The veteran Detroit duo lay down an electro roadmap, paying tribute to their heritage while always looking forward.
Aux 88 are deeply rooted in Detroit’s musical culture and heritage. Tommy “Tom Tom” Hamilton performed with dance groups like Cosmic Swingers, the Motor City Poppers and the Devo Dancers by the time he graduated high school, and Keith Tucker was a local DJ deeply immersed in the burgeoning electronic music scene; they started collaborating as early as 1985. Housing a growing collection of equipment, Tucker signed to Metroplex, as Frequency, and in 1993 Hamilton and Tucker got together again to form Aux 88 and focus on the finest techno bass (via Tucker’s own Puzzlebox label). Aux 88 gave techno a hard-edged infusion of electro sounds, drawing from an era when the nascent hip-hop and techno scenes weren’t too far removed from one another.