Rhythim Is Rhythim ‎– Icon / Kao-Tic Harmony

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Transmat ‎– MS-21
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
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Tracklist

A Icon 8:47
B Kao-Tic Harmony 6:30

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Recorded in Detroit @ Transmat, 1991.

Durations are not mentioned on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MS 21-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MS 21-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A/B): NSC
  • Rights Society: BMI

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theworm

theworm

December 23, 2016
Maybe the best techno EP ever. So much emotion in its two tracks, a real miracle. Every time i listen to it, i'm lost in music. Composed more than 25 years ago, but still fresh, this EP is a must-have for all Detroit techno lovers, and others.
dakewu

dakewu

June 22, 2015
i really don't know which track is better. both are madness
-do_ob-

-do_ob-

April 10, 2014
I don't understand why everybody talks about "Strings of life"... I don't like this track.
I think Icon it's his best track ever. Bleep melody style of Derrick May at his best.
stringz23

stringz23

September 18, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
This was a massive anthem at Cream. Jeremy Healy rinsed this bad boy.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

March 10, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

I really wonder myself why was this single released only in 1996, if the tunes were created in 1991? That’s the question that will remain on our minds…
‘Rhythim Is Rhythim - Icon / Kao-tic Harmony’ single is an absolutely essential chapter on the history of Techno. Both of the tunes are not only timeless, but represent a bolder, wilder and much more challenging perspective of Techno music composition.
It’s not difficult to imagine Carl Craig with Derrick May behind the harmony’s chaotic sounds. Through their music from the end of eighties to the early nineties, they both brought a dimension for Techno never heard before.
While “Icon” has a more Sci-Fi approach with electronic effects, simulated bongos and an emotional, mellow synth pad atmosphere, “Kao-Tic Harmony” brings a complete break of paradigms through a mixture of influences between the chords’ improvisations that almost instantly reminds us of Jazz, a growing sequence of notes of soulful-introspective climax, a rhythm influenced by Caribbean Salsa flavors (more than evident on the hi-hats) and the futuristic synthesizer timbres.
Through these tunes, Derrick May (and Carl Craig) transformed the World of Electronic music into great art. Their creation, completely 'ahead-of-its-time', apply to something different, avant-garde driven, complex and almost impossible to define. Welcome to Techno.
eidoom

eidoom

August 16, 2003

I won't deny the sheer beauty of this release but the 'Montage Mix' which appears on the Virtual Sex LP is even more perfect than the original version.

June 27, 2003
I believe he wrote this track just after he broke up with his girlfriend. You almost wish that more relationships would end from time to time to create beauty like this.
Jav

Jav

March 23, 2003

Derrick May should be writing film scores...music like this needs to be given visuals to compliment how emotional this track is! Techno simply doesn't get better than this!

August 1, 2001
edited over 16 years ago
This introspective piece from Derrick May is easily one of the greatest techno tracks of all time...Complex yet precise; soulful yet symphonic; gritty yet beautiful...THE DEFINITIVE TRACK TO HAVE if collecting early Detroit Techno from the late 80's-early 90's...