Started by Jeff Mills and “Mad” Mike Banks in 1989, Underground Resistance related the aesthetics of early Detroit techno to the complex social, political, and economic circumstances which followed on from Reagan-era inner-city economic recession, producing uncompromising music geared toward promoting awareness and facilitating political change.
Targeting their music to lower class African Americans, their intention was to inspire working class men to get out of the poverty cycle in the city, and at the same time, rebel against the commercialization of techno. This ideology spurred a lengthy journey for the collective, releasing 45 singles and EPs, 3 albums and 12 remixes between 1990 and 2010, including remixes for Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk.
And in 2017, they have announced the forthcoming availability of their entire remastered catalogue online. In a post made by “Mad” Mike Banks on the Somewhere in Detroit Facebook page, he stated:
“Soon we will offer a Bandcamp digital delivery service featuring UR & Red Planet digitally mastered by none other than DJ SKURGE of UR at sonic levels unmatched by any other site on the web (all UR & RP stuff on the web now are low res or copied from vinyl records and almost all are illegal!!!)”.
He also mentioned that due to the resurgence of vinyl sales over the last two years, vinyl press plants have started to give priority to larger orders, so smaller batches, like repressings of older tracks, can take up to six months to be received. He continued saying:
“In addition (to) distributor payment time at minimum 90 days that makes NINE MONTHS before anybody gets paid for that record!! as opposed to the 30 to 90 day turnaround on everything in the 80's, 90's & early 2000's”.
Head over to the Underground Resistance Bandcamp page to keep up to date with their digital catalogue.