Cybotron ‎– Alleys Of Your Mind

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First record by Juan Atkins and Richard Davis, recording under the name Cybotron.
Seminal release laying the foundations for Detroit Techno as we know it today.

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Alleys Of Your Mind 3:27
Cosmic Raindance 3:55

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Whi) Deep Space Records none US 1981 Sell This Version
107043X Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Red) Deep Space Records 107043X US 1981 Sell This Version
107043X Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Red) Deep Space Records 107043X US 1981 Sell This Version

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Oteirr

Oteirr

April 30, 2020
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
Very Kraftwerk-ish. I just thought of "Wir sind die Roboter" when listening to this. So, how Cybotron came up with this sound? ;)
pookeyblow

pookeyblow

December 7, 2019
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
Let's also not forget that Eddy Grant's "Time Warp" came out in 1977.
Kurt

Kurt

August 14, 2019
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
As most people know 'Alleys Of Your Mind' is more or less an instrumental cover version of Ultravox's 'Mr X', from their 1980 album Vienna, the German version 'Herr X' was on the B-side of the Vienna 12". 'Cosmic Raindance' is also influenced heavily by OMD's 'Electricity' (1979) especially the baseline. I like the way that this shows a direct link in the migration from UK Synth Pop/New Wave into Detroit Techno/Electro. There are many other examples of this but I feel that this particular release is one of the most important links in the evolution of electronic music.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

September 13, 2018
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
Juan Atkins elucidated, in an interview for Electronic Standards, what was the 1st Techno piece ever: “There was a lot of discrepancy about ‘Sharevary’. Cybotron came first, and it came even before the name of the cartoon of the Transformers. The name was a combination of a Cyborg and a Cyclotron (machine that accelerate atomic particles).
You have to listen to it, whatever it could be, it could be: a social cometary about the state of the World; just something to not be the same old love type of song, you know? We always made a point to say something meaningful, and we just wanted to bring the attention of the listener to the true state of the World.”
Then, about the music genres confusion and the first landmark, the originator concluded, without hesitation:
“I don’t really separate Techno from Electro.
As far as Detroit Techno is concerned, this was the first Techno Tune ever.”
Numanoid

Numanoid

June 21, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
I couldn't care less about trying to find styles trying to label this record, or who was first this and that. What matters is that this is a very good record.
e-control

e-control

April 6, 2018
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
the cybotron vs sharevari "who was first / more techno" question leads to nothing imo :-)

you could easily name loads of earlier stuff or records released in the same year that could be equally classified as proto techno, whatever. For example "throbbing gristle - hot on the heels of love", or "visage - frequency 7" what is a kind of sci-fi techno (and by the way massively inspired the some detroit artists ..).. and what a about "new music - 24 hours from culture" from 1981? this is nothing less than new beat, 5 years before "a split second".. not to speak about kraftwerk - it goes on and on :-)

the same with chicago house.. jesse saunders - on and on, the first house record? yes, i a way, but check out the one year earlier "the broads - sing sing (Mega Be-Bop-Mix)". pure proto chicago jack house beat the first minutes ..
Bottin1995

Bottin1995

February 25, 2016
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
I see the Cybotron vs Sharevari argument......let me thrown in a Curve Ball...... Snowy Red

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064CuzvHd1Q

I know it is very different....but it is so interesting that an alternate type of electronic sound was coming out of Belgium the same year
OF-THE-WORLD

OF-THE-WORLD

July 21, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
I'm curious why Sharevari is even an argument compared to this. Sharevari is clearly influenced by an amalgamation of dance music from the 70s and of course a heavy helping of Kraftwerk. No elements found in the first Cybotron record. The only thing that could be correlated is the vocal phrasing but even that is a stretch. One record is a nod to the past and one creating the future sound of detroit and then the world. Sharevari is pure novelty rarity fun stuff and way overrated ( i'll sell my copies of Sharevari any day without hesitation but not my 7" cybotron)
dylaf

dylaf

May 26, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
Mine is framed & mounted like a shrine. About as historically important to Detroit Techno as Darwin to the natural world. Of all the overpriced hyped (& often recent) records listed on this site, if one truly deserved a huge price tag, surely this is it. This didn't kick start a scene, it paved the way for modern dance music. Its influences are infinite, as with the Funk, Motown, electronic & european pop music which influenced it.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

January 28, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, none
“There was a lot of discrepancy about ‘Sharevari’. Cybotron came first, and it came even before the name of the cartoon of the Transformers. The name was a combination of a Cyborg and a Cyclotron (machine that accelerate atomic particles).
You have to listen to it, whatever it could be, it could be - social commentary about the state of the World – just something to not be the same old love type of song, you know? We always made a point to say something meaningful, and we just wanted to bring the attention of the listener to the true state of the World.
As far as Detroit Techno is concerned, it was this one the first Techno tune.
I don’t really separate Techno from Electro." (Juan Atkins Interview, Sept 2007)