Berlin-based techno imprint Minus is set to release Nothing Much, the first collection of the label’s work since last year’s exceptional min2MAX.
Label founder and minimal progenitor Richie Hawtin started Minus back in 1998, but recently decided the time to re-brand the label's image had arrived. Nothing Else acts as something of a document that tracks the label’s progress since inception. In a literal sense, it’s a sort of greatest hits compilation.
One such evolutionary progression is that Nothing Much illustrates how minimal isn’t really so minimal anymore. From Marc Houle’s “Bay of Figs” to Loco Dice’s “Seeing Through Shadows,” the general techno sound has become increasingly influenced by those compositions and melodies found in progressive and electro house. The album reflects these changes in the genre while still keeping the musical focus where it should be–directly in line with the dance floor.
The release also includes a second disc, which features Troy Pierce mixing the tracks together into one big, not-so-minimal techno fest.
Nothing Else is out June 15, 2007 on Minus.