104 page paperback book about Electro group Aux 88 - limited signed edition
Notes: A 104 page autobiography book written By Anthony "BlakTony" Horton, The book exposes the micro-details of each member of the group, and gives insight into their humble beginnings from Detroit, and the movement the group created in reviving electro music.
Interstellar Time Travel Theme (Mr Velcro Fastener Time Shift remix)
Control Panels (DJ Xed Crobot Crew remix)
Review: Aux88's discography reaches back to the early 90s and it's been yet another productive year for the Detroit mavericks. Puzzlebox takes care of their release schedule this time and we have the Detroit In Effect mix of "Annihilating The Rhythm" for starters, a brutal slab of electro debauchery, recalling the finer moments of UR or Drexciya. The original mix is more subtle, with contained synth stabs, riding effortlessly above its rough 808 contours. "Interstellar Time Travel Theme" is given a retouch by Mr. Velcro, who turns it into a speeding, drum machine workout with squabbling basslines all over it. Finally, DJ Xed takes care of refixing "Control Panels", a dreary soundscape guided by rough, hard-hitting snares and disjointed electro fuel.
Review: The Magic EP sees the Aux 88 duo Keith Tucker and Tommy Hamilton return to their Black Tokyo project with the first original material since their eponymous 2010 album. It's difficult not to fall under the spell of the glacier like chords at the core of the title track, their presence complemented by Ice Truck's vocals, typical bass driven drums and thick square synth patterns. The accompanying instrumental version shorn of the Japanese singer only serves to highlight the potency of Tucker and Hamilton's Motor City Utopia arrangement. Complementing this bright production is the much darker and indeed tougher Detroit mix of "Astral Projections" which once again places the bassline closest to your sensory receptors as all manner of rugged drum patterns and arcane bleeps cascade around the channels.
Shadow Dancing Gez Varley (Gez Varley G Mann remix)
Electronic Underground (Little Nobody remix)
Electronic Cinema (Arne Weinberg remix)
Electronic Cinema (Aux 88 Soho Studio mix)
Review: Keith Tucker's long-running electro project rarely strays into the straighter techno field, so it's interesting to hear how typical 4/4 producers approach Aux 88's original material. The most conventional version is Andrez Bergen's take on "Electronic Underground" under his Little Nobody alias. Using tribal drums and shards of glitchy percussion, the epic, soaring synths nonetheless remind the listener what city "Underground" originated from. Arne Weinberg's take on "Underground" is more rooted in the Detroit techno narrative, with doubled up claps and a wiry groove underpinning more subtle melodic bursts, but the highlight comes from G Man. It's been a long while since Gez Varley worked under this guise, but his symphonic string-led take on "Shadow Dancing" is a reminder of his prowess as a techno producer.
AuxBox collection box featuring 3 Blu-Ray discs, CD, book & wrist-watch
Notes: An all-inclusive, hand crafted, collector's box, created by Brian Dubois (of 2:37am Studios) and Arnold Steiner - in association with AUX88.
This Collector's box was conceived from sketches and conversations between the members while planning the Aux 88 Portrait Of An Electronic Band documentary.
Featuring over 9.2 hours of footage:
- Blu Ray Disc 1: The origins and early Aux88 beginnings
- Blu Ray Disc 2: Artists worldwide give their opinions of the group
- Blu Ray Disc 3: Behind the scenes/Bonus Features
- Soundtrack CD
- "An Altered Road" book: 104 page autobiography written by Anthony "BlakTony" Horton. The book exposes the micro-details of each member of the group, and gives insight into their humble beginnings from Detroit, and the movement the group created in reviving electro music.
- AUX88 watch: Comfortable wrist band, stylish and designed for durability and fashion. AUX88 chose this watch to carry their logo with style and prestige.
Review: The enigmatic Optic Nerve aka Keith Tucker returns with the aptly named Detropolis 12" on Anthony "Shake" Shakir's Puzzlebox imprint. Deep sea melodies, stabby chords and ravey basslines litter the EP which floats somewhere between shuffling techno and bubbling electro of the Detroit kind. Optic Nerve's soothing original is a fast-paced slice of electro-techno gold, while Aux 88 up the percussive elements of Tucker's original, escorting a plodding bassline from out back to up front. The "Detroit vocal Mental mix" sheds all but the basics and pumps up the bass, using a vocodered "Detropolis" vocal as its centrepiece. Discreet Drexciyan pads and Model 500 magic flash throughout the "M5 Central Station Mix", closing a quintessential Detroit classic.
Review: With brand new interest in beats and rhythm once again coming into play, Puzzlebox label owner, Keith (K-1) Tucker, has now decided to revise and revisit the music from his catalog as "Puzzlebox Classics." "Atomaton EP" opens with "Nemesis", which brings on Tucker's signature Electro/Techno beats, a tough as nails funky bassline, and his trademark eerie strings. "Oscillator (bonus beats)" maintains that perfect beat, a dramatic bassline, and swinging percussion attitude to the fold before closer "Techno It's On My Mind" with its mind-bending arps and clicky pecussion shoot this off-world thumper into overdrive for your ears. If you like your snare hard and relentless, battling for attention against a triggered piece of electrofunk provided by a classic 'K-1' bassline, you're in for a treat.