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Borderland: a brief history of Moritz Von Oswald and Juan Atkins’ game-changing techno collaborations

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Borderland: a history of Moritz Von Oswald and Juan Atkins game-changing collaborations

Last week saw two of techno’s most celebrated game-changers announce a collaborative album together, under the name Borderland

Although it’s not strictly the first time that Moritz Von Oswald, who changed the face of techno through his work with Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound and more, and Juan Atkins, whose earlier Cybotron project is largely considered to have invented techno music in the first place, have spent time in the studio together (more on that later), it’s the first time that they’ve dedicated a record to doing so. What makes the prospect of an Atkins and Von Oswald album really exciting, however, is that they individually represent two of techno’s all-time greatest collaborative minds – between them, they’ve made fantastic records with Carl Craig, The Orb’s Thomas Fehlmann, Mark Ernestus, Kevin Saunderson and many more. Over the next 10 pages, we pick out some of our favourite collaborations from both Von Oswald and Atkins’ sizeable back catalogues.

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