One of the biggest names in the world wide techno scene, UMEK,  is back on his label 1605 with a very emotive and thrilling EP entitled ‘Watchers of the Sky‘. This 2-track release features a collaboration with Mha Iri who has become a regular on the imprint. Alongside the collaboration, the second track on the EP showcases UMEK’s electro focused alter ego Zeta Reticula. The EP is scheduled to be released this friday August 27, 2021. Stay tuned and read the full details below.

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Hello techno community, as you may noticed, we never get tired of writing reviews and of recommending UMEK\’s 1605 Music Therapy releases, because in some way, UMEK always has maintained his particular style in picking and releasing music. The music evolves, new artists emerges, but the style remains, thats why we constantly are following this whole industry of techno he has created.

So, we are pleased to announce that UMEK is back on his label 1605 with a two track EP \”Evolution / Feels Like A Tunnel\” made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys and Teenage Mutants. 

We have to notice the tremendous collabs here, in one hand we have the Cosmic Boys, the duo that are rapidly rising through the ranks of the world’s techno community with notable releases on their own Legend imprint plus others including Popof’s label Form, and now they are becoming part of the 1605 family by making their debut on the label with the release of a new track made in collaboration with the label boss.

By the other hand, Teenage Mutants, who recently dropped a solo EP on 1605, and now they are back to reaffirm their love with the label and made a track with the boss as well.

The release is scheduled to be out this Friday March 13, 2020 in all digital formats under the 1605 label. This release brings out pure techno made for the club, this EP is everything fans have come to expect from UMEK and his label 1605. Stay tuned and read below a little review of the two tracks and full details. 

Review. First track is \”Evolution”,  made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys, \”and it features UMEK’s trademark groove with pulsating synths and rolling percussion. Drawing you in with alluring vocals and hints of euphoria, it’s the perfect blend of dark and light as the shadowy atmosphere is both dark and intense.\”

Second of the tracks made by UMEK and Teenage Mutants is the high velocity cut “Feels Like A Tunnel”, which has dramatic synths that burst forth from the frantic melody, which gives the track and underpinning sense of urgency. Filter sweeps add to the suspense before each drop unleashes its fury upon the dance floor.\”

Pre-order and listen snippets. 

Overview. UMEK is back on his label 1605 with a two track EP made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys and Teenage Mutants.
1605 was relaunched in 2019 and since then it’s become a powerhouse of the techno genre with two of the label’s recent releases both currently placed inside Beatport’s Top 10 Sales Chart.
Based in Slovenia, UMEK boasts a career than spans over two decades, and his back catalogue includes many iconic anthems that have spanned generations. In recent times his music can be found on labels like Intec, Suara, Tronic and Filth on Acid.
Teenage Mutants recently dropped a solo EP on 1605, and this time the German duo are back working in collaboration with UMEK, but their solo music can also be found on other high-flying labels such as Terminal M, Noir Music, Set About and Octopus Records.
Cosmic Boys are making their debut on 1605, and their collaboration with UMEK is the perfect way for them to become a part of the label’s family. Hailing from France, the Cosmic Boys are rapidly rising through the ranks of the world’s techno community with notable releases on their own Legend imprint plus others including Popof’s label Form.
“Evolution” made in collaboration with Cosmic Boys opens the release, and it features UMEK’s trademark groove with pulsating synths and rolling percussion. Drawing you in with alluring vocals and hints of euphoria, it’s the perfect blend of dark and light as the shadowy atmosphere is both dark and intense.
Second of the tracks made by UMEK and Teenage Mutants is the high velocity cut “Feels Like A Tunnel”, which has dramatic synths that burst forth from the frantic melody, which gives the track and underpinning sense of urgency. Filter sweeps add to the suspense before each drop unleashes its fury upon the dance floor.
Peak time techno made for the club, this EP is everything fans have come to expect from UMEK and his label 1605.


Cover Artwork. 

Label: 1605
Artist: UMEK, Cosmic Boys, Teenage Mutants
Title: Evolution / Feels Like A Tunnel
Release Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Format: Digital
CAT#: 1605244

Tracklist.

