In 1990, raising their voices over the sound of Neuropolitique’s ‘Mind you don’t trip’ Sebastian S. and Mike DMA (Direct Memory Access) met, breaking the ice by swapping opinions on LFO and 808 State. They later went on to create the first live configuration of BWP Experiments (Bad Woofer Posse Experiments, for more info see www.basicmoves.be/chronicles), and produced dozens of tracks together which, for the most part, were live takes and remain unreleased. Only a few made it out into the world, and to this day have stayed well under the (discogs) radar: Our Techno Theory’ was put out on an 8-tracker cassette by Research and Development, while only two productions ‘Escape’ and ‘Pay your taxes’ were pressed on vinyl for the same imprint. Now Sebastian S. (aka Caustic 14) returns to the label with two previously unreleased tracks found in his personal archive. ‘Excalibur’ was produced in tandem with Mike during the last session the pair ever did in Sebastian’s studio (Z’ha’dum) in 1996. It’s a vibrant hommage to their common passion outside of music: Sci-fi. This track refers specifically to the series Babylon 5 , which was a revolution in the genre, and the first tv series to outdo Star Trek (the intergalactic reference since the early 1960’s). The idea of being ‘united against darkness’ was key to the series, and the motto remained essential for Sebastian, Mike and Deg’s music productions, collaborations, live shows and dj sets. The influence of what had been a passion since childhood can be felt in their sound: unconsciously they had dreamt up the soundtrack to their own space journey. The second track ‘Cliffhanger’, a solo production by Sebastian S., is a dig from several years earlier (1994). The Detroit influence is strong here, yet the signature Caustic 14 “space opera” melodies hold their ground and shine out.
We are very proud to propel this Belgian electronic music heritage out into the world.
In memory of Matt Cogger.
walrus & islas , September 2018.