Sei A had a track released on Kompact extra recently. We were never ones to blow our own horns but a record on Kompact is fucking cool. Well done that man!
Appropriately the A side, Hawk Tone, has one of the best rave parps I’ve heard for a while. It’s reminiscent of Fizheuer Zieheuer with a bit more subtlety and that trademark Sei A sound design. Can’t wait to hear this on a big system.
This thing came out in 1994 by the self-styled “Baron of techno”, Dave Clarke. The memory of this song, if it’s really a song, floated a little smirk across my blank commuter stare this morning as I traveled to my office job in South London. I’ve no comprehension of why it arose today. It’s just a heavy beat with the odd backwards drum sound, in fact there’s little point trying to describe this or most techno of that era. It’s really fucking heavy and functional noise.
I know that I first heard this kind of music in it’s proper setting at a manky techno club in Edinburgh. I think the club was called Normal. I’m not sure. I remember the night being full of intense Edinburgh neds with no teeth, tracksuits and scarier girlfriends.
I picked this record up sometime after in a second-hand shop. This type of music and Dave Clarke was unfashionable by then but it was meaningful to me and I knew it was a bargain at £4. The inner sleeve has someone’s scribbled name on it. Davey 90s Techno or such like. Perhaps so Davey’s version wasn’t assimilated in a household of techno records? Maybe Davey was just proud of his records as I am to own such a relic with real history. I wonder if he works in an office now?