The Berlin based Dj and producer Nico Cabeza lands on Cosmic Boys’ label Legend with a new two-track EP of high velocity techno, which blends powerful synth lines with thundering percussion. The EP titled ‘Ragnarok‘ has been scheduled to be out on April 22, 2021. We highly recommend it! Full details below.
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Oscar Aguilera’s label HE-ART welcomes Nico Cabeza with his new EP ‘Thunder Spears‘. The release brings out two original tracks composed with Industrial textures, brooding atmospherics and a full batch of energetic techno. The EP will be out the next Friday 18 June 2021. We highly recommend this EP. Stay tuned and read below full details.
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!
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.
Sometimes music is made for memories… Spring 2004, the first acid and lots of laughter. Who would have thought that it will appear again after 15 years… Gary Holldman presents his first full EP on Otake Records in a different version than on a daily basis. Find here a little Chicago, a little Detroit, Electro and of course Acid. Plus legend DJ Skull who contributes a floating remix in inimitable 90ies-Chicago-style. A truly diverse EP with many unexpected moment and flavors.(more…)
Once again, techno legend DJ T-1000 a.k.a Alan Oldham lands on Bpitch Berlin with a 4-track EP titled ‘The Dirrty Underground‘. We highly recommend this piece if you are into classic percussive techno from back in the days, and rhythms that will make you dance, and dance. The EP will be released on July 16, 2021 in Vinyl and Digital formats. Full details below.
For another remarkable release in James Ruskin’s label Blueprint Records, and to continue to celebrate 25 years of the label at the forefront of Techno, comes Dustin Zahn, with his debut EP titled ‘Hand Over Control‘, that is coming out in September. This phantastic 4-track bundle is “dark enough for the boys, but groovy enough for the girls” says Zahn.(more…)
Download EP: Soon Digitally/Vinyl at Bandcamp
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Review: With ‘Desiderati 4.4’, UMEK’s label 1605 puts out 4 very impressive original tracks that follow that melodramatic energizing techno with throbbing bassline and explosive textures that sounds very pleasing. Very nice EP!
We’ll never get tired of Rekids, their wide range of releases makes them one of the best labels in the circuit, best of all is their special taste when it comes to picking music. Now the turn to make an appearance in the label is for the UK techno legend Mark Broom. This is to announce his upcoming full LP in July.
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In aid of Neapolitan charity Cannavaro Ferrara Foundation, legend Dave Clarke presents a very interesting house remix for Joseph Capriati & Eric Kupper ft. Byron Stingily’s ‘Love Changed Me’ song. The track will be released via Redimension recordings, going out on streaming services on 16th July, followed by a Beatport Exclusive on 23rd July.Full details below.
Time to catch up with interesting London based producer Steve Young aka Scraper, an artist who have several releases and remixes under his belt and has built an impressive fan-base including the likes of legends Phil Hartnoll (Orbital), Laurent Garnier and Marcel Dettmann to name just a few.
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.
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Justin Cudmore and Hiroko Yamamura came together and announced the release of a new EP entitled ‘Midwest Panic’ via HE.SHE.THEY. Featuring pleasent acid sounds, elastic drums and freaky synths, this record perfectly encapsulates their shared queer scene experiences and formative years growing up in Chicago. The EP will come out on 13th August 2021 accompainned with a tremendous remix by Hearthrob. Full details below.(more…)
Today’s selected mix is a big one, a must listening mixtape, it is the New Spandau 20 podcast provided by original UK Techno legend Ben Sims. The Hardgroove/Theory Boss is one of the genres most technically gifted and hardworking DJs, who has been spinning Hip Hop, House and rave on pirate radio and parties around Essex and East London since the early 90s. This week it’s his turn on the Spandau 20 series. Listen below.(more…)
Another chapter of our beloved Living Techno Interview series is out, this time with an exclusive featuring DJ T-1000.(more…)
Overview. Exterminador is the production and DJ alter ego of Berlin-based music educator and vinyl aficionado Mario Resta. As like-minded musicians both him and Marcel Dettmann share a profound passion for electronic music with soul and attitude, for techno and its many-faceted derivatives. Both producers befriended each other years ago, providing the basis for musical dialogue and exchange. This path led to Exterminador providing the inaugural release on Dettmann\’s new platform BAD MANNERS, in form of four versatile cuts for both peak- and downtime. “Bleeding From Inside” opens the A-side of BAD MANNERS 2 with a fast-paced, cool and hardhitting electro funk meditation. Afterwards “You Are Not I” features an irresistible bassline atop a boomy kick alongside alluring vocals and hi-hat. B1 sees a stark change in pace and style: “Pericos” is a deep, melodic and bleep-focussed techno tool with occasional fireworks-reminiscent flares. “Scattered Remains” closes this EP with a second track with funk- and even more wave/ebm-leaning rhythm, featuring radio vox to dramatic effect. BAD MANNERS is the new platform and label by DJ and musician Marcel Dettmann, offering artists close to him an undefined space for expression while encouraging unpredictability in format and sound.
