Basic Channel ‎– BCD

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Compilation of full length tracks and edits of tracks released previously on vinyl under different aliases on the Basic Channel label. Contains three then unpublished tracks that were released on vinyl and as downloads in 2004

The first print run came in cardboard sleeve:
A limited number sold by Hardwax came with wine red front sticker with mirrored tracklisting.
Regular copies either came either with mirrored or non-mirrored (regular) tracklisting on the front sticker but printed in black.

Subsequent issues were released in metal boxes:
First without hinges, then with hinges.
Pressed by either BOD or later DADC.
Later issues were distributed by Indigo (2) instead of EFA.

Reissued again in 2003 in a Digipak.

Please note:
Due to specific font used and typical for Basic Channel's 'low quality" print some tracks are often mislabeled (for example on Amazon websites, some amateur discography websites, some webstores):
1. Q Loop is mislabeled as "Q Pop" ("Lo" printed behind graphic element, causing visual distortion and problem with interpreting of chars)
2. Mutism is mislabeled as "Cutisc" (specific shape of "m", strongly resembling rectangular-shaped "c")
3. Lyot Remix is mislabeled as "Not Recix" ("Ly" partially shadowed by graphic element and erroneously treated as single character "N" + again specific shape of "m").

Versions (7)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, Mir) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, Car) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, Ltd, Red) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, RE, Met) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1996 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, RE, Met) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1997 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, RP, Met) Basic Channel BCD Germany 1997 Sell This Version
BCD Basic Channel BCD(CD, Comp, RE, Dig) Basic Channel BCD Germany 2003 Sell This Version

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Bell_03

Bell_03

April 13, 2018
edited 7 months ago
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RE, Met, BCD
Basic Channel? It is what the World is missing... the new/young beatmakers simply don't know the history. Yet they can still learn. Push the bass.
patina

patina

October 28, 2016
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RE, Met, BCD
is the E2E4 reference to the great manuel gottsching album? does anyone know?
trance music of a different type.
tas95

tas95

March 30, 2015
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, Mir, BCD
life doesn't get much better than Radiance II (Edit)
SethLion84

SethLion84

August 22, 2013
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RE, Dig, BCD
This album serves as an excellent introduction to Basic Channel. I remember first hearing of BC and feeling a little confused as to what it is, or what it sounded like. Some of it's heavy and fast, some of it tempered and nautical, and every track has it's magic. The downside of this collection are typical complaints for the Best Of format, songs are edited (and I swear you have to listen to each of these traks in full to get the intended effect). The tracklisting does the best it can with the material, but it seems obvious to this listener that each BC release is intended to be listened to in it's entirety start to finish, which inevitably results in a sort of euphoric psychedelic alien locked groove that modulates like jazz does in it's aural space. Really magic stuff, but once you've listened to BCD I suggest you find the flac or vinyl of each release and learn to cherish these recordings.
functional

functional

December 25, 2012
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, Mir, BCD
I'll keep it simple. This is the only way for the hardcore and headstrong to chill out. The Basic Channel.
Maurautius

Maurautius

August 1, 2008
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RE, Dig, BCD
I don't think i'm going out on a limb here when I say that this is THE dub techno album to own... Well in any case, if you see it fit to only own 1 dub techno CD then I would beg you to make this your choice. I'm a fan of newer artists like Deepchord/Echospace, Murmur and Quantec but lets face it, this is where it all began. These tracks are from the early to mid 90's and it doesn't even show in the sound in my opinion. We have the hidden techno beat in e2e4 Basic Reshape and then there's the lovely static of Mutism. Well actually.. Every track is is pretty hypnotic and a classic by any means. If you're new to dub techno then I can do nothing more then suggest Basic Channel's "BCD" as your starting point for the genre.
swil.wilson

swil.wilson

April 21, 2008
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, Mir, BCD
As a CD collector, I was happy to find this compilation of Basic Channel artists. Yeah, I have a turntable and I like vinyl, but I rarely sit down to listen to music that way, so I end up having to rip to CD before I can do stuff like listen in the car or at the gym. It's just inconvenient. Luckily, we can now get some of Basic Channel's awesome dub-techno on CD directly.

The atmosphere is minimal and austere. There aren't a whole lot of gee-whiz sounds on here, but the few sounds these artists use are important and interesting. Anytime I listen to such sparse music, I must focus on the minor details in a way that's nearly impossible with the ADD music of, say Kid606. I like both styles, but they achieve drastically different effects.

There's not much in the way of melody here - just pure groove drenched in reverb and echo. Most tracks start off with a basic idea, develop a bit, grow in intensity, and then fade back out to where they started. It's a simple formula and it risks becoming inundated with a lot of hack non-artists, but fortunately these are all winners.

Fans of minimal techno will dig this. I'm not sure if I could recommend it to any but the most adventurous IDM fans - you wouldn't be turned off, but it may not hold much interest. The slowly evolving, atmospheric nature of these tracks make certain demands on the listener. You need to either concentrate fully, or they'll become background noise, easily ignored.

While the appeal may be limited due to the nature of dub-techno as a style, this is probably as good as it gets. I recommend listening to some samples online. If you like what you hear, you can expect about four to six more minutes of it per track. I think it's worth spending a little time to find the buried secrets of this album.
mjago85

mjago85

November 2, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RP, Met, BCD

I am unsure as to whether this is supposed to be a compilation or an album, because if it is a compilation, it fails, but as an album, it is quite good, once you get into it. For those unfamiliar with the works of Basic Channel, this is not the best place to start. Of their previous work showcased here, only the more ambient ones are present. Tracks such as "Inversion" and "Octagon" are given the flick in favour of each part of the "Radiance" EP, which may be brilliant, but again, if you're unfamiliar with it, it means nothing to you. This is not the best place to become acquainted with it. Having said all that, tracks such as "Q Loop", "E2E4 Basic Reshape" and "Q1.2" are all brilliantly hypnotic tracks, and are only available in the forms presented here on this disc. On first listen, all of these tracks seem like fragments. On Scion's "Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks", these fragments (along with the rest of the Basic Channel catalogue, and extras here and there from some closely related side ventures) are used to assemble a truly instantly mesmerising album. If you start there, then come back to this, you will realise that these fragments are not really fragments at all - just exceedingly challenging tracks way ahead of their time. A true cornerstone which continues to inspire today.
dpm

dpm

April 6, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RP, Met, BCD
Hmmmm, Any manufacturer will tell you CD's should not be stored in sleaves. A CD is bulletproof polycarbonate, but has almost no chemical resistence, and bleach in paper, or petrochemicals in plastic WILL degrade contact surfaces!
On close inspection you'll notice that the (ever ugly) Jewel case has an air gap between the disk and the holder, with the only contact point being the hub itself. Even atomic oxygen is an issue. Maybe the trick is to shave down the hub a little, or make a (legal) backup copy for the metal box and store the original in a vacuum flask in your refrigerator.
production_operative

production_operative

August 18, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing BCD, CD, Comp, RP, Met, BCD
Unlike the rest of these guys I had never really heard of scion or basic channel until recently. The track arrange and process 7 appeared on a tresor compilation I had so upon hearing that I decided to investigate further. I do listen to a lot of techno but I have to say that this album is superb and one of the best I have ever heard. Deep and dark layered dub-techno thats so well programmed and just keeps flowing with intense energy. I can see why there are a lot of comments posted on this page.