Boomkat Product Review:
*Reissue of the most comprehensive documentary ever made about the birth of Techno in Detroit...*
"We have 3 Natural Resources in Detroit....Water, Salt and Techno". The most comprehensive documentary ever made about the birth of Techno in Detroit, "High Tech Soul" charts the birth and evolution of techno with numerous, in-depth interviews with pretty much anyone you'd imagine or expect, and then some. Exclusive footage with the likes of Juan, Derrick, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie Fowlkes, Carl Craig, Shake Shakir, Blake Baxter, Richie Hawtin, Kenny Larkin, Matthew Dear and the Ghostly/Spectral crew, Jeff Mills and the UR crew...even the most influential radio DJ of all time alongside John Peel - The Electrifying Mojo (still keeping his identity a secret here, filmed in silhouette). The material is just fascinating, starting off with the socio-economic history of the Motor City and onto an exploration of the Techno Triumvate : Juan (The Originator), Derrick (The Innovator) and Kevin Saunderson (The Elevator), how Neil Rushton brought them to the UK and brought them international fame (Kevin Saunderson has out-sold them all and then some - over 6 million records sold), and how the sound then developed through the likes of Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Mike Banks and Hawtin and onto another generation of producers that's still developing the sound today. There are just so many nuggets revealed here for the first time - like Jeff Mills recalling how his mum implored him and Mike Banks to make the Low-end heavier on the first Underground Resistance release, Blake Baxter digging through his studio saying " The 303, the 202. the 606, they look like toys but can do a lot of damage if you use them right...", Shake Shakir recalling Kraftwerk's influence "Kraftwerk have to be given an acknowledgement coz everyone here thought they were a Joke...", down to just fascinating info about the city itself (Juan Atkins explaining that Detroit was designed to hold 4 million residents but that only 1 million live there - creating a weird, empty feeling), to the etymology of the word Techno itself - coined by Juan but borrowed from Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. There's even some awesome extra's, most notably the "Trash" section where Detroit's luminaries diss a whole host of contemporaries, asked about Paul Oakenfold Derrick may declares "Pigs get Slaughtered" and the likes of Moby and Hawtin don't come off too lightly either. A riveting documentary that never loses momentum - this really is a must for anyone with an interest in the evolution of electronic music and the foundations of Detroit's most sought after natural resource : Techno.