Model 500 – Pick Up The Flow

It’s hard to believe this Juan Atkins masterpiece is 22 years old when it still sounds more futuristic than 99% of techno released today. Recorded solo and released on Metroplex in 1993, it neatly foreshadows the immense Sonic Sunset and Deep Space material he recorded for R&S with Moritz Von Oswald, with a super-clean, otherworldly feel.

Juan’s deadpan spoken vocals swim through icy synths and melancholy pads, underpinned by classic electro beats and the kind of meandering bassline that could only come from the mind of one man. It’s maybe not the best known Model 500 track but I reckon it ranks among his finest moments.

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