Review: Suction Records is thrilled to present the debut archival album release by RX-101, a bedroom techno producer from the Netherlands, Erik Jong. "Like Yesterdays" compiles 10 tracks from RX-101's first two vinyl-only 12" EPs, together with three CD/digital album exclusives. This previously unreleased material dates from 1997-1999, recorded live to cassette in a feverish burst of creativity, utilizing a small arsenal of classic techno instruments. Here's RX-101 in his own words: "From childhood I loved dance music. In the '80s one of my older brothers always recorded mixes from the radio and we always listened to that. My other brother and sister took music lessons in electronic organ and when I was about 9 years old I did the same. I quit when I was 14. From childhood I was fascinated by synthesizers. In the late '80s I started more and more listening to dance and house music and it was 1991 when I started listening to techno from labels like Underground Resistance, Transmat, Metroplex, +8 Records and Warp. That was the time I knew that I also wanted to make electronic music and build a studio. With my musical background and love for synthesizers, everything fell into place. When I heard Aphex Twin's "Digeridoo" in '92, I was completely hooked on Aphex Twin and soon discovered his label Rephlex. I almost bought every release. My friends at that time always listened to electronic music. In '92 (when I was 16) I bought my first synthesizer, a Roland Juno-106. Then I started to buy more stuff, and two years later I had a small studio with some synths, a drum machine, a Quadraverb fx unit, an Atari computer and a mixer. My Roland SH-101 is still my favourite synth. In those days I always played with my gear, but I never made a complete track or recorded something actually. After buying some more stuff in the years following, it was time to start making tracks. It was 1997 then and I was 21 years old. I started to like it very much and I was very productive then. I wanted to make music all the time. I was a student then and had plenty of time to make music. I made a lot of tracks and recorded everything to cassette between 1997 and 1999. In the early '90s I dreamt of releasing music on a record label, but in the years after that dream ebbed slowly away. I'm not sure why.... I think that's the reason I never have sent tracks or a demo to a label. In 2000 I quit school and I found a full time job. Because of this I also had less time to make music. It was a new step in my life. My passion to make music then became less. At one point I saved my tapes with my tracks in a box. In 2013, I discovered that box again. I thought it was a good idea to archive all of my tape tracks to my computer. The last time I had listened to it was 2001. In September 2013 I uploaded about 15 tracks of that old stuff to Soundcloud. About a year later I started to upload more and more stuff. I received many nice comments and I was a little bit surprised that a record company was also interested."
Review: A year on from their last deep dive into the unreleased archives of Dutch producer Erik "RX-101" Jong, Suction Records has re-opened the vaults and put together the artist's first ever full-length excursion. As with their previous archival RX-101 releases, all the material on "Dopamine" was recorded between 1997 and '99. It sees the little-known Dutch producer offer up a range of melodious and atmospheric IDM and ambient techno tracks that were massively influenced by the early-to-mid '90s output of Warp Records and the more meditative and luscious works of Richard D James as Aphex Twin and Polygon Window. It's a wonderfully emotive excursion all told; an impeccably produced and impressively sequenced set that should be considered a long lost classic of '90s electronica.