01. UMEK & Cosmic Boys – Evolution
02. UMEK & Teenage Mutants – Feels Like A Tunnel

Label.




After so many good releases this year, and most recently collaborating with The YellowHeads with the ‘Driller EP’ that was a success, UMEK is back on his label 1605 with another stomping two tracker bundle in his usual style of peak time techno with powerful melodies and thundering percussion.

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I guess back in the 90s techno scene was in another platform, in another kind of action and it was not what it is today, but the bases of course are the same. This is not an outstridge for new generations, that can also discover and enjoy classics, old school hits that get techno scene where is it now. We can thank that to big artists with big careers like UMEK. 

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Great news people, the thing is that one of Europe’s pioneering techno artists is back with a 2-track EP that is on fire. Thats right, UMEK is back in his own label 1605, and has announced his upcoming \”Vigilance EP\”, a two track release that features some groovy percussion slams, hard hitting kick drums, fast-paced rhythms, trippy sounds and a high energy level of techno. This tracks remembers the guidelines for a good techno anthem.

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Buy (Digital): Beatport 

Review: With ‘Need A Connection’, Comic Boys managed to put out another powerful techno EP. In this release, you will find melodramatic sounds, dark whispers, and intense techno at its finest. This two-track bundle is a bomb with all the elements needed to put on fire the darkest dancefloors. Nice, as usual!

 
Cosmic Boys are back on UMEK’s label 1605 for another stomping techno EP in their usual peak time style. The new release has been titled ‘Need A Connection EP’ and is set to be out this Friday November 6th, 2020.

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Hey,  as you may notice, we love to keep up with the tremendous techno releases on Umek’s 1605 label... the next one on the line is the second instalment of its mixed artist EP ‘Desiderati 4.2‘, this time including solo tracks by Beico, Luca Gaeta and Rudosa, plus a collaboration from Teenage Mutants & Twin Mix Trip.

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It\’s been a good year for the Cosmic Boys, and it doesn\’t look like it\’s going to stop now. That\’s right, your favorite France Based duo is back with a new EP titled \’Digital Love\’ on their label Legend that features two new tracks in their hard-hitting style of peak time techno made for the dance floor.

The guys last EP \’Fireworks\’ picked up support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Pappenheimer and Roberto Capuano amongst many others, and the tracks are both charted inside of Beatport’s Top 100.

Many will also be familiar with the Cosmic Boys recent collaboration with UMEK on his label 1605, along with their contributions to Richie Hawtin’s iconic Minus.

It\’s been definitely a good year for the french duo, if you are not following their entire path of track this year, it\’s a good moment to start, as their brilliant new release features two original tracks that blend chunky percussion with high velocity rhythm and spine-tingling synth lines.

The EP’s title track “Digital Love” opens the release with dramatic bursts of explosive synths that spring forth to create a dramatic tension. Building towards the twisted euphoria and suspense of the main breakdown, the intensity is unrelenting as the kick drum thunders back in to create a drop of epic proportions.

Second of the two originals “Timeless” is equally ferocious with a compelling energy that is out of this world. Combining a throbbing bassline and high velocity lead synth the “how to release the pressure” vocal is perfectly suited to the onslaught of pent up energy this track unleashes when played at maximum volume, as it’s guaranteed to create a frenzy of excited dancing.

Legend will release \’Digital Love\’ digitally on Friday 14 August 2020. Buy it: Beatport 


Cover Artwork.




Artist: Cosmic Boys
Title: Digital Love
Label: Legend
Release Date: Friday 14 August 2020
Format: Digital
CAT#: LGD019

Tracklist.

01. Digital Love
02. Timeless

One of our favorite artists and a couple we like to talk about a lot at Living Techno is undoubtedly the french techno essential duo Cosmic Boys, who always surprise us with strong, dark, but above all elegant releases. 

