Boomkat Product Review:
Juan Atkins dishes up his and Doug Craig’s 1986 electro bangers as Channel One for their first vinyl reissue in a generation - as rinsed by everyone from Dave Clarke to DJ Maaco and Carl Craig
As Metroplex’s 3rd release, Channel One’s ‘Technicolor’ is a key building block of Detroit electro-techno dance music. It followed Model 500 classics ‘No UFO’s’ and ‘Night drive (Thru-Babylon)’ with three cuts of aerodynamic electro futurism that still patently bears the influence of Kraftwerk, but galvanised with a steely Motor City flex that’s also compatible with the robot worshippers in Miami and NYC of that era.
It comes in a radio mix concisely packing the anxious 808 beat, Juan’s vox and orchestral string stabs, plus a more stripped down ‘Color Dubbing’ to properly twitch dem bones, and its ‘Long Mix’ laid down for the DJs and dancers to really get into it, with some crazed electro-funk keyboard chops in the latter stages. And did we mention that it’s co-writer, Doug Craig, is a cousin of Carl? Fill your boots.