One of British techno's all-time-greats picks his favourite techno tracks of all time.

The 10 best techno tracks of all time, according to Surgeon

One of British techno's all-time-greats picks his favourite techno tracks of all time.

It is no exaggeration to say that Surgeon has forged a new idiom for electronic music. An uncompromising, the Birmingham native began releasing his hard-edged tracks in 1996, forging a path for electronic music to sound immaginative and even romantic in its dark allusions (you can’t set up a band called British Murder Boys with Regis without the sense occasion rare in techno), yet furiously futurist in his embrace of technology and the possibility of sound, he reached an astonishing career high with last year’s ‘Breaking The Frame’, a masterpiece of sharp sonics and adventurous precision.

On the 24th of August he’ll play London with Marcel Dettmann and other Ostgut Ton regulars. Attendance is advised. For now, however, read his fittingly purist 10 techno records of all time.

I find it almost impossible to write comments or trite descriptions of these awe inspiring pieces of music, so I’ll keep the comments to the minimum.

  1. Teste – The Wipe [Probe Records]
  2. Vainqueur – Lyot (Maurizio Mix) [Maurizio]
  3. The Aphex Twin – Digeridoo [R&S Records]
  4. Ron Trent – Altered States [Warehouse Records]

    “Strings Of Life never really meant anything to me. This was always THE emotional techno anthem for me.”
  5. Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Journey of The Dragons [Underground Resistance]
  6. Basic Channel – Octagon [Basic Chanel]
  7. Joey Beltram – Life Force [Trax Records]

    “This whole record is full of forgotten gems.”
  8. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – Beyond [KK Records]
  9. Millsart – Step To Enchantment (Stringent) [Axis]

    “Huge wall of sound from Jeff Mills. Often imitated, never bettered. All the
    other tracks on this varied release are worth checking too.”
  10. Regis – Speak To Me [Downwards]

    “Massive, relentless, brutal hypnotism.”

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