Richard Turner ‎– Serial Scratch Utility Plastics

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Serial Scratch ‎– SCR Cd1
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Selected tracks from Utility Plastics mixed by Richard Turner.

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cnewboul

cnewboul

July 20, 2016
I can say I am a late comer to this mix only have I purchased it in 2016, 16 years after it was released, and I must say that I am blown away by it. Richard Turner is an incredible DJ with skills that I see are lost today. He can juggle beats and backspin records in the most pleasing of ways. Plus this disc has some pretty rocking tunes on it. I wish people today would go that hard when they are playing, but it seems as though most techno dj's now play a little bit slower. This stuff is a pure head rush, and I could imagine these records doing serious damage in the club. Hopefully this type of tribal techno makes a comeback and DJ's start playing this fast and hard again.
maroko

maroko

March 27, 2011

I always thought how Richard Turner was a safe step above the remaining User/Abuser/Corrosion/00A artists, mainly due to a more versatile approach to techno on his releases. All of that, naturally, is shown on this superb mix CD. Through a mere 57 minute time span, we are taken on a roller coaster ride through roughly a dozen releases which were on the market at the time.
From rocking tribalism, through to smooth transition tools making way for some seriously damaging, put-you-in-an-aural-chokehold type of banging techno, the mix will fly by in a matter of what will seem like seconds. There really are no obvious standouts here, let alone fancy deck tricks, but rest assured this is as confident and tongue in cheek as UK techno comes.
Releasing a mix CD, consisting exclusively of your own track released on your own label, compiled & 'glued' by the respective artist might seem like a pretty bald, if not narcissistic move, but it is done to high standards. If a listener was not aware that the material displayed throughout was courtesy of the same producer, I would be seriously surprised if he/she recognized, and subsequently categorized the tracks under the same imprint.
In my opinion, this is a compulsory ride for anyone into pure, unadulterated techno, without samples, futile excursions into muddy waters or anything that would distract you from dancing your heart out or whatever rocks your boat.
To fans of this one, I'd also recommend stuff like Mark Broom's "Lessons learnt" or the "Theory of interpretation" mix by Ben Sims.
One little peculiarity is that I recognize certain tracks from UTL 13, which to my knowledge, was released in 2002, while this mix was (according to the linear notes) out in 2000... Just a little observation. Other then that, this is a slamming Birmingham techno flavored mix, and playing it to your friends is a guaranteed win-win situation, as long you all are in the mood for something more upbeat.