Stakker

Eurotechno: Original Soundtrack

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A curious, very much of-its-time release that still has a certain thrill to it, Eurotechno wasn't a single or album per se initially -- instead, it's the soundtrack to a videotape of various state-of-the-art end-of-the-'80s computer special effects designed for rave projections. Or, more than likely, home viewing of the same by those who wanted to get in on the action without actually having to leave the house. Whatever the intent, Eurotechno was finally issued as a stand-alone effort by Rephlex in 2002, making it both a curio for the dedicated Future Sound of London fan due to Brian Dougans' involvement and its own little flashback into the past for the general listener. The way the video was edited appears to involve minute-long snippets of the kind of images seen on the cover art -- multicolored polygons and swirls and the like -- with quick, sudden shifts between said snippets. The way Stakker constructed the release involves equally quick jumps between styles: flecks of Detroit techno and Chicago house, plenty of proto-Ibiza vibes, the incipient leaps in European dance music, and so forth. Jarring (but intentionally so) edits between each of these brief indulgences complete the 25-minute-long release. It's not really all that deathless in the end, but it is good enough fun, an odd peek into what one group did to pay a bit of the bills and get its name out to the public.

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