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Detailed (and very frank) interview with a founding member of Hard Corps.


I'm thrilled to learn that more new (well, new old) material is on its way! Hard Corps were ever so shiny.
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Post-disco Belgian synth act Telex were one of the most innovative EDM bands of the late 70s/early 80s, prefiguring house and techno by a good half decade with their humor infused, four to the floor feel good anthems like "Moskow Diskow", "Soul Waves", "Brainwash", and "Euro-Vision". "Raised By Snakes", from 1984's "Wonderful World", is characteristic of their odd lyrical sensibilities and funky grooves.

Telex were remixed in 2 albums, "I Don't Like Music: The Remixes" and "I (Still) Don't Like Music: Remixes Vol. 2", by artists like Juan Atkins, Anthony "Shake" Shakir and Carl Craig; more recently "Moskow Diskow" received a whack of new remixes in 2010.
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Here's another 'proto trance' track. Though commonly thought of as a techno/house offshoot, trance also grew out of this style of melodically busy, rhythmically intense synthpop dance music.

I'm not normally big on vocals in electronic music, but I have to say that I love the singing here. The music has a dark quality to it that works well against the vocals, with a chugging bass synth and sinister atmosphere that remind me a little of 90s-era Leather Strip. Joseph Watt and Art Maharg of Razormaid! had a hand in the production; it's punchy and gets straight to the point, like most of what they did.
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Welcome to the former Tumblog mind_like_a_laser!

To kick things off, I'd like to (again) post this remarkable 1989 set by Liaisons Dangereuses. It's quite long, but over the course of its three hours it encapsulates much of what I love about dance music. You'll hear synth-pop (Simple Minds - "League Of Nations"), dark electronics (The Normal - "Warm Leatherette"), EBM (Portion Control - "The Great Divide"), hip-hop (Time Zone - "The Wildstyle"), acid house (The Children - "Freedom"), electrofunk (Newcleus - "Automan"), early breakbeat (Renegade Soundwave - "Cocaine Sex"), and early proto-techno and proto-trance (Pete Shelley - "Witness The Change", Grauzone - "Film 2", Logic System - "Unit").

This music is from a time period when artists were out to make a statement and break boundaries; with limited technology and less divide between musical genres, experimentation and invention were the order of the day. This is strong, strange brew, and a harbinger of things to come in the rave, industrial, and trance scenes of the 90s and beyond.

Credit for the upload goes to http://www.youtube.com/user/Whirlytunes; if you like this, I highly encourage you to peruse more of their channel! I'm linking to this video without permission, and will remove at the OP's request.

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