If you’ve ever hoped for a Tomorrowland of techno, then make room in your planner for Awakenings Festival, the world’ largest outdoor techno event. This year the Netherlands event celebrates its 20th edition with a lineup as deep as it is wide, presenting sets from pound for pound techno icons like Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, and Derrick May alongside a true buffet of the genre’s new breed.
To celebrate having its roots planted firmly in Amsterdam’s techno culture, Awakenings took to the canal’s for this year’s lineup announcement with an hour-long acid journey from Reinier Zonneveld, whose electro-tinged brand of techno has gained him particular notoriety in the Dutch scene.
HUNTER may not be a household name, but he’s been a keen observer of dance music’s evolution for quite some time. The Toronto-based producer has helmed an ultra-successful No Neon party series for years, though now he’s expanding the scope of the brand with a newly emerging label, a new sound, and perhaps best of all, a new perspective on things. Equipped with a brooding new tech-inspired sound, HUNTER is rolling out a new EP, I Might Forgive I Don’t Forget, led by a menacing opener, “The First Time.” Ahead of the EP’s release, HUNTER told Dancing Astronaut,
“After a year of work and preparation its very exciting to be entering this new chapter of my career. Looking at the calendar and seeing that I have more music on that way than ever before is rewarding after slaving away on it for so long. I’ve put a lot into this music and truly feel its the best reflection of my taste and influences to date and I’m excited to tell a story with it and especially release it on my own label and be in control of my own destiny.”
On his newly burgeoning imprint, HUNTER elaborates,
“After [five] extremely successful years of events we have finally made a jump to being more of an all encompassing brand and I couldn’t be more proud of our team or the community we’ve built around us. I think turning it into a label is the best possible path…it gives a voice to the brand on a world level and showcases to everyone who we are.”
“The First Time” is a shadowy, mysterious techno cut, that pops and hisses through a haunting industrial soundscape. The track is oozing with noir appeal, setting a dramatic tone for the impending I Might Forgive I Don’t Forget EP.
Talented DJ-producer No Mana has officially released the first single off his upcoming album. “Strangers” features the beautiful vocals of Janine and has lyrics so catchy that you will be singing along in no time. Techno and tech-house lovers are sure to fall in love with this new track. If you haven’t heard of this
Sonus announces its return to the lush coastlines of Croatia for the distinguished house and techno festival’s 8th expansive edition August 16-20. Finding its way bag to Pag Island, Sonus 2020 just unveiled the first phase of their lineup, showing love to both rising tastemakers and veterans of the game alike with over 40 of the scene’s most enticing acts.
Front and center among up and coming talent are the likes of Amelie Lens, ANNA, and Charlotte de Witte, who’ve without question taken the global scene by storm. But Sonus also extends love to some of Europe’s more beloved regional acts like the Netherlands’ Reinier Zonneveld, and Berlin’s Berghain resident Kobosil, who released one of the underground techno tracks of the year in his remix of Rosa Anschütz’s “Rigid.”
If it’s the more old school sounds of the scene that float your boat, don’t fret. Sonus has you covered there as well. In 2020 the festival is slated to bring iconic sets from electronic stalwarts like modular synth lord Richie Hawtin, “Papa” Sven Väth, and Germany’s own Stephan Bodzin. What’s more, is the five-day festival takes place in a literal paradise with “first phase” tickets currently available for €159.
Full Phase One Lineup Announcement (in alphabetical order):
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Being a techno fan has never been better. The genre that started in Detroit has never enjoyed the level of popularity it currently wields in the United States. As a result, loads of sensational techno beat makers are arising out of America. This brings us to Johnny Yono, a renown trance producer, who is now
LA-based Anabel Englund recently released a satiating dancefloor feeler, “Messing With Magic,” with Ibiza mainstay, Jamie Jones, through Ultra Records‘ Area 10 division. With a dark twist in the form of a brooding bass supporting Englund’s resonant vocals alongside heartbeat percussion, the track offers its due diligence with a sprinkle of light, uplifting piano chords. The verses dive back into a more menacing tone, as the hooks bring the piano house into play. An electro-techno synth line casually creeps in to add to the track’s nonchalant air.
“Messing With Magic” follows another Ultra release for Englund, “So Hot,” which received a remix from MK and Nightlapse. Her debut EP is set for release in 2020.
2019 has been an interesting year for superstar DJ and producer Diplo. Fully exploring his musical prowess and expanding into the country market, the talented musician gave Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” an official remix, accompanied by a performance at country music festival Stagecoach and the launch of his own country music project, dubbed Thomas Wesley. Thankfully, he still blessed us with a wide variety of electronic hits as well, including collaborations with Valentino Khan, Wuki, and Born Dirty, the latter of which, a bouncy dance single named “Samba Sujo,” just released an official remix pack.
The remix pack includes two unique takes on Diplo and Born Dirty’s original courtesy of Blond:ish and Felix Da Housecat & Dave The Hustler. Blond:ish’s remix blends the unique vocals of the original hit with an assortment of groovy drums that together form a house music vibe perfectly suited for both summer beach parties and underground warehouses. Felix Da Housecat & Dave The Hustler’s collaborative remix follows a similar feeling, leaning more closely to techno while still providing a feel-good dance beat sure to make its rounds in 2020’s festival and concert circuit.
While deadmau5 is most widely known and appreciated for his legendary progressive sounds in hits like “Strobe” and “Ghosts N Stuff,” it’s no secret that the producer possesses a strong command of other genres. His techno-leaning side project testpilot is evidence of this. Therefore, while his new single does not “FALL” completely in line with the styles of his historical discography, one cannot be surprised that it is still of the highest of quality, and is sure to excite his dedicated fanbase.
“FALL,” released via the mau5’s own mau5trap label, is a seven minute journey through the grittier side of electronica. Overflowing with afterhours energy, it’s en route to becoming the producer’s next anthem as he rinses it through his upcoming tour date. “FALL” is a fitting sequel to deadmau5’s recent originals “SATRN” and “COASTED,” and it will be interesting to see what the mastermind has lined up next. Catch him on his remaining Cube v3 tour dates here.
Next summer’s festival season is already rearing its head as international events like Junction 2 are filling out their lineups. The South London festival has announced its phase two additions for June 2020 after already revealing that artists like Four Tet, Honey Dijon, Amelie Lens, and Adam Beyer will be playing in phase one.
In the second phase, the festival added heavweights such as Maceo Plex, Dixon, Nina Kraviz and ANNA. Techno fans will have plently to rejoice over, as Junction 2 has started to become a premier festival in London for the genre. Last year saw its expansion to a multi-day festival, with Friday for more underground acts and with Saturday bringing in massive house and techno acts for everyone to enjoy.
The event is taking place on June 5-6 of next year in its unique setting under a motorway in west London’s Boston Manor park. Tickets and information can be found here.
Adam Beyer and his famed techno label Drumcode took over Tobacco Dock in London for a massive Halloween party, and his set is now out for revelers to relive their favorite IDs from the night.
Beyer has been busy as of late, recently coming off an EDC Orlando performance and the Drumcode showcase in Brooklyn at Avant Gardner.
Drumcode hosted not only the label head himself but a suite of heavy-hitting techno acts including Alan Jeweil, Wehbba, Pig&Dan, Layton Giordani, and Enrico Sangiuliano, to name a few.
The set has been uploaded to SoundCloud as part of Beyer’s latest installment in his Drumcode Radio Live series. Make sure to have a listen as he throws techno enthusiasts into the middle of his dark and twisting two-and-a-half-hour set.