Various ‎– R & S Records - Refresh Your Ears

Muzik Magazine ‎– IPCZIK001, Muzik Magazine ‎– RS MUZIK MC, R & S Records ‎– IPCZIK001, R & S Records ‎– RS MUZIK MC
Cassette, Compilation

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A1 Ken Ishii Extra (Video Edit)
Written-By, Producer – Ken Ishii
A2 Future/Past Hyperspace
Written-By, Producer – Kirk Degiorgio
A3 Tournesol Break 'N' Space
Producer – TournesolWritten-By – Tommy Gee
A4 Jacob's Optical Stairway Fragments Of A Lost Language
Written-By, Producer – Dego, Mark Mac*
A5 69 Puntang
Written-By, Producer – Six Nine*
A6 Model 500 I Wanna Be There (Edit)
Written-By, Producer – Juan Atkins
B1 Capricorn 20 Hz
Written-By, Producer – Hans Weekhout
B2 DJ Hell* My Definition Of House Music
Written-By, Producer – DJ Hell*
B3 Radical Rob Monkey Wah
Written-By, Producer – Rob McLuhan*, Pete Smith*
B4 David Morley Birth
Written-By, Producer – David Morley
B5 Golden Girls Kinetic (Orbital Mix)
Producer – Paul HartnollRemix – OrbitalWritten-By, Producer – Michael Hazell
B6 Joey Beltram Energy Flash
Written-By, Producer – Joey Beltram
B7 Guaranteed Raw Get A Load Of This
Written-By, Producer – Renaat Vandepapeliere
B8 Mantrax Scarlet Circus
Co-producer, Written-By [Uncredited] – David Morley, Maarten Van Der VleutenWritten-By, Producer – Renaat Vandepapeliere


Given away free with the August 1995 edition of Muzik Magazine.

p 1990 R & S Records, tracks B6, B7,
p 1991 R & S Records, track B3,
p 1992 R & S Records, tracks B2, B4, B5,
p 1993 R & S Records, track B1,
p 1995 R & S Records, tracks A1 to A4, A6, B8,
p 1995 Planet E Communications, track A5.

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March 18, 2018
Own the CD extracts with six tracks from this release produced as Radio Promotion Only


April 19, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

I lost my original copy many years ago, but managed to track another down recently for less than the price of a cup of coffee :) This tape is, in my opinion, one of the best compilations of the 1990s, of any genre.

One look at the tracklist should be enough, but it just seems to get better and better as each track arrives. I won't describe each track individually, as many should be well-known to fans of the genre.

Others, such as Carl Craig's "Puntang", are (or were) a little more obscure - this one in particular begs the question "why did this not get a widespread release around the time of its creation?" - it's an absolute masterpiece which I can listen to over and over again, yet it's still not really that easy to find, at least on vinyl. Yet, when Model 500 follow, it doesn't feel like a let-down, it simply maintains the quality that had built over the previous 45 minutes - there's no filler here!

I've never been a great fan of Detroit-style techno, not even back in the 1990s. I always preferred (and still do) the "London Acid Techno" style above all else. However, as I've got older, I've learned to appreciate Detroit music much more. Unlike the 303 madness produced by my favourite London producers, I find that a lot of Detroit techno can be feel quite "chilled" when played at low volumes, yet when you crank up the volume, it turns into banging dancefloor mayhem - the best of both worlds :)

While Side 1 emphasises the Detroit sound, Side 2 is the "European" side, and features some well-known rave classics, as well as the immense and hard-to-find "Scarlet Circus" - what a way to end a phenomenal collection!

As I love a lot of different genres (from ambient to hardcore punk), I often look for music which can be enjoyed simply for one reason - because it happens to be good music - and not just because it "will fit in with my DJ sets" or whatever. And there is absolutely LOTS of good music here!


January 17, 2011

I have this on a cassette that came free with the now defunct Muzik Magazine, which was a rival to Mixmag Magazine. The giveaways if i remember were pretty good, but this was most probably the best one. However i wish they could of released on CD back in August 1995.