(Various Artists)/Artificial Intelligence (1992) *

A compilation (10 tracks) released in 1992 as the first of "Artificial Intelligence" series by the English independent label Warp Records. The beginning of post-rave ambient techno/intelligent techno as "electronic listening music" suitable for sitting down in a room and listening to rather than dancing in the club, counter to rave/hardcore techno in their heyday in the early 1990s. Mind-oriented techno with the ambience like the 1970s prog-rock such as Pink Floyd, which can be listened to calmly. The artists are Aphex Twin (as The Dice Man), B12 (as Musicology), Autechre, The Black Dog (as I.A.O), Speedy J, Richie Hawtin (as UP!), and the Orb's Dr. Alex Paterson.

Artificial Intelligence


(Various Artists)/Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music (2000/1977-1999) *

A compilation (2-CD set, 28 tracks) of electronic dance music from the early 1970s to the late 1990s (Rhino). This is not an exhaustive collection and a selection satisfactory to techno enthusiasts, for it doesn't include tracks by D.A.F., Jeff Mills, Hardfloor and other important techno/house/drum 'n' bass/EBM artists, but it is useful as a sampler for the public, because it includes lots of popular and famous tracks with vocals, such as the originator of electronic dance music, Kraftwerk's "The Robots", Donna Summer's disco hit "I Feel Love" produced by Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan's synth pop "Cars", Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force's electro track "Planet Rock", New Order's alternative dance hit "Blue Monday", Derrick May's Detroit techno classic "Strings of Life" (under the name of Rhythim Is Rhythim), M/A/R/R/S's hip house hit "Pump Up the Volume", Inner City's Detroit techno/house hit "Big Fun", The KLF's acid house anthem "What Time Is Love?", The Orb's early ambient house track "Little Fluffy Clouds", The Shamen's alternative dance hit "Move Any Mountain", L.A. Style's first rave hit "James Brown Is Dead", The Prodigy's breakbeat techno/rave hit "Charly", and others.

Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music


(Various Artists)/Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove (1997-2000/2001)

A collection of dance tracks by the artists from North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Morocco) and Middle East (Lebanon). Mainly consists of Algerian pops "rai" and Egyptian pops "al-jil". Contemporary dance music based on traditional Arabic music, but greatly influenced by hip-hop, R&B, funk and reggae. Includes "Kidda" by Natacha Atlas (the female vocalist from London. Ex-member of Jah Wobble and Invaders of the Heart and Transglobal Underground). Released from the American label Putumayo.

Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove


(Various Artists)/Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (1988)

The earliest compilation album of Detroit techno. Released on the '10 Records' label of UK Virgin Records. Electronic dance music with dark and introspective atmosphere, influenced deeply by synth pop/electro funk, such as Kraftwerk, Heaven 17 and New Order, and Chicago house. Includes Rhythim is Rhythim (edited by Juan Atkins, produced by Mayday/Derrick May)/It is What It is, Blake Baxter/Forever and a Day, Juan Atkins/Techno Music, Inner City (Kevin Saunderson and Paris Grey)/Big Fun, and others.

Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit


(Various Artists)/No New York (1978)

The compilation that includes New York's post-punk/avant-garde bands called "No Wave" in the late 1970s: James Chance & The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks (featuring Lydia Lunch), Mars and D.N.A. (featuring Arto Lindsay). Produced by Brian Eno.

No New York

(Various Artists)/Nuggets-Classics from the Psychedelic Sixties (1964-1969)

The compilation that includes 18 tracks by US psychedelic/garage rock band in the late 1960s. The Standells, The Monkees, The Beau Brummels, The Seeds and others.

Nuggets-Classics from the Psychedelic Sixties

(Various Artists)/Pillows & Prayers (Cherry Red 1982-1983) (1982-1983)

The compilation of UK independent label Cherry Red Records. The Monochrome Set, Felt, Everything but the Girl and others.

Pillows & Prayers (Cherry Red 1982-1983)