Techno isn't playing around this week because the newest music that the genre has to offer aren't just spectacular. The tunes are downright raw, stripped-back, and underground.
1. "A1" - JOHANNES HEIL [EXILE]
Not much of electronic music is truly underground anymore but Johannes Heil's newest EP on the anti-establishment EXILE imprint is about as close as it gets. All three tracks are unnamed and the label itself doesn't really want your promos.
2. "CONTRADICTION" - AMELIE LENS [SECOND STATE]
Amelie Lens is a fairly new Belgian producer who's been on a meteoric ascent in the techno world. She just put out a trio of stormers on Pig&Dan's ELEVATE and now she returns to Pan Pot's label with another set of tunes including this acid stomper she's calling "Contradiction." This tune is big!
3. "FROM THE CRYPT TO THE ASTROFLOOR" - LAURENT GARNIER [KOMPAKT]
The French techno legend that is Laurent Garnier pulled another "Laurent Garnier." He's put out three sophisticated tunes on Kompakt. Rich with melody and complexity and all at least ten minutes long including this magnificent composition entitled "From The Crypt To The Dancefloor."
4. "OWL" - ][ [MADE OF CONCRETE]
The made of CONCRETE imprint serves up the second volume of it's Batch Plant series featuring four severely underground tracks including this brilliant diver called "Owl" by the very mysteriously named artist, ][.
5. "WILD RAGE (DENSE & PIKA REMIX)" - ME & HER [HOTTRAX]
Dense & Pika never disappoints and their makeover of ME & her's "Wild Rage" is no exception as they incorporate their signature kick-drum along with their genius use of sampling effects that are nearly unmatched in techno.
6. "LYAGUSHKA" - AARYON [PARQUET RECORDINGS]
The long-running Parquet Recordings imprint invites Spanish producer, Aaryon back for another round of quality floor-shakers including the heady one he's curiously titled "Lyagushka."
7. "ASCENT" - HAIR BAND DROP-OUT [FADE RECORDS]
Wrap your mind around this spacey techno groover from Central Florida's own, Hair Band Drop-Out.
8. "A THOUGHT FROM THE MACHINE" - VIERS [FIGURE]
Leeds producer, Viers makes a sophomore appearance on Figure with a well-rounded collection of tunes including this Detroit influenced beauty entitled "A Thought From The Machine."
9. "REFACE" - DAVID DEGA [PORNOGRAPHIC RECORDINGS]
Italian producer, Devid Dega lands on Pornographic with the single "Command Block" which includes this energetic b-side "Reface."
10. "MOUNTAINS FROM MOLE HILLS" - DEADBEAT [STATIC MUSIC]
The well-respected, Canadian-born, Berlin-based producer known as Deadbeat plays by his own rules and this breaks heavy tune is his latest example of the unconventional approach he has taken towards dance music.
Stream the entire top ten techno chart via the playlist below: