Around the same time that Michigan's Tadd Mullinix adopted his hip-hop oriented Dabrye alias, he also took on the acid house alias James T. Cotton. With its playful use of female Chinese vocals, the first Cotton single "Mind Your Manners" became an instant favourite of DJs like Traxx, Deecoy, and Carlos Souffront. Not one to be pigeonholed, Cotton's work became darker with his remix of Charles Manier's "Bang Bang Lover" and the monolithic EBM monster "I Seek" from the State of the Union EP. What followed was an extended period in Berlin where Cotton really hit his stride. The Buck! and Press Your Body EPs were a definite shock to the system, owing much to the sounds of classic Detroit techno and Belgian New Beat, and paved the way for his hypnotic debut full-length, The Dancing Box. In 2005, Cotton teamed up with D'Marc Cantu to create 2 AM/FM. Cotton is also one half of Saturn V along with Traxx, creating pieces of masterful jakbeat, as well as a member of techno duo TNT with Todd Osborn. Cotton's Oochie Coo and the LP Like No One continued down the path into darker, more psychedelic territory, delving deeper into Cotton's mysterious persona.
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