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Underground Resistance is the most militantly political outcropping of modern urban American techno. Combining a grubby, four-track aesthetic, an almost strictly DIY business philosophy, and an oppositional, militaristic ethos similar to Public Enemy without the drama (or the familiarity; the members refuse to be photographed without bandanas obscuring their identities), UR have redirected their portion of the Detroit techno legacy to social activist ends, trading mainstream popularity and financial success for independence and self-determination.

Begun in the early ’90s by second-wave trinity Jeff Mills, “Mad” Mike Banks, and Robert “Noise” Hood, UR adapted the flavor and kick of early Detroit techno to the complex social, political, and economic circumstances in the wake of Reagan-era accelerated inner-city decline, and was formed as an outlet for uncompromising music geared toward awareness and change.

The early UR catalog is defined by a typically Detroit combination of Motown and Chicago soul, and ruthless, at times caustic lo-fi techno, acid, and electro (Mills’ background is in, among other things, Chicago industrial and EBM-style electro-techno, with Banks and Hood both coming from a solid house and techno base).

Much of the label’s early output was the product of various permutations of Banks, Mills, and Hood, both solo and in combination, before Mills and Hood left UR in 1992 to pursue (and achieve) international success.

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  • rascal0pl

    if you need fucking BATTLES to shine light on the gods of techno then you probably arent listening to enough music [3]

    23 Jun 12:56pm Reply
  • Orbonen

    if you need fucking BATTLES to shine light on the gods of techno then you probably arent listening to enough music [2]

    25 Apr 12:22pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    lmao fuck you death in june nazi

    12 Mar 3:10am Reply
  • Orbonen

    lmao fuck battles

    9 Feb 12:58pm Reply
  • milsilencios

    The best, period. [2]

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Blockades

    LOL v

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • fatplynn

    Indeed, love this. Thanx to Battles for shining some light on them. [2]

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • orang_gila

    bravo !

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Kill My Radio Station [2]

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • rudy3000

    Kill My Radio Station

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • StreetMachine

    please, somebody kill that fucking guy called david guetta

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • thehaircrow

    jupiter jazz

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • almerindo_lana

    Love this oldschool feeling!

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • runout_groove

    Underground Resistance present Interstellar Fugitives at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival curated by Battles, Caribou and Les Savy Fav in Minehead, England this December - info at http://www.atpfestival.com/events/nightmare2011.php Line-up features Flying Lotus, Archers Of Loaf, Holy F**k, The Dodos, Wild Flag, Gary Numan, Bitch Magnet, The Ex, Junior Boys, Omar Souleyman, Four Tet, Toro Y Moi and many more

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • InterceptorZero

    I was just band surfing when I came across Underground Resistance, then I saw "Jupiter Jazz". Thinking to myself, "Crap, I know this song!" That was from Midnight Club 3 back when I played it a few years ago. Scary.

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • spnut

    if you need fucking BATTLES to shine light on the gods of techno then you probably arent listening to enough music

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Indeed, love this. Thanx to Battles for shining some light on them.

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • paxf

    Fabolous music from the Mecca of techno :D

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • HeTheDebaser

    the best.

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • sherbsherb

    ура!!!!!! наконец что-то классное

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
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