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Things get lost once in a while: bobby pins, sweaters, thoughts, a thing we once loved. There’s something about getting lost: it has the potential to be bad, yet it also enables the possibility of being found. In a world where we’re constantly overloaded with new music, it’s easy to forget the albums from the past that formed us the most. This month we’re asking DJ and Nose Job promoter Rick Shiver to dig into his musical archives and recover an album that touched the heart but was forgotten over time.
Which album would you like us to discover?
That’s a tricky question… so I decided to choose an album I rediscovered last week while driving to a booking out of town: 88FM by AUX 88 Meets Alien FM.
Early AUX 88 work isn’t for sale digitally and the records aren’t cheap, so to me their early 90s œuvre is a bit neglected
When did you first listen to it?
I got this on CD a few years after its release from my friend Gabriella, with whom I often went to Fuse and Food at the time. Sadly I lost the CD, but I still got the 3 separate records from which it compiles tracks. It was released on the Detroit label Direct Beat / 430 West by AUX 88, an electro band from Michigan, consisting of Tom Tom and Keith Tucker (aka DJ K1 or Optic Nerve). Alien FM was just an alter ego. In 1995 Tucker went solo and Tom Tom continued as Aux 88. But I prefer their 93-95 output. Keith did some cool solo stuff too.
Why do you want to recover this album?
Since the early AUX 88 work isn’t for sale digitally and those records aren’t the cheapest, to me their early 90s œuvre is a bit neglected. At the time I was listening to a lot of Detroit electro like Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, Ectomorph, Le Car, etc. The more serious counterpart to the dumb fun or even horny booty electro like Dance Mania and Electrofunk. It’s sort of a progression of 80s electro hip hop and electro bass with the mechanical sounds of bands like Kraftwerk, in a way that reflected post-industrialist Detroit.
For fans of?
Detroit electro / early Metroplex / UR / the west coast electro sound of Holland like early Bunker, I-F, etc / Le Syndicat Electronique / early Rephlex / Dynamix II / Egyptian Lover / early Cutting Records / Newcleus / YMO / Kraftwerk.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Too many… My A.U.X. Mind is a proper Detroit electro bass classic. The bass heavy Interface too. Art Of Illusion. I mixed Let It Ride a few times this year. As The DJ spins the sounds. Infinity.
C12 x Nose Job
w/ Umfang + Gurl + Jakob + Phillip Jondo
+ Maoupa Mazzocchetti + Rick Shiver
13 Oct – C12, Brussels
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