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Linear Motion - (5:04) 140 BPM
Echoes - (5:32) 140 BPM
Metallics - (5:01) 140 BPM
Sequence In Time - (5:01) 140 BPM
PBX 36
21 Oct 22
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Trilogy Wave 3
The Gateway - (6:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Light Span - (6:55) 140 BPM
Nebula 7 - (4:49) 126 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that Keith Tucker recorded Trilogy Wave 3 nearly 30 years ago - if anything this 1995 release still sounds like it was beamed in from the future. "The Gateway" is led by an ominous low end, which acts as the basis for outer space bleeps and shuffling drums. Picking up the pace on "Light Span", Tucker drops a frenetic rhythm and frazzled bass as the backdrop for a soaring tonal sequence and a mysterious vocal. In stark contrast, "Nebula 7" is a slower affair; sensuous strings swirl over crisp drums, while a low-slung bass transports the listener to a different dimension.
16 May 22
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Black Futura (Droid mix) - (5:44) 140 BPM
Conceptions - (6:50) 123 BPM
For Gone (Interstellar mix) - (5:57) 130 BPM
Mutations (Human mix) - (6:11) 135 BPM
Never Where (Coordinates mix) - (7:30) 140 BPM
Black Futura (Interlude mix) - (2:45) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Androgynous Beings (Score Interlude) - (3:13) 140 BPM
Ocean Worlds - (5:15) 140 BPM
Solaris - (5:39) 140 BPM
Portals (Dimensional mix) - (7:05) 136 BPM
Tribes Of Rigel 4 (Freeman mix) - (6:03) 140 BPM
ASD 021
19 Apr 22
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Strand Meets Optic Nerve EP
Strand Meets Optic Nerve - (5:18) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Factor It N (mix 1) - (5:09) 125 BPM
Factor It N (K1 Electro mix) - (5:54) 125 BPM
Review: Keith Tucker slips into his Optic Nerve alias for this superb collaboration with Detroit trio Strand. The title track is a laid back serving of Motor City techno: peppered with outer space blips that ride a warm bass and featuring ghostly synths, it draws on Strand's rich musical background. On "Factor It N (mix 1)", the collaboration shifts towards Tucker's electro sound: powered by a robust bass and rolling drums, ponderous vocal samples and eerie sound scapes come together to create a powerful track. The 'electro mix' of "Factor..." is more understated, as steely drums and a Model 500-style bass support the vocals, which this time are softened by vocoders.
PBX 033
19 Jul 21
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Tonight - (3:17) 104 BPM
CAT 533371
26 May 21
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Far Away
Far Away (Dimension mix) - (7:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Channel Z (Optic Nerve mix) - (5:09) 132 BPM
Techno Programming (instrumental mix) - (5:30) 132 BPM
Techno Programming (Strand mix) - (5:25) 132 BPM
Review: Soma celebrates its 600th release with a debut on the label from Optic Nerve aka Keith Tucker. This side project is focused more on deep techno than Tucker's signature electro sound as Aux 88, and Far Away is a mesmerising trip through Detroit sounds. The title track, with its hissing percussion and spaced out synth lines, provides the basis for ponderous vocals, while on "Channel Z", Tucker fuses rolling 808s with frosty pads and a snaking bass. "Techno Programming" is the most club-centred groove, with a menacing low end and dubbed out claps at its centre, while Motor City act Strand inject some machine-led soul into their version of "Techno Programming".
19 Feb 21
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Celestial Encounter EP
Celestial Encounter - (6:05) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ominous - (4:47) 130 BPM
Celestial Encounters (Interlude) - (0:55) 140 BPM
Jazzy Circuitry (Optic Nerve mix) - (4:45) 125 BPM
Jazzy Circuitry (Blaktony's Step Glide remix) - (4:17) 120 BPM
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
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.
