Model 500 ‎– The True Techno EP

Network Records ‎– NWKT 48
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM



Playing speed listed wrongly on side B center label as 45 RPM.
The record actually plays at 33 ⅓ RPM.

Produced and Mixed in Detroit and Nottingham for Metroplex/Network.
Published by Virgin Music/Metroplex Music.
℗ Metroplex 1992
© Network 1992

Barcode given on sleeve: 5 016846 104166

Etchings in runout groove:
Side A: Chart unfriendly 445 seconds 2 respect
Side B: True techno instead of breakbeat heresy

Mastered at J.T.S.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NWKT 48 Model 500 The True Techno EP(12", EP, Promo) Network Records NWKT 48 UK 1992 Sell This Version
APOLLO 3 Model 500 The Passage(12") Apollo APOLLO 3 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
APOLLO III Model 500 The Passage(12", Ltd, RE, RM, Cle) Apollo APOLLO III Belgium 2014 Sell This Version
APOLLO III Model 500 The Passage(12", RE, RM) Apollo APOLLO III Belgium 2014 Sell This Version
NWKT 48 Model 500 The True Techno EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Network Records NWKT 48 UK 1992 Sell This Version


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December 9, 2012
This reminds me of those young days sitting in my bedroom after midnight pause button taping the radio listening to Colin Favor or Colin Dale. Good to see the Juan Atkins from the first wave of Techno keeping up with his contempories in that second wave era 1990-1993.


October 18, 2012

The passage is one of my favourite techno tracks of all time. Everything from the bleepy intro and spooky pads to the speaker punishing bassline and surprise breakbeat in the middle. It's still as relevant a track today as it was when it was released. Plus it was a timely demonstration of how a break could be used to good effect in a techno track, rather than the Amen break stuck on a loop.


September 21, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

I was listening to this last night whilst going through stuff to list on here. This is so, so good. It's absolutely timeless. A masterclass in proper Detroit Techno from the master himself. It just sounds so fresh today. It's probably matured with age actually. It's hard to put into words how good I think this is. Amazing, amazing talent Juan Atkins. This is a piece of history IMO. Absolute perfection.


March 3, 2008
When this came out rave was absolutely killing it but many referred to rave / hardcore / uk breakbeat as techno. I'm
not sure who came up with the true techno title but i can imagine it to be someone at network or kool kat as they had been pushing techno for many years prior to the rave explosion.
"The passage" is an amazingly beauiful track that will always remind me why i love techno like this, shifting from 808 beats to breaks with such deep bass that i remember it playing havoc with sound systems of the day. "Mind changes" is more like older Model 500 where as "Vessels" is more like some of the metroplex releases of the time. Great music from one of the true legends of electronic music.


March 10, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
A Bunch of us laughed at this when it first came out. I mean how bad can it get? Juan Atkins sampling 'James Brown - The Funky Drummer'. Well 2 years later when we woke up to it, we became more than embarrassed.
This is jaw dropping sensuality.

Apologies Juan.