Various ‎– Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit

10 Records ‎– DIXG 75
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Rythim Is Rythim* It Is What It Is
Edited By [Edits] – Juan*Written-By, Producer, Mixed By – Mayday
A2 Blake Baxter Forever And A Day
Mixed By – Master Reese*Producer – Blake BaxterWritten-By – Baxter*
A3 Eddie "Flashin'" Fowkes* Time To Express
Mixed By – Magic Juan*Producer, Mixed By – Eddie "Flashin'" Fowkes*Written-By – Fowkes*
A4 K.S. Experience Electronic Dance
Mixed By – Master Reese*Producer – Kevin SaundersonWritten-By – Saunderson*
B1 Members Of The House Share This House (Radio Mix)
Engineer – Rufus HarrisMixed By, Edited By – The Cutting Board Inc.Producer – Don Davis (2)Written-By – Banus*, Merriweather*, Harris*, Weatherspoon*
B2 A Tongue & D Groove Feel Surreal
Edited By [Edits] – StoneyMixed By – MaydayProducer – A Tongue, D GrooveWritten-By – Tongue*, Groove*
B3 Mia Hesterley Spark
Mixed By – Master Reese*Producer – Kevin SaundersonWritten-By – Baxter*, Saunderson*
B4 Juan* Techno Music
Mixed By – Magic Juan*Producer – Juan AtkinsWritten-By – Atkins*
C1 Inner-City* Featuring Kevin Saunderson Big Fun
Mixed By – Magic Juan*Producer, Featuring – Kevin SaundersonVocals – Paris*Written-By – Forest*, Pennington*, Saunderson*
C2 Blake Baxter Ride Em Boy
Edited By [Edits] – Juan*Mixed By – MaydayProducer – Blake BaxterWritten-By – Baxter*
C3 Shakir* Sequence 10
Mixed By – A Tongue, Shakir*Producer – Anthony ShakirWritten-By – Shakir*
C4 Idol Making Un, Deux, Trois
Mixed By – Master Reese*Producer – MaydayVocals – Blake BaxterWritten-By – Baxter*, Mayday
D Various Detroit Is Jacking (The Techno! Megamix)
DJ Mix [Megamix] – Magic Juan*, Mayday

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© 1988 10 Records Ltd. ℗ 1988 10 Records Ltd.

Track D is made up of 12 tracks from the compilation. LP only, not featured on CD.

Title is displayed as 'Techno' (without exclamation) on front,and 'Techno!' on the spine.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012982507519
  • Barcode (Text): 5 012982 507519
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): DIX 75 A-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): DIX 75 B-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): DIX 75 C-1U-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): DIX 75 D-1U-1-1

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February 13, 2020
edited 3 months ago
A genre defining compilation at the time, which helped to shape a lot of people musically, including me. Some of you slating tracks from it, were you even around and hearing them in the clubs & party’s or just spouting your ‘opinion’ based on nothing but your ‘taste’ some 30 years later? Every single one of the tracks on this album played it’s part, nobody cares about your opinion. 👊🏼💥😂


November 24, 2017

The only weak side to this compilation is Members Of The House - 'Share This House'. It really shouldn't have been included on this LP.


June 10, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

Of course Inner-City* Featuring Kevin Saunderson Big Fun is a classic...

Back then and now..

But then came this comp!

Thanks Neil Rushton

Our faves were...

Rythim Is Rythim* It Is What It Is.. Ambient and head chilling!
Blake Baxter Forever And A Day... Those strings or whatever they were...More please of them!
Blake Baxter Ride Em Boy.. A cold pumping tune!
A Tongue & D Groove Feel Surreal.... Sounds that made you forget what you were doing !
Idol Making Un, Deux, Trois... This used to weird us out in a good way!... Stark!
Juan* Techno Music..... Something else! A very something else...

And so so many more shaped my then little knowledge of what on earth was going on!
The pills helped too!
But that was later in 89!
Back in 88 it was one beer and many spliffs between us 3 teenagers from a tiny bedroom that was more like a space ship than mere sleeping quarters!

The world is flat?
Hmmmm maybe maybe not... ---- ....()....

It is what it is!

Either way music shapes it! And us....
Either way it helps us does it not?

We're having BIG FUN! ;)




October 2, 2016
Purchase at Buyrite in Detroit when it first hit the shelves. This LP changed my life. Will always be one of my favorite records.


September 1, 2012
It is important to get this compilation in context. It is an indulgence on anybody's part to assume Niel Rushton was at all claiming a 'discovery' or 'branding' of the genre 'Techno'. He was and still is a reveered Producer, Journalist, DJ and knowledgable ambassador for music, period.... And it was his immense passion and connections in Detriot from his years of playing and importing as A&R/Liason man of Rare Northern Soul Records that Detriot Techno (Of which Motown shared the same home) was naturally baught to his attention in the 80's in it's early incarnation by the music community who he knew intimately over years. It is true the terminology of 'Techno' and it's elements (as all nearly electronic music) originated in those early european clubs but 'Detroit - Techno' had deffinative unique elements of that 'Motown-Jazz Funk Fusion' sounds that are added to the pure electro sounds of the european influence, of which, was and is a huge influence on the ears of Juan Atkins, Eddie Fawlkes etc....... This is just one man's love of the music evolving and coinciding within the the same city of which he has been an ambassador for more than many of us can remember....PEACE!


