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On the techno side of tech-house, Lars Sandberg's streamlined recordings as Funk D'Void enlivened the fertile Glasgow techno scene during the mid-'90s courtesy of Soma Recordings, the label owned by local scene-heads Slam. He began DJing hip-hop and house around Glasgow in the mid-'80s and later began recording as well, sparked by a drive to hear his own tracks on the dancefloor. Sandberg named his production alias in tribute to George Clinton, whose P-Funk concert machine often featured a mythical Scrooge character named Sir Nose d'Void of Funk who was inevitably forced to give it up by the end of the show. After hooking up with Soma for the 1995 single "Jack Me Off," tracks like "Soul Man" and "Bad Coffee" began hitting the clubs as well. Sandberg released the debut Funk D'Void album Technoir on Soma in 1997. Also, his Chaser project (with Nigel Hayes) made waves of its own with the album Game On, also on Soma. Another Sandberg alias, United States of Sound recorded two singles for the Bomber label. The second Funk D'Void full-length, Imitate, appeared in late 2000. ~ John Bush