What DJ’s Play: Monika Kruse

Monika Kruse is an artist whose musical tastes for the past 25 years have been unwavering. The DJ, producer and Terminal M founder has spent a quarter of a century bringing the dark side of German electronica to the masses, and arguably, few have done more to make Berlin the undisputed home of techno than Kruse.

Nowadays, crowds of thousands are weekend occurrences for Kruse, but she’s a child of acid-house, of original Detroit techno and the sound of ‘80s electro that echoed from industrial American suburbs and warehouse spaces. She may be a leading force in 4/4 incarnations designed for cavernous club basements but she began her career in the fields of her native country, building her name true to dance music’s true DIY roots. In Monika’s own words – ”In the beginning of the 90’s I organised a lot of illegal parties in Munich, hosting parties in empty houses, world war bunkers, trams and on lakes. Here are some of the tunes which I used to play at those times.”

Kruse appears alongside Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dense & Pika, B Traits and many more for Drumcode’s 4th November celebrations. Tickets can be found at: http://inmotiontickets.eventgenius.co.uk/events/IN-MOTION-Drumco/index.html

AUX 88 – DIrect drive

In the 1990’s everything seemed possible. There was no genre restrictions, and between the 4/4 beats there were many opportunities to drop some electro. This is one of my favourites, an electro classic straight out of Michigan. It doesn’t get any better.

K Hand – Global Warning

This was one of my hymns from back in the days. Deep, soulful, brooding, atmospheric and dramatic techno from the first lady of Detroit, K-Hand. An underrated Warp Records classic.

The Hypnotist- Pioneers of the Universe

I was playing a lot of acid records back in those days, but alongside that I was spinning kind of atmospheric trance too. Rising High was a label which had a lot of great tunes out, from Dica Crew to Mike Ash. The Hypnotist’s ‘Pioneers of the Universe’ is a stone cold classic, you can’t help but to be taken back to the early-90s with this record.

Quazar – The Seven Stars

Although Detroit was a big influence I wasn’t only influenced by the sound of the Motor City. Holland has a strong techno and big beat scene, and a lot of dutch producers, labels and productions had a great impact on me too. Like Quazar, and this record from 1990 sounds like it came straight out of Detroit.

The Rising Sons aka Tim Taylor & Damon Wild – Afghan Acid

Two of the icons of acid come together as The Rising Sons, Tim Taylor & Damon Wild delivering 6 minutes of pure acid greatness. This is acid on its best, and I’ve played this record far too many times but still never get bored of it. Sign of a great record.