Disappointed by the conventions of techno, Dutch dance pioneer Arno Peeters stopped producing dance music back in 1996. To our great pleasure, U-TRAX was allowed to pick some nuggets from his archives, resulting in this Titanic EP and an album next year.
With his first release as EBM outfit Voltage Control on Antler Subway in 1989, Utrecht-based Arno Peeters can easily be considered one of the Dutch Dance pioneers.
Influenced by hip hop, electro and acid house, and his uncontrollable urge to experiment, he moved on to produce techno. When he quit making techno, he left behind a wealth of DATs with unreleased material to collect dust in his studio. From this material from the 90s this EP was compiled, Arno's first release in more than two decades and the second U-TRAX release with 'new' material in our new era.
This EP is a nice cross section of Arno’s dance productions, serving you some acid, techno and electro.
Titanic V1 was originally created to be a Random XS track, the techno ‘band’ he formed in 1991 with Sander Friedeman. It was performed during their live set at one of the G.U.R.U. parties, organized by U-TRAX label boss DJ White Delight and label artist P.A. Presents.
This acid track was remixed into a techno monster when Friedeman replaced the 303 with a 101 and added a ton of delay on the bass drums, resulting in the woofer destroying Titanic (Underwater Dub).
The flipside sees a rare post-1995 recording by Arno: CEM Traxx 1. As the title suggests, this melancholic electro gem was created using the intricate machinery of the CEM Studio. Originally created as one half of a two-part composition for some project in 2003, it was never released before.
The EP closes with a typical Arno brainchild, the tongue-in-cheek acid banger XD5 Acid Master, from 1994. Tracks like this happen if you leave Arno unattended with a rather un-hip machine like the Kawai XD-5: he turns it inside out and uses it for things it was never intended for. Buckle up!
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All tracks have been produced by Arno Peeters and mastered by Ruud Lekx. Label art by Botterman Ontwerp.
Available on black and limited edition iceberg colored vinyl: 11 October 2019.
Available for download and streaming: 11 October 2019.