The Men You’ll Never See part 2

Clone Urban Unit 1997
Clone store 1997, in true ‘men you’ll never see’ style located in the upstairs backroom of the Urban Unit.
Rotterdam, 1997… a regular wednesday in the small Clone Record store. Our imports shipment from the USA arrived… the highlight of the week!!! New releases that have been ordered from a fax list from the American distributors. In these days it was just phone calls and infosheets rolling from the faxmachine! New records from Detroit, New York, Chicago that I ordered but never heard before. Labels and artists that were unknown… just trusting your gut feeling while reading the description on the fax list and seeing the artist name and track titles. It felt like gambling with scratchcards… hit or miss! This shipment had a bunch of records that looked kinda obscure inbetween the many NY house records and harder acid and techno listed. The names looked cool so I ordered some copies… “Cybonix – Cybonix in Effect”, “DJ Assault – Tec De France” on D-bass Records, “D.I.E. – The Men You’ll Never See” were listed with restocks of old Incognito titles such as Tronikhouse… could be something nice!?

About 5 copies of each title arrived… I broke the seal on my baggy Stussy pants, put the needle on… and there it goes Boom Pack, Boom Boom Pack, Boom Pack, Boom Boom Pack… That’s the shit… That’s some energy going on right here…wait… what’s that?? A guy with a mic?? Bang, that quirky sharp bassline drops…. wooowww!!! “To all the people in the house, I’ve got two things to say and that’s… Get Up!” Crazy stuff… I like it! Flipping over to the other side… Cosmic Cars vibes… killer! These guys knew their classics, it sounded like a cover version of Cybotron’s Cosmic Cars???! I could tell from the music… I like these guys!. Ok… Last tune… Deep Space Detroit Techno Electro… I got all exited. This is the shit!!! This whole record is gold! “Driving in my car… Making techno tracks… People try to stop me… But I keep on going because I’m the man you’ll never see!” Goose bumps!!! That’s us… The Men You’ll Never See… just a bunch of freaks making techno tracks, playing them in the car with friends, at small parties hosted by ourselves or even imaginary parties in our bedroom. Not looking for fame or trying to make shitloads of money. We preferred music from DIY labels and anonymous producers… let the music do the talking… as pure as it could be! “We’re The Men You’ll Never see” that’s our vibe and D.I.E. made the perfect theme to that vibe!

The regulars came in for their thursday and friday round of record shopping looking for the latest techno and house imports, the latest bangers for their regular dj gigs at the local clubs. Sure, no worries… I got their back! No shortage of good records from all over the place in my little recordstore! Axis, Kanzleramt, Prescription, 7th city, Strictly Rhythm, Soul City, UR etc. etc.
I did put a small stack aside with these electro 12’s for the saturday morning when the out of town regulars from Alkmaar and The Hague plus the local guys with a day job came in; Pim Pametex, Electronome, Edo8, Cosmic Force, I-f, Duplex etc.
Everything sold out after a couple days… I had work to do. I needed restocks so I started faxing to the number on the records. Long story short… a longtime friendship was started and we did a remix ep on Clone Records with killer remixes by Adult. I-f and Electronome all going against the stream showing their love for Wave and Electro and delivering superb tracks.

Now it’s 2018… The world did change… Nobody is a man or woman you’ll never see… everyone’s got a camera in their hand and is a voyeur looking at other peoples lives. It’s all about seeing and being seen these days… Facebook and Instagram and their algorithms are setting the rules and often it seems that music is of secondary importance. But the music is still here… We are still here and we’re still making techno tracks. At the end the music is the only truth!
Needless to say it’s a proud moment to be able to offer 20 years after the initial release.., the official re-release of “The Men You’ll Never See – Part 1 and Part 2”


DIE Clone Westcoast SeriesThe Men You’ll Never See pt.1

DIE Clone Westcoast SeriesThe Men You’ll Never See pt.2

The Men You’ll Never See…

Coming soon, two classic Clone records in the rebound straight from Detroit and the Dutch westcoast!

