For insiders it’s no secret that the Yamaha DX synths played an important role in the history of techno and house. With the, at the time, new FM synthesis technology it was the gritty sounding budget version DX100 that made it into the bedroom studios of early techno producers. From one of the biggest techno hits; Rhythim is Rhythim’s Nude Photo to almost all of Lil Louis’ early catalog and lot of early 90’s UK techno such as Autechre, b12, Orbital and many, many others. And although that little black keyboard seems limited on the surface it’s still a favourite among producers for the vast array of sounds you can coax from it.
Gerd, who is no stranger to the history of house and techno, as both record collector and producer (Gerd was after Speedy J the second european techno producer to release on a Detroit techno label in the early 90’s), wanted to express his love for the magic Yamaha DX synth with a little tribute release… Planet F.M.D.X. part 1 and part 2.
Two versatile ep with tracks ranging from the beautiful melancholic Black Moon Voyage to fierce grooving Slam Jam. Where Part 1 rapidly sold out last year we’re happy to present you Planet FMDX part 2 on Clone Royal Oak.
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”
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:
Grava 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.
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 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.
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.