Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus IISplit
In 1986 Maestro created a new alias for himself, Nu Sound II Crew, by adding a roman numeral II to his former DJ crew name. That year he self-released his first 12″ single “The Speed Of Light” on Sound Wave Records. Only 500 copies were made and distributed by Juan Atkins’ Metroplex Records. Influenced by Kraftwerk and Cybotron, Nu Sound II Crew created fresh, fast, dark electro beats with tough drum machines and lyrics about traveling through outer space. A second single was released that same year, “1001 Beats”, a slower, deep and heavy vocoder track with guitar by Jerome Blackwell that riffs the Batman Theme during the break. By the late 1980s, Maestro was using different alias such as Sam and Dave, Zetta, and Magnus II to make it look like a lot of artists were on his new label Steppin’ Forward Records. Magnus II was named after guitarist Jeff Magnus who plays on the sole 12″ single from the project “Roctronic/Space Age” released in 1993. For this EP reissue, all 3 original mixes of “Space Age” are included: LP Version, Dub, and Remix. “Space Age” blends EBM rhythms with tough drum machine beats to create an electro hybrid somewhere between Belgium and Detroit.
All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is specially designed by Eloise Leigh and features original illustrations from 1988 by Kevin Mann of an Egyptian pharaoh “steppin’ forward” and the Roman numeral II. Each copy includes a post card with a photo of the Nu Sounds crew DJing in 1984.
|Artist:||Nu-Sound II Crew / Magnus II|
|Format:||Vinyl 12", Vinyl, Singles, 12"|
|Pressung:||US – Original|
|Genre:||Electronic / Dance|
|Style:||Downbeat / Electronica / Leftfield|
|Gewicht:||250g (plus 250g Verpackung)|