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To understand techno producer Juan Atkins' influence on electronic music, look no further than this 1993 anthology of the Detroit legend’s early work. "No UFO's," from 1985, is a dystopian blast of sci-fi synths and disorienting effects; "The Chase" pays tribute to Giorgio Moroder with a liquid synth melody that still sounds futuristic today. "Night Drive (Time, Space, Transmat)" roughs up Kraftwerk's electro with a gritty, Motor City feel, while "Ocean to Ocean" shows off his sentimental side. As the title of the throbbing "Techno Music" suggests, it all begins here.


Born: Detroit, MI

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The source for most of Juan Atkins' prime material, Model 500 was the Detroit godfather's guise for over a decade. Beginning with the 1985 classic "No UFO's" and extending to the release of his first proper LP (1995's Deep Space), the alias made Atkins' reputation with ten singles for his own Metroplex Records and several others for the Belgian R&S label. The same year Deep Space dropped, R&S also...
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