Ten Rowdy Tracks From Tresor’s Forgotten UK Techno Legacy

We run down 10 of the most essential techno tracks from Tresor's overlooked UK period.

Last weekend, Tresor, Berlin’s longest running club and label institution, celebrated 25 years of shaping the face and definition of techno with a big festival. The celebration stretched out over four days and was held in all three venues—Tresor, OHM and Kraftwerk—that constitute Tresor’s new location at Köpenicker Straße. The lineup successfully managed to bring two generations of artists from Tresor’s rich legacy together. Surprisingly though, there was one chapter completely missing.

In the mid-’90s, Tresor’s sound shifted significantly. Though still rooted in Detroit, both the label and the club began to introduce a new perspective imported from the UK. Techno tracks coming from Brighton and Edinburgh-based artists like Cristian Vogel, Neil Landstrumm, Tobias Schmidt, Dave Tarrida, Si Begg and Subhead helped to introduce a wild, bleepy and irreverant sound that often burned the rulebook in favor of a bit of dance floor madness.

This period lasted from around 1995 to the early 2000s, and produced many-a-not-so-obvious-classics in Tresor’s discography. Here are ten overlooked tracks that still sound as fresh and adventurous as when they were first released.

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