In 2009, Detroit-born polymath Alan D. Oldham released the first new issue of his ongoing graphic novel project, JOHNNY GAMBIT, a new version of the same character whose previous 1980s comic (which Oldham did in his late teens) was featured in copies of his friend Derrick May a.k.a. Rhythim is Rhythim's "Nude Photo" 12-inch.
Along with this new comic, Mr. Oldham issued a techno soundtrack by himself to accompany the project (PURE18).
Flash-forward to 2013 and Oldham is issuing a hardcover, Manga-sized limited edition of the all-new JOHNNY GAMBIT VOLUME ONE graphic novel via his websites www.alanoldham.com
, and Bandcamp. For this new project, he has commissioned soundtrack music from both new and veteran artists who have succeeded wildly in capturing the dark, sci-fi mood of Seventh City, the city of the future gone wrong.
Hot young Croatian techno talent Nino Sebelic starts us off with the mysterious, Mills-ian "Plasma Storm."
Germany-based Cyberpunk duo Denard Henry and Jana Clemen a.k.a. Sprawl contribute the menacing industrial funk of "Destroy The Balance."
West Michigan's Phrek checks in with pitch-perfect Plastikman-esque soundscape/background music with his contribution "The Scion Club."
Ex-Aux 88 MC and grizzled Detroit Techno veteran Blaktony steps out of the shadows to soundtrack the comic book's club sequence with "The Vortex Room."
Nino Sebelic returns with an amazing techno track that mirrors a key action sequence in the comic, "Johnny Gambit vs. Flying Car."
Minimalsoul Recordings boss and longtime friend TJ Hicks appears here as Altroy. His brilliant, lowtempo "Cody's Theme" is updated Blaxploitation funk crossed with modern 303 acid.
Berlin's Krenzlin is a hot, new talent on the global scene and a Tresor "New Faces" resident. Known primarily for bangin' techno, he dials it back here for a piece of deep house-inspired soundtrack music called "The Tell-All."
Closing out this soundtrack album is a beatless, melodic soundscape from the Midwest's FBK a.k.a. Kevin Kennedy. "Technoclerics 2" captures the mysterious last sequence of the graphic novel, with cryptic hints of things to come!
PURE18.5 was mastered by Steven Tang at Emphasis, Chicago.
FULL ALBUM DOWNLOADS INCLUDE THE 54-PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL IN PDF FORMAT
"Great old school vibes in Plasma Storm and FBK provides a disturbing technological soundscape with Technoclerics 2" -- Dave Clarke, White Noise Radio
"Diggin' Nino's and Krenzlin's stuff!" -- Ritzi Lee
"I'm digging this whole concept of Johnny Gambit. Each track stands its own ground and surely finds its place in this Graphic Novel. Respect to Mr. Oldham for bringing the concept of innovative reading to the forefront alongside this music." -- TJ Hicks, Minimalsoul Records
"Just catching up with promos now, really digging both Nino cuts. top busy grooves, will get support from me. thx!" -- Ben Sims
"A lot of good stuff here but the two Nino Sebelic tracks are top grade Millsian style Techno excellent stuff" -- Paul Mac
"A very nice compilation/soundtrack for the Johnny Gambit movie...if they ever decide to make one, that is. My favorite tracks include Krenzlin "The Tell-All," the ambient acid that is Phrek "the Scion Club," and FBK's "Technoclerics 2." This entire project would also work nicely as the alternative soundtrack for the movie 'Blade Runner.'" -- Sean Deason