Rhythim Is Rhythim ‎– Icon / Kao-Tic Harmony

Transmat ‎– MS-21
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A Icon 8:47
B Kao-Tic Harmony 6:30

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Recorded in Detroit @ Transmat, 1991.

Durations are not mentioned on the release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MS 21-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MS 21-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A/B): NSC
  • Rights Society: BMI


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March 29, 2019
First heard Icon on a Laurent Garnier X-Mix video. So it's slightly confusing the record seems to have come out in 1996 when the X-Mix was 1994. Maybe it was an exclusive for the X-Mix ?


March 11, 2019
I wish there was a mix of Kao-Tic Harmony with only the brackground organ. I think I could listen for this loop forever.


November 23, 2018
edited 8 months ago

It is hard not to shed a small tear when playing this record. Icon for me. is Derrick May's best work. No matter what you think of May, he nailed this release. Big up to Carl for his input into this record too.


December 23, 2016
Maybe the best techno EP ever. So much emotion in its two tracks, a real miracle. Every time i listen to it, i'm lost in music. Composed more than 25 years ago, but still fresh, this EP is a must-have for all Detroit techno lovers, and others.


June 22, 2015
i really don't know which track is better. both are madness


April 10, 2014
I don't understand why everybody talks about "Strings of life"... I don't like this track.
I think Icon it's his best track ever. Bleep melody style of Derrick May at his best.


September 18, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
This was a massive anthem at Cream. Jeremy Healy rinsed this bad boy.


March 10, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

I really wonder myself why was this single released only in 1996, if the tunes were created in 1991? That’s the question that will remain on our minds…
‘Rhythim Is Rhythim - Icon / Kao-tic Harmony’ single is an absolutely essential chapter on the history of Techno. Both of the tunes are not only timeless, but represent a bolder, wilder and much more challenging perspective of Techno music composition.
It’s not difficult to imagine Carl Craig with Derrick May behind the harmony’s chaotic sounds. Through their music from the end of eighties to the early nineties, they both brought a dimension for Techno never heard before.
While “Icon” has a more Sci-Fi approach with electronic effects, simulated bongos and an emotional, mellow synth pad atmosphere, “Kao-Tic Harmony” brings a complete break of paradigms through a mixture of influences between the chords’ improvisations that almost instantly reminds us of Jazz, a growing sequence of notes of soulful-introspective climax, a rhythm influenced by Caribbean Salsa flavors (more than evident on the hi-hats) and the futuristic synthesizer timbres.
Through these tunes, Derrick May (and Carl Craig) transformed the World of Electronic music into great art. Their creation, completely 'ahead-of-its-time', apply to something different, avant-garde driven, complex and almost impossible to define. Welcome to Techno.


August 16, 2003

I won't deny the sheer beauty of this release but the 'Montage Mix' which appears on the Virtual Sex LP is even more perfect than the original version.

June 27, 2003
I believe he wrote this track just after he broke up with his girlfriend. You almost wish that more relationships would end from time to time to create beauty like this.