Mad Mike*Hi-Tech Dreams / Lo-Tech Reality

Label:Underground Resistance – UR-071
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Techno, Electro, Downtempo


AHi-Tech Dreams
B1Hold My Own
B2Lo-Tech Reality

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Copyright UR 2007 · Publishing Mad Mike Music BMI · Distributed By Submerge Dist.
"One World Is A Nightmare, The Other A Second Reality. That Can Only Be Found, When You Find Sight Of Who"

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): UR 071-A YOU NEED THE HI-HAT (NSC)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): UR 071-B (NSC)

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  • SouthItaly's avatar
    much much respect for this record.. as always... ur a part.
    • The_Quiet_Mind's avatar
      "One World Is A Nightmare, The Other A Second Reality. That Can Only Be Found, When You Find Sight Of Who"

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      • ethan_dj's avatar
        Echoing what others have already said, this is the most stark and singular representation of the UR aestethic I have ever come across.

        Hi-Tech Dreams is the shiny, futuristic, quality techno that had become a Underground Resistance trademark, but when pressed back to back with the B-side, the whole thing just starts to morph and take on a whole new life of its own.

        A record that simply has to be listened to in context. The contrast of such optimistic, cinematic, space-age techno with a totally desolate, tumbling reality is gut-wrenching in its effectiveness. The more I listen to one, the further the other takes me in the opposite direction.

        You can almost see the crumbling concrete buildings around you when listening to Lo Tech Reality. And likewise, Hi Tech Dreams slowly becomes brimming with imagery of vast cities in a distant future, endlessly scrolling computer grids, and the eerie darkness of space. It's a record that really picks you up by the scruff of the neck and drags you into his world.

        It is a vision, a statement, and a record that keeps on giving. It was those young guys - just like me and you - trapped in a forgotten city, dreaming of another world -- and you can hear it dripping from every single second.

        The two counterpoints of the Detroit Techno movement: perfectly encapsulated. Political, timeless, and a fucking wicked dance record to boot.

        Pure escapism in electronic music form, and (dare I say) a work of art. You can really hear them reaching for something else here. Thank you Mike Banks, you will not be forgotten.
        • digitalsects2's avatar
          Edited 10 years ago
          It's amazing how Mike Banks is able to, at will, send the listener into any type of imagery he feels. That is what happens with this E.P.

          It's my belief that, in music, some things can be explained with little or no emphasis on any spoken word. This record makes more sense than all the collections of love songs, techno songs, and all the commercial pop-rap put out today. All done without muttering more than a few phrases. This is a U.R classic, in where the message is as strong as the music itself.

          There's music, then there's U.R.
          • TurnOff's avatar
            Hi-tech Dreams is one of the best tracks I've ever heard in quite some time. Flawless harmony and melody, mysterious vocals, and crisp drum machine sounds flow together amazingly. Underground Resistance is still a label of never ending quality and always achieves sonic perfection with this release being no exception. Pick this up for the A-side alone, don't hesitate.

            The idea behind this track from what I can remember from Mad Mike's words from an interview on the Slices Magazine DVD was that kids in inner cities (not just Detroit) need to have 'hi-tech heroes' meaning people who use technology to improve lives and increase the flow of information. He wants kids to grow up wanting to use things such as the internet, instead of having kids idolizing the artists who appear in other forms of music that encourage kids to drive expensive cars and put gold in their teeth.

            The A-side 'Hi-tech dreams' features a picture of GM's headquarters also known as the Renaissance Center. The B-side 'low-tech reality' shows a picture of a long abandoned burned down house on Warren Avenue in Detroit. Brilliant art, brilliant message, even more brilliant music.
            • kerguenec's avatar
              Edited 15 years ago
              These three absolutely brilliant tracks have been composed by Mad Mike Banks with his fellow member of the Interstellar Fugitives Agent Chaos whose voice can be heard on both b side tracks.
              The A side is full with one track named "Hitech dreams" which linked to the image of the Renaissance center in Detroit embodies the hope of a better future given by technology. The b side shows two downtempo tracks and the image of a wrecked house illustrating the present of a poor and forgotten area of Detroit.
              A magnificent evocation of inequalities in today's USA and a powerful ability to make you shiver with emotion whilst listening to the deeply inspired music : Mike Banks is still the best !



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