Un­der­ground Re­sis­tance

Q (UK) - - Girl Ray -

Acid house’s po­lit­i­cal wing was a de­lib­er­ately mys­te­ri­ous Detroit crew who skulked be­hind ob­scure aliases and traded in vi­sions of so­cial and plan­e­tary catas­tro­phe. Founded by “Mad” Mike Banks, along­side DJ-pro­duc­ers Jeff Mills and Robert Hood, the trio traded in high-BPM techno with a mil­i­tant edge, with 1991’ s Riot EP sound­ing like the miss­ing link be­tween acid house and Pub­lic En­emy. The UR la­bel at­tracted a num­ber of like-minded out­liers, in­clud­ing elec­tro duo Drex­ciya, and its un­com­pro­mis­ing at­ti­tude and hard­hit­ting pro­duc­tion style were a big in­flu­ence on the Ger­man techno sound that emerged fol­low­ing the fall of the Ber­lin Wall.

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