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Sterac โ€“ Asphyx

Label:100% Pure โ€“ PURE 9
Vinyl, 12", 33 โ…“ RPM
Style:Techno, Breakbeat, Trance


This Side
A2Darkness In My Life8:02
That Side

Companies, etc.


  • Lacquer Cut By โ€“ HCB*
  • Producer โ€“ Sterac



Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Other (A Side (Label)): 08-027405-20
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout, side A ("08 27405 20 1A1", stamped)): PURE9-A HCB874439. B 08 27405 20 1A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout, side B ("08 27405 20 1B1", stamped)): PURE9-B HCB8744ยณ9. A 08 27405 20 1B1

Other Versions (2)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Asphyx (12", 33 โ…“ RPM, Limited Edition, Remastered, Repress, Clear)DelsinDSR/STC1Netherlands2021
Asphyx (12", 33 โ…“ RPM, Reissue, Remastered)DelsinDSR/STC1Netherlands2021


After8PM's avatar
Edited 6 months ago
Can someone relate about the sound quality compared to the recent repress? As I find the sound level a bit low on the Delsin one.
Murrolo_again's avatar
What a great release this is. For me Pacifia is the one. A nice driving drum pattern, melodic bassline and that haunting synth riff with the chord change that gets my spine tingling every time. Lovely.
(Incidentally for such an uplifting track, I always thought 'Darkness in My Life' wasn't a very apt title, and on reading Alain Patrick's review, I realise that it wasn't the title of it after all! Pacifia is far more appropriate!)
Air-o-u-ix's avatar
Edited 12 years ago
One of the best detroit techno track in my opinion. simplicity at its best.
TurnOff's avatar
Edited 15 years ago
The A side of this EP (or what should be the B side due to the sides being pressed opposite each other) is extremely phenomenal still after 10 years.

Asphyx absolutely demands the entire attention of the dance floor and has the ability to command an entire room to stop everything happening and listen in to the sound blasting around them. The track is versatile enough to open and close sets as well as restore the atosphere of any venue size. The louder you play it, the more it dominates. The dueling channels panning around the dancefloor and the superb yet simple bassline and percussion generate unprecedented sound. For 1995 Asphyx sounds remarkably fresh and innovative still.

But while this EP is mostly known for Asphyx, Darkness In My Life can hold its own quite well also. But most people will go straight to Asphyx if they own this record, and for good reason.
Alain_Patrick's avatar
Edited 17 years ago
Steve Rachmad's major classic was released by the conceptual dutch label 100% Pure in 1995. โ€œAsphyxโ€ infested the dance floors all over the World with magnificent timbers and an unique atmosphere, but the most curious aspect about this tune was never told to the big public: โ€œFirst of all, the label was pressed wrong on that record, and the A side became B, and vice versa; so the title of the track you talk about is not actually โ€œAsphyxโ€ but โ€œX-tracksโ€! Nobody knows this, unfortunately. I guess this is the chance to get it rightโ€, confessed Sterac, with a smile in his face. โ€œIn this track, I panned one sound to the left, and the other one to the right, so this gave a nice stereo effect; it seems like the sounds are crossing, and thatโ€™s why โ€œX-tracksโ€ was just a perfect name for it. I still feel sorry that the real title was not linked to the right track, as the title in itself already says a lot about that trackโ€, said again the dutch talent.