DIE Clone Westcoast SeriesThe Men You’ll Never See EP
I-f, Adult. and Electronome with their versions of this Detroit electro anthem by the Detroit In Effect boys.

DIE Clone Westcoast SeriesThe Men You’ll Never See pt.2
Raw and pure detroit electro-techno classics. Straight from the source. Remastered for the Westcoast!

Out in late April 2018. More D.I.E to come soon..!

Alden Tyrell’s “Vorm Variations 2” hitting the stores next week.

Part two in Alden Tyrell’s latest project: ”Vorm Variaties”, a 5 release series consisting of tracks recorded in the last 2 years. The ”Vorm Variaties” tracks were a ”Style Excercise” for Tyrell, flexing his producermuscle while health issues forced him to stop touring. Initially he had no intention to release these tracks but we thought they were so good that we were almost forced to start this series. All tracks selected are variations on classic techno forms, using classic style ingredients and the 909. All 5 ”Variaties” are different in style, yet all homogenous, all with Alden Tyrell’s sound signature… on point production skills and stripped down arrangements.

Listen to “Sherman Paradox” and “Angular” right here:

(Pre)Order your vinyl now! Limited copies red vinyl only.

Colundi Sequence volume 2 hitting stores next week.

Listen to UK74R1512040 taken from the Colundi Sequence vol. 2 in full below.

Second installment of the Colundi Sequence Series. Aleksi Perälä delves deeper in the Colundi Scales for Clone Dub.

More colundi artefacts have been found. 10.8 33 33.8 55 62.64 63 70 73.6 83 98.4 105 110 111 147 147.85 172.06 210.42 221.23 264 293 342 396 404 408 410 413 416 417 420.82 440 448 528 630 639 685 852 880 1052 12000 common purpose. consideration of data. colundi everyOne.

Read a first review over at the quietus.

Out 10-04-2017

Video by Niet Zo Vierkant.

Drexciya – Grava 4 available now

CAL009AvNow-WPGrava 4, the final Drexciya album and one of the seven storms, 2017 reissue on Clone Aqualung Series.

Drexciya presents Grava 4. Earth has finally discovered Utopia. (Drexciya Home Universe) Earth scientist discovered the home planet of Drexciya on 2-14-2002. Within moments Dr. Blowfin was given the orders to initiate the seven dimensional cloaking-spheres to hide the other three planets from earths view. The star chart is authentic; you will be able to find the star by using the coordinations on the star chart. The planet Drexciya can be found in the international star vault in Switzerland & recorded in the astronomical compendium.

Drexciya – Grava 4 [2LP]

Read more:
Review over at Pitchfork
Review over at Resident Advisor

Clone Records celebrates its 25 year anniversary with The Return of The Future Tour

Today Clone Records presents the full program of The Return of The Future Tour in order of the 25 year anniversary of the Rotterdam based record label. The tour will kick-off in hometown harbour city at BAR on February the 24th with Deejay Hermit, Gerd, John Heckle, Legowelt (DJ set), Project Pablo, Space Dimension Controller and the label’s founding father, Serge. In March and April 17 shows will follow at the label’s favorite European clubs. The birthday events will take place at Panorama Bar, Oval Space, Le Sucre, FUSE, Shelter, PAL, Iboat, Nitsa, Under Bron, Kaiku, Doornroosje, OOST, Rote Sonne, PIP, Sub Club, Hope Works and Plano B. Covering a wide selection of Clone Records related artists the tour will showcase the diversity of the electronic music label and all its sub labels.

