Underground Resistance

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Underground Resistance is probably the most militantly political outcropping of second-wave Detroit techno. Combining a grubby, four-track aesthetic, an almost strictly DIY business philosophy, and an oppositional, militaristic ethos similar to Public Enemy without the drama (or the familiarity; the members refuse to be photographed without bandanas obscuring their identities), UR have redirected their portion of the Detroit techno legacy to social activist ends, trading mainstream popularity and financial success for independence and self-determination. Begun in the early '90s by Detroit second-wave trinity Mike Banks, Robert Hood & Jeff Mills, UR adapted the flavor and kick of early Detroit techno to the complex social, political, and economic circumstances in the wake of Reagan-era accelerated inner-city decline, and was formed as an outlet for uncompromising music geared toward awareness and change.

The early UR catalog is defined by a typically Detroit combination of Motown and Chicago soul, and ruthless, at times caustic lo-fi techno, acid, and electro (Mills' background is in, among other things, Chicago industrial and EBM-style electro-techno, with Banks and Hood both coming from a solid house and techno base). Much of the label's early output was the product of various permutations of Banks, Mills, and Hood, both solo and in combination, before Mills and Hood left UR in 1992 to pursue (and achieve) international success. Banks continued to operate UR in the wake of the split, releasing EPs such as "Return of Acid Rain," "Message to the Majors," and "Galaxy to Galaxy" under the UR banner, as well as 12-inches by increasingly renowned artists such as Drexciya, Suburban Knight and Scan 7. The first actual full-length credited to Underground Resistance was 1998's Interstellar Fugitives. When the UR and Submerge Recordings Headquarters moved from 2030 Grand River to 3000 E Grand Blvd., the UR 'family' transformed again by assigning new members such as DJ 3000, S², Aquanauts, Buzz Goree and most notably the live band Los Hermanos.
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UR-001 Your Time Is Up — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Your Time Is Up Underground Resistance UR-001 US 1990 Sell This Version
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UR-002 Sonic EP — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Sonic EP (EP) Underground Resistance UR-002 US 1990 Sell This Version
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UR005 Nation 2 Nation — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Nation 2 Nation Underground Resistance UR005 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR016 Living For The Nite — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance w/ Yolanda* Underground Resistance w/ Yolanda* - Living For The Nite (Single) Underground Resistance UR016 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR 017 Punisher — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Punisher Underground Resistance UR 017 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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UR-004 Waveform E.P. — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Waveform E.P. (EP) Underground Resistance UR-004 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR-010 Riot EP — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Riot EP (EP) Underground Resistance UR-010 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR-010, UR-012 Riot EP UR-010 + Fuel For The Fire Attend The Riot UR-012 — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Riot EP UR-010 + Fuel For The Fire Attend The Riot UR-012(2x12", EP) Underground Resistance, Underground Resistance UR-010, UR-012 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR-012 Fuel For The Fire Attend The Riot — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Fuel For The Fire Attend The Riot(12") Underground Resistance UR-012 US 1991 Sell This Version
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UR009 Elimination / Gamma-Ray — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Elimination / Gamma-Ray(12") Underground Resistance UR009 US 1991 Sell This Version
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WPA-002 The Seawolf — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance The Seawolf (EP) World Power Alliance WPA-002 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR-020 World 2 World — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance World 2 World Underground Resistance UR-020 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UMM 021 Fury — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Fury Underground Resistance UMM 021 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
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WPA-003 Belgian Resistance — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Belgian Resistance World Power Alliance WPA-003 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR003 The Final Frontier — Underground Resistance UR* The Final Frontier Underground Resistance UR003 US 1992 Sell This Version
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SW-1008 Acid Rain EP — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Acid Rain EP (EP) Shockwave Records SW-1008 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR-023 Message To The Majors — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Message To The Majors (Single) Underground Resistance UR-023 US 1992 Sell This Version
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WPA-001 Kamikaze — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Kamikaze(12", S/Sided, Etch) World Power Alliance WPA-001 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR-011 Panic EP — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Panic EP(12", EP, Ltd, MP) Underground Resistance UR-011 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR021 Piranha — Underground Resistance UR* Piranha(12") Underground Resistance UR021 US 1992 Sell This Version
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WPA-001-3 World Power Alliance Tracks — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance World Power Alliance Tracks(3x12", S/Sided, Etch, W/Lbl) World Power Alliance WPA-001-3 US 1992 Sell This Version
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UR-024 The Return Of Acid Rain - The Storm Continues — Underground Resistance UR* The Return Of Acid Rain - The Storm Continues Underground Resistance UR-024 US 1993 Sell This Version
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UR-029 Dark Energy — Underground Resistance Underground Resistance Dark Energy Underground Resistance UR-029 US 1994 Sell This Version
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UR-028 Acid Rain III - Meteor Shower — Underground Resistance UR* Acid Rain III - Meteor Shower (Album) Underground Resistance UR-028 US 1994 Sell This Version
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UR-033 Electronic Warfare (Designs For Sonic Revolutions) — Underground Resistance U.R.* Electronic Warfare (Designs For Sonic Revolutions) Underground Resistance UR-033 US 1995 Sell This Version

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FIBEROPTICCOMMANDO

FIBEROPTICCOMMANDO

June 23, 2021
Burned out by radio and the music industry at large, Jeff Mills and Mike Banks created something truly unique. A powerful movement and ethos inspiring others to create on their own terms. Everything is stripped down to pure feeling, and an intense focus on creative output. The music contained in these releases is otherworldly, and I am eternally grateful for it. I AM UR
505_345_675_Delta_9

505_345_675_Delta_9

June 7, 2021
UR has the power to Bring the light in the times when everyting is a slave of the darkness.
Truly the music of inspiration. It has endless influence of the generations.
StrengthJustice

StrengthJustice

January 13, 2021
The music is the message.
Defining tracks that continue to sound unique and powerful on their own terms outside of the music genres that embraced them.
Long live UR
genocyber

genocyber

June 13, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
wow no comments at all? well i guess its unsurprising considering how words cant even begin to describe how important UR is.
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