In today’s day and age, electronic dance music is at the forefront of entertainment. The Netherlands is ﬁghting for 1st place along with Germany, Spain and the UK to be the main hub of everything party related.
Techno is currently the main sound being distributed from speakers all across Europe and has actually been booming since the early 80s. Ravers from across the world regularly head to party destinations like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht to get their fix of 4/4 beats abetted by hard hitting hi-hats and deep bouncy baselines.
To many people in Europe, Techno is the most sophisticated form of electronic music. Its steady beat at 128 bpm (or more) gives off a fast paced yet spacious feeling that helps you hear each and every individual sound that comes out of each track.
In the Netherlands, particularly Rotterdam, the Techno scene is more than packed every weekend – whilst the throbbing beat plays to ﬁlled bunkers of people, the electric atmosphere never dies down. You might be thinking to yourself; damn, sounds hectic. And you should. A night out in Rotterdam clubs Tofﬂer, Perron, Voodoo and Masillo is a more than hectic night out for the feint of heart. That being said, it is deﬁnitely not an unsafe environment. In fact, you would be safer in one of these clubs than on the streets on the weekend.
To put a picture in your head of what these places are really like. Tofﬂer is an abandoned metro station. The moment you walk in you can hear the ﬁltered heavy kick in the background. As you head to the lockers, un-familiar faces will be dancing, greeting and heavily getting into the groove. The tunnel like dance ﬂoor is specially developed for the hard core ravers to head to the front and for the chillers to chill out on the couches on the sides or in the smoking rooms.
Names like Chris Liebing, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Hot Since 82 and Adam Beyer are all names that have been seated in the dynamic DJ booth. Techno is known for being quite a heavy genre, those of you that haven’t been to a party with a massive set played by a “popular techno DJ” probably don’teven know what proper Techno sounds like.
There are also quite a few sub-genre’s for Techno. Jungle Techno is usually made up of complex “jungle” sounding drums, with background bongo melodies. In Rotterdam and the UK they are known for their Industrial Techno – which entails sounds from heavy machinery, metal scratching sounds and basically just a lot darker and heavier. The melodic Techno is what most people really get into these days – because who doesn’t love a nice melody along with a heavy beat? Then we head on to the popular genre of Tech House which is a fusion of the heavy hitting percussions and kicks from Techno mixed with the melodic bass lines and pads that house music has to offer. This type of music has been around for a long time and it seems like it is slowly growing into something that can be enjoyed also in America.
New Music Producer From London, AINT Captivates With Downtempo Techno
AINT is a promising new producer from London. He shares with us one of his recent Downtempo Techno cuts, entitled “Site.” From start to end, I would dare to say it is smoothly captivating. Without question, it has been designed to sonically transport you to a parallel dimension.
Its dreamy aspect entices listeners due to the minimal hypnotic sounds on repeat. Furthermore, you can expect a fusion of tranquil oriental-style Ambient music and futuristic soundscapes reminiscent of Vangelis. On top of everything, the artist also has a deep love for Hard Techno and Electro. This means he is on a constant musical expedition and beyond his experimental approach, variety always offers more advantages.
His influences range from Umwelt, James Shinra, Helena Hauff to SAAH, and High Future. AINT may not be on the underground music world’s radar yet, but soon he will bring more surprises to the table. Get more updates on his socials below.
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This Is Damn Hypnotic! “Nu Acid” By HURTR Will Make Your Head Bang
Hurtr has been working their way up in the underground scene since 2010. The music production duo from Portland, Oregon just released “Nu Acid”, and as you can imagine, the title says it all. The seductive vocals from Heidi Hull merge with acid synths and pulsating beats in a hypnotic way. Consequently, this tune could transport you into another realm for just three minutes.
Evoking a sheer sense of joy with its progressive soundscape is the cherry on top. Likewise, “Nu Acid” aims to bring energy wherever it’s heard. Literally, if it doesn’t make your head bang, then nothing will. Throughout its dark and nostalgic rave vibes, these creative artists will leave you captivated. For this reason, all I can say is long live Techno! Take a listen right here.
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Oh, Yes! Paolo Virdis Offers Intense Techno For Your Ears On “Survive”
Today underground music aficionados have a good reason to stream Paolo Virdis‘ new tune “Survive”. Created with his signature dark and intense Techno sound, he takes you on a sonic journey through twisted acid lines. The constant energy flowing makes me think it’s a true work of art. If your heartbeat suddenly quickens, and the skin bristles then this banger didn’t fail in its duty.
Add to this, devilish vocals that capture its particular macabre spirit. The Turin-based musician can easily remind ourselves of how cool was the Detroit era and the hardcore raves with these melodies. Stay tuned for more releases, and don’t forget to watch his enigmatic visuals right here!
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Fiin Teams Up With Brigado Crew & Jinadu For Driving Dark Progressive Single
Miami artist Fiin returns to Ultra Records with “Still In The Storm”, his next single on the label in collaboration with Argentinian duo Brigado Crew and British singer Jinadu. Fiin’s underground influenced style manifests in deep, driving basslines formed from a classic “four on the floor” rhythm. “Still In The Storm” is the kind of track that is right at home in dark basement clubs or intimate Techno festival stages. Haunting vocals from Jinadu and shaker-infused melodies bring an otherworldly element to “Still In The Storm,” making this dark progressive gem with depth a sophisticated production. Fiin previously released on Ultra Records multiple times, including his debut single on the label “Calling Out” also with Jinadu, while Brigado Crew has released on Stil vor Talent, Diynamic, Katermukke, and more.
Fiin has been taking the Miami electronic music scene by storm as one of its youngest and most promising up-and-comers. His weekly “Relic” party at 1-800-Lucky every Sunday had become a staple in the community and served as a closing ceremony to the city’s vibrant music scene. He cut his teeth as the youngest resident of Heart Nightclub. He played alongside some world-class DJs, including the opportunities to go b2b with Paco Osuna, Butch, Hot Since 82, Technasia, and more. In 2019 he played gigs through North America, Europe, and South America at BPM Festival, WMC, Lost Circus, to name a few. Known for his daredevil, risk-taking production style, we have no doubt that this is only the beginning of a very exciting journey for Fiin.
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Alexis Salgues Surprises Everyone With His Techno Production, “Riders”
Alexis Salgues has stunned listeners with his energizing Techno production, “Riders”. Enjoy a 4-minute, 51-second journey through pummeling bass and beats. One can literally go wild at any rave while hearing the track’s heart-pumping drum patterns. Unfortunately, parties in this pandemic are highly prohibited, so you’ll have to turn up the volume high within your home. On the other hand, hypnotic soundscapes and vocal samples will have you banging your head in no time. Stream “Riders” via SoundCloud down here.
This underground French artist is mostly self-taught and isn’t really interested in technical ploys. Despite this, he achieves solid pieces of Techno almost always. Curiously, this year he is celebrating 10 years of experience as an independent producer. Without putting aside Alexis’ additional passion for photography, you can conclude being creative is not only his hobby but also it is his way of life.
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