Now, the duo keep on with their productivity and just announced an upcoming double track EP that has been entitled \”Fireworks\”, that is set to be released on their own label Legend on June 19, 2020. Buy Link: Beatport

This release comes out after their No.1 selling techno track “Evolution” that was made in collaboration with UMEK, and in our opinion, there is no doubt this new EP is going on that way too, because we have listened to the tracks, and we loved the powerful sounds, grinding bass tones and frantic melodies that conform this release.

The EP opens with the title cut “Fireworks” that blends a crunching kick drum with grinding bass tones and frantic melodies. Fast and furious with an epic breakdown, this enthralling cut delivers an intense dance floor experience that is perfect for peak time spins.

“Other Identity” is second on the release with its pulsating synths that swell with kinetic energy. Electrically charged and ready to take flight, the breakdown is a thrill-seekers dream as its synth line goes interstellar with pitched-up intensity that will have you gripping the edge of your seat with excitement.

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Overview. Cosmic Boys are fresh off their No.1 selling techno track “Evlolution” that was made in collaboration with UMEK, and are back on their own label Legend with a new two track EP.
Legend has been a regular platform for the Cosmic Boys own output, but their tracks and remixes can also be found on other notable imprints such as UMEK’s 1605, Simina Grigoriu\’s Kuukou and Oscar Aguilera\’s HE-ART. Adam Beyer also opened his recent live set for Cercle with Cosmic Boys track \”Arrival\” which was released on Legend.
Continuing to raise the bar with their peak time style of techno, Cosmic Boys are a French duo who have been building a steady momentum. The high energy tracks with compelling melodies and chunky percussion are an extension of their hybrid DJ sets, which blend synths and drum machines with loops taken from their favourite tracks. Making live edits on the fly, the pairs creativity knows no bounds and the two original tracks on this EP are testament to this.
The EP opens with the title cut “Fireworks” that blends a crunching kick drum with grinding bass tones and frantic melodies. Fast and furious with an epic breakdown, this enthralling cut delivers an intense dance floor experience that is perfect for peak time spins.
“Other Identity” is second on the release with its pulsating synths that swell with kinetic energy. Electrically charged and ready to take flight, the breakdown is a thrill-seekers dream as its synth line goes interstellar with pitched-up intensity that will have you gripping the edge of your seat with excitement.


Cover Artwork. 

Label: Legend
Artist: Cosmic Boys
Title: Fireworks
Release Date: Friday 19 June 2020
Format: Digital

Tracklist.

01. Fireworks
02. Other Identity

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Oscuro Music is a record label based in Leeds, United Kingdom that is ran by Juan Pabloo and Lee Brookes. The label specializes mainly in melodic and obscure techno music, which has seen tracks played by techno heavyweights such as Sam Paganini, Markantonio, Spartaque, UMEK and many others.

The label welcomes back the italian Dj and Producer Devid Dega for another release, this time putting out a 4 track release featuring a collab with Besty Fritz. The upcoming EP has been entitled \”Zero1\” and contains two fresh very energetic techno cuts, that also include remixes by Marcal,  Marck D & Buitrago.  

Devid Dega have a history and a career as a DJ and a Producer that has remarkable moments, as a producer, he has put his sounds on several established super labels like  Marco Bailey\’s Mb Elektronics,  Mauro Picotto\’s Alchemy, Christian Smith\’s Tronic, Uto Karem\’s Agile, Spartaque\’s IAMT,  Sutter Cane\’s Driving Forces, Cristian Varela\’s Pornographic , D-Unity\’s Unity records and many more. 

Devid open the EP with the collab track with Besty Fritz that has been entitled “Zero1” where the deep and euphoric sounds creates a very powerful bass hitting, very proper for a techno groove. Marck D and Buitrago worked on remix duties in this track, and added more hypnotic sounds and sharp rides to the rhythm of the original cut. 

Lifting the energy for an explosive finish, Devid Dega\’s solo track “The Dark Knight” brings on the power and industrial soft sound to the EP. This track got remixed by Marcal, who has made a very good job on adding a rolling rhythm and a different kind of energy to the track. The work on this EP is very good. 

