Basic Channel ‎– BCD

Basic Channel ‎– BCD
CD, Compilation, Mirrored Front Art, Cardboard Cover


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Published by BCP / BMG-UFA

Initial edition in a self-sealed cardboard sleeve.

This version features mirrored track titles on the front and a 'buy vinyl!' sticker on the reverse.

The cover sticker contains several errors:
Track 2 is listed as "e2e4 Basic Reshape".
Track 5 is listed as "Radiance II (Edit)", but is an edit of Radiance III.
Track 8 is listed as "Q1.1 (Edit)" but is the entire fourth of Q 1.1.
Track 10 is listed as "Radiance I", but is an edit.
Track 11 is listed as "Radiance III (Edit)" but is actually Radiance II unedited.

Track 1, 3 and 9 were previously unreleased.
Track 2 originally appeared on Paperclip People - Throw, credited there as a remix of a track by Paperclip People which used samples from Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4. (hence the "e2e4" reference).
Track 4 originally appeared on Basic Channel - Quadrant Dub. This track is a (uncredited as such) dub version of Round One - I'm Your Brother.
Tracks 5, 10 and 11 originally appeared on Basic Channel - Radiance.
Track 6 originally appeared on Basic Channel - Lyot Rmx. The track is a (uncredited as such) remix of Vainqueur - Lyot.
Track 7 originally appeared on Cyrus - Inversion, credited to Cyrus.
Track 8 originally appeared on Basic Channel - Q 1.1.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 718751 111028
  • Barcode (String): 0718751111028
  • Matrix / Runout: BOD EFA 11110
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5201

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

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


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March 30, 2015
life doesn't get much better than Radiance II (Edit)


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


April 21, 2008
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.