There's a lot of techno that went down this past month. A Radio Slave techno classic received a well-deserved update, Riva Starr kicked off a new techno moniker, Audiojack debuted on Suara, and an NYC based producer teamed up with a legend on Drumcode.
1. "GRINDHOUSE (LEN FAKI HARDSPACE MIX 1)" - RADIO SLAVE [REKIDS]
Rekids label-boss, Radio Slave is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his landmark techno monster "Grindhouse" with a collection of updates starting with this first edition. A pair of fast-burning makeovers that simply kick up the tempo and a little bit of flair. Turn this up!
2. "MIDNIGHT LOVE" - ANDY BROS [DIYNAMIC MUSIC]
Italian producer, Andy Bros returns to the mighty Diynamic imprint with a trio of tunes led off by the title track, "Midnight Love." A unexpected venture that features an ominous synth and a reverberated bongo section that gracefully interchange themselves a few times over.
3. "FALLEN ANGEL" - RIVA STARR PRES. HYPERLOOP [TRUESOUL]
4. "SINGULARITY" - AUDIOJACK [SUARA]
Gruuv label-bosses, Audiojack have appeared on some of the top tech-house labels on the planet except for the one and only Suara. Here they are making their debut on the feline-friendly imprint with a pair of scorchers including this deep and dark one they call "Singularity."
5. "THE OTHER SIDE" - PARIDE SARACENI FEAT. MONCE [TERMINAL M]
Paride Saraceni's knack for sophisticated techno is unmatchable. He creates big pounding tunes that stir up enough emotion to nearly be classified as trance. Although, does it really matter what genre this truly is? Turn it on, turn it up, and vibe out!
6. "MONTREAL" - BENJAMIN DAMAGE [R&S]
The legendary R&S imprint continues to stay as relevant as ever with young and emerging talent like this latest release that features Welsh producer, Benjamin Damage. An artist who has been thriving on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons camp for the past five years or so.
7. "SAMUNNATI (IN THAT DISTORTED LIGHT MIX)" - SEBASTIAN MULLAERT [DEFAULT POSITION]
Swedish master-producer, Sebastian Mullaert makes his debut on Default Position with seven different versions of the title tune including three commissioned remixes and four different takes by the man himself. Check out the In The Distorted Light Mix featured here on the chart. A pounding, yet hypnotic revision of the original.
8. "MORAL DIVIDE" - LUIS FLORES [RESSORT IMPRINT]
The second edition of More Cuts On Loving is only out on vinyl at the moment and it features this wonderful amalgamation of distortion entitled "Moral Divide."
9. "FLUX" - EITAN REITER & PRZ [GEM RECORDS]
Eitan Reiter is an Israeli techno creator who teams up with his production partner, PRZ for this effect-heavy ride they aptly call "Flux."
10. "SEVERANCE" - ED DAVENPORT [SIAMESE]
Since it's inception late last year, Adriatique's Siamese imprint has been dishing out nothing but top-tier, underground tunes. Five releases and one year later, the label issues a seven-track EP by British techno producer, Ed Davenport. The EP is entitled Festnetz and it includes this dark, yet sonically pleasant tune titled "Severance."
11. "INSIDE" - JAY LUMEN [FOOTWORK]
Hungarian techno producer, Jay Lumen re-appears on his own imprint with a pair of floor tricks including this acid growler he simply calls "Inside."
12. "ORCUS" - KAISERDISCO [TRONIC]
Techno veterans, Kaiserdisco unleash the Varuna E.P. as the lead single from their upcoming full-length, Another Dimension. Peep the flip-side, "Orcus," a minimal acid squelcher also due for inclusion on the album.
13. "NAGELBETT" - PLEASUREKRAFT [ODD RECORDINGS]
14. "MOJITO" - DAREX [FINE MODE]
It's not often when brand new producers get placed in my best-of charts but this SoCal-based producer named Darex has pitched a mighty solid debut which rightfully stands up next to the stalwarts in this month's chart.
15. "LIVE AGAIN" - LAYTON GIORDANI FEAT. DANNY TENAGLIA [DRUMCODE]
Stream the entire techno chart uninterrupted via the playlist below: