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Underground Resistance

Word relations: underground - resistance

Related: American music - Detroit techno - black music - dance music - electronic music - black science fiction


Underground Resistance is probably the most militantly political outcropping of modern urban American techno. Combining a grubby, four-track aesthetic, an almost strictly DIY business philosophy, and an oppositional, militaristic ethos similar to Public Enemy without the drama (or the familiarity; the members refuse to be photographed without bandanas obscuring their identities), UR have redirected their portion of the Detroit techno legacy to social activist ends, trading mainstream popularity and financial success for independence and self-determination. Begun in the early '90s by second-wave trinity Jeff Mills, "Mad" Mike Banks, and Robert "Noise" Hood, UR adapted the flavor and kick of early Detroit techno to the complex social, political, and economic circumstances in the wake of Reagan-era accelerated inner-city decline, and was formed as an outlet for uncompromising music geared toward awareness and change.

The early UR catalog is defined by a typically Detroit combination of Motown and Chicago soul, and ruthless, at times caustic lo-fi techno, acid, and electro (Mills' background is in, among other things, Chicago industrial and EBM-style electro-techno, with Banks and Hood both coming from a solid house and techno base). Much of the label's early output was the product of various permutations of Banks, Mills, and Hood, both solo and in combination, before Mills and Hood left UR in 1992 to pursue (and achieve) international success. Banks continued to operate UR in the wake of the split, releasing EPs such as "Return of Acid Rain," "Message to the Majors," and "Galaxy to Galaxy" under the UR banner, as well as 12-inches by increasingly renowned artists such as Drexciya. Although UR remains largely aloof of the more high-profile American and European scenes, UR releases have occasionally leaked into various, relatively more establishmentarian contexts (usually under the guise of "reconnaissance" or "infiltration"), with the noted German techno label Tresor reissuing 12-inches from the early UR catalog and the React label compilation featuring exclusive tracks from Banks and other UR artists. The first actual full-length credited to Underground Resistance was 1998's Interstellar Fugitives. Underground Resistance original members are Mike Banks, Robert Hood & Jeff Mills. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Resistance [May 2005]

High Tech Jazz

http://www.undergroundresistance.com/ Favourite track High Tech Jazz (though I have never heard it) July 29, 2001. Ur-025 Underground resistance "galaxy 2 galaxy"
double ep Hi-tech jazz, deep space 9, astral apache, star sailing,
metamorphisis, rhythm if infinity,journey of the dragons
All tracks produced by Mad Mike Jazz/experimental
Double ep $7.99

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