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BYO1 - Slow Rotor/ Eba/ F.(LU)X./ Sub Texture - "Space Disco EP" (vinyl 12", 1993)

Piccadilly Records (Manchester) (c. 2010)

Well this is pretty interesting. A mysterious white label offering with some retro-futurist, Tron-like imagery on the stickered sleeve. Five tracks of crisp, bouncy house music with a cosmic/space disco theme running throughout. Slow Rotor kick things off with "Space Disco". While the instrumental edit is a joyful, string-led number, the Dub Edit takes things on a deeper, more clubby tip. Both excellent tracks. Eba close side A with "Elephungk (Percapella)" which is a squelchy, wigged-out tech-house track with garnishes of intergalactic effects. A handy DJ tool for dark cavernous nightclubs. F.(lu)X. gives us "Head (F.)lu(X.)" on the flip. A catchy, arpeggio-driven track with nice sub-bass and a groovy, nu-disco rhythm sped up to a mid-paced house tempo... Sub Texture end the journey with "Guiro"; a slow, electronic broken beat/synth workout with dark, alien undertones and anti-gravity keyboard and bass sequences...

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Popsike.com 

Super intelligent techno/experimental/broken beat EP... Super rare and weird stuff - DO NOT miss this one! Collectors item!

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BYO2 - Caution!Horses - "According to your Cloth" (limited edition CDr album, 2017)

Piccadilly Records (Manchester)

Following up one of the most truly obscure, cult electronica offerings to date, Byo-Jo finally get round to dropping release no. 2, twenty four years later!! Somewhat of a golden treasure around these parts, BYO1 - the "Space Disco EP" by Slow Rotor and various artists fetches upwards of £80 if and when it surfaces 2nd hand. I think there MAY be a copy in Vinyl Exchange at the moment if you're lucky! Unheard through online platforms, googling the release's title ain't gonna get you very far either... there's very few records left with so much mystery surrounding them!

Anyway, label owner and contributor Andrew has been kind enough to bring forth the latest offering. Artist going under the name Caution!Horses. The vibe sees cushion soft electronics toying with cerebral drones and organic chimes. Recalling the childlike brilliance of  fellow North West experimentalist Solar Power Buddha whilst paying respect to industrial pioneers Chris & Cosey and their Throbbing Gristle moniker. There's more than a nod to Detroit techno and its futuristic slant; yet there's a simple and primitive beauty to the tracks displayed, shunning them from a particular chronology. Crowning glory for me is "Movement is the Message", which sees hardwired, DIY electronix merged with splurging analogue phlegm and a Kraut-informed drum palette. "K-Balcony" is a shimmering, content and sublime number, unpacking your woes and strains on a white sandy beach as the waves lap around your ankles; bliss is the air and vigour on the horizon! "Every Cloud" concludes the breathtaking long player in a suitably otherworldly way; recalling the best bits of B12 and Model 500 as eerie atmospheres wash over rigid, mechanised beats. It's another stone cold epic addition into the annals of UK electronica and in particular the freeform and creative spirit of the North West. Stupendously limited and most recommended - get those skates on folks!

A wonderful & completely under-the-radar offering of DIY electronix, forward-leaning techno and industrialised utopia from local legend Andrew Odia. First release is one highly coveted and sought-after piece!

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BYO3 - Caution!Horses - "Waiting for You (Versions) EP" (limited edition 4-track CDr EP, June 2018)

Piccadilly Records (Manchester)

Following up cult Northwest techno releases BYO1 and BYO2 comes, you've guessed it, BYO3! Entitled "Waiting for You (Versions)" it displays a manic and quite discordant side to this maverick producer; pairing a Detroitian, sci-fi inclined mindset to gritty post-Industrial Revolution aesthetics. If Detroit techno sound tracked the collapse of the Motor City, then C!H surely captures the crumbling heart of NW satellite towns after the cotton, mining and shoe industries all vacated the area.

"Waiting for You" comes in four different flavours, but based around that same concentric, cranium-busting synth hook. Recorded between 2004-2005, mastered by Keir Stewart at Inch Studios and famously road-tested on the sound system at Sheffield's Scuba club, it's a jarring and club ready listen, miles ahead of its time and indeed heralding in the plethora of techno hybrids that'd break off as the noughties progressed. Glitchy and hard-wired, C!H is the master at getting his machines to chatter.

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Sounds of the Universe (London)

Raw, Chi-town style basement house n' techno from north-west UK producer, Caution!Horses, who mixes elements of the local sound of classic bleep techno into these rugged traxx; imagine Hieroglyphic Being going head to head with Sweet Exorcist! Limited CD-R copies that come in a vintage batik fabric sleeve - ace!

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Jumbo (Leeds)

Hypnotic and repetitious bleeps and bounces reminiscent of early Yellow Magic Orchestra, but danceable...

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Gramaphone Records (Chicago)

Nice work...

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BYO4 - Caution!Horses - "MoveSweatLove EP" (limited edition 3-track CDr EP, April 2019)

Piccadilly Records (Manchester)

Mancunian techno expert Andrew Odia presents the fourth part of his Caution!Horses series. The "MoveSweatLove EP" carries on the producer's recalibration of UK and Detroit techno stylings under his own unique canvas of hardware, DSP and recording mediums.

Presented as a super limited CD-r release, three extended tracks begin with "Searching For Answers", a somewhat discordant and churning beast, slowly emerging from beneath some long redundant tectonic fault and only surfacing for the first time in a hundred generations.

"M. S. L." sees crumbling synthlines and frazzled pads converge on an at-once melancholic and redolent centre; the various synth patches constantly evolving throughout indicative of holographic discourse with the subject.

Finally, "Stars On Knowsley Street" is the late night, tribal-tinged Detroit / UK techno hybrid you've been patiently waiting for. Recalling the deeper and darker moments of the U. R. catalogue whilst being decidedly battle-ready for a Juan Atkins / Derrick May DJ set, it also confidently possesses that unique, hi-def Caution!Horses aesthetic; somehow executed with cleaner lines and more defined edges than its Detroit counterpart. It's another winner from the local lad and we've only got a few copies...

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BYO5 - Caution!Horses - "Pod People (Versions) EP" (limited edition 4-track CDr EP, October 2019)

Technique (Tokyo)

Bleep acid techno!...