“Zero1” is set to be released on June 22, 2020 on Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes and more via Oscuro Music… Stay tuned and scroll down for full details. Pre order: https://www.beatport.com/release/zero1/2986577

Overview. Here is a fantastic new release from Devid Dega featuring a powerful original track in collaboration with Besty Fritz as well as an outstanding re-edit of his track The Dark Knight which was played by B-Traits on Radio 1. On remix duties for Zero1 we have the poweful South American Duo Marck D & Buitrago and remixing The Dark Knight we have another great upandcoming South American talent Marcal.

Cover Artwork.

Artists: Devid Dega feat. Besty Fritz
Title. \’Zero1\’ EP 
Remixes:  by Marcal,  Marck D & Buitrago
Release date: June 22, 2020
Label. Oscuro Music
Format: Digital
CAT#:  OSCM111
Pre order: https://www.beatport.com/release/zero1/2986577
Link: https://www.facebook.com/DevidDegadj
Label: https://www.beatport.com/label/oscuro-music/58455

Tracklist.


Devid Dega, Besty Fritz – Zero1 (original Mix)

Devid Dega, Besty Fritz – Zero1(Marck D, Buitrago Remix)
Devid Dega – The Dark Knight (Marcal Remix)
Devid Dega – The Dark Knight (rework)





Hello peeps, remember last year we were talking about the release of Roel Salemink 10-track techno album entitled “X818” in Carl Cox’s Intec Digital recordings. The album was a success, and now the remixes keep coming, featuring the label boss Carl Cox with a energetic rework of the track entitled “Eskes“. 

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You are in the right place if what you are looking for is pure techno. Following only great releases as usual, the legendary label Intec Digital welcomes the serbian based DJ/Producer RanchaTek, well known by his specific Techno/Tech House sound. 

RanchaTek is a regular performer at many of Serbia’s top techno events. His music has traveled a lot, and its signed in many huge labels such as Toolroom, 1605 Music Therapy, Pornographic Recordings, Unity, Funk’n Deep, Transmit, Bitten, Nervous, IAMT and many. 

Not everyone has that catalogue of releases, and the good news is that his music is still pure. The serbian techno master just unveil two new tracks on his upcoming release on Intec Digital entitled \”Defect EP\”. First track is \”Defect\” and in general terms, is a track that has a really smooth background full of rhythms, little acid sounds, hats and good deep atmosphere. Second tracks is \”Freak\”,  this is an up-tempo groove bomb, dark sounds, industrial kicks, a smooth pulsating bassline and repetitive vocals that put some extra flavor to the track.

Stay tuned to get this EP, the release date is scheduled for November 1st, 2019 via Intec Digital. Read the full details below.

Meanwhile the previews upload, listen to RanchaTek music on Soundcloud. 

Overview. Carl Cox is an industry figurehead who’s legacy in music includes his iconic label Intec, which he runs with friend and business partner Jon Rundell, and the labels new release is from RanchaTek.
Serbian artist RanchaTek makes his debut on Intec following releases on Orange Recordings, Loose, Bitten, Nervous and Unity Records.
Listing Carl Cox as a significant influence alongside people like UMEK and Richie Hawtin, this EP is an extra special one for Vladimir Rancic aka RanchaTek who has always wanted to feature on Intec.
A regular performer at many of Serbia’s top techno events, it’s also not uncommon to see him on DJ line-ups in other countries such as the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Croatia.
Dark with a relentless intensity, the two tracks on this EP have contrasting moods with “Defect” having a focus on deep atmosphere while the up-tempo groove of “Freak” raises the roof with its hard-hitting style.
\”Defect\” has a subtle euphoria cut by bursts of acid while the underpinning percussion provides a steady momentum immersed in shadowy atmospherics.
Second on the EP “Freak” has a heavy kick drum that pounds underneath the stabbing synths and onslaughts of the thrashing hi-hats while the commanding vocals complement the pulsating rhythms of the bassline.


Cover Artwork.


