Along with Matthew Dear and Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson (alias Berg Nixon) is ensuring that the legacy of Detroit techno thrives in the 21st century. Since bursting on the scene in 2003, Crosson has risen swiftly through minimal techno's ranks, earning spots on the esteemed rosters of M-nus, Trapez, Archipel, and BerettaMusic.
A disciple of such Motor City legends as Dan Bell and Richie Hawtin, Crosson forges bare-bones tracks that are interwoven with strange textures and suffused with unsettling atmospheres, yet they never lose their ability to keep the dance floor popping. His Say So EP from 2005 contains four slices of sleek, weird techno that seem to be beamed in from a futuristic, advanced civilization. It's the kind of otherworldly minimalist techno that DJs in Europe spin after most American clubbers have gone to bed. It should be interesting to see whether Clevelanders can get down to Crosson's next-level dance music.
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