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AZTEC MUSIC (AUSTRALIA)
2005 reissue. "Formed in 1975 by Australian synth pioneer Steve Maxwell Von Braund with fellow musician Geoff Green, Cybotron paved a new musical path for Oz electronic music. Combining prog, Krautrock, and grafting an avant-garde darkness, Cybotron opened up a new sonic world to Aussie audiences. Von Braund found inspiration while living in England in 1970, having witnessed live bands like Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Can etc., and brought these influences back with him upon his return to Melbourne when forming the band.
was Cybotron's third full-length release. Unleashed in 1980 to melt people's minds, it featured Von Braund, Mark Jones and Gil 'Rats' Matthews (of Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs fame), who produced the album both at his home studio and at legendary Armstrong's Studios. It is a symphony of sound, ultra-dramatic and presents a super mind-bending inter-galactic journey. Lovers of Can, Neu, Faust, Amon Düül II, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, etc., will find inspiration in Cybotron's
. This deluxe version has been digitally remastered, with extensive liner notes containing new interviews and rare photos. It contains six bonus tracks -- five from Cybotron's uncompleted and unreleased 1981 album Abbey Moor (one being a curious version of Mancini's
theme). The album is also packaged in Aztec Music's trademark six-panel digi-pak."
Repressed. "Seminal techno album
finally gets the definitive reissue it deserves. First released in 1983, Cybotron's debut LP has long been considered a landmark release in the storied history of Detroit music and an invaluable seed that sprouted countless branches of electronic dance music from house to techno. Founded by visionary Vietnam veteran Rik Davis and teenaged future funk freak Juan Atkins, Cybotron combined a fondness for electronic gear as favored by groups like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra with a dark lyricism that echoed the urban blight of Detroit and advanced prophetic environmental concerns. This long-overdue reissue has been carefully curated to satisfy the most discerning fans, and to provide an accessible entry point to one of the most influential electronic music releases ever. This edition features the original full-length album, including the sought-after initial mix of the mega-hit 'Clear,' replaced on earlier issues with its better known remix. That remix, sampled famously for Missy Elliot's 'Lose Control,' leads off the bonus tracks -- a collection of singles, B-sides and alternate mixes that provide a complete picture of Cybotron's enormously trend-setting style. The original artwork is supplemented by band photos and rare label images, plus a powerful essay by noted scribe Dave Tompkins (
How to Wreck a Nice Beach
) that explores the roots of the group's sound."
"Inspired by a combination of George Clinton's midwestern funk, Kraftwerk's eclectic synth-pop, Yellow Magic Orchestra's electronic experimentation, and futurist authors like Alvin Toffler and Ray Kurzweil, Michigan's Juan Atkins, Richard '3070' Davis, and John 'Jon 5' Housley would form the group Cybotron in 1980. Their sound was an amalgamation of Detroit funk mixed with a post-industrial electronic sound that helped shape the foundation and early evolution of techno music, and the electro-defined funk music of the 1980s. By far their most influential and celebrated composition appeared as the final track on their 1983 debut
, which would later be reissued in 1990 under the famed track's title. The song was called 'Clear.' It has sold over 50,000 copies since its release as a 12" single, and the British avant garde magazine
has referred to the song as a 'groundbreaking, first-generation piece of pure machine music.' For many people, the song's main selling point is its' instantly recognizable loop, which has been a staple of hip-hop sampling, having appeared on tracks by the likes of T.I., Missy Elliot, Poison Clan, Blowfly, and many more. Thirty years later, Decision Records recognizes the impact and full extent of this Cybotron single, and presents 'Clear' reissued in its original 12" format, featuring an alternate remix, and vocal/instrumental mixes of the B-side, 'Techno City,' another important Cybotron release, which Jon Savage of the
has referred to as 'a perfect fusion of technology, ambient mood and human warmth from a time when people were not afraid to project into the future.'"
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