As cheaper, more accessible forms of digital production methods have streamed their way into the bedrooms of the current generation of music-makers, analogue rhythms have spent the last decade enduring something of a backseat ride in electronic music’s continual journey. Yet, as our times echo those of when the electronica illuminati began sequencing, many dirty, sticky floors are experiencing a retro-futuristic renaissance; synth chords and the patterns of the 909 once again ignite desires in the dancing soul.
It may well be a similar nostalgia that’s seen Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard return to form as Global Communication. After a 15-year hiatus they once again combine to bring us this wonderful collection of era-defining tracks, serving as both a timely reminder to those lucky enough to experience the movement first time round, and as an exemplary education to any young upstart keen to learn from the masters. Seminal tracks and lesser-known gems from pioneers including Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Carl Craig constitute the bulk of this comp, with other key contributions coming from Jochem Paap, Aphex Twin and Reel 2 Real. The first disc is a pumping techno odyssey, while Disc Two embarks on a more melodic and ambient quest that’s at once effortless beauty and brittle soul.
The sleevenotes, by the boys behind Global Communication (with assistance from the encyclopedic Kris Needs), embellish an intriguing backstory with a personal touch that perfectly rounds off this excellent package.