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Phylyps Trak - EP

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Album Review

Where the Enforcement record stressed the hypnotizing qualities over the dancefloor friendliness, this second Basic Channel record applies the same formula to pounding bass beats, resulting in three variations on a potent style of minimal techno. There are essentially four elements to this record that loop in a distorted, fractured manner with relentlessness: the underlying low-frequency pounding of compressed bass beats, the barely noticeable yet inescapable rhythm of syncopated high-hat percussion, the non-linear flow of a mid-range-frequency riff, and the modulating distortion of alien high-frequency sound streams. While this formula may sound obvious, its application is pure genius. Rather than merely set the loops and slowly fade them in and out of one another, Basic Channel forever tweaks the sounds, leaving only the high-hat percussion as a constant. Even when the high-frequency riffs and sound streams aren't appearing and disappearing, they are twisting, modulating, oscillating, altering, mutating, and doing whatever else imaginable.

Customer Reviews


Wow.. I know that this track is not for everyone, but for anyone who was a DJ or a serious follower of dance music during the 90, this track (along with other Basic Channel tracks) was transformational.

The Basic Channel sound was picked up, duplicated, and made more dancefloor friendly by folks like Dave Clarke (Red 2 has a noticeable BC influence) as well as countless others.

You can still hear massive echoes of the Basic Channel sound in today's techno, glitch, dub, etc.

It doesn't have any poppy hooks or melodies, but if you are really into techno, turn the lights out, clear your mind of distractions, imagine yourself at a huge party in a deep underwater cave, and listen to this song. Loud.


I like electric music, but this is just to repetitive for me. It would be good for a dance floor or a clip of it in a commercial, but not for listening to in your room.


Formed: 1993 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Basic Channel has become synonymous with a brand of stripped-down, ultra-minimal techno almost devoid of musical substance or intent. Both artist and label, Basic Channel was established by Berlin-based producers Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald (aka Maurizio) in 1993, and the pair have unhurriedly developed a slim but adored catalog of releases under such names as Cyrus, Phylyps, q1.1, Quadrant, Octagon, and Radiance — working a single-minded concept of nearly featureless machine music...
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