B12 Records Special – Soundtrack of Space

Part 1: Right-click to download (74 min = 86 mb)
Part 2: Right-click to download (78 min = 90 mb)

First an announcement: Due to big changes in our geography and lives, Sonic Sunset is no longer being broadcast live on 89.3 FM Chicago radio. We’d like to thank WNUR for giving us airtime every Friday night for damn near 10 years! This is a bittersweet but ultimately positive evolution for us. We’ll release a few of our last remaining on-air shows, and then continue to record mixes (less frequently) that we’ll put up on SonicSunset.com. We discuss this live at the end of Part 1. Thanks to all of our global listeners who download, you’ve encouraged us to continue even without a local radio broadcast. Now, on with the music, 2 very special shows we think you’ll find worth the wait:

Part 1 > Explore the depths of Berlin’s Rhythm & Sound extended family of labels, focusing especially on their “Main Street” imprint – for deep house and dark, eerie detached layers of dub traces. Playing the more downtempo shades of Basic Channel sound, hear the best expression of dub and modern techno today. Fifteen years after they first pioneered it, their unique sound has proven timeless.

Part 2 > A retrospective set of London’s B12 Records. We’ve been wanting to do this show for many years, and decided no better time in space than now: “Expressions of the Future” as viewed in 1991 from B12 in London, through a lens that built on Detroit’s original foundation, but angled the sound into a unique British unknown. Michael Golding & Steve Rutter crafted this vision under numerous artist names on their B12 imprint, releasing one of the pillars of the Artificial Intelligence era, Electro Soma (primarily a collection of their early 12″s), on Warp Records. We love the 12″ philosophy they adopted, with super-limited colored vinyl among an already-limited total pressing. The records have gorgeous cutting jobs with massive etchings before and after the grooves, not unlike the look of UR/Red Planet records from that same era. B12 was a key first step for UK’s clinical twist on soulful circuitry, we dug deep to play many of their originals we had.

Part 1 > Matt MacQueen

Phillip Charles – Deconstruction Of A New Era – Sun Ra: The Myth Lives On (Kindred Spirits)
Vainqueur – Lyot (Reshape) – (Basic Channel)
Rhythm & Sound – We Been Troddin (Burial Mix)
Rhythm & Sound – Trace (Rhythm & Sound)
Round One – I’m Your Brother [Chicago’s Twisted Mix] (Main Street)
Round Two – New Day [Club version] (Main Street)
Round Three – feat. Tikiman – Acting Crazy (Main Street)
Round Four – feat. Tikiman – Find A Way (Main Street)
Round Five – feat. Tikiman – Na Fe Throw It (Main Street)
Basic Channel – Q 1.2 (Basic Channel)
Rhythm & Sound – No Partial (Rhythm & Sound)
Basic Channel – Radiance (Basic Channel)

Part 2 > B12 Records Special: Matt & Dave Tag-team

B12 – Soundtrack of Space – Electro Soma (Warp) 1993
Cmetric – Tribeca (B12 10) 1994
2001 – Rings of Saturn – Space Age EP (B12 02) 1991
Musicology – Telefon 529 (B12 01) 1991
Redcell – Paradroid – Redcell (B12 05) 1992
Musicology – Bubbles – Outlook (B12 04) 1992
Redcell – Phett – Time Tourist (Warp) 1996
Musicology – Boundaries – Hall of Mirrors (B12 06) 1992
Redcell – Soundtrack Of A Strange Era – Retreat from Unpleasant Realities (B12 07) 1992
Redcell – Interim (B12 08 ) 1993
Musicology – Obsessed – Musicology (B12 01) 1991
Stasis – The Point of No Return – The Point of No Return (B12 11) 1993
Redcell – The City [Inhabited by Cmetric] – (A.R.T. / B12 14.1) 1995
Redcell – Practopia (A.R.T. / B12 14.2) 1995
Redcell – In Version – Virtual Sex (Buzz) 1993
Phenomyna – Travellor (Explained By Red Cell) (A.R.T. 5.1) 1994
Redcell – The Silicon Garden – Likethemes (Likemind 3) 1995

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2 Responses to “B12 Records Special – Soundtrack of Space”


  1. 1 macqueen July 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    you can also download a B12 live performance here on their official website. Also thanks Mike and Steve for linking to our radio show mix!

  2. 2 Guy (Bristol UK) April 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful mix, very futuristic tracks – a perfect soundtrack to a chilled evening indoors!

    Great to hear some quality British Techno from back in the day… Keep up the good work.


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