From its inception, the Berlin-based Tresor label maintained an important link with Detroit and its fertile techno community. Many of the first artists to record for Tresor were from Detroit, and the Germany artists on the label's roster shared a similar style of production. It was only fitting then that Tresor compile a collection that showcased the two cities and their respective artists, the Germans producing the first half and the Detroiters the second. The resulting collection, Berlin-Detroit - A Techno Alliance, the second in Tresor's long-running series of compilations, features some of the most influential producers in the history of techno, most notably Maurizio, DJ Hell, Underground Resistance, and Jeff Mills. In addition, Tresor also includes two tracks by 3MB, the supergroup comprised of Thomas Fehlmann and Maurizio, along with Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes on "Illuminism" and Juan Atkins on "Die Kosmischen Kuriere." Furthermore, even the lesser names featured here, like K Hand or 3 Phase for example, are somewhat legendary. Thus nearly every track on this collection is notable, and many have become touchstones within the greater history of techno. In particular, Maurizio's remix of Vainqueur's "Lyot" remains a canonical recording, a truly timeless anthem, as has "Jupiter Jazz" by Underground Resistance, "Changes of Life" by Mills, and "Die Kosmischen Kuriere" by 3MB with Juan Atkins. You won't find a better history of Detroit techno's relation to Berlin than this collection. It's partly the reason why Tresor became so internationally renown. While most labels center on their local scene, Tresor circled the globe for its talent, mining Detroit's incredibly fertile and historical techno community for gems.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier