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The man who invented digital hardcore

With Atari Teenage Riot, Alec Empire invented digital hardcore and reconnected techno with politics, while as the label boss of Digital Hardcore Recordings, he's been the leading light in the Berlin electronic avant-vanguard.

In his present infinity of solo guises, and with a May ATR reunion and new single confirmed, he still has no idea how to behave.

Download: Atari Teenage Riots – 'Destroy 2000 Years of Culture'


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