26-09-2012 | 10.21

Techno-tourists shouldn’t have a hard time during the Amsterdam Dance Event: they only have to attend one night, on one location, to see three of the most prominent Dutch record labels in one go. On Friday night the 19th of October, the record labels Clone, Delsin and Rush Hour will present themselves as a tripod in Trouw.

These three labels have been on the top of every bill for the last fifteen years with their electro-, house- and techno-releases. With their eye on native talents and a lot of respect for the Chicago and Detriot based masters. Our local heroes will be the centre of attention in as well the upper room and De Verdieping during the Clone X Delsin X Rush Hour ADE-special. One of those heroes is Legowelt or Danny Wolfers, the absurdly productive underground-favorite from Scheveningen. With releases on labels like Clone, Rush Hour and the Delsin-related M>O>S on his résumé, he is the living proof of the cohesion between the three labels. We asked Danny about his favorite releases of the three labels and received the answers in his characteristic manner.

DELSIN: 154 - Strike (album)
“Simply the best techno album ever made in the Netherlands. A grand musical pinnacle full of fading smudgey polder-depthness… You know, bicycling through the autumn rain on your way to a nice hot cup of soup. In the nineties, with no internet. The soft Dutch culture transformed to something much bigger.”

RUSH HOUR - The Album Formerly Knows as... (album)
Landcruising, but in a new form, with new versions and stuff. That’s all I can say about it. Well, then we’ll do that for you? Carl Craig’s masterpiece from 1995, minus the dated elements (guitar solo’s anyone?) plus a perfectly fine-tuned sound. A undisputed landmark in the history of electronic music, which was released by Warner in a bit of a heartless manner. The album was made available again for music lovers of the label Rush Hour, which lived up to its role of conservator of electronic music culture.

CLONE: Drexciya - Hightech Nomads (from the GRAVA 4 album) 
One of the best Drexcyia tracks, a true blueprint of how techno should sound: mighty, powerful, simple, yet raw with an emotional elegance; in the distance scattering itself across light years through space, massaging the soul with futuristic images and delusions of grandeur and that bass… that bass… It reminds me of some sort of Indian music; dancing around the totempole, doing the ‘wardance’ with a drum.

Curious about Danny’s own interpretation of techno? You should definitely download his free album THE TEAC Life. "Raw as fuck autistic Star Trek 1987- Misty Forests- X-FILES,- DETROIT unicorn futurism made on cheap ass digital & analog crap synthesizers recorded in a ragtag bedroom studio on a TEAC VHX cassettedeck in DOLBY C with an unintelligible yet soulfull vivacity", cited from the man himself. We think it’s the best techno-album we have heard in 2012. Just put it on, stare through your rain-coated window onto the wet streets and look forward to a wonderful night of native top-notch electronica. Those four weeks until the 19th of October will go over like a breeze.

Text: Joost de Kleine |