Thursday Throwback – Jan 27, 2011

Going to mix things up a bit this week and share one of my favourite techno tracks by one of my favourite techno producers.

I think what draws me to this track is the fact that it’s so atypical for techno:

  1. It has a predominant bassline, and a unique one at that. It’s a little bit funky and really drives the track along.
  2. It evolves nicely – starting off very restrained but opening up noticeably by about 2 mins in.
  3. It has a melodic hook, another thing which isn’t particularly common in techno

Here it is, c. 1998:

(I also like that this rip has some audible vinyl pops & clicks 😉

FYI, Icarus is actually a pseudonym of Joel Mull. Here is another more recent track by him which I find has a similar aesthetic (and would also make my list of favourite techno tracks).

P.S. I would love to know what the vocoded sample at the start is saying – something about “all my homeys”? Haha. Tell me what you think.

P.P.S. I’ve started a playlist for the throwbacks I find on YouTube

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