Noteworthy for several reasons, X-101 signals perhaps more than it delivers. First of all, it's the first release ever by Tresor, who would go on to release over 200 records during the next 15 years and become one of the most influential techno labels ever. Second, it's actually an Underground Resistance recording, though the Detroit collective chose to go with the more cryptic X-101 tag. Third, it signals the Berlin-Detroit axis that would quickly form between Tresor and Underground Resistance, the latter a collective that had become a cult phenomenon within the international techno scene by this record's release in 1991 partly because of producer Jeff Mills, who would soon become a cult himself after leaving the collective a few years later. Of the six tracks featured here, "Sonic Destroyer" stands out most. Typical of Mills' work for Underground Resistance at the time -- think "Punisher" -- the track is comprised of absolutely crushing 909 beats and high-pitched synth stabs looped siren-like. It's a monstrous track more likely to inspire pumping fists than dancing feet, an anthem for sure.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier