Altern 8 ‎– Overload EP

Network Records ‎– NWKT 10
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP


Other Side
A1 Move My Body 5:13
A2 Destiny 5:06
A3 Depth Of Sound 4:58
A4 Return To Techno City 5:29
This Side
B1 Passion Devotion 5:35
B2 Reel Time Status 4:48
B3 Underground 4:47
B4 Objective 4:30

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  • Mastered By [Metalworks]EW (2)
  • Producer, Written-ByAltern 8


Packaged in a silver/black generic Network sleeve with artist/title sticker.

This version's sticker does mention EP.

Subtitled: 'Can U Steal It?', 'Eight Track Extended Pleasures Of Technology'.
An Original Kool Kat Recording, conceived at Bio-Rhythm.
Kool Kat/Virgin Music.
℗ & © Kool Kat 1990.

Incidental information.
Track A1 samples vocal and noise from 2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M - Move My Body.
Track A4 samples vocal from Cybotron - Techno City.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016846 230063
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side run-out): NWKT 10 A 1 | EW
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side run-out): NWKT-10-B1 | EW

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June 10, 2018
Since everyone has already contributed in detail regarding this whole release, I'll be concentrating on a single track, namely, Destiny. A cross between Detroit influenced electro techno but with Belgian style new beat synth riffs. Quite unlike anything they've produced before or since under both the Nexus 21 or Altern 8 guises.


May 1, 2018
Has any one ever heard Altern 8 saying (Make Some Fucking Noise) in a any of there tunes ? help please


October 25, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Well after reading Mark Archers Biography 'The Man Behind The Mask' (and what a good read - highly recommended to any fans of Nexus 21 / Altern 8 / Mark Archer) the book finalised an age old question of mine.
Being a record collector first, and then someone who liked to play records to people who enjoyed listening and dancing to good music, I was always on a mission to find 'that' white label, especially that elusive white label. One of them being the white label of the 'Overload EP'. Turns out they never did any, as mentioned in Marks Autobiography.
*drat & double drat*
All those times in 2nd hand record shops through the 90's looking for the white label have been met in vain. I was a sucker for a white label. Still I have the original release of 'Altern 8 - Overload EP', bought from a little record shop in Chorley back in 1990, and what an excellent release it is. My favourite track being 'Depth of Sound'.
8 excellent Techno & House classics on one slab of 12" wax by the original Godfather of UK Techno Mark Archer and his then partner Chris Peat.


August 18, 2014

This record should go for insanely more amounts of cash - a masterpiece in a specific transition of Detroit meets UK sound - a very distinct slab of wax - from the mighty Altern 8 - timeless and deep and amazingly raw and perfect - one of my favorite records of all time - big ups Altern 8


March 27, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Apparently these tracks were written using left over studio time, what a bonus!


October 9, 2003

A brilliant masterpiece record which confirmed Altern 8’s ability to create original and advanced electronic dance music. Clearly influenced by the original US / Detroit blueprint, Overload is a response to the incoming pioneering music that was leaking from the US to the UK and vice versa at the time. Destiny and Techno City are seminal favourites that link directly to Cybertron – Clear and Cosmic Cars. Although this EP smells of Juan Atkins’ it’s distinctively different. Reel Time Statue uses a typical Detroit 101 baseline and Maurice Joshua stab, but it’s the additional Chic sample and breakbeat that give this tune it’s devastating dance floor effect. Overload exemplifies the UK advancing the US Detroit blue print, and should be considered when evaluating the influence UK records had in accelerating the Acid House / Techno revolution.

Welcome to Techno City – I bet.