Overview. BAD MANNERS 3 offers two club-enabled reworks of classic Marcel Dettmann material by legends Anthony \’Shake\’ Shakir and Morphosis. Both remixes have been previously unreleased and date back many years. Recently resurfaced, the approach of each of the two techno innovators shows how music can survive time: sounding fresh and still way ahead of the curve. The 12\” starts with motor city\’s very own Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir. Knowing each other since the late 1990s and having shared decks many times, this Detroit-Berlin axis is manifested with the pioneering producer and DJ’s remix of “Eruq”. Here, Shake offers a both playful and fierce take on Dettmann\’s unreleased original, turning it in a multi-layered gem of his that\’s guaranteed to turn heads in sets. “Works” on B features a deep, groovy 10-minute percussion and synth modulation study by interdisciplinary artist and Berlin-based producer Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis – now rhythmically compelling, then further expanding and stylistically free-floating. BAD MANNERS is the new platform and label by DJ and musician Marcel Dettmann, offering artists close to him an undefined space for expression while encouraging unpredictability in format and sound.
Overview. Modularz is back once again with a stellar release, this time from gargantuan producer Paul Ritch. The French native is here to deliver five tracks of pulsating techno, breed for the club and another project that adheres to the flagship. The Modularz sound has become so distinct, and this EP showcases those rhythmic bouncing basslines and deep riding kick drums.
Nuit Blanche is five tracks (one being a bonus track) of punchy dancefloor driving kick drums that are coupled with eccentric modulations and synths. Expect underground crevice hidden chords, deep textured and dripping sounds. Some cuts deliver sci-fi alien beeps and stabs that would make any martian jealous. The hi-hats are icy and the snares hype inducing: no matter the pace each cut is a weapon.
Nuit Blanche is out at the end of September, both on vinyl and digitally under the Modularz imprint.
Hailing from New York, Function (Dave Sumner) has become one of techno’s true underground heroes. He has been DJing and making music for over 25 years. He is a founding member of the Sandwell District collective, Ostgut recording artist and owner of Infrastructure.
Overview. Incoming… The second batch of remixes from Ellen Allien’s recent album ‘Alientronic’ is here.
Still sizzling hot from the studios of some of the scene’s brightest talents this bumper package includes four new mixes by artists including Alien Rain and Shlømo plus Hector Oaks and Fjaak. Alien Rain takes on ‘MDMA’, introducing a huge nineties-inspired synth line that is bound to cause uproar. The riff is modulated, twisted and warped, steadily graduating into all out madness towards the latter part of the track.
Next up is Shlomo with his remix of ‘Exit To Humanity’. The drums go full-on tribalesque giving this one a raucous energy, a short breakdown sends us into the main body of the track which is unrelenting with bright synth lines lighting things up towards the end.Hector Oaks follows up with his version of ‘Free Society’, this one under his Cadency alias. This piston-powered mix takes no prisoners with its hypnotic potency. Ellen’s original riff is spliced with Hector’s inventive instrumental to great effect.
Infamous 420 lovers FJAAK close the release with their throbbing reinterpretation of ‘Bowie In Harmony’. On this rework, a powerful low end sends tremors through the Earth’s surface as a menacing acid lick wriggles and squirms in the background.
Artist. ELLEN ALLIEN
Title. ALIENTRONIC RMXS 2
Release date: September 27
Cat number. BPX003
Format. 12\”/ Digital
A1. MDMA (Alien Rain Remix)(6:31)
A2. Exit To Humanity (Shlømo Space Invaders Remix)(5:17)
B1. Free Society (Hector Oaks A.K.A. Cadency Heartcore Remix)(6:19)
B2. Bowie In Harmony (Fjaak Remix)(5:12)