Let’s discover together some recent techno releases that have been dominating my listening experiences!
Daniel Myer (Haujobb, Architect, Rendered, and many other projects) best kept secret resurfaces with its heart of syncopated and experimental techno, ambient soundscapes, IDM structures, broken beats. If tracks like BeLow play with our bewilderment, offering a mesmerizing voyage with beautiful passages, others like wiLlenbeRg offer eerier and broodier experiences characterized by painstaking attention to the details and tribal elements. The last track coLlaPsiNg huMaNitY is a pulsating affair full of stomping beats and engaging distortions, a hard track with acid elements made for late-night dancefloors. A collection of tracks showing some of the first ventures of Myer into proper techno territories alongside newer experiments.
Spanish producer Alex Martin debuts on Diffuse Reality with his brand of acid techno. PostHumano is a collection of 13 tracks, 9 new efforts and 3 remixes of Fuckers by Altstadt Echo, Refectori, 88UW, Kero. Episodes like Cartabon conjure obsessive mantras made of droning sounds and steady snare-drums, crawling affairs with a minimal structure. Estambre uses sci-fi lines and ominous crescendos, reaching hit-hats-driven voyages into old-school techno motifs, while Peak Flow playfully employs 70’s melodies and calm rhythms – a more atmospheric approach showing a different side of Martin’s music. A valid debut with strong techno tracks and a convincing attitude.
The master of the mix of EBM and techno is unsurpassed in his craft, and Recon Mission is a brilliant effort going well beyond dance music. That’s not to say you can’t dance to it’s track, but there is a clear greater purpose, a story to be told, behind the skilful sound-design here implemented. A tale mixing noir, sci-fi, conspiracies, in the form of EBM/techno where the best of the cousin genres is displayed. Throbbing bass-lines and modular sounds dominate tracks like Tales Of Mystery and Modular Bodies, while Bimini Wall offers an old-school techno pastiche with futuristic elements. Another masterpiece.
The rising French artist Maxime Fabre is on a roll, just only two months after his last EP he returns with a new cassette of modular EBM/techno for Tripalium Corp. A limited 6-track cassette (only 40 copies) with frantic and dark splinters of sci-fi techno and militant EBM. The True Origin welcomes us with eerie soundscapes soon reached by marching steel-like rhythms, a fierce episode evolving into a throbbing track with hypnotizing bass sounds and robotic vocals. Our Doom is an even broodier affair, a stomping attack with hard drums and dark soundscapes, picturing a dense techno-industrial ride with old-school synths and menacing vocals. Another great effort.