Derek Carr is a name known by few and far between, with only a handful of vinyl releases in the early 2000s, he built a worthy but unfortunately not widely-spread reputation for putting together stunning deep techno. Originally pressed in finite numbers, the records have recently found themselves in demand on Discogs, and rightly so, Derek’s music is in a class of its own. Having been a big fan since his releases on then local (to label owner Ben) Leeds label Geek records, For Those That Knoe has dug deep into the archives to put together a sizeable selection of Derek’s back catalogue, with some unreleased gems dotted amongst the classic must-haves all spread across 3 EPs.
Part One of 1 of 3 in Derek’s series kicks off with a classic from the Geek release B-Side, Dancefloor. Unearthed from (knoe’s favourite format) dusty DAT, Epidemic is a classy rolling tech house groover. Planet Jump was the title track of Derek’s solo EP on the excellent Headpsace Recordings. Shimmering FM chords feature heavily against bright percussion and warm basslines. Synapse 136 was the main cut of Derek’s EP on Digital Soul, stunning late night melodies and jazzy keyboard work ride over those classic electronic rhythms.