Clone # 1
Clone # 1 – Coördinated Sounds & Sequences
Clone Records was founded by Serge Verschuur at the end of 1992. The Dutch DJ and producer experienced the 80’s as a period in which a generation was anxiously looking forward for what was to come next. The new millennium was on everyone’s mind, for some with fear, for some with eagerness. All of a sudden the music from the future, made by unknown bedroom producers expressing themselves through machines, had arrived. This futuristic music connected like-minded people all over the world and initiated an evolution in the world of electronic music. It inspired Serge to start his own imprint as an outlet for that same machine music. The first Clone Records release by Dutch techno group Orx was a fact in late 1992.

In the next decades a new generation was setting the pace. A minority of Techno- and House music lovers had grown into an established movement. The future was no future anymore; it had become the present and therefore it seemed less exciting. People started looking at the past again to relive the early days of electronic dance music. In the meantime the small Clone operation had transformed into a successful record label with a record store and distributor as a solid side business. Now, 25 years later, Clone Records is still doing business its own way, releasing music that excites the men you never see. With a heart for the classic and an ear for the new, the label is looking at the future again. Clone Records invites everyone to The Return of The Future tour.

Return of the Future dates

Friday, 24th February
Serge, Deejay Hermit, Gerd, John Heckle, Legowelt (DJ set), Project Pablo, Space Dimension Controller @ BAR – Rotterdam, NL

Saturday, 25th February
Serge, Antenna, Conforce, Gerd, Legowelt @ FUSE – Brussels, BE

Saturday, 4th March
Serge, Alden Tyrell @ Sub Club – Glasgow, UK

Friday, 10th March
Serge, Duplex, Gerd, Project Pablo @ Panorama Bar – Berlin, DE

Saturday, 11th March
Serge, Intergalactic Gary, Ovatow, Steve Motto @ PIP – Den Haag, NL

Friday, 17th March
Serge, Gerd, Legowelt @ Le Sucre – Lyon, FR

Saturday, 18th March
Serge, A Made Up Sound, Gerd @ Iboat – Bordeaux, FR

Friday, 24th March
Serge, D-Ribeiro, Gerd, Intergalactic Gary @ PAL – Hamburg, DE

Saturday, 25th March
Serge, Dexter @ Rote Sonne – Munich, DE

Friday, 31st March
Serge, Arpanet, Gustav Goodstuff, Intergalactic Gary, Zadig @ Shelter – Amsterdam, NL

Saturday, 1st April
Serge, Alden Tyrell, I-F @ Nitsa Club – Barcelona, ES

Friday, 7th April
Serge, Legowelt, Mike Servito @ Under Bron – Stockholm, SE

Saturday, 8th April
Serge, Gerd @ Kaiku – Helsinki, FI

Thursday, 13th April
Serge, Gerd, Gustav Goodstuff, Legowelt, Randomer, Steve Motto @ Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL

Friday, 14th April
Serge, Gerd @ OOST – Groningen, NL

Friday, 21st April
Serge, Gerd @ Plano B – Porto, PO

Friday, 21st april
Legowelt (DJ-set), Randomer @ Hope Works – Sheffield, UK

Saturday 22nd April
Serge, I-F, Legowelt, Secret artist @ Oval Space – London, UK

Stream Le Car – AF16 (The Concept Car)

Le Car is a supermini produced by French automaker Renault. It was produced in two generations 1972–1985 (also called R5) and 1984–1996 (also called Super 5 or Supercinq). It was was sold in the US as Le Car, from 1976 to 1983. Nearly 5.5 million were built.
Le Car achieved, like the original Mini, a cult status.

Le Car – Auto-Reverse – retrospective 2×12″ out on Clone Classic Cuts late Januari 2017.

The Colundi Sequence vol. 1 makes the top RA compilations top ten.

Always nice to make to the lists but in Aleksi’s case very much deservedly so!

Nr 8 spot for the Colundi Sequence vol. 1
RA’s compilation top ten 2016
For those who didn’t…, go check what Colundi is all about:
Vinyl 3×12″ or CD

Congrats to our buddy A Made Up Sound on the nr 1 spot too!!!
Check the A Made Up Sound – AMS000CD here