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Thursday, Dec 12 2013 | 00:34
Image: 1585879 Inspired by a combination of George Clinton's midwestern
funk, Kraftwerk's eclectic synth-pop, Yellow Magic
Orchestra's electronic experimentation, and futurist
authors like Alvin Toffler and Ray Kurzweil, Michigan's Juan
Atkins, Richard "3070" Davis, and John "Jon 5" Housley
would form the group Cybotron in 1980. Their sound was
an amalgamation of Detroit funk mixed with a
post-industrial electronic sound that helped shape the
foundation and early evolution of techno music, and the
electro-defined funk music of the 1980s.
By far their most influential and celebrated composition
appeared as the final track on their 1983 debut Enter.
(Which would later be reissued in 1990 under the famed
track's title.) The song was called "Clear". It sold over
50,000 copies since its release as a 12" single, and the
British avant garde magazine The Wire has referred to the
song as a "groundbreaking, first-generation piece of pure
machine music." For many people, the song's main selling
point is its' instantly recognizable loop, which has been a
staple of hip-hop sampling, having appeared on tracks by
the likes of T.I., Missy Elliot, Poison Clan, Blowfly, and many
more.
Thirty years later, Decision Records recognizes the impact
and full extent of this Cybotron single, and presents "Clear"
reissued in its original 12" format, featuring an alternate
remix, and vocal/instrumental mixes of the B-side, "Techno
City", another important Cybotron release, which Jon
Savage of the Guardian has referred to as "...a perfect
fusion of technology, ambient mood and human warmth
from a time when people were not afraid to project into the
future."

SIDE A:
Clear (Jose Animal Diaz Remix)
Clear (Original LP Version)

SIDE B:
Techno City (Vocal)
Techno City (Instrumental) Available from 22.11.2013
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