But not overnight… Tommy Hamilton had always been musically inclined. . Tom Tom, as he was to be known, became a member of a number of different dance groups, from the Cosmic Swingers, the Motor City Poppers, to the Devo Dancers. Review: Here we have some recent recordings from veteran Detroit electro heroes Aux 88. The Album received two Detroit Music awards for Best Artist and Best Recording.
Still, it was not enough. Review: A new trio of remixes of Michigan electro-futurists Aux 88, with songs plucked from their excellent Mad Scientist album given a new lease of life. It was through the dance scene that Tom met up with Keith Tucker, a local dj who was looking for more. In 1995, desiring to do more experimental tracks, Tucker went solo and created his own label called Puzzlebox inspired by close friend Anthony Shakir. As individuals who had been deep in the scene long before recording music, they knew they had to take it to the next level. He received a response from Metroplex Records; Juan Atkins label, and signed as Frequency. Review: This is one for the heads, quality techno meets progressive bringing the sounds of Detroit and Tokyo together.
From the age of 5 he had played with drums, so the concept of the beat and rhythm were with him early on. Review: The pioneering Detroit electro act Aux 88 continues its reinvention on Magic. Tucker learned a lot from his experiences with Metroplex Records In September of 1992, while working on new tracks for Metroplex Records, Tucker received a visit from Tommy Hamilton. The effect was that of an electrified old school hip hop show. Aux had already made a name for itself via live performances.
And the movement the group created in reviving electro music. Tucker was asked to close out the festival on the main stage with a history of techno. Unfortunately Tom was not available to perform, but instead sparked some releases that fueled the now current return of Aux88 to the electro scene exclusively on Puzzlebox Records. Featuring classic globally approved beats from their catalog and new influential grooves created specifically for the soundtrack, their stories are told on an international platform and the various line-ups reunite for the first time to discuss over three decades of influence on the urban electronic dance style called Techno Bass and Electro. If we leave this contradiction to one side, there is no doubt that producers like Gosub and Mr Velcro Fastener are leaders in their field.
Using their Detroit Techno background, the two quickly accumulated a mass of new tracks together, as well as individually. It's a far cry from Keith Tucker's origins as an electro artist. Putting the icing on the cake, Aux 88 joined up with Mad Mike Banks to perform with Juan Atkins as Model 500 on the 10th anniversary of his label, Metroplex. Seeing and knowing that the only group to pull it off was Aux88, Tucker elected to change the name to the Auxmen and perform with all members of aux88. The future is here and it sounds just fine.
Title track 'Blue Love' has a captivating vocal from Erika Tele which floats beautifully above the bubbling beats and bassline while a soaring string glistens through. There is a dub for the vocally shy, and also included is the brilliant Cafe mix of 'Dark Deceptions' for those really deep and twisted moments. Traditional electro is typically the order of the day here which, when produced with such aplomb as is here, not necessarily a bad thing. The title track starts with glistening, crystalline synths, joined shortly by a raw, buzzing bass that ripples its way through a shuffling techno groove as Ice Truck's angelic vocals play out in the background. These tracks are spacey and atmospheric, tailor made for those smoke filled underground floors. Well, if the conditions are right, you might get Aux 88.
This Collectors box was conceived from sketches and conversations between the members while planning the Aux 88 portrait of an electronic Band documentary. Review: Despite one of the central narratives in electro being about exploring the future, there is scant evidence that its leading producers actually practice what they preach. With a renewed sense of purpose, they put together a fusion of styles and added Anthony Horton and vocalist Andrea Gilmore to become…Sight Beyond Sight. The reunification of Tom Tom and Tucker found that their time apart had done them both good. Aux 88 is one of the few who remember that techno has its roots in the hip-hop of pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol and Newcleus. The book exposes the micro-details of each member of the group, and gives insight into their humble beginnings from Detroit.
Tucker, a avid sci-fi fan started to buy older models of analog gear and pursue sending out demo tapes to various local Detroit Techno labels. Things were going good, but Tom was looking for more. The evolution is made all the more apparent on the instrumental version, where the vocals are stripped away and the bass sounds more epic. However, the evolution of Aux 88 was not over. . . .
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