Mix of the Week – Juan Atkins (Classics Mix)

This week’s mix of the week is a classics vinyl mix from non-other than techno legend, Juan Atkins. His 1982 electro classic ‘Clear’, is widely acknowledged as the early foundation of techno. Taking influences from the sounds of Kraftwerk, the cosmic funk of George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic and the ideas of writer and sociologist Alvin Toffler, Atkins was a key figure in the creation of techno as we know it.

Atkins 80s recordings as Model 500 were hugely influential worldwide, steadily broadening the idea of what electronic dance music could be. Juan Atkins provided a techno template that countless producers tried to emulate and his body of work has created musical ripples across the globe for decades and his sounds continue to influence people today.

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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.