Crossin' The Madmoon

by Pieces of a Pensive State of Mind

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Our final release to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Frank de Groodt’s career is his first and only release on Phoq U Phonogrammen, the U-TRAX sublabel-that-doesn't-give-a-damn. The minimal techno stompers on this EP have been remastered for downloading and streaming. A limited amount of the original vinyl copies are also available again.
At the time when he created these pieces, Frank lived just outside the city of Amersfoort, which is where he was born and lives again these days, some 30 minutes northwest of Utrecht. His first ever release in January 1994 was a techno EP on U-TRAX. Later that year, he released his first 12”-es on Djax records as The Optic Crux, and he continued to keep making up artists names in the following 25 years, like Fastgraph and The Operator. He is also one half of the live outfit Random XS, collaborated with Arno Peeters (a.k.a. Spasms) as Urban Electro and with Detroit’s Dennis Richardson as Ultradyne. One of his most prolific and successful releases was his Sonar Bases 4 - 10 double 12”on U-TRAX, as Sonar Base.
The four tracks on this EP are much like Frank’s other work, that is: dark, minimal and - very often - quite funky too.
Don't look for the funk too much on this release though: a track like Crossin' the Madmoon can easily be described as menacing.
Simple Motion was a favorite with quite a few DJs back in the days to start their set with, because the bassdrum suddenly gets twice as fat at the 1:20 mark. Imagine the people screaming on the dance floor!
While the entire EP is penetrated with this dark, minimal and industrial approach, Draxin’ is pumped up with energy.
In Between closes off this release with some bubbly bleeps and beats and a slightly desolate atmosphere.
To sum it up: more than 30 minutes of tight 909 rhythms that definitely will rock da floor.

Original release date: August 1996.
Available again on original vinyl and in digital form for downloading and streaming: March 8, 2019.

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released March 8, 2019

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U-TRAX Utrecht, Netherlands

Independent Dutch label, based in Utrecht. Labelboss DJ White Delight released 20 leftfield techno/acid/house/electro records between 1993 and 1997 on U-TRAX and its sublabel Phoq U Phonogrammen.
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