Various ‎– Lexicon Of Techno House

WEA ‎– 9031-76574-1
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation



Released in conjunction with Prinz city magazine and Container Records Hamburg.

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9031-76574-2, 903 176 574-2 Various Lexicon Of Techno House(2xCD, Comp) WEA Music, WEA Music 9031-76574-2, 903 176 574-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
1033 Various Techno House Lexicon 4(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Poker Sound 1033 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
ST 873 Various Techno House Lexicon(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Silver-Ton ST 873 Poland 1992 Sell This Version


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October 29, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

At the age of 8 I got my hands on my first ever techno compilation: “Lexicon of Techno House”. The Double CD (I later purchased this Double LP when I started collecting records at the age of 12) featured tracks which to a great extent – how I later learned - are considered classics nowadays. It was this compilation that got me into techno and which made me embark on a musical journey through its myriad subgenres and musical styles that I have learned to appreciate over the last 15 years. When I revisit this compilation (which was already 6 years old when I first got it) nowadays - as Frankie Bones pointed out - it indeed seems like a time capsule summarizing all I have learned about techno in those years. In this respect the compilation’s title nowadays strikes me more than ever as it is in fact a “Lexicon of Techno House”. What might not had been evident at the time the compilation came out is that many of the tracks featured here from a today’s point of view on the subject are regarded milestones for specific streams that evolved within techno music. As was already indicated by the compilation’s title more than 20 years ago techno and house nowadays regarded as separate entities can be referred to as the two major streams in this respect. Many key artists featured on the compilation in retrospect stand for one of those particular streams in techno music: “Kenny Larkin” and “Steve Poindexter” as representatives of the Detroit techno sound; “808 State” and “Altern 8” reflecting the UK acid house sound and partly introducing the later evolved Big Beat sound of artists such as “The Chemical Brothers” or “Fatboy Slim”; “House of Venus” as an example of House music; “Energy 52” laying the foundation for the German trance movement; and “Dj Dick” representing the rave movement that began to dominate the German techno sound in 1993. While these are only a selection of the countless musical offshoots techno and house have produced over the last 30 years, they reflect the most basic streams that often were subject to the discussion of techno’s origins. It is this discussion that I have been highly interested in ever since this compilation introduced me to what I now consider the soundtrack of my life...

(originally written as an introduction to one of my essays at London Metropolitan University)


January 3, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
The best way to rate a compilation album would be over time. To hear how it sounds years later. Of the hundreds of electronic DJ Mixes and Compilations released each year, many of them expire over time, and
finding certain ones that pass the test of time is very hard to do. But this release is like a time capsule, and even 13 years after its debut, still has managed to be one of the best Techno comps of all time. The tracklist reads like a exact moment from the pages of 1992. A document that is close to the truth as it gets.


October 17, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

Everyone is associating some tunes which were most impressive to you when you began to be part of wide universe of electronic music. For me this one compilation (it was my very first vinyl compilation I bought) contains some of them. The LFO tested my cheap speakers of my stereo system due their low frequency sound, man, altough I loved the track I hated it the same time for that reason. "Energy Flash" was one of these tracks you couldn't escape these days, also Frankie Bones "My House Is Your House" I used to here all the time. And if trance was any good in any time I would refer to the Energy 52 track... most of the productions here are nowadays considered as huge classics and I can confirm that definitely. And they will remain as sentimental reminiscence too.