Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bram Janssen | The Netherlands | 09/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Previously available only on vinyl, this Hardfloor album from 1993 is the first and only "re-mastered" techno-CD in my collection (although their second album "Respect" was given the same treatment, I had the non-re-mastered version beforehand). Some of my non-techno-loving acquaintances found the re-mastering of electronic music as amusing as I did. However - unlike them - I felt the re-mastering was well worth time and energy, for this album is one of the Great Classics in dance-music history. Anyone dedicated to building a representative body of electronic music should acquire `TB Resuscitation'. This first album by duo producers Ramon Zenker and Oliver Bondzio contains some of their best-remembered releases. It starts with the pumping acid-techno track "Lost In The Silver Box", which is followed by their second-most famous track: the smooth, building-up-to-a-great-finale classic called "Trancescript". Their most famous single - the hypnotic, spellbinding 303-synthesizer concerto "Acperience 1" - also features here. The other tracks might not be as well known, they are certainly of top-notch quality, most notably the wobbling-along "AM-Trip". This is one of those rare recordings on which every track, despite being diverse or perhaps exactly for that reason, is a classic in its right. That the album sounds fresh even today is mainly due to Hardfloor's unique approach. There is something undeniably funky to their tracks, without having to resort to any samples whatsoever - apart from the odd supplementary vocal here and there. Their inimitable use of the Roland TB 303 Synthesizer - the sound of which is best described as an electronic didgeridoo - ranks them with the most respected "Acid-Wizards" in the field.
That they were groundbreaking became apparent right after the release of this record, when there was a long period in which every overwhelming or blood-boiling new dance-single seemed to be a Hardfloor remix. Today, Ramon and Oliver seemed to have vanished from the planet's surface, their last album released years ago. They can feel well remembered though, and their music is present on every serious collectible. If there were ever a techno Walk Of Fame, Hardfloor would have one of the first tiles placed. It all began with this record.This one gets five stars. It is an absolute essential.Bram Janssen,