CD FREQUENCIES [UNKNOWN] [1 disc] (CD 15838967),
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  • 1. Intro
    2. Lfo - (remix)
    3. Simon From Sydney
    4. Nurture
    5. Freeze
    6. We Are Back
    7. Tan Ta Ra
    8. You Have To Understand
    9. El Ef Oh
    10. Love is the Message
    11. Mentok 1
    12. Think a Moment
    13. Groovy Distortion
    14. Track 14
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD 3

  • Credits

    LFO: Jez Varley and Mark Bell.
    Photographer: Vanya Balogh.
    Although the British duo of Mark Bell and Jez Varley only put out two full-length records in their eight years together, their debut FREQUENCIES is often cited as a starting-off point for the birth of British acid house, which later lead to rave, techno, and eventually trance styles. The influence of this particular release extends even beyond the development of those styles, into the international tech-house genre of the late '90s which combines the solid signature of house music with the harder approach of techno and the atmospheric intricacies of trance and ambient.
    Clearly influenced by Detroit techno producers Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May, FREQUENCIES is a collection that deserves repeated listens to understand its place in the ever-evolving canon of modern dance music. Totally instrumental save for a filtered vocal sample on "You Have to Understand," FREQUENCIES travels from electro on "Simon From Sydney" to ambience cut with 808 bleeps on "Nurture" to experiments in rhythm on "Tan Ta Ra." After L.F.O.'s experimentation with American dance music, the British went on to explode the genre to a point Americans have yet to catch up to, bringing jungle, trance, rave and speed garage styles to the world's dance floor tribes.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (7/95, p.115) - "...the influence of FREQUENCIES on the trance (and even mainstream) scene to come is undeniable. LFO took the basic Kraftwerk song structure, laid it out and laid it back with the deepest bass line imaginable, and let it sinuously wind its way around the house groovers..."
    The Wire (p.65) - "[A] remarkably self conscious body of music, intensely aware of its place in a historical lineage."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The album more or less opened the door for Warp -- and then, it's often argued, the UK dance scene as a whole across the globe."
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