though it exists in maybe four or five different forms, this is one of two that you need to own. The other is not included on this CD, but it's worth tracking down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BkEuRrGaMsAaNwa on December 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This compilation CD features 6 masterpieces by Basic Channel. I just wanted to note that anyone who loves this music can still buy it and almost everything from basic channel/rhythm & sound/maurizio/main street/ etc. on VINYL from places like hardwax and honest jons and shops in europe, US, etc. for very reasonable prices and it is very much worth it... especially if you have two turntables and a mixer because mixing this material is irresistible! Also, Basic Channel themselves would prefer you listen to the wax. Loud.
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By gloworm on January 12, 2015
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