Beginning in the early '90s, Emmanuel Top became France's first techno superstar, even if his popularity was greater in countries like Germany and England than his own country. He released a multitude of 12"s on the Attack label -- La Pipe a Eau, Krankenhaus, Ecsta-Deal, Stress, Turkish Bazar, and many more -- many of which are compiled on the triple-disc Release collection from 1995. Top's next step took him to Nova Mute alongside heavyweights like Plastikman. There, Top debuted with the Lobotomie EP, followed by the Spherique 12" and the Asteriod LP in 1996. In addition to his solo work, Top also collaborated with Bruno Sanchioni and Bruno Quartier in the mid- to late '90s as the trance act B.B.E. ("Seven Days and One Week") and also as Age of Love (the original "Age of Love").
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