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.
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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.
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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.
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.
When Charlotte de Witte launched her KNTXT label in July, she said she hoped the label would “become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for [her] own material.” By all accounts, she’s well on her way to achieving her goals with the double release of her new EPs, Selected and Pressure.
While the rhythms and forms of the each EP are similar, the tonal styles differ with vast nuance. Selected takes a more acidic approach to techno, featuring biting melodies from an ebbing and flowing synth line (with the exception of the meditative closing track “Amar”). On Pressure, de Witte employs throbbing bass kicks throughout, comparable to Selected, but tops them with more ambient accents. The balance of sounds helps the two EPs pair nicely with one another and offers a sampler for what the talented Belgian DJ, who’s proven herself behind the decks, can offer in the booth.
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It’s one thing to eat, sleep, and breathe techno, but how about smelling like it? Luckily, gift-givers and fans of the genre alike can test that question for themselves this holiday season, as a new fragrance made to emulate the scent of Berlin’s infamous club, Tresor, is now on sale.
Tresor is currently one of Berlin’s most prominent techno venues, but Holynose, the designers of the scent, found more inspiration than the spilled drinks and cocktails of sweat and cheap cologne that permeate dancefloors today. Particularly, they sought to recreate the smell of the bank vault that housed Tresor’s dancefloor up until 2005, when the original location was forced to shut down.
Accordingly, the fragrance will come as a gift to those who purchase the first 300 copies of a new Russian translation of the German book, ‘Der Klang Der Familie.’ Translated to “the music of the family,” the book garnered attention for how it culturally framed the city’s vibrant club scene following before and after the fall of The Berlin Wall in 1989.
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Most of the world discovered Galestian from the 2017 underground hit “Tell Me.” However, 2019 has been his biggest year yet after his third release on Perfecto Black, which featured a collaboration with none other than the label head and dance music icon Paul Oakenfold. Galestian is honing in on his tribal, worldly sound, and
It’s impossible to keep track of every artist in the electronic music universe. Often you find your most beloved beatmakers falling totally off the radar. Months, sometimes years, go by as these once habitually listened to favorites are pushed to the deep archives of your memory while you carry on enjoying the perpetual stream of