So you thought U-TRAX was all about fancy, state-of-the-art, absolutely undanceable, hard-to-understand, semi-intelligent techno? Well, you're absolutely right, but this U-TRAX-release just is not!
Produced by German Heinrich Tillack, these TICK TRAX VOL. 1 are just the good old way of making techno. Raw & uncomplicated, in the tradition of the Chicago underground.
The 5 tracks on this EP are centered mostly around the 808 and 909 drum machines, the 303 bassline synthesizer and a Yamaha DX100. While two bulky techno tracks feature on side A, the flipside is completely dominated by acid tracks, most of them receiving high praise when they hit the dance floors in the mid 90s.
More recent techno heroes also know how to appreciate these vintage tracks, like Dutchman Danny Wolfers, aka Legowelt, who had this to say about ‘Pump Track’ on his Facebook page: “Such a fun track, how it stops and starts, almost falls apart. Its mentally challenged simplicity with a giant hall rave vibe.... total dance floor control track. On the super cult U-TRAX, one of the coolest Dutch labels from the 90s!”
Original release on white vinyl: September 1994
Re-press on black vinyl: September 1996
Available again on black vinyl: 5 October 2018
Remasters available for digital purchase and streaming: 19 October 2018