Fanon Flowers ‎– Trackmodes

Exalt Recordings ‎– EXALT 03
Vinyl, 12"


A1 Mode 05
A2 Mode 22
B1 Mode 08
B2 Mode 16


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A.R.T.LESS 2188 Fanon Flowers Trackmodes EP(12", EP, RE) a.r.t.less A.R.T.LESS 2188 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
EXALT 03 Fanon Flowers Trackmodes(12", W/Lbl) Exalt Recordings EXALT 03 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
A.R.T.LESS 2188 Fanon Flowers Trackmodes EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num, RE, gre) a.r.t.less A.R.T.LESS 2188 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
A.R.T.LESS 2188 Fanon Flowers Trackmodes EP(12", EP, Ltd, RE) a.r.t.less A.R.T.LESS 2188 Germany 2014 Sell This Version


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December 5, 2016
Indeed, this record's greatest strength might be its own modesty. While endowed with confidence, at no point does it cross over into arrogance. The key word here is balance. At any point, any which one of the four given tracks could simply blow doors off their hinges. But they never do. Timing is a constitutional variable here.
Layers are but a few per track, but it's their clever programming that skillfully enables the music to dodge the "loop on repat for four minutes" tag. The percussion is on a consistently hard level. Beats are tough, but focused and dry. They bang, but that's not the goal here. It's not through distorting drum loops that nirvana is reached. The beats play their bit, just about as any other track component. Hard to say who's playing what, but it simply works. Perfectly.
Whole thing is pure fire, a contained one though. Every track follows a certain structural pattern, with variations frequent enough to earn the minimal tag, without abusing it to death.
That's all there is to it. Four perfect techno cuts spread across two vinyl surfaces. There's literary nothing to complain about here, and there is nothing you'd want to single out either, because every cellular miligram of this circular piece of wax is classic. As stated by a fellow reviewer, it was built upon the blueprints laid out by the pioneers, remaining - few worthwhile mentions aside - an isolated case in the process. This is funk, aggression, groove, reduction and celebration all at once. If very few prodcuers out there managed to adequtely present their own interpretation of the sound by 1998, then rest assured that even fewer have made it since.
If I was to compile a list of ten 12" releases that I'd like to use as a reflection of the nineties, "Trackmodes" would be on that list time after time. Stone cold techno classic. No adjectives and style tags needed. A flawlessly executed piece.


October 21, 2014
reissue coming. Direct from Fanon Flowers himself.


February 5, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

Absolutely essential hard, minimal, detroit-style techno. One of the finest examples of the mid-late 90's minimal sound. Aggressive, spare, funky...much like Robert Hood's seminal masterpiece, Minimal Nation LP. Unlike much of the mindless, meathead bangers of hard techno, this single is tastefully understated. Taking cues from early g-man (and perhaps less directly from Basic Channel) this record doesn't oversaturate with a barrage of hard holds back and leaves the listener hypnotized and wanting more. This is hard techno that works. It jacks; it throbs; it fills the dance floor. It's smarter than the rest, and it isn't afraid to show its detroit roots. It's everything that the idiom of hard techno should be and rarely was able to achieve. This record is the undelivered promise of the hard, detroit sound and one of the best examples of the Robert Hood/Jeff Mills legacy.