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The Concept 2 EP
PBX 002
20 Jan 96
Techno
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Da Sampla - "Good & Easy" - (7:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Da Sampla - "Digital System" - (3:38) 132 BPM
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Optic Nerve - "Dark City" - (5:43) 140 BPM
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Optic Nerve - "Emerald World" - (5:25) 140 BPM
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The Concept EP
PBX 001
01 Jan 95
Techno
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Optic Nerve - "The Aura" (Suspense mix) - (7:14) 136 BPM
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Optic Nerve - "The Aura" (Movie mix) - (2:53) 136 BPM
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Da Sampla - "With A Piece Of Ice" (mix 1) - (9:06) 136 BPM
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Da Sampla - "With A Piece Of Ice" (mix 2) - (7:31) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Optical
PBXOPTICAL
26 Dec 14
Techno
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Virtual World - (5:24) 140 BPM
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Destination Detroit - (6:05) 126 BPM
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Quantum Leap (feat Renee) - (8:50) 129 BPM
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The Calling - (8:25) 88 BPM
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Premonition (1993) - (6:11) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pharaoh's Doorway (Harp mix) - (4:24) 143 BPM
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Vertigo (live show mix) - (4:49) 133 BPM
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Shades Of Gray (Dream mix) - (6:05) 93 BPM
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Detroit Night Drive - (5:27) 120 BPM
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Deep - (6:00) 135 BPM
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Review: When he's not crafting killer electro under his Aux 88 guise, Optic Nerve functions as Keith Tucker's outlet for deep, dreamy techno - and this collection of tracks from the Detroit producer's vaults shines a light on his more esoteric side. "Virtual World" is a pacey but textured affair that blurs the lines between techno kicks and electro drums, while "Destination Detroit" is a tougher track, based on frazzled tones and distorted kicks. It's only a temporary diversion however, and soon enough Tucker is delivering the gorgeous piano keys of "The Calling" and the warbling melodies of "Quantum Leap". Optical also shows that it's possible to push techno into a live direction, as the choppy break beats of "Pharoah's Doorway" and the snaking rhythm of "Vertigo (live show mix)" demonstrate.
Rebirth
PBXO PREBIRTH
30 Dec 14
Techno
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G-Man's Journey (Mystic mix) - (5:40) 92 BPM
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G-Man's Journey (Mo'town mix Tape) - (6:11) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Darkworld (Dark City Mental mix) - (5:15) 140 BPM
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Dark City (Darkworld Loop mix) - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Metal Images
PBX 009CD
01 Jan 05
Techno
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Off To See The Wizard - (4:20)
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G-Man's Journey - (2:54)
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At Twilight - (4:13) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mannequin Movements - (4:49) 140 BPM
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Optic Jazz - (4:14) 140 BPM
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Beta Phase - (0:59) 125 BPM
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Metal Images - (4:39) 125 BPM
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Replica - (4:09) 130 BPM
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Dream World - (3:12) 125 BPM
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Techno Caribia (interlude) - (4:18)
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Celestial - (5:31) 129 BPM
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Techno Blvd Groove - (5:00) 129 BPM
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Optical Illusion - (5:08) 130 BPM
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Replica EP
PBX 010
01 Jan 06
Techno
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Replica - (4:16) 129 BPM
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Celestial (Deep Space mix) - (5:26) 129 BPM
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Celestial (Roman Debnar mix) - (4:55) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Celestial Encounter EP
PBX 028
14 Mar 16
Techno
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Celestial Encounter - (6:05) 140 BPM
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Ominous - (4:47) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Celestial Encounters (Interlude) - (0:55) 140 BPM
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Jazzy Circuitry (Optic Nerve mix) - (4:45) 125 BPM
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Jazzy Circuitry (Blaktony's Step Glide remix) - (4:17) 120 BPM
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Review: There has been an abundance of high quality electro over the past few years and this new release by Keith Tucker's Optic Nerve project is the latest chapter in the form's renaissance. In contrast to his Aux 88 work, Optic Nerve focuses on more esoteric sounds. Indeed, the combination of squelchy bass and widescreen synths on "Ominous" call to mind Model 500. "Celestial Encounter", which gallops along at the 140 bpm mark, is also imbued with spacey melodies softening the sound of its wiry electro rhythm. Tucker drops the tempo back down on "Jazzy Circuitry", and the interplay between powerful bass and lush chord sequences makes for music that's every bit as fascinating as Aux 88.
Timelapse
PBX 0245
10 Jun 13
Techno
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Time Lapse (Minimal Detroit mix) - (5:59) 130 BPM
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Time Lapse (Time Displacement mix) - (5:31) 129 BPM
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One Moment In Time (iriginal mix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
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One Moment In Time (feat Arnold Steiner - AS1 electro mix) - (6:16) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Paul Mac
Review: Optic Nerve aka Keith Tucker is a Detroit maestro who has been making techno since 1995 together with the legendary Anthony 'Shake' Shakir on their magnificent Puzzlebox Records. He's back after his usual one-year hiatus and has returned with a solid four-track revision of "Time Lapse" and "One Moment In Time". The former comes with both a "Minimal Detroit Mix", a chord-heavy monster for the small hours, and a "Time Displacement Mix" which is equally synth-centred but considerably more broken in its drum pattern. "One Moment In Time" is a gorgeous Detroit techno landscape, filled with watery synth squeals, funky bass tones and one hell of a percussion layout, whereas the AS1 electro mix featuring Arnold Steiner does what it says on the cover and produces a Drexciya-reminiscent Roland jam for both floor-use and headphone pleasure. Highly recommended.