Label: Intec
Artist: RanchaTek
Title: Defect EP
Release Date: Friday 1 November 2019
Format: Digital
CAT#: ID191

Tracklist.

01. Defect
02. Freak

Label. 




It seems that may is full and recharged with heavy ass techno music for your soul, mind and body, if you wanted like that. Now it\’s time for Carl Cox´s Intec Digital, a top exclusive worldwide label that this time is presenting the upcoming \”Dimension EP\”, the new release by The Reactivitz. 
Based in France The Reactivitz joins Intec following releases on other imprints such as Set About, Respekt, Form, Phobiq and Filth On Acid, his new release features two tracks, very strong and dark techno tracks, so stay tuned because the release date is due to Friday 10 May 2019.
Previews soon…

Overview. Carl Cox is an industry figurehead who’s legacy in music includes his iconic label Intec, which he runs with friend and business partner Jon Rundell, and the new release is from The Reactivitz.
Based in France The Reactivitz joins Intec following releases on other imprints such as Set About, Respekt, Form, Phobiq and Filth On Acid.
With a style characterised by dark atmospheres, thumping percussion and groovy basslines, regular supporters of his music include the likes of UMEK, Jay Lumen, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sam Paganini, and Marco Faraone.
Both the two original tracks on this EP are in his trademark style, with “Dimension” kicking off proceedings and setting a tone using sensual vocal textures underpinned by the hard hitting kick drum. Complimented by the uplifting bursts of melody, this track has everything needed to rock the dance floor.
The second cut “Asteroid” brings focus to the bassline with a grinding intensity that provides the track\’s driving force. Dramatic percussion and vocal stabs create explosive eruptions that cut through the shadowy atmosphere of this truly monstrous slice of techno perfection.

Cover Artwork.

Label. Intec Digital
Artist. The Reactivitz
Title. Dimension EP
Release Date. Friday 10 May 2019
Format. Digital
CAT#. ID179

Tracklist.

01. Dimension
02. Asteroid

Label. 


Something good has to be happening when you realize that in scenes like ours in Guatemala, that have been under construction since a while now, the promoters keep looking to constantly develop high quality events, and the best comes when they reach goals, keeping their own vision and feelings for music, in this particular case, for techno music. 

You know, when something good is happening, automatically, the good news start coming. That is so true, specially when you find out that The Future Sound and Freakquency Productions, -two promoters based in Guatemala City, got together and made possible to bring an artist from another level, for this occasion i would say, a very influential artist in our scene, you\’ll see why.  

This guys teamed up and prepared a really special event with a very special guest. This special guest is someone with a highly acclaimed series of original tracks released on renowned labels such as Sci + Tec, Suara, Definitive Recordings, Terminal M, Pornographic Recordings, 1605, Octopus, 100% Pure, Deeperfect, Stereo Productions just to name a few. It\’s also someone that has performed all over Europe in countries like Germany, Spain, Netherlands, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, England, Scotland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium to name a few, also in America in countries like USA, Colombia, MĂ©xico, Costa Rica, Canada and now GUATEMALA. 

We know that you already know who we are talking about, but we had to make this introduction, it is the Bosnian DJ and producer, Mladen Tomic.

Thats right, Mladen Tomic will land Guatemala soon in what will be a phenomenal night filled out with the most important thing, techno music at its finest. We mean it, with a lot of surprises, and the presentation of a high caliber headliner that has won the hearts of clubbers across the globe, this party will be for the records. 

The appointment is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 opening doors at 16:00 hrs in this location: \”Jardin Las Margaritas Road to Barcenas (read below for full details)\”; The party will have the participation of several national artists who have currently demonstrated good technique and musical selection lately. 

Accompanying Mladen Tomic in this epic event will be a very outstanding line up of national artists, both young and broadly experienced, such as Paul Mz, Tektonauts, Cuessi, Dimitrius, Hector Roman, Urqui, Mr Warpaint, Black Dot, Luisfer Leal, Workleft, Soultech (Sv), DRK and Carlos Toledo, also have the collaboration of Decologyk in the decoration and Collective Oniroide in the video mapping for a complete audiovisual experience.

