THROWBACK THURSDAY: T99 – Anasthasia (1991)
Is this the most devastating opening chord salvo in dance music history?
Belgium was the place to be for quality techno back in the early 90s; labels such as PIAS and R&S helped create a devastating sound that still has the power to impress, nearly 30 years later.
One of the standout tracks of the era was Anasthasia by T99, a group formed somewhat by accident – solo artist Patrick De Meyer, who already had three releases under his belt, heard that his friend Olivier Abbeloos was working on a track, which turned out to be a prototype version of what would go on to be Anasthasia.
A group was hastily formed, and the duo would go on to enjoy chart success with this distinctly un-chart like track, hitting number 4 in the Dutch charts, number 9 in Belgium, and 14 in the U.K. (as evidenced by T99’s appearance on Top of the Pops, above).
As the latter’s Ray Slijngaard might put it, “TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO!”
[Kudos to TravisBickle1963 for the upload]