PBX 028
14 Mar 16
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G-Man's Journey (Mystic mix) - (5:40) 92 BPM
G-Man's Journey (Mo'town mix Tape) - (6:11) 92 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Darkworld (Dark City Mental mix) - (5:15) 140 BPM
Dark City (Darkworld Loop mix) - (4:24) 140 BPM
30 Dec 14
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Virtual World - (5:24) 140 BPM
Destination Detroit - (6:05) 126 BPM
Quantum Leap (feat Renee) - (8:50) 129 BPM
The Calling - (8:25) 88 BPM
Premonition (1993) - (6:11) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Pharaoh's Doorway (Harp mix) - (4:24) 143 BPM
Vertigo (live show mix) - (4:49) 133 BPM
Shades Of Gray (Dream mix) - (6:05) 93 BPM
Detroit Night Drive - (5:27) 120 BPM
Deep - (6:00) 135 BPM
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.
26 Dec 14
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Time Lapse (Minimal Detroit mix) - (5:59) 130 BPM
Time Lapse (Time Displacement mix) - (5:31) 129 BPM
One Moment In Time (iriginal mix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
One Moment In Time (feat Arnold Steiner - AS1 electro mix) - (6:16) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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.
PBX 0245
10 Jun 13
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Detropolis EP
Detropolis - (6:00) 135 BPM
Detropolis (Aux 88 Mad Scientist mix) - (5:53) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Detropolis (Detroit Vocal Mental mix) - (5:41) 136 BPM
Detroit Commuter (M5 Central Station mix) - (5:24) 145 BPM
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.
PBX 023
19 Nov 12
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Reassimilation EP
Origins (Intellectual vocal mix - interlude) - (2:00) 135 BPM
Origins (techno mix) - (6:06) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Elements - (5:16) 136 BPM
Anomoly - (5:58) 129 BPM
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.
12 Nov 12
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Children Of The Universe
The Hommage (Detroit Spiritual mix) - (7:22) 136 BPM
Vortex (Nexus mx) - (4:19) 136 BPM
Optaphonik - (6:48) 140 BPM
Vortex (Visionary mix) - (5:14) 136 BPM
Aurora Borealis - (6:00) 129 BPM
Optaphonik (PT.2) - (8:58) 140 BPM
Vortex - (5:32) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dimensia - (5:59) 140 BPM
Shades Of Gray - (6:12) 140 BPM
Optic Soundtrack - (8:48) 136 BPM
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.
12 Nov 12
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3 Dimensional EP
Virtual Depth Perception (vocal mix) - (6:24) 145 BPM
Illusionist Theme - (5:44) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Retina Display Scan (feat Kelyn McKnight - Re-Entry mix) - (4:49) 126 BPM
Dimension 1 (interlude) - (0:29) 136 BPM
Dimension 2 (interlude) - (0:28) 136 BPM
Dimension 3 (interlude) - (0:27) 136 BPM
Virtual Depth Perception (acappella) - (1:24) 144 BPM
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.
12 Nov 12
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Replica EP
Replica - (4:16) 129 BPM
Celestial (Deep Space mix) - (5:26) 129 BPM
Celestial (Roman Debnar mix) - (4:55) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
PBX 010
01 Jan 06
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Metal Images
Off To See The Wizard - (4:20)
G-Man's Journey - (2:54)
At Twilight - (4:13) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mannequin Movements - (4:49) 140 BPM
Optic Jazz - (4:14) 140 BPM
Beta Phase - (0:59) 125 BPM
Metal Images - (4:39) 125 BPM
Replica - (4:09) 130 BPM
Dream World - (3:12) 125 BPM
Techno Caribia (interlude) - (4:18)
Celestial - (5:31) 129 BPM
Techno Blvd Groove - (5:00) 129 BPM
Optical Illusion - (5:08) 130 BPM
01 Jan 05
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The Concept 2 EP
Da Sampla - "Good & Easy" - (7:03) 128 BPM
Da Sampla - "Digital System" - (3:38) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Optic Nerve - "Dark City" - (5:43) 140 BPM
Optic Nerve - "Emerald World" - (5:25) 140 BPM
PBX 002
20 Jan 96
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The Concept EP
Optic Nerve - "The Aura" (Suspense mix) - (7:14) 136 BPM
Optic Nerve - "The Aura" (Movie mix) - (2:53) 136 BPM
Da Sampla - "With A Piece Of Ice" (mix 1) - (9:06) 136 BPM
Da Sampla - "With A Piece Of Ice" (mix 2) - (7:31) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
PBX 001
01 Jan 95
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