August 7, 2012
Only now, years and years later do I realise A Tongue & D Groove's "Feel surreal" is just a remix of Rhythim Is Rhythim's "Feel surreal" (Transmat MS6) - doh!


May 29, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
While some of the tracks have, indeed, a housey feel to them (especially Share this House), the production should be taken for what it is. It's not like high quality recording equipment was exactly affordable to the average youth in the 1980s.

The KS Experience track is full of energy.


April 27, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
Nobody least of all Juan Atkins would denigrate the role of Germany in experimental electronic music, this whole argument about the origination of the term 'techno' is specious. Cybotron released 'Welcome To Techno City' in 1984 and it was on one of the early UK Streetsounds Electro compilations, as that's what we were calling this music in the UK at that time. But it was in reference to Kraftwerk, as anyone who has heard the Cybotron LP will attest, as that's what fired their imaginations in Detroit back then.
As has also been stated below Network Records Supremo, Neil Rushton, dreamed up the name 'Techno: The New Dance sound of Detroit' to differentiate this compilation from Motown, which at the time would have been of course synonomous with 'the dance sound' of Detroit and Juan called it 'Techno' to distinguish it from what was coming out of Chicago at the same time. Ultimately these are just terms used by marketing men at various times to sell records. If you read the sleeve notes to this and the partnering 'Retro Techno: Detroit Definitive' compilation from a couple of years later, there is no debate about any of this. Respect is given where it's due. The fact that nobody took any notice of this compilation in the USA at the time is also well documented, but it wouldn't exactly be the first time an American artist had become well known in the UK before breaking it in their home country, or indeed vice versa...
This is a totally seminal slice of electronica or whatever you want to call it now, and definitely should be high on anyone's list. It may sound dated in parts given what happened since but I guess nothing dates so quickly as the future...


May 13, 2010
edited over 10 years ago
Sorry, but this Talla 2XLC propaganda nonsense this guy gerasoulis94 (see below) is spouting is just plain silly. Watch the German documentary "We Call it Techno" if you doubt this, authoritative German sources on the matter spell it out plain as day. Talla states that at a record store he worked in, City Music @ Frankfurt's Central Station, he placed records by acts including New Order, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Heaven 17, Front 242 in one category and called it all techno. He then opened 'Technoclub' in 1984 on Sunday afternoons @ Disco No Name. In 1987 Technoclub moved to the airport based disco Dorian Gray, where it became the centre of the Electronic Body Music (EBM) scene. Jurgen Laarman, of the electronic music fanzine Frontpage stated that 'Technoclub' had historical merit in being the first club in Germany to play almost exclusively electronic music, but it was more or less an underground thing for suburban kids, "it was never really hip to go there". Laarman stated that the music Talla was calling techno, everyone else, particularly those in Berlin, were identifying as Industrial and EBM. In the late 80s Frankfurt was still stuck with Industrial and EBM (Talla's techno) while Berlin was moving forward by embracing Acid House and the early Detroit techno.In Berlin they started using the term 'technohouse' to distinguish from Talla's Frankfurt based definition. Later the word Tekkno came to replace 'technohouse'. The first real techno club in Germany was started by DJ Tanith in Berlin, 1989, Cyberspace @ UFO, Wednesday nights. In Spring 1990 Tanith and Wolle X.D.P held the first large techno parties in East Berlin called Tekknozid. At that time the Technoclub in Frankfurt was something totally different, it was an EBM/industrial night. In Germany, during that period the definition of Techno was contested, it was essentially a Frankfurt EBM old-school conception versus the Berlin progressive take that was inspired by Chicago and Detroit. Finally, don't forget that Juan Atkins released 'Techno City' in 1984, Junie Morrison's 12" Techno-Freqs also came out in 1984, earlier we had Man Parrish's 'Techno Trax' in 82, and earlier still the Japanese electronic act Yellow Magic Orchestra's album 'Technodelic' in 1981. Talla is just some guy who bundled all early 80s electronic into one category, and called it techno, because, as he says, the music was made using electronic technology.


May 6, 2010
edited over 9 years ago

I must say that the first time I came across the term "Techno" was on the 1982 self titled LP by Man Parrish. The track was on side 2 & was called "Techno Trax", this was straight out of the New York electro scene and was massive (Electro Beats will always kick yo ass mofo) So I'm quite sure that the good ol' US-of-A was fully aware of the term "Techno" before it filtered through the stratosphere to Europe. As for the "Sound Of Detroit" LP, this introduced me to the mind of Derrick May (Rhythim is Rhythim) for which I am eternaly grateful, it also includes the exclusive rarity that is Kevin Saunderson's "Electronic Dance"(K.S. Experience) which will rip up any dance floor to date....PERIOD. It also includes various gems by Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes and the one and only Juan Atkins, this really is a top quality Techno LP. So get yer Techno trousers on and start 'aving it LARGE!!!!!Banging beats for a banging nation....U NO THE SCORE BROTHERS & SISTERS, GET DOWN.....
PS.- It's Mr Atkins to you sir....Mr Juan Atkins, Godfather of Modern techno music as we presently, and always will know it, let's show some respect for a true innovator, a true legend, blessed by God....Juan.