The seminal electro group Cybotron provided the first home for the recordings of techno godfather Juan Atkins. With partner Rick Davis (aka 3070), Atkins recorded several of electro's best moments; the singles "Alleys of Your Mind," "Enter," and "Clear," were dark dystopias of the post-industrial steel city within tight Kraftwerk-inspired funk. Their success prompted Fantasy Records to sign the group, and release 1983's Enter LP. Atkins left soon after due to artistic differences (specifically, Davis' defined pop slant), and later defined early Detroit techno with his recordings as Model 500. Davis continued to release albums as Cybotron into the mid-'90s, though the mystical R&B direction of efforts like Empathy and Cyber Ghetto were quite a turn from the group's beginnings. For fans of electro and techno, Cybotron ended when Juan Atkins left. ~ John Bush
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The only old-school electro LP with any amount of staying power (thanks in part to its release on Fantasy), Enter includes crucial early singles like "Alleys of Your Mind" and "Cosmic Cars," as well as techno's first defining moment, "Clear." The collision of Atkins' vision for cosmic funk and the arena rock instincts of Rick Davis results in a surprisingly cohesive album, dated for all the right reasons and quite pop-minded. Ecological and political statements even crop up in "Cosmic Raindance" and "El Salvador." In 1990, Fantasy reissued the album with a new title (Clear) and a different track order that added "R-9" (1985) as a bonus. In 2013, the album was reissued again, this time under its original title and with several additional tracks, including "Techno City" (1984) and "Eden" (1986). One drawback: the bonus track listed as "Cosmic Cars [Detroit Style Mix]" is a duplication of the album version. ~ John Bush
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