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Underground Resistance

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- ...read more

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. « hide

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LPs
Interstellar Fugitives
1998

3.8
3 Votes
Revolution For Change
1992

4
1 Votes
EPs
The Analog Assassin
2002

Radioactive Rhythms
1997

Codebreaker
1997

3.5
3 Votes
Electronic Warfare
1995

Soundpictures
1995

Acid Rain III - Meteor Shower
1993

The Return of Acid Rain II - The Storm Continues
1993

Acid Rain EP
1993

1
1 Votes
Piranha
1992

Message to the Majors
1992

The Seawolf
1992

Belgian Resistance
1992

Kamikaze
1992

Death Star
1992

The Fury
1992

World 2 World
1992

3.8
2 Votes
The Final Frontier
1991

3.9
5 Votes
Elimination
1991

Riot EP
1991

Living for the Nite
1991

Punisher
1991

3
1 Votes
Fuel for the Fire - Attend the Riot
1991

Waveform EP
1991

Nation 2 Nation
1991

2
1 Votes
Your Time Is Up
1990

Sonic EP
1990

3.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Electronic Warfare 2.0
2007

3.8
2 Votes
Interstellar Fugitives 2 Destruction of Order
2005

4
1 Votes

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