The Black Dog presents Underground Resistance

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Two legendary techno figures come together on this mix by The Black Dog showcasing the world’s most revered techno imprint, UR.

Underground Resistance (commonly abbreviated to UR) is a musical collective from Detroit, Michigan, in the United States of America. They are the most militantly political example of modern Detroit Techno, with a grungy, four-track musical aesthetic and a strictly anti-mainstream business strategy. They have exerted their portion of Detroit Techno’s cultural influence towards promoting political activism.

Begun in the late 1980s by Jeff Mills and “Mad” Mike Banks, UR related the aesthetics of early Detroit Techno to the complex social, political, and economic circumstances which followed on from Reagan-era inner-city economic recession, producing uncompromising music geared toward promoting awareness and facilitating political change. Later Robert “Noise” Hood joined the collective. As with Public Enemy, there have been intimations that UR’s subversively ‘militant’ approach to music was related to the activities of the Black Panthers in the 1970s, something Mills confirmed in an interview.

Many of Underground Resistance’s labelmate’s early releases were the product of various experiments by Banks, Mills, and Hood, both solo and in collaboration, before Mills and Hood left the collective in 1992 to achieve international success as solo artists and DJs. Mike Banks continued to lead UR in the wake of the split, releasing EPs during the mid-1990s such as “Return of Acid Rain,” “Message to the Majors,” and “Galaxy to Galaxy” under the UR name, as well as 12-inches by increasingly renowned artists such as Drexciya.

UR tracks have occasionally been released on other labels (usually in what UR metaphorically describe as “reconnaissance” or “infiltration”).

1998’s “Interstellar Fugitives”, the first full album credited to Underground Resistance, saw Mike Banks redefining the collective’s sound as “High-Tech Funk”, reflecting a shift in emphasis from hard, minimal club Techno to breakbeats, Electro and even occasionally Drum and Bass and down-tempo Hip-Hop. In 1999, newcomer DJ Rolando released UR’s most commercially successful EP, “The Knights of The Jaguar”.

Antimatter / Underground Resistance
Voice Of Electrifying Mojo
Afrogermanic / Underground Resistance
Mirage / Underground Resistance
Windchime / Underground Resistance
Talkin2Z / Underground Resistance
Final Frontier / Underground Resistance
In Or Out / Underground Resistance
Maroon / Underground Resistance
Underground Resistance
Baghdad Express / Underground Resistance
Inversions / Underground Resistance
Technology Gap / Underground Resistance
Antimatter / Underground Resistance
I Am UR / Underground Resistance
Tazumal / Underground Resistance
Hunting the Program / Underground Resistance
Toxic Broadcast / Underground Resistance
Detonate / Underground Resistance
Orbit (Black Dog edit) / Underground Resistance
Riot / Underground Resistance
Base Camp Alpha 808 / Underground Resistance
Entering Quadrant 5 / Underground Resistance
Adrenalin / Underground Resistance
Gamma Ray / Underground Resistance
Ambush / Underground Resistance
Sea Quake / Underground Resistance
Kill My Radio Station / Underground Resistance

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