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Losing Control
Beat Phreak
Live Wire
Spock's Brain

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ACC-102 DBX Losing Control(12") Accelerate ACC-102 US 1994 Sell This Version
PF 025 DBX Losing Control (Remixes)(12") Peacefrog Records PF 025 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PF 025 DBX Losing Control Remixes(12", W/Lbl) Peacefrog Records PF 025 UK 1994 Sell This Version
PF 022 DBX Losing Control(12") Peacefrog Records PF 022 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ACC-102 DBX Losing Control(12", W/Lbl) Accelerate ACC-102 US 1994 Sell This Version
ACC102 DBX Losing Control(4xFile, MP3, RE, RM, 320) Accelerate ACC102 US 2008
ACC-102 DBX Losing Control(4xFile, WAV, RE, RM) Accelerate ACC-102 US 2008
PF 025 DBX Losing Control Remixes(3xFile, MP3, RE, 320) Peacefrog Records PF 025 UK 2010
PF 025XX DBX Losing Control Remixes(12", Ltd, RP, Gre) Peacefrog Records PF 025XX UK 2011 Sell This Version
PF 022XX DBX Losing Control(12", Ltd, RE, Whi) Peacefrog Records PF 022XX UK 2011 Sell This Version
ACC-102 DBX Losing Control(12", RP) Accelerate ACC-102 US Unknown Sell This Version

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AtomicCow

AtomicCow

May 20, 2015
edited 8 months ago
referencing Losing Control, 12", PF 022
I first heard this track sometime in the mid 90's when dial up speeds meant that you couldn't really download full tracks and one site had the brilliant idea of just serving up short loops of some tracks. The deadpan voice sounded pretty cool, nice round kick. I filed it away in my mind. I was really surprised when I heard the whole thing a few years later and realized that it pretty much is that loop for however long. I didn't know anyone would have the balls to do that. So repetitive! So techno! Like a finger raised to all who claimed techno was just the same thing over and over.

When you think about it what could be more controlled than just kick and one bar emotionless vocal loop going on forever? So the track is actually quite paranoid - it's as if it's worried that things will fall apart before it even happens. I guess if you let the full thing play out it does fall apart - the filters come in and a strange background howl takes over. You could think about it as a guy afraid to let go even the slightest bit, losing his mind in one of those self-fulfilling feedback loops that an anxious mind can enter into.

In this way it's different from a track like I've Lost Control where it's all about letting go and embracing that feeling but I think of it as part of the same lineage. For me Dan Bell is closer to the early jack tracks and their continuation in Dance Mania and so on than to Detroit techno. And he in turn served as an inspiration for Contact, the sound coming right back to Chicago.

I guess I'll leave off a final bit of trivia where the success of this track is said to have inspired Josh Wink to do a similar thing with Don't Laugh. I like this one much better. Both got Hawtin remixes...
Svenne

Svenne

February 8, 2015
referencing Losing Control, 12", PF 022
i've heard a remix of "Spock's Brain" in a Rhadoo set.
anyone has an idea wich remix exactly?
min 24 https://soundcloud.com/arma17/rhadoo-halloween-labyrinth
niponjean

niponjean

September 22, 2014
referencing Losing Control, 12", ACC-102
dont buy the peacefrog press !! ( not the remix ep ) the sound is awful , zero dynamics etc - BAD DEAL
dylaf

dylaf

July 15, 2014
referencing Losing Control, 12", ACC-102
Watch out for the repress- badger your seller to confirm that your copy has the type face writing as pictured above, along with 'IN SIDE' and 'OUT SIDE'- Otherwise its the far less valuable re-press. If you check the pictures, they are obviously different. Shame so many shamsters KNOW they are selling the re-press in the OG section, but just hope that YOU won't notice & line their pockets... They should be named and shamed...
djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

December 20, 2013
referencing Losing Control, 12", RP, ACC-102

Dan Bell's most famous track defined the sound of minimal techno in the first half of the nineties along with Phylps Trak II by Basic Channel. Mix those two together with Convextion (Matrix-1) and everyone in Techno will take you serious.
m50

m50

August 6, 2013
referencing Losing Control, 12", ACC-102
losing control & remixes should be separate releases
kunoman

kunoman

November 19, 2012
referencing Losing Control, 12", RP, ACC-102
"Loosing Control" was a big influence in the middle of the nineties and one of my favourite track back then. But even today it still has a huge impact. It was way ahaid of its time. Totally futuristic release.
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October 9, 2010
referencing Losing Control (Remixes), 12", PF 025
I always felt the carl craig mix was a bit limp. It stops too often to build up a groove. Robert Hood's mix is a typical Minimal Nation era jam, pretty cool. I actually like the Hawtin mix the most. Well, I hated it when I first heard it but I just keeep going back to it's strange, toad-like squelchy groove. Have a listen. Have a chuckle.
djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

June 4, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Losing Control (Remixes), 12", PF 025
Dan Bell fans are always going to prefer the original versions of his works then any remixes that are done by other people. But when you have your original work being handled by some of the most capable people like Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Robert Hood, this becomes like an event in itself. This record by all means is the flagship work of one Mr. Dan Bell. I still try to incorperate DBX into my sets quite often. Which was nice when I was listening to Carl Craig's remix and thinking "Wow, this is still really a great tune"! Carl has always taken great little bits of history by Kraftwerk or Yello and throw them into the mix. He does that with success on this one.
djpascaldesjardins

djpascaldesjardins

December 18, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Losing Control, 12", RP, ACC-102
Aside from perhaps Rob Hood's "The Pace", "Losing Control" would have to be considered as one of the most versatile, hypnotic slabs of music to ever be pressed to vinyl. Maybe even more so. I'm not quite sure if 'Pace' would fit as well with some of the more organic house tracks like "Losing Control" does, but having said that, LC does takes the element of hypnotism in music to another level. If any track were capable of triggering symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dan Bell's masterpiece is certainly worth mentioning. Top Tune!