Cabinet Classics 1994-1998
Double vinyl LP version of Cabinet Classics 1994-1998, with selections from CD1 of the double CD compilation capturing the early years of the Cabinet releases.
...1994-2005. Broadcasting timeless, route one techno from the heart of Berlin since 1996, Cabinet records has come to epitomize the rough underground sound of a city like few others. Now, with this excellent compilation package (either on double CD or 2 separate double LPs), Plus 8 has seen fit to set this essential contribution to electronic dance music in stone, in three different formats. Back in the days, the Plus 8-affiliated IntelliNET Distribution pressed and distributed the very first Cabinet releases to the world. Ten years later, Richie Hawtin's relentless search for the perfect beat still leads him back to the rare Cabinet archive for inspiration, quality and pure expression of the form. When you listen to this distinctive, stripped-down sound, forged by label founder Daniel Paul, DJ Zky and DJ Trike among others, it's clear to see why. Not only do their productions contain explosive energy and a generous helping of phuture funk, but there's also a spontaneous, live vibe captured here. The tracks evolve effortlessly, with each new idea reaching its logical conclusion through a mesh of 909 beats, warm analog bass lines and feverish hi-hat patterns -- a knack that's all too conspicuous by its absence nowadays. The first 2LP focusing on the early years with classics from Compass and Cab Drivers, like the acid-tinged "Gliding" and the infectious shuffle and bass groove of "Elwico."