Sound of Stereo
Label: R&S Records
Originally released in 1993, Juan Atkins' debut album as Model 500 gathers tracks going all the way back to 1985, making it as definitive a document as techno's early history has. This is protean electronic funk, so squelchy it feels like a pulsing, amoebic life form, sprouting interlocking drum grooves as elegant as skeletons. Long before techno began splintering into innumerable subgenres, Atkins suggested the scope of its potential, from the punishing "No UFOs" to the bright-eyed skip of "The Chase." If you were looking for techno's ground zero, this is pretty much it.