1/ Suicide – Suicide LP [Red Star]
This is the first techno record I heard (by my definition). I first heard it in the mid 80’s and it really changed my world. It doesn’t matter how many times I go back and listen to it, it’s always an inspiration. A masterpiece.
2/ Faust – Seventy One Minutes Of… [ReR]
Another great inspiration for me. Dramatic and sonically brave. They took the rules book and tore it up. I remember playing this to a friend of mine and he described it as being like a mental assault course.
3/ Coil – Love’s Secret Domain [Threshold House]
Coil are the masters of many alternate universes. This album covers so much ground and gently grazes the early rave scene. Truly lysergic.
4/ Regis - Speak To Me [Downwards]
Massive, relentless, and brutal hypnotism.
5/ Millsart - Step To Enchantment (Stringent) [Axis]
A huge wall of sound from Jeff Mills. Often imitated, never bettered. All the other tracks on this varied release are worth checking too.
6/ Joey Beltram - Life Force [Trax Records]
This whole record is full of forgotten gems.
7/ Ron Trent - Altered States [Warehouse Records]
"Strings of Life" never really meant anything to me. This was always THE emotional techno anthem for me.
8/ Sarah Davachi - Qualities of Bodies Permanent [Constellation Tatsu]
Beautiful, subtle and psychoactive tones.