\”Mladen is characterized by a hypnotic sound of techno and tech-house, enhanced with powerful groove lines and bass with a strong personal touch, whether in production, mixing or remixing.\”

DON\’T MISS IT!  

Listen to Get Connected Podcast that features a very nice Studio Mix by Mladen Tomic, also read below for full details.




Official Flyer.

Overview. The Future Sound and Freakquency Productions brings you a first level experience with Mladen Tomic on February 8, 2020.
We started this year with a world-class artist, Mladen Tomic, DJ and Producer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who visits Guatemala for the first time. Mladen is characterized by a hypnotic sound of techno and tech-house, enhanced with powerful groove lines and bass with a strong personal touch, whether in production, mixing or remixing.
His personal work is recognized and supported by prominent artists and owners of famous record labels such as Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, John Acquaviva, Monika Kruse, Umek, Popof, Adam Beyer, Stefano Noferini and others, which has catapulted him among the best. It has opened the doors of the most prestigious clubs and festivals in the world.
To close the lineup we have a lot of national talent, both young and broadly experienced, so you don\’t stop dancing at any time. We will also have the collaboration of Decologyk in the decoration and Collective Oniroide in the video mapping for a complete audiovisual experience.

Line Up:

  • MLADEN TOMIC (Tronic, Sci + Tec) 
  • Paul Mz
  • Tektonauts
  • Cuessi B2B Dimitrius
  • Hector Roman B2B Urqui 
  • Mr Warpaint B2B Black Dot
  • Luisfer Leal 
  • Workleft B2B Soultech (Sv)
  • DRK B2B Carlos Toledo
When. 

February 8, 2020. Doors open: 16:00 hrs. 

Where. 

Jardin Las Margaritas Road to Barcenas, Km 29.5, ParcelaciĂłn Santa Rosa Milpas Altas (Just 40 minutes from Guatemala City and 15 minutes from Antigua Guatemala!)

Tickets.

Pre-sale: Q75
Event Day (before 7pm): Q75
Event Day (after 7pm):  Q100
Event Day (after 12 am): Q150

Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2583726688411315/

Promoters. 




Devid Dega class 1985, from Italy, working as a Dj from 2003. He has first met techno when he was a kid, and his older brother took him to the clubs, where djs such as Marco Bailey, Vitalic or Luca Morris were playing the most amazing sounds.

His interest in music and clubs grew up, and he realized that he wanted music to be the center of his life.

At first he played in some clubs around Venice and north-east of region. After several experiences as resident DJ he starts to organize one nights and later working in artistic management; eventually, he was in charge of the whole general management of the clubs where he began his career.

In 2009 he started his carrer of producer too

He\’s computer obsessed, gear-maniac beat makers who at some point has released on Amazing Records, With which he had the first great successes, and on several established super labels like Mb Elektronics (Marco Bailey), Alchemy (Mauro Picotto), Tronic (Christian Smith), Agile (Uto Karem), IAMT (Spartaque), Transmit (Boris), Driving Forces (Sutter Cane), Pornographic (Cristian Varela), Unity (D-Unity).

The result is nothing short of spectacular, with his productions he has reached the top positions of the charts of all over the world, and his tracks are played from Artists like Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Cristian Varela,Maceo Plex, Spartaque, Uto Karem, Ramiro Lopez, Loco&Jam, Mauro Picotto, Eddie Halliwell, Umek, Mark Knight, Sam Paganini, Dr Motte, Skober, Sinisa Tamamovic and many others.

his hits brought him to play in the rest of Italy and around the Europe.

Other labels were he released: Funk’n Deep, Orange recordings, Stick recordings, Frequenza, La Famiglia recordings, Le Club, Night Light, Jumpstereo, Ground Factory, Black Square, Oscuro Music, Black Kat

Related articles in Living Techno: 

Review: Next release on Oscuro Music is by Devid Dega feat. Besty Fritz with \’Zero1\’ EP (Remixes by Marcal, Marck D & Buitrago)