Boomkat Product Review:
Expanded reissue of a proper Detroit techno totem on Kenny Larkin’s own label, Art of Dance
Originally dispensed in 1994 by Warp, Kenny Larkin’s first album ‘Azimuth’ portrayed Detroit techno at its sleekest and psychedelically sensual. It arrived as a crucial part of the 2nd wave alongside template-setting work by artists such as Mad Mike, Jeff Mills and Carl Craig, who built on the foundations set by the Bellville Three (aka Juan Atkins, Kevin Sanderson and Derrick May), and diffracted the essence of Hi-Tech Soul into lushly thrilling new patterns and styles.
This new edition of Larkin’s landmark debut album now strangely omits its gorgeous closer ‘My Travels’, but does include the two cuts from its original, limited edition, 3LP version, namely the shark-eyed techno-house groove of ‘Wondering’, and the rushy jack of ‘Q (Right Brain Mix).’ Alongside the likes of a rare and lush example of beatless Detroit synth ambience in ‘Hello’, the alien futurism of the title tune, his astro-breakbeat ballistics in ‘Funk In Space’, and the album’s tear-jerking downbeat evergreen ‘Tedra’, among many others, you’re in the presence of stone cold classic 313 genius, up there with likes of C2’s ‘Landcruising.’