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The Hacker’s Minimal Movement

Reported by JontySkrufff on May 13, 2010

Uber-hip French label Neverending Records unveiled Citizen Kain & Phuture Traxx’ new single the Worm this week and described the club record as a ‘hypnotic Minimal-Techno-track’.

Their description referenced the clattery crescendo packed (excellent) original though ironically the most stripped version out of all six remixes has been done by Grenoble producer the Hacker.

Chatting to Skrufff five years ago the electroclash pioneer admitted loathing minimal techno so much at the time that he regularly harassed DJs with drunken requests to play Daft Punk ‘or something funky’.

“I have to say I was in Berlin a few weeks ago and this music is everywhere, at every party everybody is playing the same thing and it’s quite boring; very boring,” he complained, “Three hours of plip-plop, plip-plop is too much. I guess it must have something to do with the drugs. Minimal is very druggy music.”

In the same interview (from 2006) he also harangued hard techno DJs and commercial house DJs for embracing the genre.

“It just shows that minimal is a new fashion thing, that people think it’s cool to do be involved. It’s exactly the same as what happened with electroclash, three or four years ago; everybody was suddenly into electro from one day to the next. It’s the new thing, it’s everywhere, but then next year it will be something else that’s in fashion. We just have to wait and see which artists will remain,” he said.

Chatting to Skrufff this week, Bruno from Neverending (aka Citizen Kain) admitted they shouldn’t have used the much-maligned term on reflection.

“When we say ‘minimal’ we’re talking about pure music including just a few elements, though you’re right, we should have described the track as just being ‘techno,’ he chuckled.

“Like in Germany, minimal and deep have become interchangeable labels for the same music. I agree, with the Hacker: minimal was just a fashion buzzword for while, it doesn’t mean anything any more.”

Citizen Kain & Phuture Traxx: the Worm is out in June on Neverending Records (June 18 on vinyl and June 25 digitally.

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