Reassimilation EP
PBX-DIAM 1
12 Nov 12
Techno
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Origins (Intellectual vocal mix - interlude) - (2:00) 135 BPM
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Origins (techno mix) - (6:06) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Elements - (5:16) 136 BPM
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Anomoly - (5:58) 129 BPM
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Review: In the same week that Puzzlebox reissues some of Keith Tucker's earliest work as Optic Nerve comes Reassimilation. Originally released in 2009 on Diametric, it showcases the coming together of Tucker's love for esoteric electro and clubby Detroit techno. "Origins - Intellectual Vocal Mix" is a sensuous ambient affair which features a sassy vocal sample, while the "Techno Mix" sees the velvety vocal tones unfold over a wiry rhythm. However, it's on "Elements" that Tucker's fusion finds its most articulate expression, with a rolling groove providing the basis for a soaring strings and atmospheric synths. The breathy ambience of "Anomoly" completes the package.
3 Dimensional EP
PBX-DIAM 8
12 Nov 12
Techno
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Virtual Depth Perception (vocal mix) - (6:24) 145 BPM
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Illusionist Theme - (5:44) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Retina Display Scan (feat Kelyn McKnight - Re-Entry mix) - (4:49) 126 BPM
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Dimension 1 (interlude) - (0:29) 136 BPM
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Dimension 2 (interlude) - (0:28) 136 BPM
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Dimension 3 (interlude) - (0:27) 136 BPM
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Virtual Depth Perception (acappella) - (1:24) 144 BPM
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Review: Keith Tucker revisits his Optic Nerve alias for the latest excursion into utopian strains of Detroit futurism on the 3 Dimensional EP- returning to the Glaswegian imprint Diametric for the first time since producing the debut drop back in 2009. Slightly erratic rhythms run throughout this release with "Virtual Depth Perception" setting the tone as hurried percussion is matched by a dizzying concoction of liquefied synth textures. A similar aesthetic characterises "Illusionist Theme" which sees a backdrop of pitch shifted melodics laid over crystalline washes, with off kilter drum programming lending proceedings a crisp edge. The experimental tone continues with "Retina Display Scan" drowning a vocal turn from Kelyn McKnight deep beneath a skittering arrangement of percussive textures and vast swathes of synthesised colour. Subsequent to this Tucker works through four interludes which will appeal to the more creative minds out there.
Detropolis EP
PBX 023
19 Nov 12
Techno
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Detropolis - (6:00) 135 BPM
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Detropolis (Aux 88 Mad Scientist mix) - (5:53) 135 BPM
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Detropolis (Detroit Vocal Mental mix) - (5:41) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Detroit Commuter (M5 Central Station mix) - (5:24) 145 BPM
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Review: The enigmatic Optic Nerve aka Keith Tucker returns with the aptly named Detropolis EP on Anthony "Shake" Shakir's Puzzlebox imprint. Deep sea melodies, stabby chords and ravey basslines litter the EP which floats somewhere between shuffling techno and bubbling electro of the Detroit kind. Optic Nerve's soothing original is a fast-paced slice of electro-techno gold, while Aux 88 up the percussive elements of Tucker's original, escorting a plodding bassline from out back to up front. The "Detroit vocal Mental mix" sheds all but the basics and pumps up the bass, using a vocodered "Detropolis" vocal as its centrepiece. Discreet Drexciyan pads and Model 500 magic flash throughout the "M5 Central Station Mix", closing a quintessential Detroit classic.
Children Of The Universe
PBX-OMNICD
12 Nov 12
Techno
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The Hommage (Detroit Spiritual mix) - (7:22) 136 BPM
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Vortex (Nexus mx) - (4:19) 136 BPM
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Optaphonik - (6:48) 140 BPM
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Vortex (Visionary mix) - (5:14) 136 BPM
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Aurora Borealis - (6:00) 129 BPM
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Optaphonik (PT.2) - (8:58) 140 BPM
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Vortex - (5:32) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dimensia - (5:59) 140 BPM
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Shades Of Gray - (6:12) 140 BPM
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Optic Soundtrack - (8:48) 136 BPM
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Review: Keith Tucker has gone through the vaults for this collection of 90s tracks. While his Aux 88 project has veered away from electro and is now focused on vocal techno, Children Of The Universe showcases his more esoteric past. "The Hommage (Detroit Spiritual mix)" starts the release in mellow, reflective mode, with robot birds tweeting against a melodic synth backdrop. At the other end of the spectrum there's the high-paced minimal rhythms of "Vortex" and "Optaphonik Part 2". However, it's the middle ground that proves most seductive, with the acid-tinged bass pulses of "Vortex - Visionary Mix", the warm synths and cosmic vocals on "Aurora Borealis" and the bubbling bass and alien blips on "Shades of Gray" standing out.
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