Nexus 21

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Mark Archer and Chris Peat from Stafford, England, had already worked together on various releases on the Blue Chip label when they finally teamed up as a duo and formed C&M Connection in 1989. After only one 12” release, "Another Night", they gave up that name and became Nexus 21.
The first Nexus 21 release was "(Still) Life Keeps Moving", a vocal techno tune today regarded as an early classic. They followed this up with their outstanding sole LP "The Rhythm Of Life", which was strongly influenced by Detroit techno, but also included acid house, electro and breakbeats elements.
After the release of the album, Blue Chip folded, and Nexus 21 found a new home in the just founded Network Records. Meanwhile, R&S snapped up "Logical Progression" and "Techno City" from The Rhythm Of Life and released them on 12”. KMS released a set of Detroit remixes of "(Still) Life Keeps Moving" by Carl Craig / Mark Kinchen / Kevin Saunderson.
The first Archer / Peat releases for Network were licensed versions of Another Night and the Detroit remixes. Then the pair tried out yet another alter ego and released the "Overload EP" as Altern 8. They came back to being Nexus 21 for the deep techno of "Self Hypnosis", their contribution to the Bio Rhythm compilation. A remix of Self Hypnosis then appeared on the "Progressive Logic EP", alongside "Together" (from Bio Rhythm 2) and two tunes from The Rhythm Of Life, one remixed.
A second Nexus 21 album was ready in late 1991, but due to sample clearance problems, the LP never materialised. A small edition of white labels of "I Know We Can Make It"/"Sychologic PSP" was released, which showcased a bigger hardcore influence.
After the success of "The Vertigo EP" and "Activ-8", credited to Altern 8, Mark Archer and Chris Peat concentrated on that project. They still used the Nexus 21 name for occasional remixes.

For live PAs they were joined onstage by Richard Benson (3) as MC, as well as dancers Jon McDonald & Bob Head.
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Albums

BLUE TEC. 2 Nexus 21 - The Rhythm Of Life album art Nexus 21 The Rhythm Of Life (Album) Blue Chip BLUE TEC. 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KMS-030 Nexus 21 - (Still) Life Keeps Moving (Club Mix) album art Nexus 21 (Still) Life Keeps Moving (Club Mix) Blue Chip KMS-030 US 1989 Sell This Version
RS 909, RS.909 Nexus 21 - Logical Progression album art Nexus 21 Logical Progression R & S Records, R & S Records RS 909, RS.909 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
NWKT 15 Nexus 21 - Progressive Logic EP album art Nexus 21 Progressive Logic EP (EP) Network Records NWKT 15 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ1 Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler album art Paris Grey / Nexus 21 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler(12", Promo) Network Records BIO DJ1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
NWKT 35 Nexus 21 - I Know We Can Make It album art Nexus 21 I Know We Can Make It(12", W/Lbl) Network Records NWKT 35 UK 1991 Sell This Version
NNT 004 Nexus 21 - Closer To All Your Dreams / Still (Life Keeps Moving) album art Rhythm Quest / Nexus 21 Rhythm Quest / Nexus 21 - Closer To All Your Dreams / Still (Life Keeps Moving)(12", W/Lbl) Network Records NNT 004 UK 1997 Sell This Version
netg5 Nexus 21 - Indulge / Self Hypnosis album art Neal Howard / Nexus 21 Neal Howard / Nexus 21 - Indulge / Self Hypnosis(12") Network Records netg5 UK 2008 Sell This Version
NEXUS 21-2 Nexus 21 - Made In Detroit album art Nexus 21 Made In Detroit(12") Network Records NEXUS 21-2 UK 2020 Sell This Version
NEXUS 21-3 Nexus 21 - Progression Logical album art Nexus 21 Progression Logical Network Records NEXUS 21-3 UK 2021 Sell This Version

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December 29, 2016
They were recommended to Network Records by Neil Macey. Upon signing they were given an advance of £1,250.

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