Monday, January 9, 2012

Sweet Exorcist - Testone (Remixes) (UK 12 Inch/1990) @ 320 w/ Full Art

01) Testfour - 5:48
02) Testfive - 7:45
03) Testsix (Toneapella) - 4:08

"If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... play the five tones."

Five tones? Sweet Exorcist didn't need five tones. Two was enough to make electronic-music history.

At the end of the 1980s, Richard H. Kirk (of the pioneering U.K. post-punk band Cabaret Voltaire) was a huge fan of the twin ascension of house and techno. Cabaret Voltaire had been incorporating dance sounds since its first singles in the late '70s, but Kirk wanted to dive deeper — specifically Detroit techno, which hadn't crossed the Atlantic with the same ferocity as Chicago's house music.

So Kirk holed up with Sheffield's DJ Parrot (a.k.a. Richard Barrett), who wanted to take an antithetical approach to the recent rise of acid house. Specifically, Barrett had this crazy idea to build a track out of tones used to calibrate and test audio equipment — sine waves similar to what might precede an Emergency Broadcast System message — but to use the same funk rhythms that had been moving hips for decades with an emphasis on the one (a.k.a. the first beat). The result was "Testone," and it was the third 12" ever for the fledgling Sheffield label Warp Records.

Bloop ... Bleep ... Bleep Bloop.

While Sweet Exorcist (as Kirk and Barrett would become known) pulled in elements of house and techno, something about "Testone" sounded different. Detroit's techno pioneers had been increasingly erasing themselves from their music for half a decade, but this felt like the HAL in the coffin. What began with Robert Moog 25 years earlier had finally morphed into R2D2. Warp deemed the burgeoning sub-genre — what else? — Bleep

If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... New Link (9-20-14)


  1. Hi RA Feutz, could you reupload this classic, since it's not available on the interweb anywhere? Thank you very much, and keep up the good work; it's appreciated :)

  2. One of my early ones! Give me a bit and I will re-load it. Thanks again!

  3. That was so fast, thank you very, very much :) I appreciate all of the work that you do to maintain this blog. Do you happen to have any old-school Messiah records? People tend to forget about how good 21st Century Jesus was . . . . Thank you for your time. - Anthony

  4. I have quite a bit of Messiah. I need to get to a bigger request list first, but I have that noted.