Originally released on Derrick May's Transmat Records, "I Believe" made waves after being compiled onto the British Detroit compilation Techno 2: The Next Generation, helping the Burdens form Direct Beat/430 West Records (originally located at 430 West 8 Mile Road in Detroit). The labels became favored names for hard-hitting electro-bass and techno tracks from Aux 88, Alien FM, Mad Mike Banks, and DJ Rolando. Besides later Octave One output like "The X Files," the Foundation EP, and the Cymbolic mini-LP, 430 West released several volumes in the bass compilation Detroit: Techno City and Direct Beat obliged with the compilation Techno Bass: The Mission.
Octave One also issued a handful of albums, beginning with 1997's The Living Key (To Images from Above) and the following year's The Collective, a crucial look at the group's back catalog. However, the Burdens' greatest success came with one of their many 12" releases: "Blackwater," independently released in 2000, became a club hit licensed in several territories outside the U.S., and it also appeared on over two-dozen compilations. Through the 2010s, the group continued to perform and record; Burn It Down, released in 2015, featured some of the group's most thrilling production work. Love by Machine followed in 2016. Other Octave One-related projects throughout the years have included Never on Sunday, Random Noise Generation (RNG), and Metro D. ~ John Bush