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Tresor parse 30 years of laser-guided electro missiles by UK pioneers Transparent Sound
Across 19 trax in 2 hours, ‘Accidents 1994-2023’ spells out the way electro took hold of young UK imaginations in the ‘80s and fed forward into future decades. It’s hard to overstate the influence of original German and American sounds on UK artists and dancers. Its drum patterns and machine-made tang are found everywhere from proper electro-soul to hardcore rave and the most up-to-the-second work by Batu, but it was a smaller handful such as Autechre, Daz Quayle, Andrew Weatherall and more pertinently Transparent Sound, who stuck to the purest forms in the ‘90s, as electro proper moved in and out of fashions.
‘Accidents 1994-2023’ surveys Transparent Sound’s steadfast, if makeshift, pursuit of electro purism from their unsuspecting base in Bognor Regis in-depth, harvesting sharp, funky, emotive aces from their eponymous label and others, including the likes of ‘Punk Mother Fucker’, which was rinsed by Villalobos at the time, and ‘No Call From New York (Acid Mix)’, as tanned in Helena Hauff’s 2017 Essential mix. We also direct you to the killer voice work and trilling machine funk of ‘Remaniscence’, Braindance-adjacent electro-acid in the cranky zinger ‘Numb in the Face (V.23)’ and ‘haircut Fantasy’, plus Ultradyne-esque dissonance on ‘What Goes On’, and deep treats in the effortless motion of ‘Music Noir’ and the synth-pop skooled ‘Pocket Full of Mischief’.