Aside from a few exceptions like the dance-floor fixture, "Techno Disco Tool" by Mella Dee, November's best techno went dark and sinister. Even Harvey McKay went a bit darker than usual on his long-awaited return to Drumcode but fear not because the genre is in vogue and chances are you like your techno deep, dark, and dirty.
1. "BLACK DOLPHIN" - HARVEY MCKAY [DRUMCODE]
After almost a three year hiatus, Glaswegian producer Harvey McKay makes a triumphant return to Drumcode with a trio of tunes including this absolutely stomping title track which he's named after the notorious Russian prison, "Black Dolphin."
2. "TAKE YOUR TIME" - SLAM & GREEN VELVET [SOMA RECORDS]
3. "ORION" - TERENCE FIXMER [NOVAMUTE]
Frenchman, Terence Fixmer follows up Nicolas Bougaieff's Cognitive Resonance on NovaMute with his Dance Of The Comets EP. It's a three-tracker that features the more accessible title-track but I suggest you skip to track 2 for "Orion." The relentless squelching will not only make the hairs stick up on the back of your neck but it is also bound to take you to the deepest and darkest corners of your mind.
4. "SAWMILL" - KEITH CARNAL [ARTS]
While everyone on Beatport is losing their mind to Keith Carnal's "Rijwiel," I'm over here rocking out to his blistering hot, title-track "Sawmill."
5. "MIDAS TOUCH" - YOTAM AVNI [INNERVISIONS]
This captivating, forward-thinker by Israeli producer, Yotam Avni features on the coveted Innervisions imprint along with another via the Mabruk EP.
6. "MAKE NOIZE" - JOHN MONKMAN [LAST NIGHT ON EARTH]
If Pink Floyd were to take a stab at contemporary techno, I would guess it would sound something along the lines of John Monkman's "Make Noize."
7. "BUILD YOUR EMPIRE" - HIDDEN EMPIRE [STIL VOR TALENT]
8. "BLACK HOLE" - VICTOR RUIZ [ELEVATE]
9. "PROCESS 1" - LSD [OSTGUT TON]
Techno innovators Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell, and David Sumner came together for this project they fittingly call LSD where they clearly aimed for aggressive, mind-melting, psychedelic techno suitable only for the headstrong.
If you find yourself in Berlin on New Year's Day, be sure to head over to Berghain in order to catch their debut performance.
10. "HOT ZONE" - ANTHONY PARASOLE [REDIMENSION]
Joseph Capriati welcomes NYC's Anthony Parasole for production duties on the third ever Redimension release and featured here on the chart is track 3 titled "Hot Zone." A hypnotic composition characterized by stuttering drums and euphoric synth-stabs scattered about.
11. "TECHNO DISCO TOOL" - MELLA DEE [WAREHOUSE MUSIC]
British producer, Mella Dee brings the techno/disco fusion to the masses with this hugely popular floor-burner.
12. "UNIVERSE (BASIC SOUL UNIT REMIX 1)" - GEL ABRIL [SUARA]
Wow! Gel Abril's original cut of "Universe" is pretty wicked but Toronto's Basic Soul Unit takes the tune to new heights by supplying a powerful, underlying, rave-era breakbeat.
13. "CALL IT TECHNO (RAITO REMIX)" - FRANKIE BONES [INTEC]
Dance music luminary, Frankie Bones makes a long-overdue debut on Carl Cox' Intec imprint with an update of his '89 underground goodie "Call It Techno." Top that off with a couple of banging remixes including this hammering remix from French producer, Raito which Carl Cox himself has had on heavy rotation for quite some time.
14. "TABRIS" - NEVER LOST [STEYOYOKE BLACK]
Italian producers, Never Lost showcase their expertise in contemporary techno for the deeper and darker off-shoot of ethereal techno's home. Steyoyoke's own, Steyoyoke Black.
15. "FALSE PROPHETS" - EDGE OF MOTION [EDGE OF MOTION]
The Dutch duo, Edge Of Motion were shaping techno as we know it today way back in the mid and early '90s with some very special releases on the legendary DJAX-UP BEATS imprint. However, the two took a 10 year hiatus and now they back stronger than ever with some especially wicked material including this skull-crushing EP which serves as their fourth self-released EP. Get it, play it, and crank it.
Stream the best techno tracks of November via the playlist below: