"Detroit-Berlin: A Techno Alliance," went the subtitle of an early compilation on the latter city's Tresor Records, and in the early Nineties that alliance reshaped dance music into something tougher, meaner and more minimalist. The seven tracks on this sampler platter (originally released between 1991 and 1993) come at you with stark, thrilling brute force – you gotta love a techno track called "Drugs Work." Highlights include the stun-gun riffs of Blake Baxter's "Ghost" (Detroit) and the wild pitch-shifting of Maurizo's "Ploy (Strategic Mix)" (Berlin). The star is Detroit's Jeff Mills, whose "Sonic Destroyer" (recorded as X-101) and "The Hypnotist" are models of micro-managed frenzy. If Juan Atkins was ? and the Mysterians, Mills is the Stooges.
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